The Laboratory of Health and Road Safety of the TEI of Crete (LaHeRS) organised with great success a Workshop titled: “Promoting Road Safety Culture” in Heraklion, Crete, Greece on 29 May. Several presentations covered a large spectrum of promoting road safety culture such as research, interventions, promotion programs, targeted actions and good practices. The main conclusion of the Workshop is the need to adopt an holistic approach and to promote interdisciplinary cooperation in promoting road safety. NTUA presentations concerned:
The 50th CIECA General Assembly and Congress took place with great success on 29 May – 01 June 2018, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The General Assembly and Congress was hosted by the Driver & Vehicle Agency. This year’s theme was “Safe driving for life: changing attitude and behaviour through education, training and testing”
Hellenic Association of Driving Instructors – Road Safety and Children Conference, Thessaloniki 2017
The Hellenic Association of Driving Instructors organised with great success the 1st International Interdisciplinary Conference on Road Safety and Children in Thessaloniki on 19-21 May 2017. Several results from road accident data analysis and methodologies and modern technologies related to road safety with focus to children were presented. NTUA presentations concerned:
NTUA within the framework of the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week organised with great success a Workshop titled “The Future of Road Safety Research” on 15 May 2017 at the NTUA Campus in Athens. 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 Laboratory of Traffic Engineering and to open up the discussion in a round table on the future of road safety research in Greece, in Europe and worldwide. Special emphasis was be given to managing speed for improving road safety in line with the UN Global Road Safety Week objectives.
Workshop presentations concerned:
The NTUA Road Safety Observatory – Nrso
The European Road Safety Observatory – Erso+
The European Road Safety Decision Support System – SafetyCube
The CEDR Road Safety APM and CMF Repository – Pract
The African Road Safety Observatory – SaferAfrica
Global benchmarking of road safety in cities – IrtadCities
Predicting road accidents with real time data – WeatherSafe
Monitoring road safety culture in Europe – SafeCulture
Monitoring road safety attitudes in Europe – Esra
Monitoring behaviour of older road users in Europe – ElderSafe
Monitoring road safety risk factors and measures – SafetyCube
Monitoring driver distraction – Distract
Monitoring behaviour of drivers with cognitive impairment – DriverBrain
Monitoring driver behaviour through mobile phones – OSeven
The future of road safety research – HELLASTRON
The future of road safety research – Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport
Quantitative Methods in Road Safety – HITE
The 13th PRI World Congress and Exhibition on “Road Governance & its Impact on Road Safety: Achieving UN Decade of Action’s Road Safety Targets“, organised by La Prévention Routière Internationale (PRI) took place with great success in Gammarth, Tunisia, on 3 – 7 May 2017. The aim of the Congress was to: identify dangerous roadside hazards, understand the issues facing pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist, public transport and non-motorized vehicle safety, obtain an understanding of work zones & how they can be made safer, learn how to create a road safety audit team and discuss how to collect data to assess the performance of roads, and how technology can be utilized to enhance operations and safety of roads. NTUA presentation concerned:
A new two-day short course “The Safe System Approach: Managing for Better Road Safety Results” which has been developed by the Loughborough University Design School in association with Jeanne Breen Consulting took place with great success on 11-12 April 2017, in Loughborough. The background to this initiative is the adoption of Safe System by an increasing number of agencies, cities and jurisdictions in the United Kingdom and in the British Road Safety Statement. This two-day course has been formulated to support professionals from the many sectors and disciplines involved in road safety and road traffic injury prevention, both in public and private sectors. The aim is to assist in the understanding of the Safe System goal and approach and what is involved in its broad implementation in terms of transport, planning, highway, vehicle, health, insurance, enforcement, education and research fields.
Since New York City adopted its Vision Zero policy in 2014, other cities across the US have launched their own initiatives aimed at eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries. The street safety advocacy group Transportation Alternatives held its third Vision Zero Cities conference, on 4-5 May in New York City, bringing together policy makers and experts from around the nation and world to formulate new strategies to save lives. “With traffic fatalities and injuries spiking across the nation, many Vision Zero cities are experiencing setbacks in their efforts as we begin 2017,” said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. “We’re calling on our street safety warriors and defenders to join forces and share ideas to keep the movement on track and rolling.”
More than 50 experts from cities around the world met in Paris, France, on April 20-21 for the first Workshop of the “Safer City Streets” global traffic safety network for liveable cities created by the International Transport Forum with support from the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in October 2016. Just over six months after its launch, Safer City Streets counts 38 participating cities around the world. The first meeting provided the opportunity to exchange knowledge on road safety policies and learn from other cities’ experiences.
A joint workshop session with POLIS, the European network of cities and regions for sustainable transport, further explored the issue of risk exposure data and addressed collaboration with hospitals to improve knowledge of crashes. NTUA’s presentation concerned:
The International Road Transport Union (IRU), the world’s road transport organisation, is leading a global initiative looking into the role and place of passenger transport, in particular that of buses and taxis, in the future mobility ecosystem by 2030. IRU is organising a Workshop on Mobility 2030, on 9 May 2017 in New Delhi, India. This workshop aims at contributing to a global vision on Mobility for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and implementing New Urban Agenda as also to help the developing countries like India to address the challenge of rising congestion and pollution, particularly in urban areas, and to better tap into the tremendous opportunities that sustainable transport can make possible.
- Strengthening of institutional capacity to further national road safety efforts
- Improve the safety of road network
- Improve vehicle safety
- Improve road safety behaviors
- Improve care after traffic accident
The European Association of Operators of Toll Road Infrastructures (ASECAP) held with great success its 10th Annual Road Safety Conference on Tuesday 21 March 2017 in Brussels on the theme: “Road safety – A shared responsibility. A story of success or failure?”, composed by two parts. Part One focused on a) EU priority on road safety: are we fulfilling the EU safety action plan? and b) The infrastructure of tomorrow: what role to play in the EU safety action plan (explanations and expectations)? Part Two concerned the theme Life saving chain: avoiding road safety fatalities and reducing serious injuries.
Road Safety GB is staging a national conference for road safety data analysts in Birmingham in March 2017. The conference, which was organised by Road Safety GB in partnership with Road Safety Analysis, has now become an annual event. The conference took place on Thursday 2nd March 2017 in Birmingham, UK.
5th Global Meeting of Nongovernmental Organizations Advocating for Road Safety and Road Victims, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
The Fifth Global Meeting of Nongovernmental Organizations Advocating for Road Safety and Road Victims took place on 3-6 April 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Alliance brought together global members, dignitaries and distinguished guests from the field of road safety and public health. There were ample opportunities for networking and learning from NGOs around the world. The main aims were to facilitate members’ continued involvement in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals and to prepare for important road safety key events, such as the Fourth UN Road Safety Week in May 2017.
The European Commission, with the support of the EC-funded projects CARTRE and SCOUT, organized its First European Conference on connected and automated driving: ‘Connected and Automated Driving – Together, shaping the future’. The high-level conference was held in Brussels on the 3 and 4 April 2017. The event was a unique opportunity for all participants to network and to discuss on how to boost the development and deployment of connected and automated driving technologies from a fourfold perspective: transport policy issues; technological challenges; legal and regulatory frame, and digital transformation.
The European Commission, in collaboration with the Maltese Presidency of the European Union, organised with great success a High-Level Conference on Road Safety in Valletta, Malta. This participatory stakeholder event brought together road safety experts, stakeholders and political decision-makers on 28th March 2017, followed by a Ministerial Conference on the 29th March 2017. The objective of this conference was to launch a political debate and outline future political direction.
- The Presentation of the 2016 road safety statistics by the Commissioner for Mobility and Transport, Violeta Bulc:
- The Valletta Declaration on Road Safety:
- The Recommendations about: Road safety strategies and policies , Enforcement of traffic rules , Infrastructure safety , Smart road solutions , Vulnerable road users
The 5th International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention organised by IFSTTAR, ARRB Group and SAFER took place with great success (20-22 March 2017), in Paris. Presentations concern new forms of mobility (e.g. autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, soft modes of transport, etc.), other road user groups (e.g. motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians, etc.), new modes of HMI interaction (e.g. voice recognition, I-watches, gesturing, etc.), new sources of distraction from outside the vehicle (e.g. advertising on moving trucks, bus shelters, mobile trailers, etc.), and sources of distraction in domains other than transport (e.g. aviation, medicine, process control, etc.). The e-proceedings of DDI17 are now available: NTUA contributed with two presentations concerning:
The 10th Road Safety Week organised by the Road Safety Institute ‘Panos Mylonas’ (RSI) and the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE) on 18-24 March 2017, with information and awareness actions in Attica and throughout Greece, in order to provide appropriate information for accident prevention which are a scourge on our society. With the quote “Responsible driving means respect for life!“, this year’s tenth road safety week gives priority to enhancing road safety, responsible driving and courtesy on the Greek roads, through initiatives for education and awareness to road safety for all users road: students, parents, teachers, citizens and policy makers.
The first SSATP Annual Meeting under the Third Development Plan (DP3) took place with great success in Marrakech, Morocco during the week of February 20-24, 2017. Within this Annual Meeting a Workshop regarding road safety data was co-organised by the Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) of the World Bank and the International Road Traffic Accident Database organisation (IRTAD) of the ITF/OECD, in which several road safety experts and stakeholders from Africa and worldwide contributed in vivid discussion for the improvement of road safety data in Africa.
NTUA presentations concerned:
- TRAVisions 2018 Young Researcher Competition, an academic student competition with the goal of stimulating the interest among young researchers and students in the field of sustainable surface transport
- TRAVisions 2018 Senior Researcher Competition , a competition for senior researchers in the field of innovative surface transport concepts based on results only from EU-funded projects .
The 10th Panhellenic Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and the 2nd Mediterranean Conference on Neurodegenerative Diseases, took place with great success in Thessaloniki, on 2-5 February 2017. The Panhellenic Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases, in cooperation with the Greek Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders organized this, well-established, meeting of top scientists from Greece and around the world, at the fertile ground of a Conference, which for sixteen years informs and educates health professionals and caregivers.
A special session dedicated to “driving behavior in patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease” included the NTUA presentation:
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting was held with great success in Washington, D.C., on 8-12 January 2017. The information-packed program attracted a record number of more than 14,000 transportation professionals from around the world. The meeting program covered all transportation modes, with more than 5,800 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. The 800 sessions and workshops focused on the spotlight theme for the 2017 meeting: Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change.
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Hellenic Association of Driving Instructors – Interdisciplinary Road Safety Conference, Athens, 2017
The Hellenic Association of Driving Instructors with the support of the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Hellenic Society of Automotive Engineers, organised the 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference “Society of Traffic and Road Safety: Crossing Glances”, which took place with great success in Athens on 7-9 January 2017. This Interdisciplinary Road Safety Conference brought together all road safety experts, stakeholders and Authorities in Greece in order to discuss current road accident problems and solutions in Greece with emphasis on road safety training and education.
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The 2nd Annual Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems and related developments in Greece, organised by ITS Hellas took place with great success in Athens, on 19-20 December 2016. Aim of the conference was to discuss the latest developments and the wide application of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Greece, as a mean of economic development and prosperity and to ensure the effectiveness, efficiency and transport safety for the benefit of users and the environment.
The NTUA presentation concerned: Intelligent Transportation Systems supporting older drivers: Review and Future directions
A Regional workshop on road safety, hosted by the Kenya National Transport and Safety Authority and co-organised by the Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) of the World Bank, the International Road Traffic Accident Database organisation (IRTAD) of the ITF/OECD and the United Nations Economic Commissions for Africa and for Europe, took place with great success in Nairobi, Kenya from 13 to 15 December 2016.
This Workshop covered United Nations Road Safety legal instruments, fundamentals of road safety data management and minimum data requirements for all African countries to monitor progress towards the Decade of Action for Road Safety and Sustainable Development Goals, with active participation of African international road safety stakeholders and experts, including the active contribution of NTUA with the following presentations:
This year’s Annual Polis Conference on “Transport innovation for sustainable cities and regions” took place with great success on 1 and 2 December 2016 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, organised by POLIS, the European cities and regions networking for innovative transport solutions. More than 400 mobility professionals and experts from across Europe and beyond came together to debate on urban and regional mobility.
The 3rd International Congress “Traffic Enforcement: Challenges & Perspectives” was organised by the Emirates Traffic Safety Society (ETSS), the Arab Road Safety Organization (AROSO), La Prévention Routiére Internationale (PRI) and the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) and took place with great success in Abu Dhabi, on 2-3 November 2016. Key road safety experts contributed the state of the art developments on traffic safety enforcement worldwide. The final programme of the Congress is available here:
NTUA presentation concerned: ‘Best Practices for Efficient Traffic Safety Law Enforcement Programs‘
The 2016 Safe Roads – Safe Kids Summit took place with great success on December 8-9, 2016, in Washington D.C. It was a biennial event designed to significantly enhance the visibility of global road safety on the international agenda and to reduce the number of deaths and injuries among children. The Summit offered stakeholders at all levels the opportunity to work together in a manner that is action-oriented and focused on meaningful outcomes, including international organizations, governments, corporations, foundations, researchers, non-governmental organizations, health care workers, first responders, law enforcement, families and children. The 2016 Safe Roads – Safe Kids Summit built momentum for urgently-needed progress on road safety for children worldwide. It focused on rapid implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) as they apply to road safety for children.
UN – Intergovernmental Tenth Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum, Vientiane, 2017
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT), Lao PDR, the Ministry of the Environmet (MoE), Japan, Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) are organising the Intergovernmental Tenth Regional EST Forum in Asia under the theme “2030 Road Map for Sustainable Transport ~ Aligning with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. The forum will be held from 14 to 16 March 2017 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. It is expected that approximately 500 participants, including senior government representatives from Asia and the Pacific countries, city mayors, international experts, resource persons, and others as listed below will be attending the conference.
The Transportation Public Health Link (TPH Link), the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) are organising the International Conference on Transport & Health (ICTH). ICTH is a direct participatory experience. Policy-makers, practitioners and academics from multiple disciplines involved in transport planning and engineering, public health, urban planning, spatial and architectural design, environmental planning, economics and beyond came together in Barcelona, Spain, on 27-29 June 2017, and shared their stories of success and failure; build world-wide collaborative friendships; but most importantly, leave inspired! The theme for ICTH 2017-Barcelona was “Changing Perspectives: Health Impacts of Urban & Transport Related Exposures.”
The 29th ICTCT workshop took place in Lund, Sweden, on 20-21st October 2016 and offered a multidisciplinary forum for lively discussion among international experts in an open-minded and friendly atmosphere. The workshop mainly dealt with the question how to assess traffic safety. According to the philosophy of ICTCT, the safety assessment should not only rely on accident data but actively utilise other non-accident indicators that reflect the accident risk. Such methods are widely used in in rail and air transport, while acceptance is still low among road safety professionals.
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The Therapeutic Alliance Workshop, organised by the Athens Medical Society, at this year’s conference was aiming to highlight all modern reinforcement tools for patients and enhance their communication with physicians and other health professionals which can contribute decisively to a more secure and effective management of chronic diseases. The 5th Session of the Conference concerned Cognitive Impairments/Dementia: road and traffic safety issues of patients with the active contribution of NTUA.
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The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) held the 6th Annual European PRAISE Conference on work-related road safety in Brussels on 19 October. Using the roads is a necessary part of our working lives but it’s an ordinary activity that leads to an incredibly high level of injury and death. The conference brought together fleet safety managers, EU institutions, government representatives and road safety experts to discuss the latest developments and priorities in work related road safety. The winners of the ETSC PRAISE awards 2016 were also announced. The program included contributions from leading occupational health and safety experts and featured presentations of ETSC’s new reports: ‘Managing Grey Fleet Safety’ and ‘Making Taxis Safer’.
The 2016 TISPOL Conference organised by the European Traffic Police Network took place with great success on 4-5 October, in Manchester. There was an interesting and varied line-up of speakers from police, policymaking and industry across Europe coverning a wide range of traffic enforcement and road safety topics. The 200+ people involved with TISPOL International Road Safety Conference made it an exceptionally useful and worthwhile event. Two days of compelling and engaging content were delivered without exception by passionate and enthusiastic people, all with something worthwhile to add to the theme of innovation and success.
A joint congress event consisting of the “16th Annual Meeting of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology” and the “5th International Congress on Psychiatry and the Neurosciences” took place with great success in Athens from the 6th to the 8th of October 2016. These congresses were organized jointly by the International College of Geriatric Psychopharmacology (ICGP) and the Hellenic Society for the Advancement of Psychiatry and Related Sciences (HSAPRS), aiming to promote the interface and interaction among various disciplines and to relate to Neuropsychiatry and Geriatric Psychopharmacology. The book of abstracts is available here:
NTUA presentations concerned:
Driving performance and MCI: The influence of neuropsychiatric symptoms (Best Poster Presentation Award)
The Society of Applied Neuroscience in cooperation with the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Department of Neurology of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, organised with great success the SAN2016 meeting, which was held in Corfu Island, Greece from 6-9 October 2016.
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The 5th Panhellenic Interdisciplinary Conference of Special Psychiatric Hospitals and the 3rd Panhellenic Conference of Holistic Addressing with Severe Mental Disorder took place with great success in Kalamata, from 29th September to 2nd October, 2016.
The 27th ARRB Conference took place with great success in Melbourne, Australia from 16th to 18th November 2016. The ARRB Research Conference creates the opportunity for road and transport professionals to share and explore the latest ideas, knowledge and technologies in order to maximize the total economic and social benefit of road infrastructure. The 27th Conference in this series is to explore infrastructure and its associated technologies in the context of the reasons for which the roads exist and the users for whom they exist.
The 12th International Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, Safety 2016, took place with great success in Tampere, Finland, on 18-21 September, 2016. It was an initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its network of WHO-Collaborating Centres for injury prevention, attended by more than 1.100 participants from more than 120 countries. The conference programme consisted of 1.004 presentations and traffic safety was one of the major conference topics.
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The 15th International Alcohol Interlock Symposium organised by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) and the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), took place with great success on 13-15 September, in Brussels. Alcohol interlock programs have expanded greatly in recent decades. Today, programs combine technological advances with more tailored and efficient monitoring strategies to deliver high-quality services. The theme of the 2016 Symposium is “Efficiency Through Automation”. As alcohol interlock technology evolves, it becomes increasingly important to understand how intelligent devices can be embedded in sophisticated vehicles and linked to database systems to make services more accessible and enhance road safety.
NTUA presentation concerned: Alcohol Interlocks & Building Capacity for Automated Solutions
A workshop on ‘Regulating drink driving to protect all road users’ will take place on 18 October 2016, in Brussels. This year’s European Transport Safety Lecture will be given by Prof Richard Allsop, Emeritus Professor of Transport Studies, University College London and will be followed by a panel debate. The event is part of the SMART project on drink driving.
The Sixth International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP2016), organised by QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) and Griffith University’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland took place in Brisbane, Australia, on 2-5 August 2016. It was the first time an ICTTP has been held in the Southern Hemisphere and only the second time outside of Europe. The Conference was a global forum, with a theme of “UN Decade of Action For Road Safety: The Half-way Point”, at which nearly 400 road safety experts from 39 countries attended, including researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and industry from the areas of public health, law, medicine, economics, law enforcement, public policy, education, human factors, and psychology met, presented and discussed on the latest work being undertaken in these areas.
The World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR) organised by the WCTRS and the Tongji University took place on 10-15 of July 2016, at Shanghai, China. The programme included more than 1.170 papers presented in oral and poster sessions. The authors from 65 countries ensured WCTR 2016 as a truly international event. The aims of the WCTR Conference were to offer a unique opportunity to bring together experts in all aspects of transport research, from all parts of the world and to stimulate the exchange of ideas in the broad field of transport research.
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The Benchmarking Albania towards EU Road Safety Conference organised by AVIS Albania and Trans Andriatic Pipeline (TAP) took place on 6 July 2016, in Tirana. The Conference provided a platform for private stakeholders, government officials and international entities operating in Albania to raise awareness regarding the importance of road safety. Discussions also focused on current road safety reality and challenges and, above all, promoting ideas for new initiatives and policies.
NTUA presentation concerned: Road Safety Investments and Interventions in South East Europe
The Annual Road Safety Conference of the Bar Ilan University, took place with great success in Tel-Aviv on 7 July 2016. More than 100 road safety experts and stakeholders have discussed on current developments and challenges on road safety worldwide, with emphassis on driver behaviour and respective road safety measures.
A Road Safety Workshop was organised by the SafetyCube EC funded project, regarding the first viewing of the SafetyCube European Road Safety Decision Support System (DSS). It took place with great success at BRSI in Brussels, on 27 September 2016. The purpose of the workshop was to illustrate how existing road safety knowledge can be collected, structured and distilled into the SafetyCube DSS that can be queried in terms of safety risk factors and potential countermeasures, including crash scenarios. Key road safety stakeholders had the opportunity to watch the methodology followed and test the SafetyCube DSS prototype, allowing vivid discussion for its further improvement.
The NTUA presentations concerned
The results of the European Survey of Road users’ safety Attitudes (ESRA) were presented at a targeted Conference that took place with great success on 20 June 2016, in Brussels. This Conference was organised by the Consortium of 17 Institutes that participated at the survey under the coordination of the Belgian Institute for Road Safety (IBSR).
During the conference, the Main Results of the ESRA Survey 2015 were presented together with the first six Thematic Reports on European drivers attitudes towards:
NTUA presentation concerned: ESRA Thematic Report – Speeding
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) presents annual awards, as part of the PRAISE project, in recognition of organisations that have made an outstanding commitment to improving work-related road safety. The competition is divided into three separate categories according to the size and type of the applicant organisations: SME (Small-Medium Enterprise), large company and public authority. The winners will be chosen by an independent panel of experts appointed by ETSC. The deadline for applications is the 1st of September 2016 and the awards will be presented at ETSC Annual PRAISE Conference in Brussels in Autumn 2016.
The 11th International Road Safety Seminar GAMBIT 2016 is organised by Gdańsk University of Technology in collaboration with the Motor Transport Institute, the Road and Bridge Research Institute and the Foundation for the Development of Civil Engineering and will take place on 17-18 November 2016, in Gdańsk. This year’s special formula of the GAMBIT Seminar ties in with “Development of Road Innovations”, a research programme of the National Centre for Research and Development and the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways.
The Private Sector Global Coalition Together for Safer Roads (TSR) composed by 16 leading global companies has organised on June 14th, 2016, in New York a Round Table Discussion on Technology’s Impact on Road Safety. The Members of the TSR Coalition Expert Panel initiated the discussion on three key domains: a) The Technology Horizon and the People/Technology Interface, b) Using Information and Communication Technologies – and More – to Make Roads Safer and c) Policy and Partnerships Supporting Road Safety Technologies. This Round Table Discussion demonstrated the high potential of technology for safety improvement as well as the role of the Member Companies to promote and exploit this potential.
NTUA presentation concerned: Star rating driver safety behaviour by the use of smart technologies
The 7th International Expert Symposium on Accident Research (ESAR) took place with great success in Hannover on 9-10 June 2016. ESAR is organised by the Medical School of Hannover, the University of Technology of Dresden and the Federal Highway Research Institute of Germany and it is a scientific colloquium which can be seen as a platform for exchanges of information on accident research issues. Representatives from authorities as well as from medical and technical institutions came together to discuss new research issues and exchange experiences on accident prevention and methodologies of accident reconstruction. The goal of ESAR was to give the opportunity to all kind of studies on Accident Investigation Methodologies, Accident Analysis, Active and Passive Safety, Injury mechanisms and Injury Prevention to an audience of experts from government, industry and other researchers from all parts of the world.
NTUA presentations concerned:
Both projects were carried out for the Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR), within the framework of the CEDR Road Safety Programme. The results of both projects provided very useful tools to support decision making in the field of road infrastructure safety in Europe. All presentations are now available.
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The 2nd Congress of the European Academy of Neurology took place with great success in Copenhagen, on 28-31 May 2016 and was attended by a total of 5521 participants.
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An International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Transport Systems organised by the Brest State Technical University, took place with great success in Brest, Belarus on 25-28 May 2016, with the participation of several road safety experts and stakeholders from Belarus and other European countries. This Conference took place within the framework of the BeSafe (Belorussian Road Safety Network) EU Tempus project, coordinated by the Research Centre for Transport and Logistics of Roma I University and the active participation of the National Technical University of Athens and the University of Loughborough.
The International Conference Road Safety on Five Continents (RS5C) took place with great success in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 17-19 May 2016. The RS5C is one of the premier and most prestigious international conferences in the road safety area and is organised by the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), in close cooperation this time with the Brazilian National Association for Transportation Research and Education (ANPET) and in association with the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes (FERSI) and the European Conference of Transport Research Institutes (ECTRI).
NTUA presentation concerned: ‘Development of a crash modification factors model in Europe‘
At the 42nd Panhellenic Medical Conference, which took place on 11-14 May in Athens, NTUA presentation concerning: ‘Mobility tests as a predictor of driving behavior of patients with Parkinson’s disease‘ won the best applied research award of scientific presentation paper.
The 10th International Conference on Managing Fatigue will take place on 20-23 March 2017, in San Diego, California. This International Conference is co-organised by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Transportation Research Board and the National Transportation Safety Board.
The theme of this event is “Managing Fatigue to Improve Safety, Wellness, and Effectiveness” and is seeking abstract and panel proposal submissions (deadline for abstracts submission: September 1, 2016) on related topics, such as: Measuring fatigue and fatigue risk, Scheduling systems and policies, Training and education, Fatigue risk management programs, Sleep health, Fatigue detection and management technologies, Operator workload, including distraction and drowsiness.
The international conference on the reliability of statistics & databases in measuring road safety performance index (PIN), took place with great success on 6-7 May 2016, in Tunis. This international conference was organised by the Prevention Routiere Internationale (PRI), the Association Tunisienne de la Protection des Accidents de la Route (ATPR) and the Arab Road Safety Association. Several road safety experts and stakeholders from Africa and Europe discussed the current and future challenges in road safety performance monitoring.
NTUA presentation concerned: ‘Monitoring Road Safety Policies and Performance‘
The 11th ITS European Congress, organised by ERTICO and the European Union will take place in Glasgow, on 6-9 June 2016. The Congress consists of an extensive exhibition, live demonstrations and a programme of high level and technical sessions with industry’s experts and political leaders, while the theme is “Delivering Future Cities Now”.
The 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, organised by ITS Asia Pacific, ITS America and ERTICO will take place in Melbourne, on 14-16 October 2016. During the event, there will be plenary, scientific, technical and interactive sessions, a dynamic exhibition plus technical demonstration and tours that showcase the applications of the latest ITS technology.
A workshop focusing on Accidentology and Simulators organised by Safe2Wheelers took place with great success on 27 April, 2016, in Würzburg, Germany. Safe2Wheelers COST TU1407 Research Action aims at improving Power Two Wheelers (PTW) safety with a holistic and integrated approach by acquiring, unifying and coordinating PTW safety research and ensuring broad dissemination towards PTW users, industry and public authorities. During the workshop, an overview of best practices and results from PTW accident investigationsand different existing motorcycle simulators was demonstrated and different technical solutions as well as potential use cases were discussed. The workshop was well attended by the industry and other researchers which discussed the latest scientific findings in the field of PTW safety.
A workshop on ‘Driving Instructors and Safe Driving: The primary sector of road safety‘ organised by the Pan-hellenic Federation of Driving Instructors within the framework of Athens Money Show 2016, took place with great success on April 23rd, 2016, in Athens. Several presentations and discussions highlighted the key current road safety challenges in Greece, whereas driving instructors delivered safe and eco-driving seminars to visitors of Athens Money Show 2016 with the support of car and motorcycle driving simulators.
NTUA presentation concerned: Road accident charasteristics and countermeasures.
During the European Transport Research Arena Conference 2016, that took place in Warsaw from 18 to 21 April 2016, NTUA has contributed a series of road safety presentations with key results from the various national and international road safety research activities that is involved:
The 6th Edition of the Transport Research Arena 2016 (TRA 2016) took place with great success in Warsaw, Poland from 18 to 21 April 2016. TRA is the major European Conference on Transport Research, supported by the European Commission (EC), the Conference of European Road Directors (CEDR) and the four European Technology Platforms on surface transport: the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC), the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC), WATERBORNE TP, and the Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration (ALICE).
TRA 2016 Conference contributed to innovation in sustainable mobility for Europe, with the active participation of more than 2.200 participants from more than 50 countries. The main theme of TRA 2016 was – MOVING FORWARD Innovative Solutions for Tomorrow’s Mobility. TRA 2016 seeked to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the transport sector and, for this reason, addressed all stakeholders in both the public and private sectors and all professionals, regardless of their roles (researchers, practitioners, designers, constructors, operators, administrators, policy makers etc.). Several road safety sessions and discussions were among the key activities of the TRA 2016 Conference.
A dedicated Symposium on Older drivers is organised to take place on 3 August 2016, during the Sixth International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP2016) in Brisbane, Australia. This symposium will address current issues in older driver safe mobility and will present the results of significant research undertaken across two continents. Using the experiences learned from naturalistic driving studies, the participants will become aware of what is known about the driving patterns of older adults.
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), together with the Road Safety Institute ‘Panos Mylonas’ organised a round-table event under the auspices of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks and in cooperation with the Hellenic Institute of Trasportation Engineers in order to raise awareness amongst policy makers, the private sector and key opinion leaders of how to strenghten a systemic approach to reduce alcohol misuse in road transport, especially in poorly-performing EU Member States. The Workshop took place with great success on 21 March 2016 in Athens and NTUA Professor George Yannis coordinated the presentations and discussions among the more than 130 road safety decision makers, stakeholders and experts. During the conference the innovative system alcohol interlock was presented that does not allow the vehicle to start if the driver is found under the influence of alcohol.
A Workshop on Road Safety and Tourism in Peloponnese, organised by the Greek Society of Regional Scientists and Make Safe Roads Hellas, took place with great success on 19 March 2016, in Vrachati Corinthias, Greece. The aim of this workshop was to emphasize on the necessity of regional level planning for road safety, with particular focus to touristic periods and related vulnerable road users and tourist industry professionals. More than 80 key decision makers and stakeholders from the regional tourist and road safety sectors contributed and discussed problems and solutions for the upgrade of road safety in tourist areas in Peloponese and in Greece in general.
NTUA presentation concerned: ‘Road safety in Greece and at its touristic areas‘
14th International Athens/Springfield Symposium on Advances in Alzheimer Therapy, Athens, March 2016
The 14th International Athens/Springfield Symposium on Advances in Alzheimer Therapy took place with great success on 9-12 of March 2016, at Athens, Greece. The very latest on Alzheimer therapy were discussed by the very top leaders in the world and it was the very best opportunity to learn and interact in a welcoming scientific environment. Leading scientists discussed new targets and drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and novel approaches to current therapy.
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The 5th International Cycling Safety Conference (ICSC2016) organised by SWOV, TU Delft, TNO and Chalmers, will take place on 3-4 November 2016 in Bologna, Italy. The conference invites contributions on new developments, approaches and knowledge in the areas of cycling safety.
Topics for the conference include: Human factors – Safety-related behaviors and attitudes – Bicycle accident causation – Bicycle accident prevention – Active safety systems – Medical aspects of bicycle accidents – Cyclists’ injury prevention – Cycling infrastructures – Cycling education – Naturalistic cycling – Interaction between cyclists and cars/trucks – Helmet use – Cyclists’ impairment, distraction and inattention – Bicycle engineering including intelligent technology – Safe cycling in cities.
The 22nd International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment organised by Wessex Institute and the University of Naples Federico II, will take place in Crete, Greece, on 21-23 June 2016. This event has been successfully held annually for more than 20 years and its distinctive element is the interaction between academic and practical perspectives where theories and ideas are debated and their practical applications rigorously tested.
A Road Safety Conference for the International Business Traveler, organised by the Department of Public Health, University of Gothenburg in cooperation with the World Bank Group (WBG) and the Vehicle and Traffic Safety Center at Chalmers (SAFER) will take place in Gothenburg, on 30 May 2016. The aim of the conference is to review road safety from the aspects of the quality of roads, cars, and drivers with a focus on developing countries, and to discuss corporate travel policies and how they can be tailored to avoid collisions and serious injuries among business travelers.
The Second Serbian Road Congress organised by Road Association of Serbia “Via-Vita” will be held in Belgrade, on 9-10 June 2016. National and international experts will share their knowledge, experience and vision all topics of the forthcoming congress:
– Planning and Design
– Construction and Maintenance of Roads and Structures
– Road Management
– Transport, ITS and New Technologies
– Road Traffic Safety
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 95th Annual Meeting was held in Washington, D.C., in 10-14 January 2016. 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. More than 35 sessions and workshops focused on the spotlight theme for the 2016 meeting: Research Convergence for a Multi-Modal Future and more than 75 sessions addressed one or more of three “hot topics”: Transformation Technologies, Resilience and Transportation and Public Health.
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A conference on intelligent transportation systems and related developments in Greece, organised by ITS Hellas took place with great success in Athens, on 15-16 December 2015. Aim of the conference was to discuss the wide application of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Greece, as a mean of economic development and prosperity and to ensure the effectiveness, efficiency and transport safety for the benefit of users and the environment.
NTUA presentation concerned: ‘Intelligent transportation systems and big data for the improvement of driver behavior and safety‘
POLIS, the European cities and regions networking for innovative transport solutions organised its Annual Conference on “Transport innovation for sustainable cities and regions”, which took place with great success in Brussels, on 19-20 November 2015. More than 400 mobility professionals and experts from across Europe and beyond came together to debate on urban and regional mobility . At the conference, POLIS also launched its new policy paper “Sustainable Urban Mobility and the Smart City”, stating that the role and potential of urban mobility in making the city smarter is currently not sufficiently recognised.
A special workshop of road safety data in the cities took place with great success, with the active contribution of NTUA. This workshop aimed at “Translating road safety data into policies and measures” with focuss on two approaches for local road safety policy: one on accident databases including data collection and how to identify measures and the second addressing the potential of road safety performance indicators (SPIs).
The Second Global High-level Conference on Road Safety: Time for Results, hosted by the Government of Brazil took place with great success in Brasilia, on 18-19 November 2015 with the active participation of more than 1.500 high level road safety decision makers and stakeholders from 150 countries.
The 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety defined the urgent measures needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s ambitious target to halve road traffic deaths by the end of this decade. The Conference adopted the “Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety”, which will guide action through the end of the UN’s Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and beyond.
The 24th World ITMA Congres took place with great success in Doha, on 16-18 November 2015, covering all areas of Traffic Medicine and its associated disciplines. The motto of the 24th World ITMA Congress was Traffic Medicine and Road Safety in Fast Developing Countries.
The Congress focussed on the progress in traffic safety and traffic injury prevention and treatment in recent years, and brought together more than 400 traffic medicine experts who shared the most advanced traffic medicine concepts, theories and techniques in order to promote traffic crash prevention, traffic safety, first-aid, medical treatment, and accordingly reduce the mortality and disability resulting from traffic injury in the world, to raise the road user’s health standard and the quality of life.
NTUA presentation concerned: ‘Developing efficient traffic safety law enforcement programmes in rapidly developing countries’
The 4th International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention (DDI 2015) organised by the ARRB Group together with SAFER took place with great success was held in Sydney, Australia, on 9-11 November 2015. As driver distraction and inattention continue to be major contemporary road safety problems worldwide, DDI 2015 brought into the spotlight developments in research from mainstream and neighbouring disciplines, and showcased new and emerging technologies, products and countermeasures. The major themes for the conference this year included distraction and the automated vehicle, and the relationship between research findings yielded in experimental versus real world studies.
A workshop on the innovative internet platform e-Drive organised by the General Directorate for Road Safety of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks and supported by the European Commission and Digital Greece, took place with great success in Athens, on November 2nd, 2015. e-Drive is expected to become a central road safety web platform in Greece, for developing and exchanging road safety knowledge and resources with final objective to gradually develop conciousness towards an ecological and safe driving behaviour in Greece. The e-Drive Academy platform contains currently a series of programmes, destined for training of young, novice, older and professional drivers.
The XXVth PIARC World Road Congress took place with great success in Seoul, Korea on 2-6 November 2015. The congress was organized in close cooperation between the World Road Association (PIARC), responsible for the content and development of the programme, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea, the Korea Expressway Corporation, the Korea Road & Transportation Association and the PIARC Korean National Committee. The main theme of the XXVth World Road Congress concerned “Roads and Mobility – Creating New Value from Transport” with focus on sustainability and new technologies with the active five-days participation of thousands government officials, experts and business people from the road sector.
The Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV’16) sponsored by the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS) and organised by Chalmers University of Technology and SAFER Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre will take place inGothenburg, on 19-22 June 2016. Several technical sessions, workshops, poster sessions, exhibition, and technical visits will highlight the latest research and applications for Intelligent Vehicles and Vehicle-Infrastructure Cooperation. The final paper submission deadline is set for January 22nd, 2016.
An international conference on road accidents, injuries and rehabilitation organised by the Health School of TEI of Crete and Hannover Medical School, took place with great success in Iraklion, Crete, on 22-23 October 2015. During this Conference, the results of the EU co-funded project ‘Reducing the Harm and the Burden of Injuries and human Loss caused by road traffic crashes and Addressing Injury Demands through effective interventions‘ (REHABIL AID) were presented and discussed together with the socio-economic aspects of road accidents in Europe. More than 200 road safety experts, professionals and stakeholders contributed and discussed state of the art developments for road accident and injury prevention and safety promotion in Grece, in Europe and worldwide.
NTUA presentation concerned: ‘Road infrastructure safety management‘
The 21st Meeting of the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD) organised by the International Transport Forum (ITF) took place in Ljubljana, on 12-13 October 2015.
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The FENS Featured Regional Meeting – FFRM 2015 meeting, organised by the Hellenic, Israel and Serbian Societies for Neuroscience, took place in Thessaloniki, on 7-10 October 2015. The three Neuroscience Societies came together for the first time, enhanced their relationships and represented themselves to an international audience.
NTUA presentation concerned ‘Executive Functions and Driving Performance in a High Traffic Urban Condition in Mild Cognitive Impairment‘
An international conference on Green Accessible Intelligent Transport (GAIT2015) – Turkey – EU partnership for sustainable transportation, organised by the European Commission and the Turkish Ministry of Transport, took place in Istanbul, on 8-9 October 2016. The plenary and discussion sessions of the conference were attended by more than 700 participants and raised important issues belonging to the daily lives of Turkish and European citizens, varying from accessibility of transport services to the adaptation and mitigation challenges posed by climate change on the transport sector.
NTUA presentation concerned: ‘Road safety in urban mobility policies‘
The 2015 Road Safety & Simulation International Conference (RSS), organised by the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) took place with great success on 6-8 October 2015, in Orlando, Florida, USA. Under the auspices of the Southeastern Transportation Center, three world-class research centers supported the conference: Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation and the Institute for Simulation and Training at UCF and UTK’s Center for Transportation Research. More than 200 road safety scientists showcased and discussed advancements in traffic simulation and driving simulator technologies, introducing new initiatives and concepts that have emerged since the previous editions of the RSS conference .
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The 4th International Cycling Safety Conference took place with great success in Hannover on 15-16 September 2015, hosted by the Accident Research Unit of the Hannover Medical School, in cooperation with the Deutsche Verkehrswacht, the DVR and the ETSC. This conference started as a Dutch initiative of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, TNO, Fietsberaad (Dutch center of expertise on bicycle policy), SWOV and Delft University of Technology together with Chalmers University of Technology. The International Cycling Safety Conference (ICSC) developed to a premium forum for researchers and development engineers in the field of cycling safetyto exchange their knowledge, to extent their network and to bring up new research topics and safety solutions.
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The 3rd International Conference on Access Management, organised by the Transportation Division of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) and the Access Management Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) will take place in Pretoria, South Africa, on 6-7 July 2016. It be the 3rd International Conference following on from Athens in 2011 and Shanghai in 2014. The aim is to provide a forum to bring together specialists from around the world to interact, debate and exchange information with practitioners, researchers, academics, officials applying access management as well as students and others interested in the subject. The deadline for abstract submission is set for September 30th, 2015.
The 21st International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety organised by the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) will take place inGramado, Brazil on 16-19 October 2016. This international Conference sets an excellent opportunity to meet all those involved in Road Safety Research, particularly from the fields of Drugs and Alcohol, and promotes discussion and interaction with investigators, academics and professionals working in this area.
The 14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled persons (TRANSED) took place with great success in Lisbon on 28-31 July 2015. The main objective of the Conference was to promote and encourage the development of transport services and systems that meet the needs of people with some sort of disability through the exchange and dissemination of knowledge and experience. New cases and experiences and new knowledge were presented with focus on ambitious aim setting and management for inclusive access for all types of temporary or permanent disabilities.
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The 1st International Conference on Transport and Health organised by the University College London (UCL) and the Transportation Public Health Link (TPH Link) took place with great success in London on 6-8 July 2015. This innovative event combined presentations of submitted work with cross-disciplinary workshops lead by teams of transport and public health professionals on several topics, including Global Road Safety & Injury Prevention.
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A targeted Interdisciplinary Conference on Cognition, Behaviour and Driving took place with great success on June 26th, 2015 in Athens, co-organised by the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), the Department of Neurology, Psychiatry and Social Medicine, and the Department of Psychology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA).
At this Conference, the results of the following two interdisciplinary research projects were presented:
- DRIVERBRAIN – Performance of drivers with cerebral diseases at unexpected incidents, within the framework of the ARISTEIA research programme,
- DISTRACT – Causes and impacts of driver distraction: a driving simulator study, within the framework of the THALES research programme,
both granted through open and highly competitive procedures by the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs.
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The 1st Congress of the European Academy of Neurology took place with great success in Berlin, on 20-23 June 2015. More than 6.000 participants from more than 100 countries attended with an overwhelmingly positive feedback 8 Symposia, 25 Teaching courses, 23 Focused workshops, 5 Hands-on courses, 3 Interactive sessions, 5 Special Sessions and showed 1.546 posters, including 2 Scientific and 17 Industry Satellite Symposia. Few sessions concerned cognitive impairment and driving.
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The 5th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design organised by TRB (Trasport Research Board), UBC (University of Columbia) and TRANSOFT took place with great success in Vancouver, on 22-24 June 2015. More than 300 road experts from more than 40 countries contributed to the discussions of more than 150 presentations on geometric design issues throughout the world, together with country reports featuring recent developments in road design, policy and practices, design and research products.
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A very interesting workshop targeting the upgrade of road transport safety through the improvement of tunnel user behaviour with new training technologies took place in Athens, on 16 June 2015. The workshop was organised by SiEBEN, Mediascape, SYNERGEIA and the Laboratory of Industrial Engineering of the School of Mechanical Engineering of NTUA and concerned very interesting presentations and discussions on the findings of the respective research project safetunnels4u, funded by the Greek General Secretariat for Research and Technology.
NTUA presentation concerned: ‘Road Safety Infrastructure management‘