Keynote speakers

There will be three keynote speaker presentations at the conference, each focussing on an element of the conference theme “vision, action, results”.

The vision keynote presentation will be from a transport futurist perspective, and focus on the way forward for road safety. This presentation will consider what the road safety environment (being inclusive of all of the safe system pillars) will look like in future, and what challenges and opportunities this poses for road safety professionals.

The action keynote presentation will be from a policing and enforcement perspective. This presentation will discuss the main successes in detection and traffic enforcement in the past, and the approaches and new technologies that are required in future to achieve further reductions in road trauma.

The results keynote presentation will describe a successful campaign, initiative or strategy where research and/or policy have been translated into positive road safety outcomes. This presentation will focus on what we know works in young driver road safety, that represents best use of limited resources to address problems in future.

Professor Fred Wegman, MSc - VISION keynote speaker
Fred Wegman is the Managing Director of SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research in the Netherlands, and a Professor of Traffic Safety in the faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Delft University of Technology. During his 36-year career at SWOV, Professor Wegman has managed research projects across a range of road safety topics, developed road safety strategies for the Netherlands, developed road safety research programs for national and international organisations, and developed evaluation frameworks and policy information systems for local, national and international road safety programs. Professor Wegman is an active member of the international road safety community, serving as advisor, member or chairman on a large number of transport and road safety government bodies, Boards, Committees and Scientific Expert Groups.

Ian Stewart, MPPA, BBus, APM - ACTION keynote speaker
Ian Stewart is the Commissioner of Queensland Police Service, and member of the Australian and New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency Board. A career Police Officer with over 38 years service, he is the recipient of the Australian Fulbright Professional Scholarship, the National Emergency Medal and the Australian Police Medal. Since commencing the role of Commissioner in 2012, he has led a number of innovative approaches to addressing road safety in Queensland. Distraction was added to the “Fatal Four” to form the “Fatal Five” for the 2012 Christmas Road Safety Campaign, to raise awareness about the risks associated with distraction and inattention. Commissioner Stewart will introduce a new Road Policing Command as part of the Police Service, to increase the focus on safety on Queensland roads, and target criminals using the road network. He is also active in social media, using the medium to communicate with the public about road rules and important road safety issues, as well as other public safety messages.


Ruth Shults, PhD, MPH - RESULTS keynote speaker
Ruth Shults is a senior epidemiologist at the Injury Center of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, and an officer in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. During her 15-year tenure on the Transportation Safety Team at the Injury Center, she has led CDC’s research in the areas of alcohol-impaired driving, seat belt use and teen drivers. She is a charter member the Transportation Research Board Subcommittee on Young Drivers, and she currently co-chairs the Transportation Research Board’s Occupant Protection Committee. Ruth’s current youth-oriented projects include understanding parents’ perceptions of their teens’ driving needs in rural communities, examining the trend in licensure among high school seniors, all terrain vehicle riding and injuries among children, and examining seat belt use and texting and driving among high school students.

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Key Dates

15 April 2013
Authors acceptance deadline
7 May 2013
Full papers requiring peer review deadline
7 June 2013
Earlybird deadline
1 July 2013
Full papers not requiring peer review deadline
28–30 August 2013
Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference

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