Perspectives on Mobility in Transition

The future of passenger mobility


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Academic Responsibility

Univ.-Prof. i.R. Dr. phil. Paul Thomes

Teaching and research area Economic, Social and Technology History

Hon.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Streichfuss

Chair of Economic Geography and Senior Partner at Roland Berger

Contact Person

Lennart Göpfert, M. Sc.





Monday, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.


Mixed (Zoom/in person) – look at the program below

H07 (C.A.R.L.)
Claßenstr. 11
52072 Aachen


Our mobility has changed frequently over time. Reasons for this can include changing needs or new technologies. The same applies to incisive events of various kinds. Often, the various influencing factors interact with each other.

This semester, we will jointly focus on personal mobility. Mobility is a basic human need, but it presents us as a society with ever new challenges. Congested and dilapidated infrastructure, noise and air pollution, scarcity of resources and, last but not least, the climate crisis force us to discuss the status quo and future perspectives of personal mobility. Which adaptations are necessary today? Which of them will persist in the long run? Does innovation take place only in technical isolation or holistically, looking at factors such as social acceptance, economic viability or environmental compatibility? Ultimately, mobility must be understood and developed as a dynamic socio-technical system, we argue. To answer these questions, a look back can also help, because the present is a product of the past; those who understand the latter can shape the future in a more differentiated way.

The module will critically examine personal mobility and its evolution. Various actors within and outside RWTH and the region will discuss transformations of mobility with us. We explicitly look forward to discussions with you!

Learning Outcomes

The contents of the course should enable the students to interpret mobility and its drivers systematically based on history as well as to accompany research and teaching actively and critically. Recommendations for the definition of sustainable mobility research and concepts are to be worked out independently.

Accordingly, the course attaches great importance to communication between students and experts; i.e., all sessions provide for a 45-minute discussion component. Target-oriented information and materials will be available in advance in the course room.



Past, present and future of passenger mobility

Prof. Dr. Paul Thomes
Teaching and research area Economic, Social and Technology History at the RWTH Aachen


Challenges in overview

Hon.-Prof. Dr. Martin Streichfuss
Senior Partner, Roland Berger GmbH


Sustainable Aviation – future of air traffic

Christoph Todt
Director Transformation and Change TUI Airline, TUIfly GmbH


Future of public transport

Hon.-Prof. Dr. Tom Reinhold
Managing director, traffiQ GmbH


On Demand Mobility

Victoria Markewitz
Director of Partnerships, Via Transportation Inc.


Zero Emisssion Energy Supply from the Middle East

Cornelius Matthes
CEO, Dii Desert Energy


Future of railway mobility

Dr. Bastian Kogel
Chief engineer, Institute of Transport Science at RWTH Aachen


Concluding meeting I – Seminar presentations

Participants of the course


Concluding meeting II – Seminar presentations and recap

Participants of the course

Prof. Dr. Paul Thomes
Teaching and research area Economic, Social and Technology History at the RWTH Aachen

Procedure/Working method​

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation.


Certificate of Participation (0 CP, not graded)
Protocol with critical analysis  (2 CP, not graded)
Seminar paper and presentation (group work, 4 CP)


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