IRF Annual Conference 2023: Innovation for Better Mobility Systems



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IRF Annual Conference 2023: Innovation for Better Mobility Systems

October 25 @ 2:00 pm October 26 @ 12:30 pm CEST

About the Event

Save the date! The IRF Annual Conference 2023 is coming on 25-26 October for a 2-day digital experience, gathering experts from the sector from all over the world. 

On this special year in which IRF celebrates its 75th anniversary, the conference will dig into the theme “Innovation for Better Mobility Systems”. We will explore groundbreaking ideas, cutting-edge technologies, and disruptive approaches that can revolutionise our mobility systems to make them ready for present and future challenges. The conference will provide a space to exchange knowledge and connect with global leaders, industry experts, policymakers, start-ups and professionals from the road transport sector. 

Completing this rich programme, five thematic sessions, the pitches of the finalists of the IRF Start-up Label initiative, and the announcement of the winner of this 2023 edition

Chinese translation provided as well for the entire duration of the event.

More information about the programme can be found below. If you are interested in presenting at the conference or becoming a sponsor, contact us at

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Gain exposure and exclusive networking opportunities with a global audience by becoming a sponsor of the IRF Annual Conference 2023. Contact the IRF Secretariat at for more information on the different sponsorship packages available.

Programme Day 1 – 25 October | 14:00 – 17:30 (CEST)

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14:00 – 15:00

Opening Session: Innovation for Better Mobility Systems

Leading figures from the transport industry will sketch the salient features of innovation that can help us deliver better mobility systems that leave no one behind. We’ll also celebrate the 60th edition of our World Road Statistics by hosting a special guest.

  • IRF World Road Statistics 60th Edition Announcement

15:00 – 16:00

SESSION 1More with Less: Managing Road Assets Against All Odds

We will explore innovative strategies for optimising road asset management, even in challenging circumstances. Some of the issues that will be addressed include efficient resource allocation, advanced maintenance techniques, and technology-driven solutions aimed at making the most out of limited resources. Attendees will gain valuable insights into cost-effective approaches that enhance the durability and performance of road assets, ensuring safer and more reliable road networks in spite of constraints.

16:00 – 16:15


16:15 – 17:15

SESSION 2 – Road Pricing: Where Do We Go From Here?

We will embark on a critical examination of road pricing strategies and their future implications. We will explore the evolving landscape of road pricing mechanisms, innovative approaches worldwide, technology integration, and policy considerations. Attendees learn about the potential benefits, challenges, and sustainability of road pricing as we navigate the road ahead.

17:15 – 17:30

Fireside Chat: Where is Innovation Most Needed?

Programme Day 2 – 26 October | 09:00 – 12:30 (CEST)

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9:00 – 10:00

SESSION 3 – Planning, Designing and Delivering Safety for All

We will address crucial components of establishing safety as a top priority in various contexts. We will cover strategic planning techniques, innovative design methodologies, and effective implementation strategies aimed at ensuring the well-being and safety of every individual. We will also explore inclusive safety practices that promote equity and accessibility, making this session a valuable resource for professionals committed to creating safer environments for all.

10:00 – 10:50

SESSION 4 – ITS and Big Data to Meet Transportation Challenges 

We will dive into the powerful intersection of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Big Data. More specifically, we will explore how cutting-edge technologies and data-driven approaches are revolutionising transportation solutions. This session will showcase real-world applications, strategies, and case studies that harness Big Data to address complex transportation challenges. From traffic management to optimising transit systems to support decarbonisation efforts, this session offers invaluable insights into leveraging ITS and Big Data to improve the efficiency, safety, and sustainability of modern transportation networks.

10:50 – 11:00


11:00 – 11:20

IRF Start-up Label Pitches & Announcement of Winner 

The IRF Start-up Label is an initiative kicked off by IRF in 2021 with the objective of supporting impactful mobility start-ups by helping them build trust with their stakeholders. In this session we will listen to the pitches of this year’s groundbreaking finalist start-ups. At the end, the IRF will announce the 2023 winner of the IRF Start-up Label.

11:20 – 12:20

SESSION 5 – Building Blocks of CCAM: The Dual Role of Physical and Digital Infrastructure 

We will explore the essential components of Cooperative, Connected, and Automated Mobility (CCAM) by delving into the pivotal roles played by both physical and digital infrastructure in shaping the future of transportation. We will do an in-depth examination of how interconnected technologies and smart infrastructure are driving the evolution of CCAM systems. From sensor-equipped roadways to data-sharing protocols, this session will provide key insights into the foundational elements required to advance the world of transportation towards greater safety, efficiency, and sustainability.

12:20 – 12:30


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