Scientists for Cycling

The Scientists for Cycling network, launched at the Velo-city Global 2010 conference in Copenhagen, arises from the recognition that there are many experts in both natural and social sciences worldwide who are able and ready to contribute to ECF’s mission: to improve and to increase cycling.

Research, research plans and scientific-based publications on cycling or cycling-related matters are often not sufficiently connected to (the networks of) other scientists, to professionals and to volunteers who work on cycling. The Scientists for Cycling network is designed to bridge this gap.

Here is a leaflet presenting the ‘Scientists for Cycling‘ network. 


Scientists for Cycling Colloquium in Adelaide, 26 May 2014 



University of South Australia Invitation to Colloquium

As a partner of Velo-City 2014, the University of South Australia would like to invite you to attend European Cyclists’ Federation’s (ECF) Scientists for Cycling Colloquium on 26 May 2014.

This colloquium will bring together academics, government and business leaders to look at the science behind sustainable mobility development, and the planned and current research on how to form bike-friendly and mobile cities.

Event details:

Date:        Monday 26 May 2014
Time:       9.00 – 5.30pm

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided

Venue:   Bradley Forum
                  Level 5, Hawke Building
                  55 North Terrace
                  University of South Australia City West campus
                  Adelaide SA 5000

With experts from around the globe, Scientists for Cycling brings you a diverse and interesting programme for a full day of collaboration, networking, and learning. Cycling is a global issue, and therefore needs a diverse and global approach. From cycling culture to stimulating cycling potentials, cycling safety and the latest in cycling research, the Scientists for Cycling colloquium at Velo-city 2014 brings the best and the brightest under one roof. 

Topics that will be explored include:

  • Cycling Economy – reasons for de-investing and (re-)investing in cycling mobility
  • Evaluating the success of cycling policies with web and mobile technology
  • Exposure-based cycling crash and injury rates in New South Wales, Australia
  • Evaluating the success of cycling policies with web and mobile technology
  • System Innovation and User Characteristics of Public Bike in Taipei

Please email to register for the colloquium and advise of any dietary requirements by 8 May 2014. Please note registration for this free colloquium is separate to the Velo-city 2014 Conference.

Learn more: Colloquium Draft Programme

Who can apply

Academics or anybody actively engaged in applied research, teaching and dissemination from all disciplines interested in cycling or cycling-related topics.

How to apply

Please fill in the ‘Scientists for Cycling’ application form and return it to the ECF (via e-mail to, Fax +32 2 880 92 75 or post: ECF – rue Franklin 28, 1000 Brussels). 

S4C application form

S4C leaflet

Advisory board members




Field of expertise

Mr. Manfred Neun Germany ECF (President) Economy, psychology, sustainable mobility development, cycling advocacy
Dr. Peter Cox United Kingdom University of Chester, Faculty of Social Science Social change
Dr. Bas De Geus Belgium Free University of Brussels, Faculty of Physical Education and Physical Therapy Human physiology
Dr. Lars Gemzøe Denmark Gehl Architects Architect
Dr. Martin Held Germany Protestant Academy Tutzing Economy, sustainable development
Dr. Michael Meschik Austria University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Environment and transport, mobility research, mobility management, traffic safety

Dr. John Parkin

United Kingdom London South Bank University Civil Engineering / Transportation Engineering and Planning
Ms. Francesca Racioppi Italy World Health Organization Injury prevention, manager of the programme “Accidents, transport and health
Supporting ECF staff members
Dr. Bernhard Ensink  The Netherlands ECF (Secretary General) Theology, philosophy, ethics, politics, advocacy, mobility, cycling

2011 advisory board members and ECF supporting staff members:

From left to right: Original advisory board members Dr. Bas De Geus, Dr. Martin Held, ECF staff members Dr. Bernhard Ensink and Dr. Florinda Boschetti, advisory board members Dr. Peter Cox and Mr. Manfred Neun. Missing are: Ms. Francesca Racioppi and Dr. Lars Gemzøe.


Last Updated April 23, 2014