Newsletter – July/August 2021

Newsletter – July/August 2021


Dear Reader,

We are pleased to share with you a new edition of CROSSROADS, the IRF newsletter. As we leave the summer behind us in the Northern Hemisphere, we are already gearing up for what promises to be a very busy autumn for our sector. A quick look at our list of upcoming events will provide you a synthetic overview of what’s in the pipelines.

As we push forward and expand our capacity building activities, we do so in line with and in preparation for some major milestones for the transport sector: the launch of the Decade of Action Plan, the UN Sustainable Transport Conference and COP26. 

The IRF Annual Conference on 20-21 October will provide to our community the opportunity to come together and discuss how we innovate to deliver on the ambitious targets set in these international processes. The release of the 2021 edition of the IRF World Road Statistics in September will further support these efforts with a robust set of data. 

This and a lot more in this edition of CROSSROADS.

Good reading!

Susanna Zammataro
Director General

IRF Annual Conference: Special Speaking Opportunities for IRF Members

On 21-22 October, IRF will host its annual autumn conference online under the theme “Innovation: Charting Pathways to Sustainable Mobility”. The Conference will provide a 2-day digital experience around four thematic sessions and two marketplace sessions to foster knowledge exchange between participants. Limited sponsorship opportunities available.

Read More

IRF Executives Talks with Isabel Dedring – ARUP

IRF is very pleased to welcome Isabel Dedring, Global Transport Leader at ARUP on 16 September for the next edition of the IRF Executives Talks – a series of 30-minutes conversations to get insights from top Executives in our industry. Registration is free. Book your seats now.

Read More

Pre-order now the World Road Statistics 2021 and Get a 10% Discount

The 2021 edition of the World Road Statistics will be released on 15 September. Data covers 2014-2019 (latest six years of data) and over 200 countries and 130+ indicators split into 11 themes. We thank our sponsors the High Volume Transport Programme and IBI for supporting this edition which is available on the IRF Data Warehouse and as an Excel file.

Read More

Launch of the UN Decade of Action Plan

The official launch of the Plan for the UN Decade of Action for Road safety has been set for the 28 October.  A global virtual event will be hosted by WHO and will be backed up by a series of events and other initiatives before and after the official launch. IRF will be helping creating momentum with a series of initiatives, not least by hosting on 20 October a session dedicated to “Investing in Road Safety” in the margins of the IRF Annual conference. 

Read More

Online Training: Planning for Autonomous Mobility

Organised as a joint partnership between the International Road Federation, EIT Urban Mobility, and FACTUAL, the training on Planning for Autonomous Mobility is designed to tackle key aspects of autonomous mobility as a means to respond to new transport demands and to deliver value to society and businesses. Registrations are open!

Read More

IRF Proud Partner of the Drive Sweden Forum 

IRF is a proud partner of the Drive Sweden Forum this year. Under the theme “Driving the future of sustainable Mobility” the Drive Sweden Forum will be held online on 9th September. Gonzalo Alcaraz, Senior Manager for Innovation within IRF, will be sharing insights on IRF’s work. 

Read More

LEARN Project Paves its Way Through Three More Countries in Africa

The first phase of the LEARN Project has kicked off in three more countries in Africa. Launched by IRF in collaboration with the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, the LEARN Project aims to enhance the data knowledge, skills, and actions of professionals and stakeholders via hands-on trainings in African countries.

Read More

New Knowledge Resources Available on Gtkp

IRF is a proud ambassador of the upcoming International Mobility Congress 2021. Under the motto ‘Drive to innovation’, the International Mobility Congress will celebrate its first edition the 21st and 22nd of September.  A limited number of 2-Day Total Experience tickets are available exclusively for IRF Members! 

Read More

Exclusive for IRF Members: Free Tickets for IMC21

IRF is a proud ambassador of the upcoming International Mobility Congress 2021. Under the motto ‘Drive to innovation’, the International Mobility Congress will celebrate its first edition the 21st and 22nd of September.  A limited number of 2-Day Total Experience tickets are available exclusively for IRF Members! 

Read More

Join Us for MOVE Asia

IRF is proud to support this key mobility event for Asia. MOVE Asia will take place on 7-9 September 2021 and will convene the entire urban mobility ecosystem – key decision-makers, leading players, disruptors across all modes and disciplines to dialogue, to create insight, and to promote collaboration.

Read More

Hear from Tomorrow’s Leaders Today! The Society for Asphalt (SAT) Conference

The SATBinderrr conference will bring together experience and innovation, established wisdom and new ideas, on 9 September 2021. Encompassing the critical themes of seals, binders and pavement design, the online conference will bring together future leaders, mentored by senior industry experts, including IRF General Director, Susanna Zammataro, as a Keynote Speaker. 

Read More

Introduction to Road Safety Audits: Free Online Course

In the lead-up to the launch of the Decade of Action Plan, IRF will kick off action on 9 October by hosting together with the Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Centre (University of Qatar) a three-day online course on road safety audits. 

 Read More

IRF at the Southern African Transport Conference 

Held on 5 – 7 July, the Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) brought together over 700 transport professionals. IRF was pleased to support the Conference with the participation of IRF President, Mr Bill Halkias and IRF Director Susanna Zammataro. Proceedings of the conference are now available.

Read More

IRF India Chapter Webinars on Road Safety Challenges

IRF India Chapter hosted two more editions from its Series of Webinars in the past months. On July 28th, the 7th webinar took place under the theme “Intelligent Transport System (ITS) for Road Safety”. On 27th of August instead, the focus was on “Vehicle Technologies for Road Safety”. Stay tuned to find out about more upcoming webinars.  

Read More

ORIS among the top 10 in the GI Hub Infrachallenge

ORIS by IRF Member HOLCIM, made it to the top 10 competitors of the InfraChallenge 2021. Delivered by the GI Hub, the annual InfraChallenge competition aims to create a more resilient and quality-focused infrastructure ecosystem for the future.

Read More

SWARCO hosted IRF DG at Innovation Talk 

On 1 July, IRF Director General, Susanna Zammataro, was invited to join the discussion on “How will we get around in 2035?” at SWARCO’s Innovation Talk. The event was organised by the SWARCO Innovation Hub, a novel initiative to foster the ties between different stakeholders with the goal of shaping together a better future mobility.

Read More

IRF Executives Talks with Dan Chen – 3M Transportation Safety division

On 13 July IRF hosted the 3rd edition of the IRF Executives Talks with Dan Chen, President at 3M’s Transportation Safety Division as guest. Some of the topics addressed during the session included private sector and Road Safety, Partnerships, Market Creation and more. The recording is now available online. 

Read More

SuM4All Course on Sustainability – Sustainable Mobility Requires a New Policy Approach Today

14 September – 05 October 2021 – Virtual

IRF Executives Talks with Isabel Dedring – ARUP

16 September 2021 – Virtual

International Mobility Congress 2021 (IMC21)

21 – 22 September 2021 – Sitges, Spain

IRF Young Professionals Summit 2021

29 September 2021 – Online

Online Training: Introduction to Road Safety Audits

09 – 11 October 2021 – Online

IRF Annual Conference – Innovation: Charting Pathways to Sustainable Mobility

20 – 21 October 2021 – Online

Online Training: Planning for Autonomous Mobility

04 November – 02 December 2021 – Online

Join the IRF today!

Take advantage of a whole range of services including the IRF World Road Statistics (2020), other IRF publications and preferential registration rates for upcoming IRF events!

Join us, and become part of the IRF family!

To learn more, click here or contact us at