05.03.19

Government Office for Science to Provide Insights into the Future of Mobility and Implications for Freight to 2040 at Microlise Transport Conference

A senior UK policy adviser, who leads on transport projects at the Government Office for Science (GOS), will speak at the Microlise Transport Conference on the 15 May.

Jonathan Keating is a senior adviser at GOS, leading on various elements of its transport and infrastructure portfolio.

Speaking in the main conference agenda at Europe’s largest road transport conference, Jonathan will give delegates an insight into the work his department is doing, advising government on how science, and scientific evidence, can be part of the solution to the transport industry’s challenges.

He will outline that factors that will impact the future of our transport system out to 2040, and the implications for freight as highlighted by the Foresight Future of Mobility project.

Keating said: “We are at a time of unprecedented change in the transport system. Social changes outside the transport sector have markedly altered how and why we use the system. Coming changes like the growing ageing population, will meet technological advances in electrification, data and automation to bring fresh opportunities.”

“Freight is a critical part of the UK economy and has been one of the focuses of our work and my presentation will explore the future of the freight transport system. I look forward to sharing our insights at the Microlise Transport Conference,” he added.

The Microlise Transport Conference is aimed at those working in management or operational roles within fleet operators, regardless of fleet size, industry sector or which technologies they have in place. The one-day conference is free to attend, with a programme designed to provide valuable insights to delegates that inform their business and strategic decisions.

“We’re delighted to have confirmed the Government Office for Science. The recent Foresight Future of Mobility report from the department, contributes to decisions that will ensure the prosperity of our industry in the future. A first-hand scan of the transport horizon from one of the UK’s senior policy advisers is a rare opportunity,” said Nadeem Raza, Microlise Chief Executive Officer.

Jonathan joins a fantastic line-up of speakers – cementing the Microlise Transport Conference’s place as the road transport industry’s premier conference – including Great Britain’s Senior Transport Commissioner, Richard Turfitt; Director of Enforcement at DVSA, Marian Kitson; Google Cloud Automotive and Industrial Lead – UK, Mark Maslanka; Unite the Union National Officer, Adrian Jones.

The conference will once again be chaired by award-winning motoring journalist, author, TV presenter and campaigner Quentin Willson.

For further information, and to register to attend, the conference website can be found at www.microliseconference.com.

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About Microlise

Microlise telematics, journey management and proof of delivery products help its customers reduce costs and the environmental impact of their fleet operations. This is achieved by maximising vehicle utilisation, increasing operational efficiency and improving economy and safety; whilst helping to deliver the very best customer experience by providing real-time visibility of the fleet against schedule.

An award-winning privately owned business, Microlise invests significantly in research and development annually to ensure its solutions continue to be underpinned by market-leading technology. In 2018 Microlise won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade.

Each year, in May, Microlise hosts the Microlise Transport Conference. It’s aimed at those working in management or operational roles within fleet operators, regardless of fleet size, industry sector or which technologies they have in place. The one-day conference is free to attend, with a programme designed to provide valuable insights to delegates which inform their business and strategic decisions.

About Jonathan Keating

Jonathan Keating is a senior adviser at the Government Office for Science, leading on various elements of their wider transport and infrastructure portfolio.  Since joining in 2016, he has been intimately involved in the Government Office for Science Foresight Future of Mobility project, from its inception to its launch in January 2019.  Within this body of work, he has supported the Government Chief Scientific Adviser by directing evidence gathering, engaging with the transport community and deriving policy insights to shape the final report and its published evidence base.

Having worked in public and private sector R&D, Jonathan has drawn on his experiences from industry and academia throughout his time at GO-Science.  His research has spanned the chemistry and physics domains; with focus on renewable energy, clean technology and new methodologies in characterising novel materials of technological importance.  He is enjoying the current Futures focus of his role, ensuring decision makers have access to the latest evidence, and focussing on the cross-cutting areas of importance to our economy and our society.

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