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Hartmut Höppner

State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport

State Secretary Hartmut Höppner is Dipl.-Ing. in agriculture and a graduate environmental scientist. He was office manager in the German Bundestag for MdB Marita Sehn and Dr. Volker Wissing, general manager and press spokesman of the FDP Rhineland-Palatinate, deputy spokesman of the Rhineland-Palatinate state government and head of the office of the Minister of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate for economy, transport, agriculture and viticulture, Dr. Volker Wissing. Hartmut Höppner has been State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport since 2022, where he is responsible, among other things, for climate protection in mobility and public transport. Since the summer of 2019, the Federal Ministry has been dealing intensively with this topic on a regular basis as part of the newly initiated urban cable car working group. A guideline for the urban and traffic planning integration of cable cars in German cities in public transport is currently being developed together with the Stuttgart-based planning and consulting company Drees & Sommer SE and the Traffic Science Institute Stuttgart GmbH. This should be completed and published by the end of 2022.

Day 1 | Greeting | 10:10-10:20 a.m. 

Carmen Hentschel

Moderator Cable Car Congress

Carmen Hentschel is a moderator and keynote speaker for the topic of digitization. In her work, she discusses all aspects of digital transformation with executives and thought leaders on a daily basis. She speaks particularly often about mobility of the future and Smart City and moderates the major industry events in the DACH region. In her assignments, she brings the experience of over 2000 moderations, lectures, interviews and consultations to the table. In 2021 she was nominated for Speaker of the Year in the category Business at the Red Fox Awards. She is also the owner of the two digital agencies Future Shapers and Online Conferences . With the agency "Future Shapers" she places special keynote speakers on digital topics. And with the agency "Online Conferences" she advises companies and institutions on successful and lively communication in the digital space. As a podcast moderator, she moderates the "Born to Transform" format, the podcast covering all digital topics from Fujitsu, as well as "MobiliTALK", the podcast covering all aspects of mobility of the future. The initiator is the Alliance for Mobility of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Moderator Cable Car Congress

Dr. Hendrik Schulte

State Secretary in the Ministry of Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

After Dr. Hendrik Schulte worked as a civil engineer in the construction industry for over 30 years, he has been State Secretary in the Ministry of Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia since mid-2017. In this function, he heads the ministry as head of office and, under Minister Wüst, designs the North Rhine-Westphalian transport policy.

The Ministry of Transport is convinced that cable cars can be an important component of reliable, fast, safe, inexpensive and clean mobility in North Rhine-Westphalia. The State of North Rhine-Westphalia amended the Cable Car Act in 2021 so that the planning process can be carried out more easily and quickly.

The federal city of Bonn has already registered a cable car project for the GVFG funding program. The intended project, which is to serve the general purpose of transportation, is unique and innovative in its form in Germany. It has a pioneering function for other German cities.

Day 1 | Greeting | 10:20-10:30 a.m. 
Harry Wagner Professor für Automotive & Mobility

Prof. Dr. Harry Wagner

Professor for Intermodal Mobility and AI, TH Ingolstadt

Prof. Dr. Harry Wagner studied industrial engineering at the TU Darmstadt. In 2006 he received his doctorate from the University of Stuttgart. From 2001 to 2014, Harry Wagner held various management positions in consulting and industry in Germany, the USA and Japan. In 2014 he was appointed to the Technical University of Ingolstadt (THI) and has been working on the research focus "Mobility of the Future" ever since. The focus is on intermodal, innovative and sustainable mobility concepts. As part of various teaching and research activities, cable cars as part of public transport are always a focus of his work. In addition to his professorship, Mr. Wagner is also co-founder and managing director of FMS Future Mobility Solutions GmbH. FMS GmbH deals with future mobility issues such as digitization, highly automated driving and innovative mobility concepts.

Day 1 | Keynote | 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Mag. Jörg Schröttner

Head of the “Supreme Cable Car Authority” department in the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection in Austria and President of OITAF

The OITAF is the international organization for the cable car industry, which was founded as an umbrella organization for cable car companies, manufacturers, authorities but also other institutions in the field of cable car research and development with the aim of jointly shaping technical, economic and legal developments, including their challenges and problems and solve.

In urban areas, cable cars are becoming more and more important due to growing residential areas and increasing traffic obstruction. In this area, however, one encounters completely different difficulties and obstacles than in mountain regions.

These international developments show that OITAF still has an important function today. A high security standard must be established and maintained worldwide. OITAF recommendations are very important.

Day 1 | Lecture 1.1 | 11:00-11:10 a.m.

Sebastian Beck

Associate partner at Drees & Sommer SE

Sebastian Beck studied infrastructure management at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences. At the beginning of 2010 he started as a project manager for the infrastructure experts at Drees & Sommer with a focus on development, rail infrastructure, energy and ropeway projects. He has been responsible for the infrastructure in Baden-Württemberg since 2016 and was appointed Associate Partner in July 2021. In addition, Sebastian Beck passes on his knowledge in the field of construction and real estate management as a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart in the infrastructure management course.

Day 1 | Lecture 1.2 | 11:10-11:30 a.m. 

Helmut Wiesner

City Planning Officer, Federal City of Bonn

In February 2016, Helmut Wiesner was elected City Planning Officer of the City of Bonn. He heads the Department of Planning, Environment and Transport, which includes the City Planning Office, the Environment Office and the Civil Engineering Office. Wiesner is Chairman of the Board of Directors of bonnorange AÖR. In addition, he is a member of the construction and transport committee of the NRW City Association and the transport and environmental committee of the NRW City Association. Wiesner studied spatial planning at the University of Dortmund and graduated in 1988 with a diploma. He also passed the second state examination in urban planning and has been a construction assessor since 1991. Among other things, he headed the environmental office in Brühl from 1996, and from 2013 to 2016 he was a technical assistant in Troisdorf. The father of three lives in Brühl with his wife and three children.

Day 1 | Lecture 1.3 | 11:30-11:50 a.m.
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Dr. Frank Dudda

Mayor of the City of Herne

dr Frank Dudda has been mayor of the city of Herne since 2015 and the first directly elected chairman of the association assembly of the Ruhr regional association since 2020. He has also been chairman of the cooperative council of the Emschergenossenschaft since 2021.


His focus is on urban transformation processes, blue-green infrastructure, healthcare and logistics. He sees the planning and implementation of major projects as an opportunity to develop the Ruhr area into the greenest industrial region in the world.

Day 1 | Lecture 1.4 | 11:50-12:10 p.m.

Christian Kleinenhammann

Regional Manager West, Transdev Deutschland GmbH

Christian Kleinenhammann holds a degree in economics and studied economics at the Gerhard Mercator University in Duisburg. He is Regional Manager Region West at Transdev Germany.


With a turnover of 6.7 billion euros, the French company is the world's largest private mobility service provider and operates, among other things, a cable car network in Bogota, Colombia. In addition to his work at Transdev, Christian Kleinenhammann has been a member of the board of the Niederrheinische Verkehrsbetriebe (NIAG) in Moers since 2014, which is connected to Transdev through the joint partner, the RETHMANN Group.

Day 1 | Lecture 1.5 | 0:10-0:30 p.m. 

Johannes Wieczorek

Ministry Director, German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport

Johannes Wieczorek heads the sub-department "Climate Protection in Mobility, Environmental Protection" at the BMDV. Before that, he was employed in a variety of positions in the ministry, for example as head of the sub-department for policy issues and strategies for passenger and freight transport, head of the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport staff unit, head of the department for freight transport and logistics and consultant for European cooperation. He served as a personal advisor to Ministers Klaus Töpfer and Eduard Oswald in the former Federal Ministry of Building. In the business area of the Federal Foreign Office he was head of the transport department at the German Embassy in Washington DC for four years. 
Johannes Wieczorek has also headed the AK Urbane Seilbahnen in the BMDV since 2019.

Day 1 | Panel I | 12:30-1:00 p.m.  

Ulrich Arndt

Head of the staff office

Ulrich Arndt is the Head of the State Councilor's Office for Civil Society and Citizen Participation in the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg.


With the "Policy of Being Heard" by Prime Minister Kretschmann since 2011, Baden-Württemberg has placed a focus on citizen participation. Together with close scientific support, it was possible to massively expand public participation in Baden-Württemberg.

Day 1 | Lecture 1.6 | 3:00-3:20 p.m. 

Han Joosten

Head of Area Development & Market Research, BPD

Han Joosten has been with BPD for more than 25 years and has been Head of Area Development & Market Research in Germany since 2019. In 1995 he joined BPD (then Bouwfonds) in Berlin as Manager Marketing & Strategy. In 1997, BPD appointed him Deputy Managing Director in Frankfurt, where he built up a new, successful branch with 20 employees in four years. In 2002 he was appointed Business Development Manager at Bouwfonds International in the Netherlands with the task of giving form and substance to the European growth strategy. Since 2005, Han Joosten has been Director of Market Research, responsible for all market research at BPD. From October 2013, Han Joosten was also Head of Acquisitions, Project Development and Marketing of the new BPD office in Berlin. Han Joosten studied social geography.

Day 1 | Lecture 1.7 | 3:20-3:40 p.m. 
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​Dr. Georg Schober

Head of the test center / notified body for cable cars at TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH

Georg Schober is head of the testing and notified body for cable cars at TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH. As an expert for ropeways, he has been involved in a large number of urban ropeway projects in Latin America and Asia. The cable car experts from TÜV SÜD take on all legally required tests and certifications that are necessary for the placing on the market and the safe operation of the systems. These include, for example, the acceptance tests and recurring tests of cable cars and funiculars as well as safety analyzes and safety reports.

Day 1 | Lecture 1.8 | 3:40-4:00 p.m. 

Prof. Dr. Jörg Niemann

Professor of industrial engineering at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Jörg Niemann has been a professor at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences since 2012 for the teaching and research field of industrial engineering with a focus on production in the field of mechanical engineering and process engineering. Before that he was department head at ABB Automation GmbH and responsible for the development and sales of Life Cycle Services. Prof. Niemann is the executive director of the interdisciplinary research institute FMDauto and founder of the FLiX research center Life Cycle Excellence. Special focus areas are in the area of Life Cycle & Services Management as well as the evaluation and optimization of production systems using Lean Management methods.

Day 1 | Lecture 1.9 | 4:00-4:20 p.m. 

Christiane Bausback

CEO, Head of Design, N+P Innovation Design GmbH

Christiane Bausback is Head of Design and Managing Director of N+P Innovation Design with over 22 years of experience in designing innovations and shaping the future. Christiane works with a broad range of companies across industries and municipalities from start-ups to global brands. She gained experience during several years of practice in the US and in Germany, for well-known consultancies and corporates. Today she works together all around the world for clients such as Siemens Mobility, DB, ÖBB, CRRC, Hitachi, Hyundai Rotem, Braun, Lufthansa, Samsung, Huawei, Haier, and many more. For her designs, Christiane has garnered awards such as IDSA Gold, Good Design Award Chicago, German Design Award, Red Dot and iF Product Design Award, Universal Design Awards. She served as a juror for various national and international design awards as well as for the Cannes Lions 2018. In addition to her professional activities, she is lecturing and presents keynote speeches and is a mentor at accelerator events.

Day 1 | Lecture 1.10 | 4:20-4:30 p.m. 

Hey Schönwalder

Initiator, Vergabekultur.eu

Heyo Schönwälder, is the initiator of the promotion of a common European procurement culture. Since 1991, the year in which his company, which specializes in procurement procedures and architectural competitions, was founded, Heyo Schönwälder has been committed to dialogue between clients, project goals and contractors. From 1989 he worked in the staff department (SenBauWohnen) for inner-city investment processes with urban planning studies - including the Sony European branch on Potsdamer Platz and the debis branch on Potsdamer Platz in preparation for the post-reunification period. In 1991 he became self-employed with Schönwälder Zimmer Architektur & Stadtplanung (since 2006 Fiebig Schönwälder Zimmer. self-employed and worked as a lecturer at various universities and for the Chamber of Architects in the further training area for procurement and competition.

Day 1 | Panel II | 4:30-5:00 p.m.  

Prof. Dr. Joachim Hofmann-Göttig

Lord Mayor of the City of Koblenz, ret

Prof. Dr. Joachim Hofmann-Göttig is a qualified pedagogue and has a doctorate in educational sciences at the University of Marburg and has taught political science as an honorary professor at the universities of Gießen and Koblenz / Landau. After 16 years of federal politics, as State Secretary for Culture in Rhineland-Palatinate, he was able to negotiate the compromise between the state preservation of monuments and BuGa planners in Koblenz regarding the construction of an urban cable car. As Lord Mayor of the City of Koblenz and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BuGa-GmbH, he was committed to the permanent maintenance of the Koblenz cable car. In retirement since 2018, he has been involved in Germany and other European countries as an “ambassador” for the Koblenz cable car. He saw the experience in Koblenz as an encouragement to see cable cars as an element of modern, safe, ecologically sustainable urban mobility. He has also brought this experience (since 2019) as a member of the “Urban Cable Cars Working Group” at the Federal Ministry of Transport and lectures at home and abroad on the opportunities of urban cable cars.

Day 1 | Panel II | 4:30-5:00 p.m. 
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Dr. Hajo Dress

CEO, Berlin Institute Supply Chain Management

Dr. Hajo Drees supports clients in the Automotive, Aerospace, Rail, Agritech, Electronics, Wind and Machine Manufacturing industries on topics of supply chain management, site selection strategy, strategic business development, and organizes events.

Prior to the Berlin Insitute he was the Director of European Busienss Development for the State of Alabama, USA. Dr. Drees supported globalizing Alabama, managed international companies producing in Alabama such as Mercedes, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Boeing and their suppliers. He recruited large and small investements into the state such as thyssenkrupp, Airbus and WKW Erbslöh. 

Hajo is an avid competative cyclist and placed 29th at the UCI World Championship in Sarajevo in 2022. 

Day 1 | Moderator, Panel II | 4:30-5:00 p.m. 
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Thomas Kufen

Lord Mayor of the City of Essen

Born in 1973, I have been mayor of my hometown since 2015.

After the war, Essen was rebuilt as a car city. However, the steadily increasing volume of traffic led to an increasing burden on residents, the environment and the transport network.

Part of the successful application to the European Union for the “European Green Capital 2017” was therefore the formulation of the goal of changing the modal split to 25% each for motorized vehicle, local public transport, pedestrian and bicycle traffic by 2035. An Essen mobility plan is to be created by 2022, in which measurable goals, content, action plans and priorities are mapped.

In this respect, Essen is very interested in implementing creative ideas. These ideas become all the more valuable when they lead to a change in the behavior of road users through innovation and creativity. Supporting and promoting such approaches and ideas is the goal and intention of urban transport policy.

Day 2 | Greeting | 10:00-10:10 a.m. 

Janosch Neumann

Lawyer and partner in the law firm Heinemann & Partner Rechtsanwälte

Janosch Neumann is a lawyer in Essen and lecturer for building planning and building regulations law at the German Real Estate Academy at the University of Freiburg (DIA) as well as a permanent lecturer within the framework of specialist and advanced training courses for waste officers, pollution control officers, incident officers and water protection officers of the LVQ teaching and testing company for quality mbH in Mülheim an der Ruhr. Lawyer Neumann specializes in particular in the entire environmental, planning and infrastructure law. Here he advises, for example, on the planning and approval of highways and the associated environmental and legal issues. As a pioneer in the legal world, attorney Neumann dealt early and intensively with the law of planning and approval for urban ropeways and also published specialist articles on this, e.g. "Urban ropeways as subject of planning approval law - innovative infrastructure or urban planning dreaming" (DÖV, 2016 , 419-429).

Day 2 | Lecture 2.1 | 10:10-10:30 a.m. 
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Dr. Tassilo Schiffer

Lawyer in the law firm CBH Rechtsanwälte

Dr. Tassilo Schiffer has focused on the construction-accompanying legal advice and legal project management of infrastructure projects, in particular of route-bound projects such as B. Street and underground lines, pipelines and high-voltage lines specialized under public law.

In addition, he accompanies the preparation of land-use plans and building permits for residential and commercial use. He advises investors, municipalities and approval authorities in this regard. Special expertise in municipal commercial law rounds off his advisory profile. Dr. Tassilo Schiffer is a specialist lawyer for administrative law, author of a large number of scientific articles, regularly gives lectures on issues in the field of public environmental and planning law and is a member of the judges' service court for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Day 2 | Lecture 2.2 | 10:30-10:50 a.m. 

Mag. Alexandra Terzaki

Managing Director of TERZAKI Management Consulting

Mag. Alexandra Terzaki was born in 1969, was born in Greece and has lived in Vienna since 1987 and has been working in Vienna and Berlin since 2020. She is a lawyer (law in Vienna - management consultant, not a fully qualified lawyer, not a lawyer), managing director of TERZAKI management consultancy, managing partner of  TERZAKI & Partner GmbH  in Vienna and internationally recognized expert in procurement management and process design in public procurement. Since September 2018 she has been expanding her current lecture activities in Europe on behalf of Lexxion Verlag (Berlin) and on behalf of the Kommunalakademie Deutschland (Berlin). Since April 2020 TERZAKI Unternehmensberatung has been running its own branch in Berlin and also offers its consulting services exclusively to public clients in Germany. As part of her position as managing director of TERZAKI Unternehmensberatung alone, Ms. Terzaki has personally and successfully handled and processed more than 300 awards and numerous references in the field of awarding.

Day 2 | Lecture 2.3 | 10:50-11:10 a.m. 

Dr. Jan Deuster

Lawyer in the law firm CBH Rechtsanwälte

Dr. Jan Deuster studied and did his doctorate at the University of Cologne. He specializes in the field of public commercial law, in particular European state aid and public procurement law. He primarily advises the public sector on the financing, organization and market access of municipal services of general interest and infrastructure companies, in particular in public transport, in the broadband sector and in the utility industry. At the moment he mainly supports public transport authorities and municipal transport companies in the process of re-awarding the public passenger transport service contract in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 1370/2007 and the PBefG, taking into account the preservation of existing tax advantages. Another focus of his advisory work lies in providing support for the financing of municipal companies under state aid law, be it through shareholder contributions, in the cross-tax association or through municipal guarantees.

Day 2 | Lecture 2.4 | 11:10-11:30 a.m. 

Univ.-Professor Dr.-iur. Klaus Joachim Grigoleit

TU Dortmund, Department of Spatial Planning and Environmental Law

PhD and habilitation at the Humboldt University in Berlin, since 2009 head of the Department of Spatial Planning and Environmental Law at the Faculty of Spatial Planning at the TU Dortmund University. The main areas of focus there are urban planning law on the one hand and specialist planning law, in particular that  Law of the energy transition on the other hand.


Recent publications: Manual commentary on the BauNVO (8th edition 202; together with C. Otto);  Possibilities of a solar obligation, NVwZ 2022, p. 32 (together with clants); Booster for wind power, NVwZ 2022 (current version)

Day 2 | Panel III | 11:30-12:00 a.m. 

Victor Vargas

Managing Director, IST Cables

Victor Vargas is a mechanical engineer with extensive experience in the development of urban cable car projects in Latin American environments. He studied in both South America and Europe and is an expert in both cultures. His competences cover a wide range of steps necessary for the implementation of urban cable cars. He has worked on feasibility studies, specific designs, technical supervision, installation and commissioning of cableways. His work as head of electromechanical equipment and planning of the route profile of cableway projects in Colombia, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Chile deserves special mention. He is currently director of the company "Ingeniería de Sistemas de Transporte y Cables S.A.S" (ISTCables), from where he supports private, public and multilateral organisations in the promotion and development of urban cable cars.

Day 2 | Lecture 2.5 | 2:00-2:30 p.m. 

Patrick Vial

Project Leader Public Transportation Systems, TISSEO COLLECTIVITES

After training as an engineer, Patrick Vial worked in the field of transport for more than 30 years: first on the realization of motorway systems, then urban, with roles of management of studies and project management. Then he joined the Toulouse mobility organizing authority, notably as project manager for the cable car.


Patrick Vial is working on the subject with the ministerial organizations on the acceptance and accessibility of this kind of urban system. He is also part of the board of ATEC ITS France. He has a major interest in the contribution of the Intelligent Transport Systems and smart and soft mobility.

Day 2 | Lecture 2.6 | 2:30-3:00 p.m. 

Matthias Nuessgen

Deputy Managing Director of the European Institute for Sustainable Transport (EURIST eV)

Matthias Nüßgen is a geographer and city planner. He dealt with different perspectives of sustainable transport, especially in the areas of local public transport and non-motorized transport, and places the positive functional synergies of integrated urban and transport planning at the center of his work. He held training courses and lectures on this topic at various national and international universities. In 2012 and 2013 he was a lecturer in the field of urban planning at the TU Darmstadt. As deputy managing director of Eurist eV, he was involved in participation processes, case studies and feasibility studies for the initiation and implementation of urban cable cars worldwide, including in various African cities such as Dar es Salaam, Accra, Addis Ababa, Lusaka, Kigali, Gaborone and Harare.

Day 2 | Lecture 2.7 | 3:00-3:20 p.m. 
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Ruben Ebersold

Speaker, Yunex Traffic a Siemens Business

As a long-term part of the project management for the operation, maintenance and repair of the funicular that runs at the Squaire Metro at Frankfurt Airport, Ruben Ebersold is one of the experts at Yunex, who has valuable experience in the passenger operation of cable cars and their successful integration into urban areas.

Day 2 | Panel IV | 3:20-3:50 p.m. 
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Juliane Gutgesell

Team leader industry innovation laboratories, House of Logistics & Mobility (HOLM) GmbH

The engineer has been in the mobility industry since the mid-2000s. Her areas of focus include railway technology and intelligent transport systems. Here she has always acted in an interdisciplinary manner and with a focus on the user interface, moderates between the different stakeholders and perspectives and is involved in the MINT junior field. At the HOLM, Juliane Gutgesell is the contact person for the industry innovation labs: the public transport lab, the first of its kind in Germany, was opened in 2019. This is where ideas, new concepts and business models for the public transport of the future are developed and tested. The ÖPNV-Lab acts across organizations and companies, is a trend platform, industry meeting point, source of inspiration and showroom for innovations. Current key themes are Mobility-as-a-Service, future road chains and innovative vehicle concepts. The lab pursues urban ropeway concepts in the Hessian area in close coordination with the FrankfurtRheinMain regional association, local public transport stakeholders and the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences as a scientific partner.

Day 2 | Panel IV | 3:20-3:50 p.m. 

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Follmann

Dean of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

Studied civil engineering at the TH Darmstadt, then scientific employee in the department of traffic planning and traffic engineering. Doctorate in traffic signal control in 1989. 1991 Co-founder of a planning office for transport and management until 2001, today scientific advisor. Since 2001 Professor at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences with a focus on traffic planning, traffic engineering and traffic safety. Since 2017 he has headed the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as Dean and has also been a member of the University Senate for 6 years. He has extensive expertise from numerous projects that have been implemented in which new paths in transport have been taken. He is also known for pilot projects for local mobility in the region with the participation of students. These make improved possibilities directly comprehensible on site. He is currently one of the advocates for the use of urban cable cars as a supplement to public transport in the metropolitan regions of Frankfurt RheinMain and Rhein Neckar. In 2019 he was awarded the Science Prize of the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences for his work.

Day 2 | Moderator, Panel IV | 3:20-3:50 p.m.