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. 


ECF/ManagEnergy Conference in Copenhagen (23-24 October): From research to policy

ECF and ManagEnergy are proud to present you with the latest developments on knowledge sharing. Local policies, science and advocacy for cycling is a cross-collaborative workshop, supported by the European Commission, addresses researchers working on cycling topics, people working directly in city and national government and NGOs working with urban cycling related issues.

Dates: October 23rd-24th 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Entrance: Free
Limited number of participants! Register now.


How can we ensure that your facts and figures on cycling are influential in the right places? This workshop aims to inject science into policies on the local, regional and international level by looking at best practices from researchers and advocates from 7 European cities. It is an unmissable opportunity to:

  • Strengthen cross-sectoral relationships to enable better promotion of cycling
  • Share your knowledge with top-level cities and advocates 

Due to a limited number of participants, we urge all interested parties to apply as soon as possible.  ECF reserves the right to deny registrations up to 2 weeks before the event. View the programme and register here

Who can join the S4C network

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 September 11, 2014