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Beyond the car: future mobility in Bath

A workshop exploring what the transportation environment in Bath would look like if residents didn't need to use a car and how this could be achieved.

  • 3 Feb 2020, 9.30am to 5 Feb 2020, 4.00pm GMT
  • Guildhall, Bath, United Kingdom
  • This event is free
Bath Abbey with bikes outside
Imagine Bath without any cars.

This collaborative incubator is being delivered in partnership between Bath & North East Somerset Council, the Bath community and the University of Bath.

In March 2019, Bath & North East Somerset Council declared a climate emergency and set a target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Achieving this will require a major shift to a mass transport system, and more walking and cycling to reduce emissions. This incubator will bring together people with different perspectives and expertise on transportation and air pollution to discuss what the future for Bath could look like.

The incubator will kick off with talks outlining questions and challenges around transportation and air pollution in Bath. Participants will work together in groups to develop the questions into well-defined problems and discuss ideas for solutions. The incubator format means that there will only be a few talks; instead we will focus on discussion and collaboration to see what progress can be made.


  • Councillor Joanna Wright - Cabinet Member for Transport Services
  • Chris Major - Group Manager, Transport & Parking, Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • Bruce Laurence - Director of Public Health, Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • Rebecca Reynolds - Consultant in Public Health, Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • Jenny McArthur - Lecturer in Lecturer in Urban Infrastructure and Public Policy, UCL
  • Ian Walker - Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Bath
  • Julian Faraway - Professor in Mathematics, University of Bath
  • Sam Akehurst - Professor in Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath


See our event schedule

This will give you an idea of how the workshop will run. We will have most structured content on day 1 with more space for group work as the workshop progresses into days 2 and 3.

Day 1

This is a mixture of short presentations from invited speakers and discussions in groups to reflect on what has been said. We will ask you to feedback ideas and challenges related to the presentations that could explored further during the workshop. The objective at the end of day 1 is to identify a number of these challenges to take forward into day 2.

Day 2

This will start with a recap of the progress from day 1 and a summary of the challenges. You will have the opportunity to choose which of these you want to spend time discussing during the day. At the end of the day we will ask for short presentation from each group and discuss which has merit to move in to day 3. At this point you may decide that you have got as much as you want from the workshop, which is fine.

Day 3

This will be about doing a deeper dive into the remaining challenges to see what data is available etc. and how these could be formed into research questions. We will also look at how to build on the momentum from the workshop and what the next steps could be.

Bring your data and research to the workshop

We encourage you to share your data and research with the workshop and will provide opportunities for you to do this. Please think about giving a 5-10 minute informal summary on this, and send us an email if you are interested with a very brief description of what will be talking about.

Who should attend?

We aim for a diverse group of around 50 participants mixing backgrounds, interests and expertise: mathematicians, psychologists, statisticians, policy makers, economists, engineers, and anyone else who feels they could contribute. We also hope for a good mixture of senior and junior people, from PhD students to professors.

There is no fee to attend and some bursaries of up to £500 are available for students and postdocs from outside Bath to cover travel, accommodation and/or caring costs. Lunch and refreshments for the coffee breaks will be provided along with one evening meal.

Who is organising the event?

The incubator is being organised by the University of Bath (Maths and Psychology departments) and Bath and North East Somerset Council.

The organising committee is: Julie Morton (UoB), Susie Douglas (UoB), Leda Blackwood (UoB), Mandy Bishop (B&NES) and Chris Major (B&NES).

As part of taking part in the workshop, you may be asked to volunteer to fill in questionnaires or be interviewed by the Reimagining Recruitment research team. This shouldn't take much of you time, and your involvement with the project would be greatly appreciated.

Contact the Industrial Partnerships team if you want support to connect with industry.

The event is funded by the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund.

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Incubator presentations

You can view the presentations from the event here

Working in partnership with B&NES

The workshop is delivered in partnership between the University of Bath and Bath & North East Somerset Council.


The workshop is being held in the Brunswick Room at the Guildhall in the centre of Bath.

Guildhall High Street Bath BA1 5AW United Kingdom

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like more information about the incubator please contact us.