2018 POCACITO in Germany application

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15 people join the POCACITO community for the 2018 tour to Germany to study sustainable urban mobility in front-runner cities Hannover and Dresden.

Thank you for the many great applications. For this year, we can’t accept any more applications, but there are many other opportunities to learn more about sustainability.

Consider joining our Energy Future Exchange tour June 25 to 29 in the DC area: http://www.pocacito.org/2018/03/13/efextour/

We wish the 2018 POCACITO in Germany group great experiences in Germany this May.

POCACITO in Germany is an initiative of Ecologic Institute in Washington, DC, and is supported financially through a European Recovery Program (ERP) grant from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

Our 2017 tour to urban farming in Munich

Our 2017 tour to urban farming in Munich

Ecologic Institute invites you to apply for the 2018 POCACITO in Germany tour to explore first-hand how German cities are achieving climate-friendly mobility. If you are working for a city or regional authority, are a city planner or part of civil society organizations working on transport and mobility, then you have the unique opportunity to directly engage with your German professional counterparts and become part of this US-German network on urban sustainability.

The program will take place from May 12 to 19, 2018.


Our 2017 tour to the Emscher wastewater plant

Our 2017 tour to the Emscher wastewater plant

What does the program include?

POCACITO in Germany will cover:

  • Flights to and from Germany
  • All travel within Germany
  • All accommodations for the duration of the program
  • All fees related to planned activities throughout the program
  • Access to the POCACITO urban sustainability community
  • Three meals a day (and we will do our best to adapt to your dietary needs)

In order to close the gap between our grant and the program costs, participants will have to contribute $800.

2017 visit to the Munich water works

2017 visit to the Munich water works

Where will we go?

We will spend six days in Germany traveling first to Hannover and then to Dresden to learn about sustainable urban mobility.

The specifics of the tour are still in development, but here is our plan:


In Hannover, we will visit various e-mobility lighthouse projects of the metro region, including charging infrastructure, commercial car sharing for company fleets and electric buses used by the local transit authority. We will also look at non-motorized transport, especially the bicycle station STEP at Hannover main station. Then, we will take the train to nearby Braunschweig have a look at inductive charging for electric buses and taxis at the main train station. We will also meet with key mobility experts and representatives of the city.

Oh, yes, we said train: we will ride the German high speed rail from Hannover to get to Dresden and have lunch in the restaurant car while riding through the country at over 150 mph, of course powered by green electricity.


After arriving in Dresden, we will have some time to explore the old city center and enjoy dinner in a historic restaurant. The next day, we will explore the CarGo-Tram which delivers car parts to the local Volkswagen plant via light rail. Luckily, Dresden is also home to e-mobility lighthouse projects and we will visit the electric bus line 79 which sports a fast charging system as well as electric vehicles of the sanitation services (no riding in the back, though). And Dresden is bike-friendly city too. Besides the bicycle station at the main train terminal, the city offers nextbike bike sharing as well as a concierge bike service under the name RollOn Dresden (where we will rent our bikes for a tour along the Elbe bicycle trail).

Just as in Hannover, we will meet with a range of mobility experts and practitioners from research, policy and civil society.

Exploring urban sustainability in Germany

Exploring urban sustainability in Germany

Who can apply?

  • You should live in the US
  • You should be an employee of city or regional authorities, a city planner or be part of a civil society group working on sustainable mobility
  • Your professional qualification and work experience should link to sustainable urban mobility
  • Be between 25 and 35 years old
  • You should have an interest in Germany, its culture and its history as well as an interest in continuing to maintain contacts acquired during the study tour
  • Knowledge of the German language is an advantage, but not required


The final selection will be made by an independent panel of urban experts.





Please feel free to contact us with any questions: max@pocacito.org





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