The European Commission has published a leaflet demonstrating the situation at the end of 2015 and the progress made since 2010 on the EU roads and by country. The target of the EU was to halve the number of fatalities on European roads by 2020. The purpose of this leaflet is to allow Member States and European citizens to compare their situation and to encourage them to continue their efforts regarding road safety.
TRAVISIONS project concerns two competitions for transport research awards to be announced at the TRA conference in 2018 (TRA 2018): the TRAVISIONS 2018 YOUNG RESEARCHER COMPETITION, an academic student competition with the goal of stimulating the interest among young researchers and students in the field of sustainable surface transport and the TRAVISIONS 2018 SENIOR RESEARCHER COMPETITION, a competition for senior researchers in the field of innovative surface transport concepts based on results only from EU-funded projects .
Winners will take part in a prestigious award ceremony at the 2018 Transport Research Arena event in Vienna, Austria, on 16-19th April 2018 where they will have the opportunity to meet European Commission (EC) representatives and transport experts.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts for the Young Researcher Competition is 30/06/2017 23:59 CET.
2017 NETS’ Strength in numbers Annual Conference will be held this year in Charlottesville, Virginia, on October 14-15. The conference convenes each year to review the results of NETS’ annual Strength in numbers Fleet Safety Benchmark Report, as well as to hear about featured road safety case studies, new research, emerging issues, and projects that are underway. The group has grown every year since the inaugural conference took place in 2007 with record-setting attendance during this year’s event. This year the conference will include: keynote presentations by industry leaders, road safety case studies, new research & technology solutions, emerging issues, ongoing projects, 2016 STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Fleet Safety Benchmark Report, opportunity to network with other road safety professionals.
The International Journal of Driving Science (IJDS) is organising the 1st IJDS symposium in Haarlem, The Netherlands, which will take place on 14-15 June 2017. In this symposium, intelligent vehicle technologies integrate with human factors in applied research. Here, researchers and engineers from academia, industry and government meet and present their latest findings and state-of-the-art technology.
Abstracts are welcome before March 15, 2017.
The infographic of the 2016 NTUA Road Safety Observatory (www.nrso.ntua.gr) highlights one more very intensive year, striving with highly scientific expertise to improve road safety in Greece, in Europe and worldwide.
The nrso people with excellent dedication, efficiency and expertise were active in 13 innovative research projects, succeeded to publish more than 55 scientific papers (21 in peer reviewed journals), achieved more than 38.500 visits of the nrso website, handled more than 75.000 emails and run more than 4.500 km!
Road Safety GB is staging a national conference for road safety data analysts in Birmingham in March 2017. The conference, which will be organised by Road Safety GB in partnership with Road Safety Analysis, has now become an annual event. The conference will take place on Thursday 2nd March 2017 in Birmingham, UK.
The National Road Safety Conference is staged annually in November and organised by Road Safety GB. The conference moves around the UK and in 2017 will take place in Manchester on 14-15 November. For the past two years more than 300 people have attended the conference, and a similar number is expected in 2017.
The 10th Panhellenic Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and the 2nd Mediterranean Conference on Neurodegenerative Diseases, took place with great success in Thessaloniki, on 2-5 February 2017. The Panhellenic Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases, in cooperation with the Greek Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders organized this, well-established, meeting of top scientists from Greece and around the world, at the fertile ground of a Conference, which for sixteen years informs and educates health professionals and caregivers.NTUA presentation concerned: Drivers with AD and MCI: The predictive value of neurological and neuropsychological measures
A new two-day short course “The Safe System Approach: Managing for Better Road Safety Results” which has been developed by the Loughborough University Design School in association with Jeanne Breen Consulting is going to take place on 11-12 April 2017, in Loughborough. The background to this initiative is the adoption of Safe System by an increasing number of agencies, cities and jurisdictions in the United Kingdom and in the British Road Safety Statement. This two-day course has been formulated to support professionals from the many sectors and disciplines involved in road safety and road traffic injury prevention, both in public and private sectors. The aim is to assist in the understanding of the Safe System goal and approach and what is involved in its broad implementation in terms of transport, planning, highway, vehicle, health, insurance, enforcement, education and research fields.
A paper titled “Does the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease implies immediate revocation of a driving license?” authored by Sokratis G. Papageorgiou, Ion N. Beratis, Dionysia Kontaxopoulou, Stella Fragkiadaki, Dimosthenis Pavlou, and George Yannis is now published in International Journal of Clinical Neurosciences and Mental Health. Based on previous findings, patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) commonly present increased driving difficulties at a level that clearly supports the discontinuation of driving. Nonetheless, some patients with AD, retain adequate driving skills that are similar to those of cognitively intact individuals of similar age, whereas drivers with MCI present an accentuated risk to develop driving difficulties, but their performance is not consistently worse than that of healthy control drivers. Under this perspective this research suggests the need for implementing a personalized approach when taking decisions about the driving competence of drivers with AD and MCI that is based on the effective synthesis of multimodal driving-related indexes by the specialities of neurology, neuro-psychology and traffic engineering.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting was held with great success in Washington, D.C., on 8-12 January 2017. The information-packed program attracted a record number of more than 14,000 transportation professionals from around the world. The meeting program covered all transportation modes, with more than 5,800 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. The 800 sessions and workshops focused on the spotlight theme for the 2017 meeting: Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change.
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ETSC released a report concerning Targeted safety measures needed to prevent road deaths among young drivers, authored by Laurence Atchison. Zero tolerance on drink driving, additional hazard perception training and graduated driver licensing schemes should become the norm in order to help tackle the disproportionate risks faced by young drivers and motorcycle riders in Europe, according to this new ETSC report. Commenting on the report, Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council said: “With thousands of young people’s lives still being tragically cut short every year in Europe, we need policymakers to commit urgently to introducing smart, cost-effective and proven measures that can bring these numbers down.
The International Transport Forum (ITF) launched recently a Draft Discussion Paper titled “Overcoming Obstacles to Implementing Safety Management Systems”, prepared for the Roundtable on Safety Management Systems (March 23-24, 2017, Paris), authored by Jouni Lappalainen. The purpose of this paper is to examine the obstacles to implementing safety management systems and to discuss solutions for overcoming those obstacles in the four modes of transport: aviation, maritime, rail and road. These four transport modes can be considered to represent safety critical industries.
The 6th annual International Cycling Safety Conference will be held for the first time outside of Europe in Davis, California, USA, the “Bicycling Capital of the United States” at 21-22 September 2017, organised by the National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST). The conference will bring together a truly international group to discuss the most relevant topics on the safety of bicycling. The abstract submission deadline is set for March 1, 2017.
Since 52 years, the International Road Federation (IRF) World Road Statistics (WRS) continue to be the major comprehensive, universal source of statistical data on road networks, traffic and inland transport. Over the past years, the WRS have proved to be an invaluable and internationally accepted reference tool for governments, NGOs, investments banks, research institutes and anyone analyzing and reporting trends in key subject areas like traffic volumes and vehicle usage, road expenditure, road safety, energy consumption and emissions.
This year, the WRS 2016 (data 2009-2014) features more than 200 countries, with data on over 45 road related topics, presented in nine substantive sections, with the active contribution of NTUA for the Greek data. This is a tremendous achievement that complements the work accomplished last years with the 2015, 2014 and 50th Anniversary Editions.
The Hellenic Association of Driving Instructors with the support of the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Hellenic Society of Automotive Engineers, organised the 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference “Society of Traffic and Road Safety: Crossing Glances”, which took place with great success in Athens on 7-9 January 2017. This Interdisciplinary Road Safety Conference brought together all road safety experts, stakeholders and Authorities in Greece in order to discuss current road accident problems and solutions in Greece with emphasis on road safety training and education.
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The Transport Research Arena 2018 (TRA 2018) will take place in Vienna, Austria from 16 to 19 April 2018. TRA is the major European Conference on Transport Research, initiated in 2006 and takes place every two years in another European city. It is supported by the European Commission (EC), the Conference of European Road Directors (CEDR) and the four European Technology Platforms on surface transport: the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC), the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC), WATERBORNE TP, and the Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration (ALICE).
This open Arena is the common platform for the surface transport stakeholders, the place where all the relevant organizations meet, discuss and develop cooperation. Under the motto ‘A digital era for transport‘ the TRA 2018 will explore the new promising opportunities that digitalization offers for transport. Additionally to the conference and the exhibitions, the TRA 2018 will focus on live demonstrations, to give an insight into current research results and mobility solutions.
The call for abstracts opened at 21 December 2016 and the deadline is set to 21 March 2017.
The Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, realizing the objectives of the policy agenda and the commitments under the National Action Plan (ITS Action Plan 2012), launched for the first time, a particularly important action which is expected to mark a new era for everyone involved in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS): the National Architecture for Intelligent Transport Systems.
The action was carried out by teams of experts coordinated by the Department of Planning and Development of Transport, and is based on internationally accepted concepts. The action is based on the involvement of all stakeholders through wide and open consultation process.
The European Commission recently set out a range of advanced safety measures that could be fitted to vehicles in the future and have the potential to save lives on the roads. These measures will be examined in detail to decide exactly how the vehicles of tomorrow will be made safer. The report presents workable and cost-effective car safety measures. The main objectives are to decrease the number of road victims and to help prevent accidents. As vulnerable road users, special attention was given to children and the elderly.
ASECAP will hold its 10th Annual Road Safety Conference in the morning of Tuesday 21 March 2017 in Brussels on the theme: “Road safety – A shared responsibility. A story of success or failure?”. With regard to the shape of the conference programme, there will be two parts: Part One: Interactive debate with European policy makers and relevant stakeholders, with focus on 2 themes: a) EU priority on road safety: are we fulfilling the EU safety action plan?, and b) The infrastructure of tomorrow: what role to play in the EU safety action plan (explanations and expectations…)? Part Two: Technical Discussion on the theme Life saving chain: avoiding road safety fatalities and reducing serious injuries (focus on ASECAP members’ best practices in that field).