IAA MOBILITY 2023
What Natalie Portman, Sophia Kianni, Alyssa Carson & Co. had to say.
In addition to 500 top-class speakers and experts from politics and business, as well as the most prominent companies from the automotive, technology, bicycle and micromobility industries, inspiring personalities such as Oscar winner Natalie Portman, Mars mission candidate Alyssa Carson, racing driver Sophia Flörsch and climate activist Sophia Kianni shared their visions of the mobility of the future.
Academy Award Winner and activist Natalie Portman
In a panel discussion at the IAA Conference, Academy Award wwinner Natalie Portman spoke with moderator Oliver Crook about her commitment to animal welfare, veganism and how each of us can make a small contribution to the fight against climate change. She also wanted to hear from industry representatives how sustainable mobility solutions can be made affordable and accessible. Oliver Blume, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, and Dr. Sandra Wolf, CEO of Riese & Müller, also took part in the discussion. Oliver Blume said that for him, attractive products, a good charging infrastructure and a reasonable price are the most important factors. The more electric cars you produce, the better you can scale and the more affordable the products become. Dr. Sandra Wolf, on the other hand, pointed out that bicycles and e-bikes are already one of the most affordable means of transportation and are easily accessible. She believes that the goal must be to lower the price of mobility offerings, whether through sharing or subscription models.
After the discussion, Natalie Portman went on a tour of the IAA Summit, where she visited the booths of exhibitors BMW, ZF and Stromer.
Mars mission candidate Alyssa Carson
21-year-old astrobiologist Alyssa Carson's dream is to one day work in the space industry and become the first person to fly to Mars. In her keynote address at the IAA conference, she shared why she has held onto her dream since childhood and showed some examples of the astronaut survival training she has already completed. She also talked about her current research in astrobiology.
After her keynote, Alyssa Carson went on a tour of the exhibitors at the IAA Summit, where exhibitors such as ZF and Zeiss explained to her what future technologies they are currently working on.
Climate protection activist Sophia Kianni
Climate protection activist Sophia Kianni wants to educate people around the world about climate change - especially in regions that are often particularly affected and where access to information is particularly difficult. To that end, the 21-year-old founded the international youth-led nonprofit Climate Cardinals, a non-profit climate change initiative that works to make climate education more accessible to people who don't speak English. In a keynote address at the IAA conference, Sophia Kianni shared why she has made climate action her life's work and how future solution-oriented ways to stop climate change can be found.
After her keynote speech, Sophia Kianni embarked on a tour of the IAA Summit exhibition grounds to hear from Cargobike manufacturers about how they plan to advance sustainable mobility. She also visited the Frauenhofer Institute booth. They have recently developed a solar cell film for car hoods. It is designed to make cars more energy efficient. At the IAA Summit she was shown this innovation.
Racing driver Sophia Flörsch
During a fireside chat at the IAA Conference, 22-year-old Formula 3 racer Sophia Flörsch talked about her racing career, her determination to succeed as a woman in a male-dominated field, and automotive innovations that could shape motorsport and mobility in general in the coming years. She also spoke about her dream of one day competing in Formula 1.
Afterwards, Sophia Flörsch went on a tour of the IAA Summit and visited the booths of Samsung, battery manufacturers CATL and REPT BATTERO.