The one held in Stockholm last week has been the «biggest edition yet» for the UITP Global Public Transport Summit, according to the figures released by the organization.

In Sweden were gathered 474 exhibitors from 46 countries. The program was enriched by 53 sessions featuring 300 speakers. Attendees? As many as 2,718 from 81 countries. Also 15,000 single-entry exhibition visitors came to Stockholmassan for the Summit. The venue was held alongside co-host SL, the public transport authority for Stockholm.

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Nearly half of the speaker were women

The conference programme included numerous sessions and side-events, as this year saw the Special Plenary Redefining Public Transport take centre stage with a series of mini-documentaries, produced by BBC StoryWorks, arriving on screen. The series will be launched to the world this week. With an exhibition larger than ever before, the international reach of UITP was on full display as 473 exhibitors showcased their work and new products, allowing innovation to take centre stage.

Diversity also played an important role in the 2019 proceedings, with a moving side event on women’s employment in public transport, our #PT4ME campaign and UITP holding firm on the promise to advance female voices in the programme with 126 women representing 42% of all speakers – more than double the figure of the 2017 Summit.

A Summit, a turning point

“The UITP Summit is always a special event. This edition, was my first Summit as UITP Secretary General and I know from the level of congratulatory messages I have received that it has been our most successful yet! The hard work and dedication of the entire UITP team has resulted in a Summit which is the largest ever in size. More than just size, however, it was the quality content, innovations and diverse activities in the programme, the atmosphere and the stunning exhibition which has resulted in this positive impact on participants. On a personal level I am proud of what UITP has achieved alongside our members for Stockholm 2019 – and on a professional level, I am convinced that this Summit is a turning point in the way we’ll talk about public transport from now on. I look forward to the next steps.” said Mohamed Mezghani, UITP Secretary General.

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