2017 Conference Theme: Low tech movement in a high tech world

Walking and cycling are simple activities in a world where technology is becoming increasingly complex. The 2017 conference theme, ‘Low tech movement in a high tech world’ explores the interplay between these two forces. Can new technologies help us to plan, build, advocate for and encourage walking and cycling: big data, crowdsourcing, gamification, augmented reality, techno gadgets, smart systems? Or do the simplicity of walking and cycling provide an antidote to a busy, connected, high tech world? Do solutions to our cities’ problems need to be complex, or is a simple approach sometimes all we need?

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2017 Keynote Speakers

Dr Elliot Fishman

Director, Transport Innovation, Institute for Sensible Transport

Dr Elliot Fishman completed his PhD at the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety on the topic of global bike share.

His research on bike share and bicycle planning has been published in top ranking transport journals, and he currently has the most downloaded article ever published in the Oxford based journal Transport Reviews.

He has advised the Australian Prime Minister’s Office on sustainable mobility as well as the New York City Department of Transport and Transport for London regarding bike share.

Since 2005 has been the Director of Transport Innovation at the Institute for Sensible Transport. He has been the Chief Investigator for the Bike Share Feasibility studies for Perth, Adelaide and Sydney and is currently writing a book on global bike share.

Jess Miller

Program Director, Republic of Everyone

Jess is the Program Director at leading brand, sustainability and innovation company, Republic of Everyone. In her role she designs and leads collective impact programs, namely the 202020 Vision – an ambitious national program that works collaboratively to increase and improve urban green space by 20% by 2020.
Jess is known for her creative and inclusive approaches to sustainability, strategy and innovation under the name of her company Goody Two Shoes. Jess co-founded GreenUps Sustainability Drinks, Grow it Local and the Elizabeth Street Gallery, she has worked on the Garage Sale Trail, Tweed Ride, and Grow Show – which featured an enormous veggie patch and education programs outside of Melbourne Town Hall.
In 2016 Jess was elected to the City of Sydney Council as part of the Clover Moore Independent Team and is one of the youngest people to hold this positon. She is the deputy chair of the Environment Committee, Cycling Advisory Committee, Vice Chair of the Cooks River Alliance and also sits on the Sydney Coastal Council Group.
Jess sits on the Environment Panel for the Greater Sydney Commission, is a Weleda Biodiversity Ambassador, sits on the Parent Advisory Group of The Parenthood and was voted the Sydney Electorate’s Woman of the Year in 2014. She was voted as a Reformer in the Sydney Magazines’ Top 100 Most Influential People in 2012.
She is cycling dependent.

Dr Ben Beck

Deputy Head of Prehospital, Emergency and Trauma Research, Monash University

Dr Ben Beck has a PhD in injury epidemiology and injury biomechanics from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering from the University of Melbourne.

In his current role as Deputy Head of Prehospital, Emergency and Trauma Research and Research Fellow with the Victorian State Trauma Registry at Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Ben leads a large body of trauma and injury prevention research. As a keen cyclist, he has a particular interest in improving safety for cyclists and reducing injury rates.

Through his strong collaborative relationships with Government (e.g. Victorian Department of Health and the Transport Accident Commission) and industry (Amy Gillett Foundation) his research has informed injury prevention activities, changed clinical practice and will continue to reduce the burden of injury and critical illness globally.

Presentation: The role of technology in curbing rising injury rates in cyclists: the MetreBox.