The European project “Harmony” launched in London

Harmony envisages the development of a new generation of harmonised spatial and
multimodal transport planning tools which comprehensively model the dynamics of the
changing transport sector and spatial organisation, enabling metropolitan area authorities to
lead the transition to a low carbon new mobility era in a sustainable manner.

Barcelona, 11th June 2019.
Harmony is a European project funded by the European Commission within the programme
Horizon 2020. Its name stands for “Holistic Approach for Providing Spatial & Transport Planning
Tools and Evidence to Metropolitan and Regional Authorities to Lead a Sustainable Transition
to a New Mobility Era”. Its consortium gathers 21 members from 9 different European countries
that will be working together for the three and a half years to come.
Against the background of expanding urbanisation and evolving transport challenges, Harmony
will support public authorities and service providers in transport and spatial planning. As
such, Harmony will be cooperating with CIVITAS, a network of European cities committed to
testing and implementing urban transport solutions for a more sustainable mobility.
More specifically, it will elaborate a model suite, i.e. a platform bringing together not only
transport and spatial planning models but also regional community growth models. For
example, it will address challenges related to land use, passenger and freight transport,
multimodal mobility and so on. Consequently, these models will inform suitable
recommendations to be implemented in different urban scenarios. Harmony will test its
solutions in 6 different cities and metropolitan areas, namely Rotterdam – NL, Oxfordshire –
UK, Athens – GR, Turin – IT, Trikala – GR, Katowice – POL. Real-life testing will include
demonstrations with drones and autonomous vehicles at the service of citizens’ needs. In
addition, Harmony will provide a platform for multi-stakeholders’ partnerships and appropriate
training for public officials in order to close the gap between understanding and planning the
mobility of the future.

The whole consortium gathered for the kick-off meeting at UCL in London, UK, on 5th and 6th
June 2019. After a general overview of the project by the coordinator Dr Maria Kamargianni,
each member of the consortium introduced its work package and explained its role within the
project. Furthermore, the consortium had the pleasure of hosting the project officer from the
European Commission, Dr Octavia Stepan, who underlined the meaningful impact Harmony will
produce in addressing travelling demand and CO2 reduction at a regional level.
The meeting was followed by the public launch event on 7th June, with more than 150
participants registered. It was structured in three main panels of experts, each one focusing on
a different aspect: innovation proposed by industries, challenged faced by urban authorities,
spatial and transport planning. Finally, a cross-session discussion wrapped up the event and
shed some light into future developments.
You can follow Harmony on Linkedin and Twitter to keep updated with its next developments.

GRIFF Aviation was recruited by Airbus to join this EU project. “We are very proud to be selected and to be a part of future of transportation. It is very important for GRIFF Aviation to attend this project
to prepare our UAV for future use in cities. Says Leif Johan Holand, CEO, GRIFF Aviation.

View the press release.