SafetyCube European Conference on Better Decision Making for Road Safety, Vienna – March 2018

SafetyCube-FinConf-pres-Guillaume-Mar2018The SafetyCube European Conference on Better Decision Making for Road Safety was held successfully with more than 150 participants on 22-23 March 2018, at Palais Auersperg in the city centre of Vienna, Austria. The SafetyCube project started on March 1st, 2015 and ran for a period of three years. Its results were presented in the conference, with special focus on the SafetyCube Decision Support System (DSS), which is the primary objective of the project. The DSS is expected to enable policy-makers and stakeholders to select and implement the most appropriate strategies, measures and cost-effective approaches to reduce casualties of all road user types and all severities in Europe and worldwide.

The conference brought together experts, stakeholders and decision makers from across Europe to discuss the latest developments in road safety: European Commission, FERSI, ETSC, IRTAD, FIA, individual research institutes, consultants as well as national, regional and local road safety experts. There was simultaneous interpretation in English and German.

An overview of the sessions of the conference alongside with the related presentations is presented below:

Vision for Decision Support Systems and Tools: What are the stakeholder needs when faced with safety issues?

 Better Decision Making for Road Safety European Conference – Ingrid Skogsmo, DG RTD European Commission

 The SafetyCube European research project – Pete Thomas, Loughborough University

 The SafetyCube Methodology – Heike Martensen, VIAS

 Linking road safety risk factors and measures – Eleonora Papadimitriou, NTUA


Consequences of Crashes: How to document societal costs of crashes in an accessible way for stakeholders?

 International road safety overview – Dinesh Mohan, IIT Dehli

 Serious injuries – Wendy Weijermars, SWOV

 Socio-economic costs of crashes in Europe – Wim Wijnen, SWOV/W2Economics


Implementation of a Decision Support System : Testimonials & user feedback by international respondents

 The SafetyCube European Road Safety Decision Support System – George Yannis, NTUA

 Fred Wegman, IRTAD/ SWOV/ TU Delft

 David Davies, PACTS

  A Pedestrian Protection Program and the Need for Evidence Based Support – João Queiroz, Estrada Mais Segura / ISCTE-IUL

 James Bradford, EuroRap

 The path to improving road safety and the SafetyCube DSS – Horst Schulze, FERSI


Challenges for road safety decision making: Important lessons learned from the development of the Road Safety DSS

 Lessons from applying the systems approach – Ashleigh Filtness, Loughborough University

 Challenges for transferability – Rune Elvik, TØI

 Meeting the needs of different stakeholders – Klaus Machata, KFV

 Integrating new measures and new technologies – Anne Guillaume, LAB 


The Future of the European Road Safety Decision Support System: Panel discussion with high-ranking representatives of international institutions

International Discussion Panel – Chair: Prof. Pete Thomas, Loughborough University

  •  Maria-Theresa Sanz-Villegas, European Commission
  •  Horst Schulze, FERSI
  •  Veronique Feypell, IRTAD
  •  Antonio Avenoso, ETSC
  •  Ferry Smith, EuroRAP
  •  Eva Eichinger-Vill, Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology