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Study visits & placements

Cities sharing knowledge to foster sustainable mobility

These practice-oriented learning activities are designed to enhance the knowledge exchange between cities dealing with similar transport challenges and ultimately improve urban mobility across Europe.

Cities are selected to participate via annual calls for both host and visiting cities.

Apply to join upcoming CIVITAS study visits

City representatives are invited to apply to join upcoming CIVITAS study visits in Bristol (UK) and Stockholm (Sweden).

The visit to Bristol is taking place from 11-14 September 2018. Participants will have the chance to see the city's new Metro Bus, hear about its extensive cycling infrastructure, and visit the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone - a major development in the heart of the city. Download the draft agenda here.

The study tour in Stockholm will span three days from 22-24 October 2018. Those taking part will hear about e-mobility and biogas (charging infrastructure and logistics), cycling and traffic management, and public transport and MaaS pilots in the Swedish capital. Read the draft agenda here.

If interested, please contact Vanessa Holve by 4 September 2018:

Please note that no financial support can be provided, with participants having to cover their own costs.  

Further information

What is a study visit?

CIVITAS study visits provide the opportunity for a group of up to ten city representatives to travel to another European city facing similar sustainable urban mobility challenges and learn about possible solutions and best practices.

Lasting between two and five days, these study visits are tailored to the needs of the participating cities and utilise an interactive approach. Selected city representatives will benefit from financial support covering travel and accommodation costs.

What is a work placement?

CIVITAS work placements offer transport professionals a hands-on learning experience in another European city. The placements, which run for between two to five days, focus on a concrete topic and respond to a local challenge faced by the visiting city.

The main objective is to transfer practical knowledge and expertise from the host city to help achieve a specific objective. Financial support is available to cover travel and accommodation costs for selected cities.

When will the peer-to-peer activities take place?

CIVITAS work placements and study visits are taking place each year between 2017 and 2020. The exact dates of the visits will be decided in cooperation with the host and the visiting cities, with the support of the CIVITAS consortium.

What are the benefits for cities taking part to peer-to-peer activities?

Through their participation in CIVITAS peer-to-peer activities, cities will:

  • Gain important European recognition and visibility for their sustainable mobility actions;
  • Receive opportunities to share their experience with European experts and European institutions and therefore contribute to shaping EU transport policy;
  • Take part in facilitated peer review exchanges with a common methodology;
  • Obtain practical guidance and support from the CIVITAS Secretariat;
  • Gain direct access to specific expertise and best practices;
  • Receive coaching through progress reviews and monitoring;
  • Learn recognised methods for networking and building capacity.

Language of the activities

The working language of CIVITAS initiative is English, meaning that all working documents will be provided in English. In order to take part in the exchange activities, an intermediate to advanced level of English is expected.

Contact person:

Should you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Holve:, +32 2 552 08 72