The Association for European Transport is organising the 49th European Transport Conference which will be held online, on 13-15 September. The ETC 2021 conference maintains its unique identity of a multidisciplinary, multi-seminar format but in an online environment and it will offer eight simultaneous seminars per day plus plenary sessions. Key conference themes to be explored this year include COVID-19 and the consequences, the Climate Emergency and Inclusion and Diversity.
The International Road Federation (IRF) is organising the IRF Annual Conference 2021, under the theme “Innovation: Charting Pathways to Sustainable Mobility” which will be held on 20-21 October 2021. With fast-growing populations leading to significant urbanisation, the demand for new transport infrastructure is predicted to see massive growth in coming decades. The new challenges that the Conference aims to focus on, are the increasing expectations of businesses, service users and the public and the need to reduce carbon emissions and waste.
The United Nations (UN) are organising the Second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference which will take place in Beijing, on 14-16 October 2021. The Conference will focus attention on the opportunities, challenges and solutions towards achieving sustainable transport worldwide. The programme of the Conference will reflect the diversity and complexity of the transport sector and will provide an opportunity for policy dialogue as well as forging partnerships and initiatives to advance sustainable transport.
The Faculty of Social Sciences at Bar-Ilan University organised with great success the 29 Annual Conference of the Research Institute of Human Factors Road Safety which was held online, on 8 July 2021. Experts from all over the world discussed the latest experiences and developments in road safety, with emphasis on the pandemic effect on road crashes. NTUA contributed actively with the following presentations:
- Road Safety in Greece A success story? (key-note presentation)
- Key factors of COVID-19 impact on mobility and safety
The Association of Young Local Authorities (ENA) in collaboration with the Road Safety Institute “Panos Mylonas” (RSI), organised with great success a Conference titled “Road Safety in Greek islands“, which was held online, on 23 June 2021. The Conference was opened by the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Yannis Kefalogiannis, who referred to the National Action Plan on Road Safety and pointed out the important distinctions of Greece in this field. In addition, Mr. Panagiotis Papantoniou (President of the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers), Mrs. Amalia Polydoropoulou (Professor of the University of the Aegean), Mr. Vangelis Makris (Collaborator of the IOAS “Panos Mylonas”), Mr. Giannis Themelaros (Deputy Regional Minister of Transport and Communications of Dodecanese) and Mr. George Karamanolis (CTO / CIO Co-Founder of Crowdpolic), participated in the event. The Conference focused on the effort to reduce road accidents for the safety of inhabitants and tourists of the greek islands.
The Technical Chamber of Greece organised with great success the Green Deal Greece 2021 Conference, which was held in Athens, on June 29, 2021. The theme of the Conference was “2020-2030: a decade of a green revolution” and it focused on the opportunities and the challenges that Greece has to face regarding the European Green Deal. NTUA contributed actively with the following presentation:
The UK Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) organised with great success the PACTS Conference: Safe and healthy travel, which was held online, on 29 June 2021. The Conference was supported by the Department for Transport and Highways England and focused on Vision Zero, active travel, micro-mobility, speed and infrastructure. NTUA Professor George Yannis contributed the following key note presentation:
The Horizon 2020 projects BeOpen (European forum and Observatory for open science in transport) and OSCAR (Open ScienCe Aeronautic & Air Transport Research) co-organised with great success the “BE OPEN meets OSCAR: Open Science Collaboration” joint workshop, which was held online, on 16 June 2021. The event focused on providing general guidelines for Open Science promotion, regulatory schemes for Open Science operationalization and presenting interactive tools for enhancing Open Science collaboration amongst transport stakeholders. NTUA contributed actively with the following presentation: European Code of Conduct of Open Science in Transport
The 7th Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) took place virtually with great success, on 19-22 June, 2021. The theme of the congress was “Towards Precision Neurology”. Latest best practices in neurology was discussed, including cognitive impairment role in fitness to drive. NTUA contributed actively with the following presentation: Alzheimer’s Dementia and predictors of Driving Cessation: Results from a 4-year Longitudinal Study
The RADAR project within the framework of Interreg Danube Transnational Programme, organised on 15 June 2021 the 6th Road Safety Expert Group online Meeting with focus on road infrastructure safety management. Key experts contributed into a vivid discussion on the challenges and opportunities brought by the new EU Directive on road infrastructure safety management. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Network-wide Road Safety Assessment
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) published the 15th edition of PIN Annual Report , with the active contribution of NTUA, presented at the 2021 ETSC Road Safety Performance Index Award event which took place online with great success on 16 June 2021. While the collective EU road death reduction target for 2020 was not met, all countries made improvements, and saved lives by trying to reach it. Only Greece reached the target with a 54% reduction in road deaths. Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Belgium, Slovenia, Italy, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Denmark, Austria and Hungary achieved a decrease above the EU average of 37%, while the other countries progressed to a lesser extent. The progress was slowest in the Netherlands with a 5% decrease and the UK with 14%.
The Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes (FERSI) is organising a Symposium titled: “Implementing evidence-based road safety measures, removing barriers and enhancing public support“, which will be held online, on 14 October 2021. The Symposium will consist of three presentations on vulnerable road users, speed and road safety management. Practitioners and decision makers who have been successful in implementing effective but sometimes controversial road safety measures will share their experience. The symposium is a prelude to a physical conference on the same topic that will held in the autumn of 2022.
The network of thematic experts Vip4Ride is organising the 2nd International Conference which will be held in Alexandroupolis, Greece, on 14-15 October. The Conference will be held under the theme: “Intermodal Transports: Innovations in Planning, Management, Business Development & Decision Making” and it will focus on the main economic advantages of developing intermodal transport, energy and tourism sectors.Special attention is given to decision making for investments and project financing in large infrastructures to promote intermodal options. Abstract submissions deadline: 16 July 2021
Τhe European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) is organising the LEARN! Manual Webinar, which will be held online, on 23 June 2021. The LEARN! Manual is a handbook for developing and evaluating activities and programmes for traffic safety and mobility education. It sets out recommendations, criteria and guidance to develop and implement sound educational activities in an accessible way. This webinar will present the LEARN! Manual, and show how its different steps can be applied in practice through examples from across Europe. Registrations are open
The RADAR project team organised with great success the 5th Road Safety Expert Group (RSEG) Meeting, which was held online, on 27 May 2021, under the theme: “Transport Safety and COVID-19“. There is a reasonable threat that investments in road infrastructure safety will be largely affected by the covid-19 and will shrink already small budgets dedicated to road infrastructure safety. Improving road infrastructure safety in the Danube area in this critical time requires action to demonstrate by facts the real impact of the pandemic outbreak on road safety. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: COVID-19 impact on mobility and safety
DDI2022 – 8th International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention, Gothenburg, October 2022
SAFER Vehicle, the Université Gustave Eiffel and the University of New South Wales are co-organising the 8th International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention (DDI2022), which will be held in Gothenburg, on 19-20 October 2022. DDI2022 is the primary international event on this topic, attracting delegates from more than 20 countries. It is designed to bring participants – from academia, industry and government – up-to-date on the developments and trends in the field of inattention and distraction in driving.
Lund University and The Swedish Cycling Research Centre at VTI are co-organising the ICSC2021 under the theme “Safe cycling as an integral part of the future mobility system: planning and designing for a safe interaction between road users“, which will be held online, on 10-12 November 2021. The Conference will take place on the virtual networking platform in which efficient social interactions are made possible and it will have a special session under the theme “Cycling in pandemic time”. Abstracts submission deadline: 18 June 2021
The International Transport Forum (ITF) together with the Swedish Transport Administration, VTI, the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM), and the motorcycle manufacturers associations (IMMA and ACEM) are co-organising the “Motorcyclists Safety Workshop: Riding in a Safe System” which will be held online on 9-23 June. It is a follow-up to the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety and will focus on the nine recommendations of the Academic Expert Group and their application to motorcyclists’ safety. Registration is open
NTUA participated actively in the Sixth UN Global Road Safety Week by organising a key Scientific Workshop titled “Innovation in Road Safety Research” held online on 20 May 2021 , contributing at the Together for Safer Roads Vision Zero Fleet Forum and several other workshops and endorsing the pledge of the UN Global Road Safety Week for speed limits of 30km/h in urban areas, together with the United Nations, World Health Organisation, International Road Federation, World Bank GRSF, ETSC/FEVR, RSI P.Mylonas, EFTHITA, Interamerican.
Together for Safer Roads organised with great success the Vision Zero Fleet Forum, which was held online on May 19th, 2021. With focused contributions from key safety experts, this fleet-specific forum, focused on Vision Zero practices that maximize global learning and impact for fleet safety managers, city authorities, vision zero practitioners and city streets users. NTUA actively contributed in the section Commercial Fleets, Vision Zero & Data Sharing.
NTUA within the framework of the Sixth UN Global Road Safety Week organised with great success a Scientific Workshop titled “Innovation in Road Safety Research” which was held online on May 20th, 2021. The objective of this Workshop was to highlight through an intensive flow of presentations the main findings and challenges of key road safety research projects carried out within the NTUA Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering and to open up the discussion in a round table with high-level experts on key innovations in road safety research in Greece, in Europe and worldwide. NTUA supports actively the UN Global Road Safety Week pledge for speed limits of 30km/h in urban areas.
Workshop presentations concerned:
- The NTUA Road Safety Observatory
- Driver needs and behaviour in automated traffic – Drive2theFuture
- Societal impacts of connected and automated vehicles – Levitate
- Shared Automation Operating Models for Worldwide Adoption – Show
- Holistic Approach for Driver Role Integration into Automation – Hadrian
- Driver-vehicle-environment interactions and safety tolerance – i-Dreams
- Smart city mapping for safer and eco driver behaviour – SmartMaps
- Smartphone applications for driver safety behaviour support – BeSmart
- Development of the Road Safety Strategic Plan in Greece 2021-2030
- Collection of Road Safety KPIs in Greece – Baseline-G
- EU Methodology for Road Safety KPI Collection – Baseline-I
- Open science in road safety – BeOpen
- A Methodology for Network-wide Road Assessment – NetSafety
- Modelling crash modification factors globally – i-SafeModels
- Road Safety Audit of the Hellinikon Metropolitan Pole
- Monitoring road safety attitudes globally – Esra2
- Investigation of driver distraction effect using big data from smartphones
- Safety behaviour assessment of older drivers in real driving conditions
- Covid-19 impact on mobility and safety
- Model traffic and parking arrangements for the Athens Great Walk
- Electromobility as driver for sustainable mobility and safety – e-Mopoli
- Socio-economic impact of environmental transport charging – EcoCharge
Round table discussion:
The Province of Brescia, leader partner of the Interreg Europe project Electro MObility as driver to support POLicy Instruments for sustainable mobility (e-MOPOLI) organised with great success the e-MOPOLI Final Interregional Conference (phase 1) which was held online, on 19 May 2021. The meeting focused on presentation of project outputs, such as good practices, recommendations and on 9 partners regional action plan from Italy, Slovenia, Greece, Flanders, Finland, Norway, Romania and Latvia. It also presented key results and future scenarios of alternative fuel mobility. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentations:
The International Transport Forum (ITF) organised with great success the 2021 ITF Summit which was held online, on 17-28 May. ITF’s research unit supported the Summit with topical analyses and a pre-summit Research Day was organised with leading institutions to provide cutting-edge academic input to the Summit debate. Side events hosted by ITF partner organisations took place in and around the Summit thereby allowing greater opportunities for presentations of recent work and dialogue on key issues complementing the Summit theme.
The Research in Mobility Committee of the UITP organised with great success an online event on 27 April, in which Road Safety and many other interesting topics were discussed.
NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Mobility and Safety Research Challenges in Public Transport
The International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD) of the International Transport Forum (ITF) organised online the 32nd Meeting on 12-13 April in which the latest international road safety developments were discussed. NTUA contributed actively with the following presentations:
The EU-funded Horizon 2020 project Levitate (Societal Level Impacts of Connected and Automated Vehicles) organised with great success a Webinar on Road safety assessment of automated vehicles, which was held online, on 27 May. The Webinar offered a discussion on which road safety impacts can be expected from Connected and Automated Transport Systems and how best the different types of impacts can be quantified. Key findings from the Levitate project analyses were presented including estimation of impacts using microsimulation and those focusing on Vulnerable Road Users.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of National University of Science and Technology of the Sultanate of Oman (NU) organized with great success the first lecture in the context of International Webinar series on Sustainable Road Safety, which was held on 5 May. Dr. Stergios Mavromatis, NTUA Assistant Professor, delivered a webinar titled Role of Infrastructure design in achieving sustainable Road safety. The Webinar provided a deep insight into current issues in accident analysis and discussed the proactive and reactive strategies with appropriate examples. The Vision Zero and Safe System Approach were presented, while the improvement of road design to reduce potential crashes was explained with practical examples.
The International Commission for Driver Testing (CIECA) organised with great success the 53rd CIECA Congress, which was held online, on 26-28 May 2021. With this congress, entitled “Different drivers & vehicles. Safety for all”, CIECA focused on exploring the challenges that new trends in mobility, and the inclusion of modern technologies in vehicles present for driver training and testing.
The Loughborough University is hosting the 53rd Annual UTSG Conference, which will be held online, on 5-6 July. It 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. Abstracts submission deadline: 15 June 2021
The Transportation Public Health Link (TPH Link) is organising the International Conference on Transport & Health (ICTH) which will be held online, on 14-30 June. ICTH aims to provide valuable insights into the health impacts of transport and urban planning, governance, strategic management, policy-making, performance metric tools and the potential return on investment of a dynamic system.
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 2022 (RSS2022) which will be held on NEW DATES 08-10 June 2022 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. Selected papers will be published in key international scientific journals and special awards will be granted to best papers.
The European Commission together with ARCADE project organised with great success the third European Conference on Connected and Automated Driving (EUCAD 2021), which was held online on 20-22 April 2021. Participants enjoyed a blend of policy-oriented plenary sessions, as well as thematic breakout sessions to discuss specific R&I challenges. A virtual exhibition of projects was accessible throughout the three-day event.
The European Commission organised with great success the EU Road Safety Results Conference which was held online on 20 April. The Conference was an opportunity to engage with EU Member State authorities and all stakeholders on the progress being made with implementing the Safe System approach. In particular, it allowed participants to learn how work towards the Key Performance Indicators set out in the Next Steps Towards Vision Zero policy framework is moving forward.
The Road Traffic Safety Agency of Serbia (RTSA) together with several Serbian and international road safety Governmental, Academic and other organisations organised with great success the 16th International conference Road Safety in Local Communities, which was held on April 14 – 17, 2021.
The Pioneer Alliance together with the NTUA Department of Transportation Planning organised with great success the PIONEERing Solutions for the Smart City Challenge, which was held online on 15 April 2021. Through this Workshop, students had the opportunity to learn about civil engineering for carbon-neutral smart cities, safety, security and risk management, technology enhanced solutions, service design, circular economy and sustainable urban life and tourism. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentations:
The Publications Office of the European Union and the ISA² programme of the European Commission organised with great success the European Data Conference on Reference Data and Semantics (ENDORSE) which was held online on 16-19 March 2021. The Conference created an opportunity to link expertise to tackle current and future issues in the fields of interoperability and knowledge management including aspects of road safety. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation from the The Horizon 2020 project BeOpen (European forum and observatory for open science in transport): FAIR Challenges in Transport Open Science
The Institute of Communication & Computer Systems (ICCS) together with the European Technology Platform ALICE organised with great success the 8th International Physical Internet Conference (IPIC 2021) which was held online on 14-16 June 2021. The Conference aimed to provide an open forum for researchers, industry representatives, government officials and citizens to explore leading edge freight transport and logistics concepts, methodologies, projects, technological advancements and start-up initiatives for future interconnected logistics and the Physical Internet. Special sessions’ proposals deadline: 15 April.
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) organised with great success the Road Safety Performance Index Annual Conference and Award Ceremony 2021 (PIN conference) which was held online, on 16 June 2021. In June each year ETSC’s analysis of overall annual progress on tackling road deaths and serious injuries is published in the PIN Annual Report. The PIN conference is also the platform for the presentation of the PIN Award to the best performing country.
IEEE/ITSS – 24th International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Indianapolis, September 2021
The IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS) will organise the 24th IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC) which will be held in Indianapolis, on 19-22 September 2021. ITSC 2021 welcomes articles and presentations in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems, conveying new developments in theory, analytical and numerical simulation and modeling, experimentation, advanced deployment and case studies. Particularly, the Conference invites and encourages prospective authors to share their work, findings, perspectives and developments as related to implementation and deployment of advanced ITS applications.
The Region of Attica within the framework of the research project e-MOPOLI of the Interreg Europe program, organised with great success a Workshop on Εlectromobility which was held online on 23 March 2021. The workshop was hosted by the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the NTUA and included presentations of key stakeholders of electromobility in Greece and a round table of experts. Professor George Yannis opened the workshop with the key outputs of e-MOPOLI project as well as the status and next steps of electromobility in Region of Attica with the following presentation: Interregional Learning Workshop of Region of Attica
The Agência Nacional de Inovação (ANI) together with the European Commisison are organising the Transport Research Arena Conference (TRA2022) which will be held in Lisbon, on 14-17 November 2022. The pillars of the Conference will be the scientific excellence, research and innovation challenges, the latest technological and industrial developments and innovative policies regarding the european transport research and Innovation and the cooperation of Europe with other continents.
The Horizon 2020 project BeOpen (European forum and observatory for open science in transport), organised with great success the TOPOS Observatory and Forum Webinar which will took place on 26 March. The BeOpen partners presented the functionalities of the Transport fOrum/Observatory for Promoting Open Science (TOPOS), which aims to limit existing barriers in Open Science in Transport Research and align transport research with EOSC by following FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles. A short feedback survey on improvement proposals on the current state of TOPOS is now available.
The International Road Federation (IRF) is organising the 18th World Meeting & Exhibition, which will take place in Dubai World Trade Center on 7-10 November 2021, under the theme Roads to Tomorrow: Innovative & Sustainable Solutions. This Meeting aspires to be a global summit & technology showcase that is both uniquely relevant to a wide cross-section of road mobility stakeholders, and focused on delivering solutions to the world’s pressing mobility questions. Registration is open
The 9th International Expert Symposium on Accident Research (ESAR) took place online on 23-24 March 2021. ESAR was organised by the Medical School of Hannover and it was a platform for exchanges of information on accident research issues. The conference focused 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 European Platform of Transport Sciences (EPTS) is oganising the 19th European Trasnport Conference which will be held in Maribor, Slovenia, on 7-8 October 2021. The main themes of the Conference are smart urban traffic management for sustainable urban mobility and freight, digitalisation and automatization of urban mobility and freight, AI in mobility and logistics in urban areas and new organisational and business models for mobility and logistics. Abstracts submission deadline: 5 April 2021
The International Road Federation (IRF) organised with great success three Webinars which were held online on 4, 9 and 16 March 2021. The topics of the Webinars were: COVID-19 Response and Recovery: The Global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP), Sustainable Mobility: Policymaking for Data Sharing and Road Safety Management – Innovation and delivery in developing countries. Among others, the webinars offered insights on what is the reality of road safety on the ground, how to better engage at the country level and how to mobilise the resources needed to deliver.
The 2nd Newsletter of the Horizon 2020 project Drive2theFuture was recently released highlighting the 2nd Drive2theFuture Workshop, held on March 2021, with the so far achievements of the project. The Newsletter also includes a survey identifying the current views and acceptance of automation in all modes which has been concluded with the participation of more than 11.500 people from all over Europe. NTUA actively contributed in the Workshop with the following presentation: From AV Skills Identification to AV training: The Drive2theFuture approach
POLIS, the European Cities Network, is organising the 2021 Annual Polis Conference, which will take place on 1-2 December 2021 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Conference provides an opportunity for cities and regions to showcase their transport achievements to a large audience of mobility experts, practitioners and decision makers. With a focus on innovation, sustainability and co-creation, Gothenburg hosts one of Europe’s most dynamic clusters within the field of mobility and safety. Abstracts submission deadline: 17 May 2021
The International Transport Forum (ITF/OECD) organised with great success on 10-12 February 2021 an online Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence in Road Traffic Crash Prevention, chaired by NTUA Professor George Yannis. This roundtable examined several promising use cases of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the prevention of road crashes and explored the potential of computer vision to acquire relevant information and AI models to identify high risk locations and situations. The Full Report will be available soon. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation:
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 will be held online on 22-25 August 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. Abstracts submission deadline: 1 March 2021.
The Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE) and the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT/CERTH) co-organize the “10th International Congress on Transportation Research” (ICTR 2021), which will be held on 2-3 Semptember, 2021, in Rhodes, Greece. The spotlight theme of the 2021 Congress is: “Future Mobility and Resilient Transport: Transition to innovation”. Transport research is critical for achieving innovative solutions that will meet future challenges through synergies among the industry and public sector. Abstracts submission deadline: 19 February 2021.
The Department of Civil, Environmental, Architectural Engineering and Mathematics of Universita Degli Studi di Brescia, will organise the 25th Living and Walking in Cities Conference in Brescia, on 9-10 September 2021. The LWC International Conference traditionally deals with the topics of urban mobility and quality of life in urban areas, with a specific focus on vulnerable road users. The main areas and topics of the Conference will be transport system and infrastructure, safe mobility for innovative cities and urban planning.
Rhodes’ Rescuers Association have organised with great success a three-day Webinar titled “Road accidents: Don’t just observe – Act” which was held online on 18-20 December 2020. The Webinar results are expected to bring significant value to road safety efforts at local, regional and national level. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation:
University of Aveiro will organise the 24th Working Group on Transportation Meeting (EWGT 2021) which will be held online, on 8-10 September 2021. The main goal of the Meeting is to share information and experiences of research activities, to encourage joint research and the development of theoretical methods and applications, to promote the cooperation among different institutions and organisations, leaders at national level in the field of traffic, transportation and logistic systems.
The “Hellenic Association for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems – ITS Hellas, has organised with great success the 6th Intelligent Transport Systems and Developments in Greece Conference which was held online on 14-15 December 2020 with the support of the European Commission Representation in Greece, focusing on issues related to European goals and national aspirations and efforts for the transition to a sustainable and “green” mobility. The recordings of the presentations are now available: NTUA actively contributed with the following presentations:
The European Union Road Federation (ERF) has organised a Roadside Safety Event which was held with great success online on 15 December 2020. The conference was a unique opportunity for road safety experts around the globe to exchange information concerning the latest trends and developments in the area of roadside passive safety and road safety design. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation:
Africa’s Road Safety Data Challenge (ARSO), Asia Pacific Road Safety Observatory (APRSO) and Ibero-American Road Safety Observatory (OISEVI) with the support of international development organizations, co-organised the Global Meeting of Regional Road Safety Observatories which was held online with great success, on 8-9 December 2020. This Global Conference helped in keeping the momentum created at the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, and contribute to strengthening collaboration and harmonization across these regional observatories.
POLIS, the European Cities Network, has organised with great success the 2020 Annual Polis Conference which was held online from 30 November to 3 December. Cities and Regions showcased their transport achievements and get connected with up to 600 committed transport innovation professionals who work in local and Regional Governments and related public and private sector Organisations. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation:
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) organising with great success an online PIN Talk titled “How to improve the safety of goods vehicles in the EU?“, which was held on 14 December. The event focused on the safety of goods vehicles in the EU, looking at goods vehicle safety but also the safety of goods vehicle drivers and all other road users.
ERTICO organised with great success the ITS World Congress which took place on 11-15 October 2021, in Hamburg, Germany under the theme “Experience Future Mobility Now“. Every year, ERTICO organises an ITS regional or World Congress in Europe. The Congresses are the yearly celebration of smart mobility: they underline the importance of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), particularly in cities and regions where they are hosted, and are important channels to raise awareness of smart mobility solutions among policy makers, experts and the general public.
The Horizon 2020 research project SHOW (SHared automation Operating models for Worldwide adoption) organised with great success the 1st Ideathon, which was held online on 15 January 2021. Amongst others, the participants had the chance to contribute to the development of automated urban mobility solutions that address end-users’ real needs and get access to advanced knowledge on automated mobility and gain insights in the needs of different user groups.
World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe has announced the first session in a series of webinars on Road Policing for Road Safety, titled: “Traffic Management vs Road Policing“. The session was held on 1 December 2020. As part of a wider series of topics on road policing and enforcement for road safety, Detective Chief Superintendent Andrew Cox, will present on the transition in operational thinking from traffic management to road policing.
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) together with the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport under the auspices of the European Commission – DG Move, organised with great success the online EU Road Safety Exchange National Workshop for Greece on 24 November 2020. ‘EU Road Safety Exchange’ is a three-year twinning project (2019-2021) that supports improved institutional capacity and exchange of knowledge and best practice on road safety topics between EU Member States. Speeding and Powered Two Wheelers’ safety have been selected as priority road safety topics for Greece and best practices from France and Spain respectively on these topics were kindly presented by national experts, followed by thorough discussion.
Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Mr. Ioannis Kefalogiannis stated that: “Serious effort and international cooperation on key road safety problems can bring important reduction of road casualties in Greece”. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation:
The Horizon 2020 project SHOW (SHared automation Operating models for Worldwide adoption) will organise the 1st Concertation Workshop, which was held online on 16 December 2020. The workshop focused on discussions about the planning of demonstrations for fleets of Automated Vehicles around Europe, concerning mainly road transport for both passengers and goods.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) organised with great success the 100th Annual Meeting, which was held online throughout January 2021. The meeting program covered all transportation modes, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops focused on the spotlight theme for the 2021 meeting: Launching a New Century of Mobility and Quality of Life. This year’s meeting also featured dozens of sessions on how COVID-19 has impacted transportation and how transportation professionals and researchers are responding.
The Laboratory of Health and Road Safety (LaHeRS) organised with great success an online Conference titled: “Road Safety Culture, Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow” on 20-21 November. The Conference was addressed to teachers and all kinds of specialists who aim at promoting safe transportations. New developments in the field of road safety culture were discussed followed by a fruitful discussion on innovative methods, modern tools and good practices in the education field. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation:
The UN Road Safety Collaboration is organizing the global campaign for the Sixth UN Global Road Safety Week, 17-23 May 2021. The 6th Global Road Safety Week will have as theme Managing Speeding, with focus on city streets safety and the introduction of 30km/h speed limit in cities. It will be a great opportunity to mobilise the global population (Authorities, stakeholders, citizens) and launch the global plan for the newly proclaimed Second Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030. During this week, several road safety events are expected to be organised worldwide, including the active participation of NTUA.
The European Federation of Road Victims (FEVR) together with the WHO Regional Office for Europe and UNRSC members commemorated the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (#WDoR2020) on 15 November 2020, as an “appropriate acknowledgement for victims of road traffic crashes and their families”. Some of the objectives of WDoR 2020 are to provide a platform for road traffic victims and their families to remember all people killed and seriously injured on the roads, to acknowledge the crucial work of the emergency services and to draw attention to the generally trivial legal response to culpable road deaths and injuries.
In Greece, EFTHITA Rhodes is organising a special event on 15 November 2020, by presenting a poster on the west side of the building of the Greek Parliament, passing the message “Remember-Support-Act”
ETSC: Road Safety and Society: Involving Stakeholders in Road Safety Programmes, online, November 2020.
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and DVR with the support of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, organised an online PIN Talk, which was held on 19 November. National experts from Germany shared their experience with international and private sector experts on how to involve stakeholders in road safety programmes.
The European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC), the European Green Vehicles Initiative Association (EGVIA) and the European Commission organised the 4th European-wide Conference dedicated to the presentation of results from road transport research in H2020 funded projects (H2020RTR), which was held on 30 November & 1 December 2020. The Conference aimed at presenting what the projects have discovered, how they overcame the hurdles and challenges and resolved them, and what were the next research steps in the fields covered by their research.
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, organised with great success an Online Technical Workshop on “Role of Road Safety Audits in Improving Traffic Safety”, which was held online on 8-10 November 2020. The Workshop aimed at building the understanding of the importance and benefits of RSAs. Furthermore, it provided 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 organised with great success an online conference titled “Roads to Recovery: a Sustainable Mobility for a Sustainable Future” which was held on 12 November 2020. The main objective of the conference was to discuss priorities for the road sector going forward. The conference was 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.
Within the 18th European Week of Regions and Cities organised by the European Committee of the Regions, RADAR and SLAIN projects were featured in the session ”Modelling the future of Road Safety using Network-wide Risk Assessment”, which was held with great success on 14 October 2020. Key questions concerned: How do you design a safe road infrastructure? How can you identify risk on roads? How do you propose an economically viable crash countermeasure?
NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Network-wide Road Safety Assessment
POLIS in cooperation with the LEVITATE and CoEXist projects organised with great success a webinar titled “Mobilising Mobility: Impact assessment of automated vehicles” which was held on 15 October 2020. The Webinar provided 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 DG Move together with the Transport Area of the Florence School of Regulation organised an important Executive Seminar on “Speed and Speed Management in Road Safety Policy” held online on 8 October 2020, with the active contribution of NTUA. Key Road Safety Experts contributed to a Synthesis Paper intended to guide policies in speeding globally together with the respective Key Conclusions highlighting the need for:
- high quality communication on the centrality of speed and speed management at all levels of government;
- more efficient speeding enforcement, including the use of dynamic speed limits;
- promoting Intelligent Speed Assistance Systems in vehicles (ISA)
- Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) on speeding to support evidence-based road safety policies;
- partnerships between all levels of government and with stakeholders and industry in order to make speed a central road safety issue for all
The Forum of European Road Safety Research Organisations (FERSI) is organising the 2021 Road Safety Conference 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 with specific focus on the road to successful implementation, including overcoming barriers and promising ways to facilitate decision making. Extended abstracts submission deadline: 15 February 2021
The International Council for Road Safety International (ICoRSI) organised with great success a series of twelve Global Road Safety Dialogues on current key issues in road safety, which were held online on 20 October – 5 November 2020. Each dialogue features Key International Road Safety Experts on the subject who will be challenged by an Interlocutor on issues dealing with road safety interventions and research around the world. The recordings and the presentations of all the sessions are now available:
The International Cycling Safety Conference (ICSC2020) organised with great success a webinar titled “Single bicycle crashes as a rising problem” which was held online at November 5th 2020. 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 highlights 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) organised with great success the 6th Global Interactive Forum on Traffic & Safety which was held online on 26 November 2020. Researchers and practitioners at this symposium clarified the definition and measurement of “traffic culture” and explored its relationship with road user behaviour and traffic safety stakeholders actions. The results of these discussions are expected to pave the way for implementing more effective traffic safety measures in order of importance and urgency. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation:
The European Union Road Federation (ERF) organised with great success a conference titled “Shaping the Future of New Mobility” which was held on 14 October 2020, gathering more than 160 participants.. The purpose of the organisers (ERF, FIEC, the French Road Federation, the FNTP and the CICA) was to present the main findings of the international comparative study dealing with the impact of new mobility uses on road infrastructure and its equipment. The recordings and the presentations of the conference are now available:
The International Transport Forum (ITF) organised with great success 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 took place on 17, 24 September and 1 October 2020, respectively. The webinars explored 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.
The Institute of Communication & Computer Systems within the EU funded Horizon 2020 project L3Pilot organised 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 and in particular on the progress of the largest European pilot-testing of SAE Level 3 driving functions implemented by L3Pilot partners.
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 focused on 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
In the framework of the European Mobility Week, the ROADPOL Safety Days (formerly known as Project EDWARD) took place on 16-22 September, in Mainz, Germany. The aim of the ROADPOL Safety Days was to reduce the number of traffic fatalities, which is 70 per day across Europe, to zero at least in one day. Activities varied from additional roadside checks to awareness-raising initiatives, such as vehicle turnover simulations, exhibitions and debates.
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
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 great success on September 14-16, 2020 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety organised with great success an online Q&A session with Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of the Department of the Social Determinants of Health, WHO which was held on 22 September 2020. This webinar gave 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.
The Department of Highway Engineering of the Gdansk University of Technology and the Foundation for the Development of Civil Engineering in Gdansk organised with great success the 13th International Road Safety Conference GAMBIT 2020. The Conference has held online on 7-8 September 2020 focusing on challenges and requirements of improving road safety until 2030. It covered 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.
The chair of Transportation System Engineering of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) organised the 7th IEEE International Conference on Models and Technologies for Intelligent Transportation Systems (MT-ITS 2021), which was held online on the 16-17 June 2021. More than 80 state-of-the-art papers were presented boosting vivid discussion on future ITS challenges and opportunities. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentations:
- Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Vision Zero Road Fatalities (key note presentation)
- Investigating the acceptance of an environmental transport charging policy. The case of Athens
- Risk scenario designs for driving simulator experiments
- Driving Behavior Safety Levels: Classification and Evaluation
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, organised with great success a Webinar on “Global Trends on the Status of Traffic Safety under the Covid-19 Pandemic”, which was held on 29 September 2020. This webinar aimed 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) organised with great success the first IRF Executives Talks with Florent Menegaux, CEO, Michelin, which was held online on 11 September 2020. The ‘IRF Executives Talks’ was 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 hosted on 26-27 October 2021 in Rhode Island, Greece. The theme of the conference is “Human Perspective in an Evolving Transport Era“. The 2021 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 online, on 8-10 September. 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.
hEART – 9th Symposium of the European Association for Research in Transportation, Lyon, February 2021
The 9th conference of European Association for Research in Transportation (hEART) organized by the Transport, Urban Planning and Economics Laboratory (LAET), took place with great success in Lyon on 3-4 February 2021. It covered relevant areas of transportation research with focus on methods, models and planning of transport systems. The aim of the conference was to connect researchers in transport modelling, transport economics, transport engineering and transport policy with advanced practice and state of the art, including road safety applications. NTUA actively contributed with the following paper: Exploring driving behavior as a latent variable in safety modeling. A preliminary analysis from a driving simulator study.
ESRA2 (E-Survey of Road Users’ Attitudes) project with the active contribution of NTUA is organising six on-line webinars under the theme “Measuring Global Traffic Safety Cultures to Support Effective Road Safety Policy Development” started in 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 (16 December 2020 by NTUA) – Gender Issues – Young road users – Subjective safety and risk perception – Vehicle automation. Registration is open.
Vlaamse Stichting Verkeerskunde (VSV) in cooperation with Flanders, Road Safety GB, UHasselt, ETSC and Polis organized with great success a European Road Safety Summer School which took place online, 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.