ICTTP 2016 The Wrap
Nearly 400 road safety experts from 39 countries converged on Brisbane earlier this month for the prestigious International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP 2016) hosted by CARRS-Q and Menzies Health Institute Queensland. Held every four years, it was the first time an ICTTP has been held in the Southern Hemisphere and only the second time outside of Europe.
With a theme of “UN Decade of Action for Road Safety: The Half-way Point”, ICTTP 2016 brought critical and timely focus on road trauma at a time when the Australian road toll is in an upward creep, and where globally your chance of being killed in a road crash remains strikingly disproportionate depending where you live.
Key conference messages
With a 4 day program including four international and three national keynote speakers, over 220 oral and 70 poster presentations and 12 symposia, the ICTTP 2016 Conference was a major event on the Australasian and international road safety calendar.
Key conference messages included:
- We are currently behind the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety goal.
- We need to see a four times rate of improvement in global road safety to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Road safety should be repositioned as a safe mobility issue to align with broader agendas such as health.
- A holistic approach to road safety research is required to include social and cultural factors, industry and government.
- Rapid levels of motorisation in developing countries is outpacing of the provision of safer infrastructure.
- Enhanced traffic law and enforcement are needed to help improve road user behaviour in many jurisdictions around the world.
- Multi-sectoral partnerships and collaboration are essential.
- The largest road trauma impact is on vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians rather than cars where significant attention is focussed.
- Road user attitudes and behaviours remain an important area of focus for road safety research and intervention.
- Technology is the new research challenge to manage driver distraction and monitor cognitive load.
- Graduated driver licensing in the Queensland context has had a positive effect on young driver crashes.
- Social media and gamification provide valuable tools to communicate with and incentivise young drivers.
- Early Career Researchers and PhD students should consider how the generic skills they have developed throughout their PhD can be used in employment outside academia.
The program featured world-renowned specialists as well as the next-generation of researchers, practitioners, policymakers and industry representatives revealing the latest update in the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety and national and international findings and best practice relating to:
- Understanding the Human Factors implications of Automated Vehicles: an overview of current projects in Europe, North America and Australia.
- In-Vehicle Data Recording (IVDR) & Feedback Technologies: Usefulness in improving road safety research & outcomes.
- Attention and awareness in everyday driving.
- Driving and fatigue.
- Fitness to drive.
- Integrating safe systems & systems thinking in road safety research & practice.
- Safety Issues in high & low volume cycling countries.
- Bicycle Safety and technology: Opportunities & threats.
- Driving patterns & behaviours for older drivers: What can we learn from naturalistic driving research?
- Theory in practice, the strengths and challenges in workplace road safety.
- ECR and PhD: Exploring post-PhD career paths.
- Traffic psychology in low and middle income countries – same-same but different?
The Organising Committee extends its sincere thanks to the Scientific Program Committee who worked tirelessly to put the dynamic and stimulating 4-day program together.
Keynote speakers and presenters
Thanks to our many conference presenters and our keynote speakers including:
- Dr Barry Watson, CEO, Global Road Safety Partnership, Switzerland;
- Prof David Strayer, Professor of Cognition and Neural Science, Department of Psychology, University of Utah, USA;
- Prof Kazumi Renge, President-elect, IAAP Division of Traffic and Transportation Psychology, Japan;
- A/Prof Samuel Charlton, Chair of the School of Psychology, University of Waikato, New Zealand;
- A/Prof Teresa Senserrick, TARS, University of NSW, Australia;
- Mike Stapleton, Deputy Director-General (Customer Services, Safety & Regulation), Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Australia; and
- Assistant Commissioner Michael Keating, Road Policing Command, Queensland Police Service, Australia.
The Conference Welcome Reception and Dinner provided valuable networking opportunities during the event. The Conference Dinner was a particular highlight with Brisbane’s historic City Hall and popular string trio from the Queensland Conservatorium providing an elegant and relaxed background for old and new friends to catch up.
Thanks to our nearly 400 delegates who attended from 39 countries including researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and industry from the areas of public health, law, medicine, economics, law enforcement, public policy, education, human factors, and psychology. Attendance figures* were:
|Australia – 174||Indonesia||Poland – 7|
|Belgium||Israel – 6||Singapore|
|Botswana – 5||Italy||South Africa|
|Canada – 5||Japan – 15||South Korea|
|China||Lithuania||Sweden – 6|
|Finland||Netherlands – 7||Taiwan|
|France – 8||New Zealand – 19||The Netherlands – 9|
|Germany – 21||North Cyprus||Turkey|
|Ghana||Norway – 8||United States – 19|
|Hong Kong||Philippines||United Kingdom – 27|
* delegate numbers for top 15 attending countries are listed.
ICTTP 2016 would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship and exhibitor support of:
The Organising Committee extends its sincere thanks to our sponsors, exhibitors and many promotional supporters.
Where to from here?
The next ICTTP will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden in August 2020 – the final year of the UN’s Decade of Action on Road Safety. The conference will be hosted by the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) and SAFER (Vehicle and Traffic Safety Center at Chalmers), with the theme “Taking the Vision Zero Initiative into a New Era“. To join the ICTTP 2020 mailing list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whilst global road fatalities have stabilised, much work remains to be done to meet the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety goal to halve traffic fatalities and injuries by the year 2020. Whilst significant advances have been made to make roads and vehicles safer, adapting for human behaviour will be crucial for future road trauma prevention.
Thanks to all those who supported ICTTP 2016, we wish you the best with your research and program endeavours over the next four years, and we look forward to seeing you in Sweden in 2020!
|Associate Professor Ian Glendon
MHIQ, Griffith University
Co-Chair ICTTP 2016
|Associate Professor James Freeman
Co-Chair ICTTP 2016
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