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Transportation innovation to be discussed at THE ISSUE Conference 2014

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Delegates and exhibitors from across the UK and Europe will be invited to network at THE ISSUE Sustainable Transport Technologies - Collaboration for Innovation Conference 2014, a free two day conference taking place at the Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough between 11-12 February.

In attendance will be experts from the University of Leicester, including Professor Paul Monks from the Department of Chemistry, Dr Roland Leigh from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Stephen Hart, Cliff Funnell and more, who will be exploring ways of bridging the gap between local and regional policy priorities and technological innovation.

Professor Monks said: “Integrating transport and environmental policy is a key challenge, we will be looking if we can create win-win solutions for issues like transport and air quality.  The East Midlands cluster of industry, academia and local authorities are working together to develop novel solutions.”

Key themes that will be covered at the conference include congestion, urban mobility and safety in transport, multimodal and modal shift and low carbon vehicles.

The aim of the event is to allow local government, industry and academia to explore how, through more cross-sectoral collaborative working, new technologies and innovations could be used in transport to ease urban traffic congestion, help reduce carbon emissions, make transport more efficient and improve the impact of transport on the local economy, air quality and public health.

The Rt Hon David Willetts, the Minister for Universities and Science, will be attending and delivering a presentation on Government Support for Innovation in Transport.

As well as attending as a delegate, there is also the option to exhibit and deliver a pitch in order to engage with potential partners and to establish collaborative opportunities.

Dr Leigh added: “With a growing urban population, we need innovative solutions to create sustainable and healthy environments for future generations. Within the university environment we strive to create fundamental new understanding and capability, and through linkages with industry and local authorities, benefit for wider society can be achieved.”

THE ISSUE Conference 2014 will take place between 11-12 February at the Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughbough, starting at 9:00am.

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