The International Road Federation (IRF), together with Qatar University, Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center, Khatib and Alami and World Conference on Transport Research Society, are organising an Online Technical Workshop on “Role of Road Safety Audits in Improving Traffic Safety”, which will be held on 8-10 November 2020. The Workshop aims at building the understanding of the importance and benefits of RSAs. Furthermore, it provides basic information on the scope and procedure of RSAs as well as the role and skills of the RSA team.
IRF – Conference: Roads to Recovery: a Sustainable Mobility for a Sustainable Future, online, November 2020
IRF is organising an online conference titled “Roads to Recovery: a Sustainable Mobility for a Sustainable Future” which will be held on 12 November 2020. The main objective of the conference is to discuss priorities for the road sector going forward. The conference will be structured around three main sessions: High-Level Panel debate on Recovery for the Road Sector, Safer roads to save lives, Fostering innovation to accelerate road sector transformation.
POLIS in cooperation with the LEVITATE and CoEXist projects is orginising a webinar titled “Mobilising Mobility: Impact assessment of automated vehicles” which will be held on 15 October 2020, from 16:00-17:00 CET. The LEVITATE and CoEXist projects are developing knowledge and tools to help cities prepare for and steer the introduction of automated vehicles. The webinar will specifically provide insights into the methods developed for assessing the impacts of automated vehicles across a range of mobility domains and the findings from their application in real-life scenarios and using policy options such as parking regulation, road pricing, and dedicated AV lanes.
European Commission – Speed and Speed Management in Road Safety Policy Seminar, Brussels, October 2020
European Commission DG Move organised an executive seminar titled “Speed and Speed Management in Road Safety Policy” which was held online and in Brussels, on 8 October 2020. This seminar brought together academics and practitioners from across the EU to discuss all aspects of the “factor speed”: vehicles and technology, infrastructure design, speed limits and enforcement, as well as links with sustainable mobility (emissions, air quality, noise). NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Measuring Speeds
The Forum of European Road Safety Research Organisations (FERSI) is organising the FERSI conference 2021 which will take place on 28-29 October 2021 in Hague, Netherlands. The conference focuses on the exchange of national and regional experiences with implementing evidence-based road safety measures, both positive and negative ones. There will be a specific focus on the road to successful implementation, including overcoming the barriers encountered along the way. The conference will allow for discussion of promising ways to facilitate the decision making and implementation process of proven (cost-)effective but politically sensitive road safety measures.
The International Council for Road Safety International (ICoRSI) is organising a series of twelve Global Road Safety Dialogues on current issues in road safety which will be held on 20 October – 5 November 2020. Each dialogue features an expert on the subject who will be in conversation with an interlocutor on issues facing us in road safety interventions and research around the world.
The European Union Road Federation (ERF) is organising a Roadside Safety Event which will be held on-line on 5 November 2020. Topics for this event include, but are not limited to: EN 1317 & CE Marking, CPR and Road Restraint Systems, Barrier installation, BIM, Simulations, Motorcyclist Protection Systems. Deadline for submission: 14 October 2020
International Cycling Safety Conference (ICSC2020) is organising a webinar titled “Single bicycle crashes as a rising problem” wich will be held on 5th November 2020, 15:00-17:00 CET (9:00-11:00 EST). The large majority of serious injuries among cyclists are due to single crashes and in a few countries the same applies to cyclist deaths. This special session will highlight the size of the problem, trends, existing data and knowledge and provide a discussion about why so little is known about causes and measures to address single-bicycle crashes.
The International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS) is organising the 6th Global Interactive Forum on Traffic & Safety which will be held on-line on 26 November 2020. Researchers and practitioners at this symposium will clarify the definition and measurement “traffic culture” and explore its relationship with road user behavior and traffic safety stakeholder actions. By supporting common language and understanding of traffic safety culture, different countries will be better to work together to reduce traffic crashes globally. The results of these discussions are expected to pave the way for implementing more effective traffic safety measures in order of importance and urgency.
The European Union Road Federation (ERF) is organising a conference titled “Shaping the Future of New Mobility” which will be held on-line on Wednesday 14 October 2020, 15.00 – 17.00 CET. The ERF, FIEC, the French Road Federation, the FNTP and the CICA initiated in March 2019 an international study to identify the impact of the new mobility revolution and how road infrastructure should address it. The final outputs of the study will be unveiled and debated during the conference. The event will bring together stakeholders from different sectors to break down existing silos and promote constructive dialogue for the benefit of all road users, and thus shape the future of the road infrastructure.
The Institute of Communication & Computer Systems within the EU funded Horizon 2020 project L3Pilot orginised a Summer School titled “Developing and Testing Automated Driving“, which was held on-line with great success, on 9-10 September 2020. The L3Pilot Summer School 2020 focused on the theory and practice of Automated Driving Implementation and Testing. It invited researchers, PhD students, developers, technicians and other professionals to learn more about the progress of the largest European pilot-testing of SAE Level 3 driving functions implemented by L3Pilot partners as well as to discuss the latest findings and main challenges in the areas of Automated Driving Technology. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: A methodological framework from data collection to impact assessment of autonomous vehicles
The IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS) organised the 23rd IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC) which was held on-line, on 20-23 September 2020. The conference welcomed papers and presentations in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems, dealing with new developments in theory, analysis, simulation and modeling, experimentation, demonstration, case studies, field operational tests, and deployments. NTUA actively contributed with the following paper and presentation: Impacts of Autonomous Shuttle Services on Traffic, Safety and Environment for Future Mobility Scenarios
The SHOW (SHared automation Operating models for Worldwide adoption) project organised its 1st Pan-European Workshop, titled «How to make CCAM in Cities a reality» which was held on-line on 18 September 2020. In this workshop, a selection of high-level keynote speakers shared their views and experiences about Connected and Cooperative Automated Mobility, while interactive sessions about Use Cases for CCAV in Urban Mobility and Best Practices for Business and Operating Models in Europe and worldwide took place.
KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence (KIOS CoE) of University of Cyprus organized the 23rd EURO Working Group on Transportation EWGT 2020 which took place with great success in Paphos, Cyprus, on 16-18 September 2020. The sessions focused on various themes including advanced methodologies for road safety analyses. NTUA actively contributed with the following paper and presentation: European Countries’ Road Safety Evaluation by Τaking Ιnto Account Multiple Classes of Fatalities
The International Transport Forum (ITF) is organising three on-line webinars titled ‘Safe system in cities: multi-agency commitment for a Vision Zero agenda in London’, ‘Safe speeds in cities: street design, speed limits and law enforcement’ and ‘Safe streets in cities: identifying dangerous locations before a serious crash happens’ which will take place on 17, 24 September and 1 October 2020, respectively. The webinars will explore the policy toolkit for the elimination of serious and fatal crashes. This includes speed management, street design, predictive analytics, procurement and the engagement of a wide range of stakeholders.
ActTravelWise – Webinar: The Emergency Active Travel Fund: Plans and Implementation at the Local Level, September 2020
ActTravelWise orginised a webinar titled “The Emergency Active Travel Fund: Plans and Implementation at the Local Level” which was held with great success on 14 September 2020. Authorities who received funding under the Emergency Active Travel Fund, shared their plans and how they intend to implement them on the ground to benefit local residents. Athens took the opportunity to introduce a step-change in active travel infrastructure. Lastly, a panel discussion took place, with the opportunity for other local authorities to share their plans and any issues or challenges. Presenters: George Yannis, Laura Wells, Ambrose White, Lynsey McGarvey, and Sian Fox. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Athens Great Walk transformation project
The Slovenian Traffic Safety Agency organized the periodical training course for Road Safety Auditors which took place with success on September 14-16, 2020 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. NTUA actively contributed with a lecture on the innovations in Road Safety Audit practices in the European Union and internationally.
Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety is organising an online Q&A session with Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of the Department of the Social Determinants of Health, WHO which will be held at 3pm CEST/9am EDT Tuesday 22 September 2020. This webinar will give an insight on the new UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/74/299 on improving global road safety answering questions like what the resolution is, why it matters, and how it can help you to advocate for safer roads.
The International Road Federation (IRF) and the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) organised a free webinar which was hosted on 9th September at 14:00 under the frame of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC). The Ten Step Plan for Safer Road infrastructure has been produced by the UNRSC partners to support countries seeking to implement initiatives in relation to the improved safety of road infrastructure and broader transport networks, the UN Convention on Road Traffic and Road Signs and Signals and the achievement of UN Member States Agreed Global Targets 3 and 4 for safer new and existing roads. The webinar provided to the participants the opportunity to learn about the Trust Fund and this new pilot project.
TUM – 7th IEEE International Conference on Models and Technologies for Intelligent Transportation Systems, Crete, June 2021
The chair of Transportation System Engineering of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is organising the 7th IEEE International Conference on Models and Technologies for Intelligent Transportation Systems (MT-ITS 2021) to be held on the 16-18 June 2021 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. Two Special Issues will be organised following the conference in the IEEE Open Journal on Intelligent Transportation Systems, and the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Technology, Planning and Operation.
Paper submission deadline: October 1st, 2020
IRF – Webinar: Global Trends on the Status of Traffic Safety under the Covid-19 Pandemic, September 2020
The International Road Federation (IRF), together with Qatar University, Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center, National Traffic Safety Committee of Qatar Government and World Conference on Transport Research Society, are organising a Webinar on “Global Trends on the Status of Traffic Safety under the Covid-19 Pandemic”, which will be held on 29 September 2020 at 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CEST. This webinar aims to discuss the potential impacts of the current Covid-19 Pandemic and the associated mobility restriction policies on road traffic safety status.
The International Road Federation (IRF) is organising the first IRF Executives Talks with Florent Menegaux, CEO, Michelin, which will be held on 11 September 2020 from 14:00 to 14:30 CEST (UTC+2) by Webinar. The ‘IRF Executives Talks’ is a series of 30 min talks with high-level executives from the transportation sector highlighting the challenges the sector faces, innovative programmes & ideas and a lot more.
The 7th International HUMANIST Conference will be host on May 2021 in the Rhode Island, Greece. The theme of the conference is “Human Perspective in an Evolving Transport Era“. The 2020 conference will bring together researchers, experts and stakeholders from several multidisciplinary communities that are active in the field of human factors in transport. Topics for this year’s symposium include, but are not limited to: C-ITS, driver monitoring, automation, electrification, new vehicle types, smart cities, towards effective MaaS and mobile transport apps, enhanching accessibility and inclusion ensuring the safety of VRUs, ergonomics (passive safety, new vehicles interior).
The 2020 International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury Europe Conference will take place on 8-10 September 2021 in Munich, Germany. The focus of IRCOBI is on the avoidance and reduction of the severity of traffic accidents, with special emphasis on advanced safety technologies and the biomechanics of injury. Instead of the 2020 conference there will be a live session on Wednesday, 9 September 2020.
The 9th conference of European Association for Research in Transportation (hEART) will take place in Lyon on 7-9 April 2021. The conference is organized by the Transport, Urban Planning and Economics Laboratory (LAET), and will cover relevant areas of transportation research with focus on methods, models and planning of transport systems. The aim of the conference is to connect researchers in transport modelling, transport economics, transport engineering and transport policy with advanced practice and state of the art. Bringing together leading experts and promising young researchers, the symposium offers an opportunity for scientific discussion and interaction in relatively small groups.
Short paper submission: 1st February 2020
Within the 18th European Week of Regions and Cities organised by the European Committee of the Regions, RADAR and SLAIN project are featured in the session ”Modelling the future of Road Safety using Network-wide Risk Assessment”, which will be held on 14 October 2020 at 11:00 am-12:00 pm CET. How do you design a safe road infrastructure? How can you identify risk on roads? How do you propose an economically viable crash countermeasure? These will be some of the questions that will be discussed at this session. Invited speakers are George Yannis, Lina Konstantinopoulou, Marko Sevrovic, moderated by Olivera Rozi.
ESRA2 (E-Survey of Road Users’ Attitudes) project with the active participation of NTUA is organising six on-line webinars under the theme “Measuring Global Traffic Safety Cultures to Support Effective Road Safety Policy Development” starting on 23 September 2020. The Webinar topics concern: Enforcement and traffic violations – Seat belt & Child restraint systems – Senior road users – Support for policy measures – Pedestrians – Cyclists – Moped drivers and Motorcyclists – Gender Issues – Young road users – Subjective safety and risk perception – Vehicle automation. Registration for the September 23rd webinar is now open.
The French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR) is organising the 7th International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention (DDI2021) under the theme “Disconnected drivers during manual, assisted, and automated driving”, which was going to take place in Lyon, France, on October 12-14, 2020 will be postponed to the second half of October 2021. The conference topics include theory, measurement, effects, crash risks, and prevention/mitigation related to driver distraction and inattention. Moreover, DDI2020 will focus on the driver/occupant status. Participants are invited to present and discuss work covering disconnected drivers in assisted (drowsiness, out-of-the-loop, overreliance), and in autonomous vehicles (sleeping, take overs, etc).
VTI/SAFER – 7th International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP), Gothenburg, 2021
VTI – Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute in collaboration with SAFER Vehicle and Traffic Safety Center at Chalmers are organizing the 7th International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP), which will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 24-26 August 2021. The conference philosophy is Taking the Vision Zero Initiative into a New Decade. The Swedish Vision Zero Initiative on road safety is an ethical standpoint that no-one should die or be seriously injured in traffic. The key focus of this conference will, therefore, be on the role that traffic and transport psychology can play in reaching the ethical standpoint that no-one should die or be seriously injured in traffic by providing a common ground for future interdisciplinary research.
Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center, Qatar University and the National Traffic Safety Office are organising the 2nd International Traffic Safety Conference which will take place in Doha, Qatar, on November 2021. More information on the conference will follow.
Urbanism Next, New Urban Mobility alliance (NUMO), POLIS, TNO, Gemeente Rotterdam, and Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management are rescheduling the Urbanism Next Europe conference to June 10 and 11, 2021, with its pre-Conference workshop set on June 9, 2021, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The sessions at Urbanism Next Europe will feature in-depth presentations exploring how technological, societal and economic mobility trends will change land use, urban design, transport, real estate, environment, equity, health, economy and governance. The conference will gather 350 decision-makers and urban professionals from Europe and beyond.
The PRAXI Network and the General Secretariat of Research and Technology organised the “Climate-neutral & Smart Cities” webinar within the framework of Horizon Europe, on July 7, 2020. The webinar presented the mission and enrolled in a discussion between stakeholders from academia, research and public authorities. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Sustainable Mobility in Smart Cities
The University of Thessaly, Department of Civil Engineering, Traffic, Transportation and Logistics Laboratory (TTLog), organised on-line the 5th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility (VirtualCSUM2020) on June 17-19, 2020. The theme of this year’s conference was “Advances in Mobility as a Service Systems” and its objective was the dissemination of knowledge and the exchange of good practices among researchers and practitioners in the domain of urban transportation. NTUA contributed actively with several traffic safety papers and presentations:
- A taxonomy of skills and knowledge for efficient autonomous vehicle operation
- Investigating the correlation of mobile phone use with trip characteristics recorded through smartphone sensors
- Benchmarking Analysis of Road Safety Levels for an Extensive and Representative Dataset of European Cities
- A comparative gap analysis for electromobility and alternative fuels
In the framework of the European Mobility Week, it will take place the ROADPOL Safety Days (formerly known as Project EDWARD) on 16-22 September, in Mainz, Germany depending on the development of the COVID-19 situation. The aim of the ROADPOL Safety Days is to reduce the number of traffic fatalities, which is 70 per day across Europe, to zero at least in one day. Schools, road safety organizations and many others support the event with larger and smaller events but everyone else can also participate.
The EU-funded Horizon 2020 project Levitate (Societal Level Impacts of Connected and Automated Vehicles) organised with great success the 2nd Webinar on the impacts of automation in urban transport – featuring local urban strategies on 11 June, 2020. This webinar provided an insight into the challenges that urban mobility is facing due to the COVID-19 crisis and into mid-term local mobility strategies. There were presentations from LEVITATE partners: NTUA, Transport for Greater Manchester, and Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. The full recording of the webinar is available: NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Urban Transport Services
Empa – 9th International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Pavements, Zurich, July 2020
The Laboratory for Road Engineering and Sealing Components of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) organised the 9th International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Pavements (MAIREPAV9) which took place with great success on 1 – 3 July 2020, in Zurich. The MAIREPAV series aims to promote and discuss the state-of-the-art design, maintenance, rehabilitation and management of pavements. MAIREPAV9 focused on sustainable design, testing and evaluation, and management of pavement infrastructures. The conference aimed to present and discuss current knowledge of the ever-changing challenges to researchers, engineers, managers and professionals from all over the world who are involved in design and management of pavements. NTUA actively contributed with the following paper: Stochastic Prediction of Short-Term Friction Loss of Asphalt Pavements: A Traffic Dependent Approach
The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), in cooperation with the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE) organises the 8th Road Safety & Simulation International Conference 2021 (RSS2021) which will be held on 22-24 September 2021 in Athens, Greece. The Conference’s theme this year will be: “Road Safety and Digitalisation” aiming to capture all recent trends in road safety emerging technologies, surrogate measures, augmented and virtual reality, big data, modeling and simulation, which are expected to boost global road safety in the coming years. Road safety experts and scientists from all over the world will join forces for a widely open and vivid discussion on both traditional and innovative solutions with high potential for traffic safety improvement.
Abstract submission deadline 16 November 2020: Submit Now
UNECE/Serbian RTSA – 15th International Conference Road Safety in Local Communities – Vrnjacka Banja, June 2020
Within the framework of 15th International Conference Road Safety in Local Communities, UNECE together with the Serbian Road Traffic Safety Agency organised with great success an online Workshop on 25 June 2020. The aim of the Workshop was to strengthen knowledge of representatives of the South‐East Europe member States on road safety management, evidence‐based decision making on road safety strategic goals and targets and the role of the Global Framework Plan of Action of Road Safety in development of road safety system. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: EU Strategic Action Plan on Road Safety
European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) published the 14th edition of PIN Annual Report , presented at the 2020 ETSC Road Safety Performance Index Award event which took place on-line with great success on 17 June 2020. Estonia, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia and Portugal have reduced road deaths the most since 2010 while road deaths in Malta, the Netherlands and the UK were higher in 2019 than in 2010. Road safety progress is demonstrated but away from the decade targets. Estonia was awarded with the 2020 European Transport Safety Council Road Safety Performance Index Award.
The 6th Congress of the European Academy of Neurology took place virtually with great success, on 23 – 26 May, 2020. The theme of the congress was “Time for Action: Predict, Prevent, Repair”. The sessions focused on showing the novel therapeutic interventions, designed to predict, protect and repair neurodegenerative diseases. Some sessions concerned cognitive impairment and road safety. NTUA contributed actively with the following presentations:
The Hellenic Association of Driving Instructors together with Key Transportation Organisations in Greece organized an International Multidisciplinary Traffic Safety on-line Conference on 29-30 May 2020. The Conference aims concerned the evaluation of traffic and road safety in Greece, the identification of current and future pedestrians and vehicles traffic problems in Greece related to new technologies, the exchange of experiences from scientific studies, and current traffic safety actions and practices in Greece and internationally. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentations:
- Road users perception of driving fatigue
- The consequences of autonomous buses in traffic, safety and the environment for future mobility scenarios
- Evaluation and improvement of driver behavior and safety through mobile phone application
- International Experience in Environmental Pricing in Transportation
- The COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity for new mobility models: Athens Great Walk
Every year Republic of Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina), loses many valuable human lives and incurs enormous economic costs caused by road accidents. The Traffic Safety Agency of Republic of Srpska in cooperation with the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) are organizing the 9th International Conference Road Safety in Local Community, which will take place in Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska on 29-30 October 2020 aiming to constantly strengthen and develop capacities at the local level and create groups of road safety experts who will have enough enthusiasm, courage and will to fight with this problem facing the country. Title and abstract submission: 24 May 2020
The Transport Research Arena Conference (TRA 2020) organised by the European Commisison and the European transport research platforms (ACARE, ALICE, CEDR, ECTP, ERRAC, ERTRAC, ETRA, Waterborne), was scheduled to take place in Helsinki, Finland from 26-30th April 2020, themed “Rethinking transport – towards clean and inclusive mobility”. The conference was cancelled, though, due to the corona virus crisis. Nevertheless, all scientific papers are scheduled to be published at the Conference Proceedings. NTUA’s TRA conference papers (full paper + presentation) are listed below:
- Investigation of traffic and safety behaviour of pedestrians texting or web-surfing
- Analysis of the impact of nighttime driving to drivers’ behavior in rural roads through a driving simulator experiment
- Investigation of the impact of weather conditions to young drivers’ behaviour and safety in cities
- Spatial analysis of driver safety behaviour using data from smartphones
- Modelling the economic impacts of road crashes in Greece
- Elderly drivers with brain disorders: Is their driving behavior the same before and after an unexpected incident?
- Exploring the Establishment of a European Transport Research Cloud
- Clash of cultures in Greek traffic? What happens when a Southern European road safety culture is mixed with a Northern European road safety culture?
- Road user safety attitudes towards driver fatigue
- Cycling under the influence of alcohol and drugs: current situation and risks
- Identification of Road Safety Risk Factors in Africa
- Road Safety Modelling: Macroscopic and Microscopic Approach
- Development of a Platform for Global Road Safety Data Analysis
- Advanced driver monitoring using smartphone applications: The BeSmart project
- Driver feedback during naturalistic driving experiments: A review of types, methods and future challenges
- Towards behavioral models for autonomous driving acceptance
- i-DREAMS: an Intelligent Driver and Road Environment Assessment and Monitoring System
- State of the art on measuring driver state and technology-based risk prevention and mitigation: Findings from the i-DREAMS project
- Developing a Policy Support Tool for Connected and Automated Transport Systems
- A Review on Societal Impacts of the Future Connected and Automated Transport Systems
The Horizon 2020 project Levitate (Societal Level Impacts of Connected and Automated Vehicles) organised a webinar on the future impacts of automation in freight transport on 23 April 2020, 10:00-11:30 CET. This webinar gave an insight on autonomous solutions in freight, as well as their future impacts and potentials in the transport sector. It was presented an introduction of LEVITATE and its use case on freight transport, the project ALEES from VIL (Platform for the logistics sector in Flanders) and an overview of ALICE on Autonomous Freight Transport Potentials.
International Road Federation (IRF) – Geneva in collaboration with the European Union Road Federation (ERF) and the European Association of Tollway Operators (ASECAP) organised the IRF Virtual Workshop on “Unleashing road infrastructure potential for Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM)”, on 23 April 2020. This workshop session provided insights into the role, the vision and challenges of the road infrastructure sector in this transition period towards Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM). With an average audience of 200 international participants, 12 speakers from different backgrounds described how road infrastructure stakeholders will contribute to the new mobility ecosystem stressing the importance of mutual understanding and collaboration with other sectors.
UNECE and the Ministry of Communications and Transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina organised the Transport-related SDGs and Road Safety System Workshop which took place with great success in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, on 4-5 March 2020. The aim of the Workshop was to strengthen the knowledge of competent institutions in the field of road safety in Bosnia and Herzegovina and experts on transport‐related SDG and how to define framework road safety strategy and improve road safety situation. NTUA road safety presentations concerned:
POLIS, the European Cities Network, is organizing the 2020 Annual Polis Conference which will be held on-line from 30 November to 3 December. The Polis Annual Conference provides an opportunity for cities and regions to showcase their transport achievement to an audience of mobility experts, practitioners and decision makers. Polis Conference also provides a unique opportunity for an organisation to connect with up to 600 committed transport innovation professionals who work in local and regional governments, and related public and private sector organisations.
The Universities’ Transport Study Group (UTSG) Executive Committee decided that the 52nd Annual UTSG Conference at the Loughborough University on the 6th to 8th July 2020 will not be a face-to-face conference due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, the Smeed competition will still take place with presentations being made in a virtual environment on Monday 6th July 2020 and Annual Business Meeting of UTSG on Tuesday 7th July 2020 between 10am and 12 noon via the virtual conferencing facility webex. One key UTSG activity is an annual conference for staff, research students and other relative newcomers to transport research of member institutions and overseas universities, which is designed to discuss research needs, research in progress, and to give research students the opportunity to present papers on their work.
The Mobility 2020 and Road Safety Conference (MOBILITET) organised by the Institute of Transport Economics (TØI), took place with great success on 4-5 February 2020, in Oslo, Norway. The MOBILITET 2020 gathered Norwegian and international scientists, politicians, key figures from the government and business community to discuss on climate issues, urbanization, innovation, technology, traffic safety and mobility trends. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Skal den enkeltes frihet gå på bekostning av andres ulykke?
The “Innovation, Emerging Mobility Trends, and the Role of the Private Sector in Road Safety” event which was organised by the International transport Forum (ITF), the Volvo Group and the ITF Corporate Partnership Board (CPB), was held with great success on 18 February 2020, in Stockholm, Sweden. The event brought together top road safety experts, policymakers and other stakeholders which highlighted the importance of the ongoing innovative work of key global companies in improving road safety; with new technologies and data being the major catalysts. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: CPB Report: Safer Roads with Automated Vehicles?
The 3rd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety took place with great success on 19–20 February 2020, in Stockholm, Sweden marking the conclusion of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety coordinated by the World Health Organisation (WHO). More than 1,700 participants from around 140 countries discussed extensively how the global targets for road safety can be developed, not the least in relation to the already existing goals for road safety in the 2030 Agenda. During the Conference, the Stockholm Declaration focusing on global road safety efforts up to 2030 was presented, together with the recommendations from the Academic Experts Group.
NTUA contributed actively in various sessions including: The ITF/CPB Report: Safer Roads with Automated Vehicles? and reporting session on Developing New Technologies for Road Safety.
Athenian Brewery organized a Round-table Meeting titled “Responsible Alcohol Consumption and Road Safety”, which was held with great success in Athens, Greece, on 12 February 2020. Participants exchanged ideas and proposals creating opportunities for actions aimed at educating especially young road users and informing about responsible alcohol consumption, driving behaviour and road accident prevention. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Road Safety
The International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) and Coimbra Higher School of Engineering (ISEC) in close collaboration with World Association for Connecting People (WACP), InOutCister (Lda), Robocorp (I2A-IPC) and Digitware are organizing the 23rd International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) Conference, which will be held in Coimbra, Portugal, on 21-23 October 2020. Representative members of organizations will work to define prevention strategies, assessment methodologies and implementation of new practices and processes aimed at increasing traffic safety. Speakers are expected to share their experiences to start the new decade with a clear goal: Commit to act for safe mobility.
iRAP in cooperation with ITF and the World Bank organized a workshop entitled: “Achieving the UN Road Safety Targets by 2030” which took place on 17-18 Febuary 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden. The iRAP innovation workshop brought together leaders at the highest level of global and regional impact including government, policy, financing, technology, infrastructure management and data innovation. A number of sessions focused on the global structure needed to deliver the 2030 targets, big data for big life savings, lobal planning and design standards, international case studies of success and the business case for safer roads and investment innovation.
The 27th ITS World Congress in Los Angeles will take place in Los Angeles, CA, on 4-8 October, 2020. The conference will focus on the New Age of Mobility and will cover areas such as: 1) Seamless Mobility and Changing Behavior, 2) Fueling the Future: Alternative Fuels and Emission, 2) The Path to Vision Zerο, 3)Disruption on the Digital Highway: Data, 4)Technology from Entry to the Last Mile, 5)Connectivity or Spectrum / Networks, 6) Intelligent, Connected and Automated Vehicles, 7)Organizing for Success, Governance, Business Models, International Cooperation. It is the intent of this World Congress to focus on these issues through the exchange of information and dialogue among our attendees.
Vlaamse Stichting Verkeerskunde (VSV) in cooperation with Flanders, Road Safety GB, UHasselt, ETSC and Polis are organizing a European Road Safety Summer School which will take place in Mechelen, Belgium, on 24-28 August 2020, targeting road safety professionals. The schedule of the Summer School for these 5 days included key topics on: road safety strategies, strategies in education and awareness raising, infrastructure, technologies, enforcement and technical site visits.
The 6th International Conference on Vehicle Technology and Intelligent Transport Systems (VEHITS) will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, on 2-4 May 2020. The purpose of VEHITS 2020 is to bring together engineers, researchers and practitioners interested in the advances and applications in the field of Vehicle Technology and Intelligent Transport Systems. This conference will cover areas such as Connected Vehicles, Data Analytics, Intelligent Transport Systems and Infrastructure, Intelligent Vehicle Technologies, Smart Mobility and Sustainable Transport Services. Paper Submission Deadline: 5 February 2020
The Greek Ministry of Development and Investment organised with great success the National Conference on Growth for the Partnership Agreement 2021-2027, which was held in Athens on 17 January 2020. The Conference for the upcoming period 2021 – 2027 marks the official launch of the dialogue of all productive forces, social and scientific bodies and policy makers. The aim is to formulate strategic choices at National and Regional level for all the critical development and socio-economic issues of the new period 2021-2027. Transport and road safety were key components of the discussions. NTUA Professor George Yannis contributed actively with the following presentation: Critical challenges for a Sustainable National Transportation System
The Greek Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in cooperation with the partners of the European program CIVITAS SUMPs-UP organized with great success a two-day event on 16 and 17 January 2020 on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP), in Athens. The purpose of the event was to provide support for the development of sustainable cities and to ensure accessibility for pedestrians, bike users and all citizens. Road safety was a key component of the urban mobility discussions. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Road Safety Measures for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 99th Annual Meeting was held with great success in Washington, D.C., on 12–16 January 2020. The meeting program covered all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 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. A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the spotlight theme for the 2020 meeting: A Century of Progress: Foundation for the Future. NTUA road safety presentations concerned:
The Horizon 2020 project Drive2theFuture is organising the 1st Drive2theFuture Workshop which will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on 6th March 2020. Drive2theFuture’s mission is to prepare “drivers”, travellers and vehicle operators of the future to accept and use connected, cooperative and automated transport modes and the industry of these technologies to understand and meet their needs and wants. The Workshop will focus on the discussion, exchange of ideas and learning about the future of user-centered automation.
The Association for European Transport will hold the 48th European Transport Conference, which will take place online, on 9-11 September 2020. The European Transport Conference (ETC) is the annual conference of the Association for European Transport. Each year the conference presents the opportunity to interact with a range of speakers across the Transport Industry, including several Road Safety Topics. The range of topics, the multi-seminar approach and the networking environment make ETC unique among transport conferences, making it the established premier event of its type.
The Department of Highway Engineering of the Gdansk University of Technology and the Foundation for the Development of Civil Engineering in Gdansk is organizing the 13th International Road Safety Conference GAMBIT 2020. The Conference has been postponed and it will be held on 7-8 September 2020 at the Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland. The conference focusing on challenges and requirements of improving road safety until 2030, it will cover topics such as challenges and opportunities for implementing Vision Zero, programmes and strategic actions for road safety until 2030, road safety innovation, from science to practice – an overview of road safety research projects, vulnerable road users, new technologies for road safety, road safety in road design guidelines, safe road surfaces, road safety management, safe public transport and urban mobility versus road safety.
ARCADE Joint Connected and Automated Driving (CAD) Network and ERTRAC Working Group on “Connectivity and Automated Driving” are organizing the 3rd Stakeholder workshop of the joint CAD network which will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on 13 February 2020. The workshop is targeted stakeholders from industry, scientific research, policy makers, public and road authorities, user associations and others with an interest in Connected and Automated Driving.
The International Expert Symposium on Accident Research (ESAR) will take place on 23-24 March 2021, in Hannover, Germany. ESAR is organised by the Medical School of Hannover and it is a scientific colloquium that can be seen as a platform for exchanges of information on accident research issues. The conference will focus on accident research general, accident causation, pre-crash analysis, accident reconstruction, new data sources for accident research such as video observation and EDR, injuries, regulation and consumer information.
The ARCADE with the support of the European Commission Directorate General for Research & Innovation (RTD) as well as the ERTRAC European Technology Platform is organizing the 2nd Interactive Symposium on Research & Innovation for Connected and Automated Driving in Europe which will take place on 28-29 April 2020, in Helsinki, Finland. The event will be held within the framework of Transport Research Arena conference (TRA2020) and will facilitate in depth discussions around specific topics for Research & Innovation in Connected and Automated Driving, in a three-hour workshop format. It is targeted at public and private stakeholders in road transport, interested in exchanging views on immediate next steps and future actions required for connected and automated mobility, while participation is only open to registered participants of TRA.
The 2019 Urban Growth Conference tοοk place on 11 December 2019, in Athens, Greece, organised by Boussias Conferences. The conference brought together industry leaders, government officials, executives of public and private companies, engineers, academics and researchers with the aim of providing solutions for the design and implementation of sustainable cities. The themes of the conference focused on today’s urban development, sustainability in industrial production, infrastructure and eco-architecture, sustainable urban mobility, investment opportunities and public-private partnerships, circular economics, water use and digitalization of cities. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Sustainable Urban Mobility in Smart City
The 5th Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems and related developments in Greece, which is organised by the “Hellenic Association for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems – ITS Hellas, took place with great success on 17 & 18 December 2019 at the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Athens, Greece. The conference focused on the broad deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as a tool to achieve economic growth and prosperity and ensure the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of transport for the benefit of the respective industry, the end-users and the environment. During this important for the Hellenic transport sector event, prominent Greek and foreign speakers thoroughly discussed and presented a number of key-topics, through several sessions and a number of Round-Table discussions. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: i-Dreams – Enhancing drivers safety by monitoring the behaviour through smartphones
The International Alcohol Interlock Symposium organised by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) planned for 27-29 September 2020, in Oslo, Norway, is rescheduled to September 26-28, 2021. Alcohol interlock programs have expanded greatly in recent decades. Since 2000, the Alcohol Interlock Symposium global forum has hosted leading experts to discuss ongoing research and development regarding alcohol and drug impaired driving, interlock programs, and road traffic safety.
The Lund University and the Swedish Cycling Research Centre at the National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) are organizing the 9th International Cycling Safety Confer ence (ICSC2021) which is going to be held in Lund, Sweden, on 10-12 November 2021. The ICSC is a forum for researchers and experts in the field of cycling safety to exchange their knowledge and bring up new research topics or safety solutions. The conference facilitates interaction between participants and offers a premium forum to share scientific results and ideas, and favours networking in the cycling safety community.
E-Survey of Road Users’ Attitudes (ESRA2) is organizing the International Conference on Measuring Traffic Safety Culture which will take place on 1-3 April 2020, in Paris, France. The Conference will focus on measuring traffic safety culture using road users attitude metrics including new thematic reports on seat belt & child restraint systems, automated vehicles, risk perception, enforcement, cyclists, and elderly road users as well as first results from sixteen new countries. Conference registration is open at: .
At a press conference organized by «Fondation VINCI AUTOROUTES» for Responsible Driving that took place with great success in Athens on 28 November 2019, the results of the “Euro-barometer for responsible driving” survey were presented, that took place in 12 European countries. It is the second year that Greece is included in the survey. The major risks for road safety in Greece according to the survey are drowsiness and inattention during driving.
Several highly interesting pre-events are organised by various international road safety organisations, mainly the days before the 3rd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety which will take place on 19–20 February 2020, in Stockholm, Sweden, marking the conclusion of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety. The full list of pre- and post-side events, including details regarding the scope, date and location of each one, is available in the following link:
The 52th CIECA General Assembly and Congress has been postponed and will take place on 21-24 October 2020, in Porto, Portugal. The General Assembly and Congress will be hosted by the Associação Nacional de Escolas de Condução Automóvel (ANIECA). With the Congress, entitled “Different drivers & vehicles. Safety for all”, CIECA will be focused on the exchange of driving licenses without any educational process or examination, the use of a single training model for all candidates or the adoption of a tailored training strategy and the driver’s ability to drive vehicles with different technologies.
The 2019 Polis Conference tοοk place on 27 and 28 November 2019, in Brussels, Belgium, organised by POLIS, the European Cities Network, celebrating the network’s 30th anniversary. The conference provided an opportunity for cities, metropolitan areas and regions to showcase their transport achievements to a large audience, and for the wider transport community to engage with representatives of local and regional authorities on innovative transport solutions. Modern road safety problems and solutions in urban areas constituted a key focus area of the Conference. NTUA contributed actively with:
- a presentation The Effect of Mobility Characteristics on Road Safety in European Cities
- contribution at the Closing Plenary Panel Session: Who’s the Action Hero in Vision Zero?: Mobility and Safety, New Road Safety Data
- signing the City Declaration: The new Paradigm for Safe City Streets
The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) and La Prévention Routière Internationale (PRI) in partnership with the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) and Desjardins, are organizing the 2020 Joint Conference which postponed to June 2021. The theme of the conference is “Equitability: Road Safety for all through Vision Zero and Sustainable Safety” and it will integrate two events, the 30th CARSP Conference and the 14th PRI World Congress. Equitability was chosen to highlight the need for “road safety for all” across road users, while road safety deficiencies are experienced universally. This year’s conference will offer the Students Paper Competition, the Vehicle Safety Enhancement Special Student Award and the Student Poster Competition whereby students can showcase their work on a road safety topic.
The College of Applied Technical Sciences “Tempulli” in cooperation with the Faculty of Public Safety, Kosovo Academy of Public Safety are organizing the 7th International Conference “Mobility Challenges in Transport and Public Safety” which will take place in Kosovo, on January 23-25, 2020. The objective of the conference is to create a new platform for eliciting issues related to public safety, traffic, transport, road safety, logistics, mobility, environment and alternative energy. The call for participation is open to all academics, researchers, teachers, experts and students of all technical sciences.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: December 6th, 2019.
ECTRI organized the Autumn Assembly of Members Meeting which took place with great success in Madrid, Spain, on November 18 & 19, 2019 and hosted by the Technical University of Madrid (UPM). NTUA as new member of ECTRI presented the current and future activities of the:
On November 21, 2019, in Budapest, a Road Safety Experts Workshop was organised by the RADAR project within the framework of Interreg Danube Transnational Programme, titled ITS and other speed management strategies. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentations:
The International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD) of the International Transport Forum (ITF) organised a Meeting at DEKRA headquarters, in Klettwitz, Germany, on 23-24 October 2019, in which the latest international road safety developments were discussed. NTUA contributed actively with the following presentations:
The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) are organizing Safer Roads 2020 International Conference. The May 12-14 conference has been rescheduled for November 2020 and will be held in Richmond, Virginia, USA. The Safer Roads 2020 International Conference is a triennial event for roadway safety professionals and transportation officials from around the world. The conference brings together industry leaders, government officials, corporate roadway department personnel, and others in the roadway safety industry, with a focus on working better together.
The European Federation of Road Victims (FEVR) along with the European Commission – DG MOVE and the WHO Regional Office for Europe commemorated the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on 18 November 2019, in Brussels, Belgium. From 1995, FEVR observed this day, as European Day of Remembrance, that was adopted by the United Nations in 2005, and is dedicated to remembering the many millions killed or injured in road crashes and their families and communities, as well as to pay tribute to the dedicated emergency crews, police and medical professionals who daily deal with the traumatic aftermath of road death and injury. The slogan of 2019 was: “LIFE IS NOT A CAR PART”.
The International Transport Forum (ITF/OECD) organised a Workshop on Micromobility Safety, as part of the ITF Corporate Partnership Board, which took place with great success in Lisbon, Portugal, on 18 October 2019. The workshop focussed on the safety questions arising with the rapid development of electrically powered personal mobility devices and framed policy recommendations (including safety regulation and road space allocation) to best manage the safety of all micromobility vehicles and services, from e-scooters to e-bikes, whether privately owned or hired. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: The effect of experience on injury risk across various modes of transport
The NTUA Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering contributed actively at the 9th International Congress on Transport Research (ICTR) themed: “Transportation 4.0: The Smart Evolution” and organised with great success on 24-25 October 2019, in Athens, Greece, by the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE) and the Hellenic Institute of Transport (H.I.T.). Special focus was given to innovative research and technological developments and solutions for the improvement of traffic safety in Greece and worldwide. NTUA contributed actively with several traffic safety papers and presentations:
- Safe Road Design
- Methodology for the economic assessment of road safety interventions
- Tourism and Road Accidents in Greece
- Road Safety Culture Among Car Drivers and Motorcycle Riders in Greece: Examining Influencing Factors
- Impaired cycling and crash involvement in OECD countries
- Thematic Fact Sheets on Road Safety Risk Factors in Africa – A Knowledge and Management Tool
- A Review of the Impact of Driver Distraction on Driving Behavior and Road Safety
- Identification of Critical Driving Parameters Affecting Speeding Using Data from Smartphones
- Greek driver attitudes towards aggressive driving
- Self-assessment and Road Behavior
- What is your driving identity? Some empirical findings using large-scale smartphone sensors’ data
- Mapping Risky Driving Behavior in Urban Road Networks
- Techno-Economical Evaluation of Accidents’ Preventing Measures and Remedial Measures in Intersections on Existing Rural Two-Lane Highways
- Aspects of Safe Road Design for the Aging Road Users
The National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) of the University of Iowa organized the Road Safety & Simulation International Conference 2019 (RSS2019) which was held with great success on 14-17 October 2019 in Iowa City, Iowa, USA. The conference theme focused on Transformations in Transportation, and conference topics included, but were not limited to: Automated Vehicles Technology, Connected Vehicles Technology, Vulnerable Road Users, Roadway Infrastructure Design, and Distributed Simulation Technology. NTUA actively contributed with the following papers and presentations:
- A review of the interactions between Autonomous Vehicles and Vulnerable Road Users
- Can structural equation models assess overall driving performance in driving simulator experiments?
- Association of Expressed Driving Anger with Driving Performance Combining Simulator and Survey Data
- To which extent the driving behavior of older drivers with neurological diseases affecting cognition is different after an unexpected incident?
- Does driving at night affect the driving performance of young drivers? A driving simulator study
- Interaction between autonomous vehicles and vulnerable road user
- Driving Simulator of the NTUA Road Safety Observatory
- Driving anger: Emerging issues and opportunities to advance the safety science
EuroRAP together with RSI Panos Mylonas organised a Workshop within the European Commission (Connecting Europe Facility – CEF) co-funded project “SLAIN”, titled: Saving Lives Assessing and Improving TEN -T Road Network Safety, which took place with great success in Athens on 10-11 October 2019, with the participation of 8 partners from 5 countries (Belgium, Greece, Italy, Spain and Croatia). SLAIN Project aims at the implementation of the European Road Infrastructure Safety Directive (2008/96/EC) and the preparation of the European Road Network to receive automated traffic.
The Final Conference of Interreg MED REMEDIO project took place with great success in Treviso, Italy, on 01-02 October, 2019. Two different events were organised to promote the dissemination of the project’s results, along with discussion about strategies to improve sustainable and safe mobility in MED cities. The first day was dedicated to the International Conference “Horizontal Condominium as a Living Lab for Urban Renewals” and on second day the Workshop/Capacity Building event “Paving the way to new ideas: the Horizontal Condominium of West Road” was held. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Sustainable Urban Mobility and Safety
ERTICO – ITS Europe is organizing the ITS European Congress, the largest event entirely dedicated to smart mobility and digitalisation of transport. The 2020 ITS European Congress planned for 18-20 May 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal, will be postponed to a later date which will likely be 22-24 May 2023. The Congress Programme offers delegates an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the latest ITS technologies and new mobility concepts. Experts from the mobility sector are invited to submit contributions for various types of sessions to share innovative ideas, discuss mobility challenges that cities are facing today and how they can be addressed through ITS solutions.
The Horizon 2020 research project LEVITATE organised an Experts and Stakeholders Workshop on Impact Assessment of Connected and Automated Transport Systems which took place with great success on 26 November, in Brussels. Public authorities, road users, researchers and industry players discussed how the Levitate Policy Support Tool (PST) could assist Cities identifying the potential societal level impacts of connected and automated transport systems. Emphasis was given to the prediction of the impact of transport systems automation (forecasting tool) and the identification of (policy) interventions to help achieve certain long-term mobility goals and/or to mitigate the potential negative effects of transport systems automation (backcasting tool). NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Policy Support Tool
On September 25, 2019, in Prague, Czech Republic, the RADAR project together with the General Automotoclub of the Czech Republic (UAMK) organised a Road Safety Expert Group (RSEG) Workshop on the safety provisions for vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists). This Workshop focussed on optimised provisions for vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists) and the assessment of the potential for dedicated infrastructure provisions and policy attitudes towards VRU safety in the Danube region. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: RSEG Expert contribution to TA 2 Draft report – Key points for Greece
ECTRI organized the first BE OPEN event, during the 47th European Transport Conference (ETC 2019) on October 11, 2019, in Dublin, Ireland. BE-OPEN is a 30-months Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action that started on 01 January 2019 aiming to promote Open Science in transport research and assist in regulating and standardizing it. Open science on road safety is a key issue examined within the BeOpen project and the related implementation of TOPOS, the Transport Observatory / fOrum for Promoting Open Science. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Analysis of the State of the Art, Barriers, Needs and Opportunities for Setting up a Transport Research Cloud study’s findings
Austrian Workers’ Compensation Board (AUVA) organized the 10th International Conference on the Prevention of Accidents at Work which took place with great success in Vienna from 23rd to 26th September 2019. The congress, focusing on the prevention of workplace accidents – WOS: Working on Safety – managed to bring together experts from all over the world in order to facilitate a high-level exchange of experience, new findings and good practice solutions. The principal topics of the congress were the Digitalization, Risk Assessment, Safety Management Systems, Vision Zero, Knowledge Transfer and Exchange and Education and Training.
NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Fatigue among private and professional drivers in Norway and Greece: examining the influence of national road safety culture
The 20th International Walk21 Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities took place in Rotterdam, on 7-10 October 2019, under the theme: “Smart, Healthy and For everyone”. The future city needs to be able to adapt to transitions with smart urban design and new mobility solutions. Measuring walking and walkability and integrating walking into traffic/transport management tools (e.g. modelling) and decision making, can assure a smart city will always be designed on a human level. At the conference were highlighted examples of evidence, tools, measures and systems that have delivered more walking or better walkability. The presentations per day of Walk21Rotterdam are available in the following link.
The Hellenic Association of Toll Road Network (HELLASTRON) organised a Road Safety Workshop on the occasion of the EDWARD project – European Day without a Road Death 2019, which took place on October 10, 2019, in Athens, Greece. The theme of the Workshop this year was “The Greek motorways are changing the behaviour of the driver” and the very interesting results of a pilot study for the estimation of several Road Safety Key Performance Indicators on motorway drivers behaviour were presented.
ERTRAC in the framework of the FUTURE-RADAR project organized a workshop titled: Road Safety R&I Workshop: from Challenges to Solutions – the Way forward, which took place in Brussels on 15 November 2019. What is the European Commission’s perception of the safety situation on European roads? What is European R&I contributing to make our roads safer? Which safety research is needed in the coming years to overcome the challenges ahead of us and cover remaining “white spots”? How can a good coverage of road safety R&I needs be ensured in Horizon Europe? These were some of the questions that were discussed at this Road Safety Workshop.
The AIIT 2nd international congress on Transport Infrastructure and Systems in a changing world “Towards a more sustainable, reliable and smarter mobility” took place with great success on 23rd – 24th September 2019, in Rome. The objective of the Congress was to promote the knowledge of the new trends of development of mobility systems and transport infrastructures. The Congress aimed at providing a forum for discussion, interactions and exchange among researchers, scientists and engineers whose fields of interest concern transport and infrastructure engineering including traffic safety. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentations:
- Improving road safety knowledge in Africa through crowdsourcing: the African Road Safety Observatory
- Crest Vertical Curvature Safety Assessment through Variable Grade Stopping Sight Distance Control
SaferAfrica Final Conference “Results and future perspectives for road safety in Africa” took place with great success in Tunis (Tunisia) on 18th of September. Prominent international institutions, African regional and national bodies’ representatives, policymakers, researchers and civil society organizations joined the dialogue for a better road safety management throughout the Continent. The most innovative results of SaferAfrica Project are the African Road Safety Observatory and the African-European Dialogue Platform on Road Safety which has linked policymakers, donors and professionals engaged in road safety to plan and design road safety actions. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Road Safety Knowledge and Data
AISICO s.r.l. and ERF jointly organized the International Conference on Road Safety for Motorcyclists that took place with great success at Pereto, Italy, on September 20, 2019. This successful event gathered more than 200 participants, with representatives from the industry, European Associations and Academics. The great variety of point of views generated a constructive dialogue and allowed to get different insights on the topic, not only technical and regulatory (like for example updates on the European Norm EN-1317), but also addressed health and biomechanical issues, thus covering a broad range of topics related to the safety of motorcyclist.
During the European Mobility Week 2019, the European Commission and the EU Member States handed over to Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety the commitment of halving the number of fatalities and serious injuries on European roads between 2020 and 2030, within the way forward to the Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm in February 2020. On the occasion, Commissioner Violeta Bulc also announced an “Urban Road Safety Award” for cities, to be handed out next spring.
Boussias Communications organized the 2019 Connected Cars Conference which took place with great success in Athens on 18th September 2019. The conference covered issues related to the major future changes coming in the field of vehicles, fleet management and transport in general, including safety. Connected Cars Conference 2019 is set to serve as the platform for transferring the necessary know-how and information on the cutting-edge technologies that characterize the new vehicle era.
NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Telematics, Big Data and Road Safety