REMINDER - RS5C - Road Safety on Five Continents

Road Safety on Five Continents (RS5C) is an international conference in the road safety area aiming to increase road safety globally. It provides a platform for knowledge exchange on road safety and safe mobility thereby helping to reduce the health problems associated with road traffic.

The conference will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 17-19th 2016.

Call for abstracts and special sessions is now open.

DEADLINE for submission of abstracts is August 16th 2015


CliPDaR and ROADAPT final conference: save the date and register today!

Register today and save the date for the final conference of CliPDaR and ROADAPT, two Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR) projects on Road owners adapting to Climate Change.  

This free of charge 1 1/2 day conference will be held in English at the Diamant Center in Brussels, Belgium on 27-28th October 2015. It is aimed at road owners, road network operators, researchers, engineers, contractors and managers that have an interest in climate change and its implications for road infrastructure. Recommended hotels are given at the above registration link, which will also shortly include a draft agenda. For more information, download the factsheet or contact the event organiser.


The International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic

“The International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic" (ICADTS) will organise two sessions during the IALM symposium on 22 June 2016 in Venice:
-    ‘Medicinal drugs and driving’ (chaired by professor Han de Gier) and
-    ‘Current issues on drink and drug driving’ (chaired by dr. Sjoerd Houwing).  
Interested speakers (in particular young researchers and researchers from Eastern European countries) are invited to apply for a slot in the latter session (Current issues on drink and drug driving).


EC report on vehicle safety features

The European Commission has published a report with a list of over 50 specific vehicle safety features that have the most potential to improve vehicle safety, and thus road safety, in the EU


Interim evaluation of the Policy orientations on road safety 2011-2020

This report presents the outcomes of the interim evaluation of the Policy orientations on road safety 2011-2020. 

The evaluation takes stock of EU road safety actions completed between 2011 and March 2015 within this policy framework. It assesses the progress made towards the target of reducing the number of road fatalities by 50% until 2020.

The evaluation is based on data from the EU road accidents database CARE, on a technical study by a road safety expert, on information from external stakeholders and on findings from a wide literature review. It presents indications of the level of EU relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and added value in the road safety area.


ERF newsletter

The European Union Road Federation has launched its Position Paper aiming at improving road safety in work zones. 

The results of the EU co-funded initiative within the framework of which experts have investigated the impact of road markings on driver behaviour were presented at the final conference of RAINVISION Project.


ETSC PIN Report - Ranking EU Progress on Road Safety 2015

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has recently released the PIN Annual Report at the PIN Annual Conference on June 18th, 2015 in Brussels. In 2014, the worst annual reduction in EU road deaths since 2001 was observed. 25,845 people were killed in the EU28 as a consequence of road collisions compared to 26,009 in 2013, representing a decrease of only 0.6%, compared with the decrease of 6.7% that is needed to reach the target for 2020 by equal annual reductions. Out of the 32 countries monitored by the PIN Programme, only 18 registered a drop in the number of road deaths between 2013 and 2014, 13 saw an increase while progress stagnated in one country.

At this ETSC PIN Annual Report, it was also highlighted what the EU and member states need to do to get progress back on track to reach the EU’s 2020 road fatalities' reduction targets. NTUA contributed actively to this ETSC PIN Annual Report.


Update of the Handbook on External Costs of Transport

Transport activities give rise to environmental impacts, accidents, congestion, and infrastructure wear and tear. 

In contrast to the benefits, the costs of these effects of transport are not fully borne by transport users. Without policy intervention, the so called external costs are not taken into account by transport users when they make travel decisions.

Transport users are thus faced with incorrect incentives, leading to welfare losses.


Info Day on the Horizon 2020 Work programme 2016-2017 ‘Smart, green and integrated transport’

The European Commission services responsible - Directorates-General Research & Innovation (RTD), Mobility and Transport (MOVE) and Connect (CNECT), as well as the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) - will organise the information day to present the new Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2016-2017 in the area of transport research and innovation.
The event targets potential applicants to the calls for project proposals under the Horizon 2020 challenge ‘Smart, green and integrated transport’is scheduled for 5 November 2015 in Brussels. Presentations will cover the Work Programme for 2016-2017 and the application procedure, as well as detailed information on the calls.  Participants will have networking opportunities throughout the day.  


Young Researchers Seminar 2015

The Young Researchers Seminar 2015 was successfully held from the 17th until the 19th of June 2015 in Rome, at the “Sapienza” University of Rome. The seminar was hosted by FERSI member Research Centre for Transport and Logistics. On behalf of FERSI I would like to express a gratitude to CTL Director, Prof. Luca Persia and to his team for enabling us to work in a very pleasant atmosphere.
The Young Researchers Seminar is sponsored and organized by ECTRI, FEHRL and FERSI since 2005. The seminar offers to young road transport researchers from Europe and USA (via TRB) an opportunity to present results of their research and to learn effective presentation and communication techniques. Besides, the seminar serves as an excellent networking platform for road transport research young professionals.
Young researchers prepare their presentations with a help of experienced tutors from sponsoring organizations. 
We congratulate Ms. Veronica Kureckova from CDV (Czech Republic) who has made the best presentation and received the first award. Ms. Kureckova’s presentation was a sample of presenting results of scientific research professionally and clearly, briefly and attractively for an audience. 
We congratulate the winners of the second award shared this year by three researchers: 
Gaby Gurczik, DLR (Germany) 
André Paixao, LNEC (Portugal)
José Ramalho, Polito (Italy) 
All award winners managed to convince the audience with their dedication, inspiration and profound knowledge.
Looking forward to meeting (not only young) FERSI colleagues at the next Young Researchers Seminar, that will take place 2017 in Germany. 
Horst Schulze
FERSI President