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Prof. Gernot Sieg at the 75th anniversary ceremony of the Board of Academic Advisers at the BMDV

On June 11, the  Board of Academic Advisers at the BMDV (Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport) celebrated its 75th anniversary with many invited guests in the Erich-Klausener-Saal in Berlin. Federal Minister Dr. Volker Wissing: "Foresight needs science: Since its foundation 75 years ago, the members of the  Board of Academic Advisers to the Federal Minister for Digital and Transport have been working with great passion, creative drive and conviction when it comes to further developing our mobility." The Chairman of the Advisory Board, Prof. Gernot Sieg, commented: "The  Board of Academic Advisers to the Federal Minister for Digital and Transport is pleased and grateful that its advice is always listened to, that its work is appreciated and that this is being celebrated with a ceremony." After the welcome address by the Federal Minister and the speeches by Parliamentary State Secretary Oliver Luksic and the Chairman of the Advisory Board, Prof. Gernot Sieg, four members of the Advisory Board presented good solutions for transport. In a panel discussion on the topic "Follow the Science: Scientific Policy Advice in Germany" with the Chair of the German Advisory Council on the Environment Prof. Dr. Claudia Hornberg, the President of the Federal Highway Research Institute Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Markus Oeser, the Head of the Road Transport Department at the Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport, Ministerial Director Iris Reimold, the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Prof. Jörg Rocholl, PhD, and member of the Scientific Advisory Board and Head of the Institute of Transport, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Vortisch, the guests were able to gain interesting insights into the various scientific policy advisory institutions and to participate with questions. State Secretary Hartmut Höppner concluded the event with his speech.

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Announcement of guest lecture by Mr. Philipp Trierweiler on 03 June (Energie-Control Austria)

Energie-Control Austria

On 03.06.2024, a guest lecture by Mr. Philipp Trierweiler (Energie-Control Austria) on "Incentive regulation in practice: basic features of the regulatory model of Austrian electricity distribution system operators" will take place as part of the lecture Competition and Regulation by Prof. Dr. Gernot Sieg. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

Language of presentation: German

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Announcement of guest lecture by Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Kellner (Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia) on 27.05.2024

On 12.12.2023 at 14:15 (room STA1) there will be a guest lecture by Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Kellner (Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Transport North Rhine-Westphalia) on the topic "Airport charges - Insights into the audit practice of an aviation authority" as part of the lecture Advanced Transport Economics. All interested parties are welcome to attend. 

Language of presentation: German

 

 

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Announcement of guest lecture by Dr. Tim Reuter (RBB Economics) on March 22, 2024, in Münster

On May 3rd at 9:00 am, Dr. Tim Reuter (RBB Economics) will give a guest lecture on "Platform economics in practice: hotel booking portals and best price clauses" as part of the seminar on platform economics. All interested parties are welcome to attend. Please register at Sekretariat.verkehrswissenschaft@uni-muenster.de.

Language of presentation: German

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Announcement of guest lecture by police chief inspector Miriam Jablonski on March 22, 2024, in Münster

On March 22, 2024, a guest lecture by chief police inspector Miriam Jablonski on "Cycling in Münster:  Setting individual priorities in the context of traffic monitoring" will take place as part of the Research Seminar on Analyzing Bicycle Traffic Data with R by Dr. Jan Wessel. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

Language of presentation: German

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Visit to the Autobahn GmbH in Leverkusen

On March 6, Dr. Till Kösters, Lars Rödermund (Master's student of economics) and Sebastian Specht (doctoral student) were guests at Autobahn GmbH des Bundes in Leverkusen. In addition to an exciting tour of the traffic control center and stimulating discussions, promising traffic data for future research work and thesis topics were collected. We would like to thank you for the friendly welcome and the pleasant exchange.

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The Covid-19 pandemic and the weather sensitivity of cycling

In their new article "More Afraid of the Virus than of Bad Weather? Exploring the link between Weather Conditions and Cycling Volume in German Cities Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic", Ansgar Hudde and Jan Wessel examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the relationship between weather and cycling. Based on data from 69 automated bicycle counting stations in Germany, the authors show that the weather sensitivity of cyclists in transit-oriented cities has increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. One reason for this could be that public transport users have switched to cycling due to the increased risk of infection on public transport and that these new cyclists are significantly more sensitive to the weather than long-time cyclists. In more bicycle-oriented (student) cities, on the other hand, the weather sensitivity of cyclists has not changed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This article is published in the journal Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour (link to article).

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Professor Sieg is new chairman of the Board of Academic Advisers to the Federal Minister of Digital and Transport

Professor Sieg has been elected Chairman of the Board of Academic Advisers to the Federal Minister of Digital and Transport since January 1, 2024. 

Prof. Sieg's term of office includes not only the 75th anniversary of the Advisory Board but also the greatest challenges for transport policy since the Federal Republic of Germany was founded:
"The transport sector is facing major challenges: Climate neutrality, affordability, poverty, demographics, to name but a few. Transport science can make a contribution to solving these problems. The Board works at the interface between science and policy advice and, as in the last 75 years, will continue to develop practical solution recommendations for the most important problems in transport. I am already looking forward to the coming years and the intensive communication and discussion with the Minister and the Ministry."

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Riding the Green Wave

Increasing cycling attractiveness is essential for city planners to enable more sustainable mobility. One way to improve cycling quality is to reduce the frequency of stopping, thereby enhancing cycling flow. Against this backdrop, the city of Münster installed an open-source green wave assistant designed specifically for cyclists, located 110 meters in front of the traffic lights.

In their new article "Riding the Green Wave - How Countdown Timers at Bicycle Traffic Lights Impact on Cycling Behavior", Christina Brand, Thomas Hagedorn, Till Kösters, Marlena Meier, Gernot Sieg and Jan Wesse analyze the impact of the Leezenflow system. Therefore, they conduct a natural field experiment in real traffic and an online survey. This is the first comprehensive analysis of a bicycle green wave assistant, considering both its long-term impact in real traffic and user feedback. They find that the number of cyclists that have to stop at the red lights decreases by 6.6 %. Moroever, the data indicates a reported increase in cycling quality, and evidence for positive effects on traffic safety.

This article is published at the journal Travel Behavior and Society (Link to article).

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