Newsletter – April 2022

Newsletter – April 2022


Dear Reader, 

I’m pleased to present you this new issue of the IRF CROSSROADS. As we are gearing up for the ITF Summit 2022 in Leipzig where the IRF Team will be engaged in several sessions, calls for a postponement of the UN High-Level Meeting on Road Safety are mounting on all fronts. The preparation of the event – scheduled to take place in New York end of June – suffers from the political tensions due to the war in Ukraine. A postponement seems to be the most reasonable way forward to ensure that the High-level Meeting is truly a catalytic moment for real leadership, meaningful allocation of resources, and committed implementation of actions to meet the 2030 road safety target. We join the call for a postponement. 

After Leipzig, IRF members and partners will be meeting the transport community in Toulouse for what promises to be a vibrant ITS European Congress! We look forward to meeting you there. 

This and a lot more in this new edition of our newsletter. 

Good reading! 

Susanna Zammataro
Director General

Join IRF at the 14th ITS European Congress 

IRF is pleased to support the 14th ITS European Congress to be held on 30 May – 01 June 2022 and organised by ERTICO – ITS Europe in partnership with Toulouse Métropole. IRF will be speaking at different sessions to discuss autonomous mobility, gender, road safety, international coordination, and more. 

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Ten Step Project Tanzania: New Road Safety Auditors Certified

Another important milestone was reached in April 2022 by the Ten Step Project being implemented in Tanzania. 15 new Road Safety Auditors were certified after having completed a thorough 60-hour course and a final exam organised as part of the UNRSF-funded Ten Step Project Tanzania being delivered by IRF in collaboration with UNECA, iRAP, PIARC and TARA.

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Resilient and Inclusive Transport: IRF/HVT/SuM4All Side Event at ITF Summit 

On 20 May 2022, IRF, together with the High-Volume Transport Applied Research Programme (HVT) and SuM4All, will host a side event at the ITF 2022 Summit. Under the theme “Resilient Transport for More Resilient Societies”, the event will expose key findings of HVT’s research on what is needed for a more equitable transport, particularly in times of distress.

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Imola Living Lab Project 

Under the theme “Automotive technology and mobility 4.0: safety, sustainability and inclusiveness from the 2030 Agenda to the PNRR” a conference was hosted in Imola on 21 April in the framework of the Imola Living Lab Project. IRF Director General was among the high-level speakers who gathered to discuss innovation & inclusion. 

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5th CRISPS Webinar: Surfacings Constructability Trials in Ethiopia

Aiming at presenting some early findings from the “Climate-Resilient  Sustainable Road Pavement Surfacing (CRISPS)” research programme, on 5 May 2022 this webinar – jointly organised by IRF, the University of Birmingham, the University of Auckland, and the Universiti Putra Malaysia – will present both the planning and set-up phase of the constructability trial for FMA, MEAS and MECS surfacings in Ethiopia. 

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Introduction to Crash Investigation: New Certified Professional Training

In the framework of their partnership, IRF & the Qatar Transportation & Traffic Safety Centre (QTTSC) will be hosting an in-person training course on crash investigation on 21-23 May 2022, in Doha, Qatar. This introductory course will be followed by a more in-depth course on “Applied Crash Investigation” to be hosted in July 2022. 

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FREE VIP Passes & Special Discounts for MOVE 2022 – London 

IRF has limited complimentary VIP passes to offer exclusively to IRF Members for MOVE 2022 and a 50% discount code for the whole IRF Network. MOVE 2022 will be taking place on 15-16 June 2022 in London, ExCeL. The event will feature over 600 speakers, 5000+ attendees, 350+ exhibitors, peer-to-peer networking and much more!

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Certified Online Training on HDM-4: Special Rates for IRF Members

IRF & SARF are pleased to present this Certified Online Training on HDM-4 (Highway Development and Management) to be hosted online on 10-11 May 2022. The course will provide hands-on experience and training by using and analysing HDM-4 and its results.  IRF & SARF Members benefit from preferential rates, hurry up to grab a spot! 

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A Successful Year in Review: IRF publishes its Annual Report 2021

Presented at the IRF General Assembly hosted in Amsterdam, the IRF Annual Report 2021 is now available online. From training to events, new projects & initiatives, advocacy, and partnerships, the report offers a quick but comprehensive overview of IRF work in 2021. 

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Alliance Statement Regarding the High-level Meeting on Global Road Safety 

Voicing concerns from its own members but also of a considerable number of States and other stakeholders, the Global Alliance has issued a public statement calling for the UN High-level Meeting on Road Safety scheduled for 30 June – 01 July 2022 to be postponed or for another Member State to replace the Russian Federation as a facilitator. 

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8th International Conference on Road Safety and Simulation 

Organised by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) the 8th International Conference on Road Safety and Simulation (RSS 2022) will take place on 8-10 June 2022 in Athens, Greece. The theme for this year’s conference will be “Road Safety and Digitalisation” aiming to capture all recent trends in road safety emerging technologies, augmented AI, big data, and much more.

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Turkey Inaugurates The Landmark 1915 Çanakkale Bridge  

On 18 March 2022, the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge was put into operation. Located in the province of Çanakkale in northwestern Turkey, the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge earned the title of the world’s widest middle span suspension bridge and its structure commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic.  

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Certified Online Training on HDM-4 (Highway Development and Management) 

10 – 11 May – Online

“Resilient Transport for more Resilient Societies” – Side Event at ITF 2022

20 May – Leipzig, Germany

Professional Training: Introduction to Crash Investigation

21 – 23 May – Doha, Qatar 

14th ITS European Congress 

30 May – 1 June – Toulouse, France

40th Annual South African Transport Conference 2022 

04 – 07 July – Pretoria, South Africa 

Professional Training: Applied Crash Investigation

23 – 25 July – Doha, Qatar

SARF, IRF, PIARC Regional Conference for Africa 

18 – 20 October – Cape Town, South Africa 

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