Looking back at a successful event
More than 130 guests at our final event on a wonderful autumn day!
It has now been some days since our final event took place at the IDIDADA premises in Spain. The event was organized together with the EU projects PROSPECT and XCYCLE. It was visited by more than 130 researchers, practitioners and other interested parties.
It started off with an opening ceremony for all guests. Our key note speaker Mr. Mathew Baldwin, Deputy Director-General for Mobility and Transport at the EU, who has recently been announced the first European coordinator for road safety, highlighted the importance of our work. He emphasized the necessity to keep up the efforts in researching for the cause of road safety – and especially for vulnerable road users, with almost half of all fatalities being counted outside a motorized vehicle. He gave an insight into the future road map of road safety work and policy on EU level, such as implementing the Safe System Approach and working with safety performance indicators to measure the development of road safety. He stressed the new challenges that have to be met, such as the open questions of the safety of new mobility forms or the fact that classical passive protection solutions are reaching limits that need to be overcome by advanced road safety technologies such as ITS.
The following InDeV morning session gave a concise overview of the research that has been conducted in the project in the last 3.5 years. Guests were welcomed by our coordinator Aliaksei Laureshyn, researcher and senior lecturer at Lund University (Sweden). Partners presented the various topics, ranging from the fundamentals of vulnerable road users’ safety, classical approaches to safety analysis based on accident data up to surrogate measures of safety, behavioural observations and alternative options for collecting accident and traffic conflict data.
The session was well attended – all seats in the audience were occupied. At the end of the session Tim de Ceunynck, project partner and researcher at VIAS institute (Belgium) and TOI (Norway), advertised the InDeV handbook with the humorous statement “It costs exactly 0 Euro – and it is worth every penny!” This advertisement was obviously successful, because at the end of the day all available paper copies were “sold out”.
After an open-air lunch in the garden, guests had the opportunity to get in touch with the researchers in the exhibition area that had been set up outside. Visitors were greeted by the InDeV flag on a 12m high camera pole. In the pavilions of the exhibition, guests could visit the different InDeV areas where our researchers were available for questions and discussions. They could also get a hands-on experience and demonstrations of the tools developed in the project and browse through the InDeV handbook. The exhibition was complemented by two videos about the project .
The day of the final event ended with a short closing ceremony where all participants got together once again and a farewell to everybody.
We think that our final event was a good opportunity to bring the project results to the relevant people and we hope that all our guests had an interesting and informative day. The true value of our event can be summed up by a quote from our project coordinator Aliaksei Laureshyn:
“On days like these I feel truly glad that the results of our research of several years do not just become another bunch of pdf reports, but reach those shaping the road transport system of tomorrow – from policy makers on high EU-level to municipality engineers”