2. Conference Theme and Streams
With a theme of “Expanding our horizons”, the Conference will be a multi-disciplinary event featuring representatives from all facets of road and transport safety including research, teaching, practice and policy.
Submissions of new and innovative developments in road safety for oral presentations, poster presentations, and symposium proposals have been made under the following broad topic areas:
- Road Safety Management: includes Practice, Policy, Enforcement, Capacity Building, Safe Mobility, Safe System Approach, Insurance, Legislation and Law, etc.;
- Road Infrastructure (Safer Roads): includes Road Safety Barriers, Safer Roadsides, Safety Audits, iRAP, etc.;
- Safer Vehicles: includes Crash-worthiness, ITS technology, Crash Avoidance, Autonomous Vehicles, Heavy Vehicles;
- Road User Behaviour: includes Speed, Drink and Driving, Fatigue, Pedestrian, Cyclist and Motorcyclist Safety, Young and Older Drivers, Community, Education and Training, etc.;
- Post-Crash Care, Data and Crash Analysis: rescue, EMS and rehabilitation, data collection and research methods, forensic crash investigation, etc.
3. Important information for authors:
a. Mode of presentations:
Presentations will be made in one of the following modes:
Oral paper presentation
Consists of 15-minute presentation plus 5-minutes for questions.
Consists of a dedicated poster-viewing session, with author on-site. Posters will be presented at the Poster session held within the exhibitor’s area and where morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch is provided. Posters presenters in the 2016 Conference were very pleased as their posters received considerable attention from all delegates multiple times each day of the conference.
Symposium sessions will run for 90 minutes, and will include 3-4 speakers in a symposium. These sessions will be included as part of the main conference program, and will be finalised by the Conference Scientific Committee for their value in regards to contribution to the Conference and Road Safety.
b. Key dates for Extended Abstracts:
– Extended Abstract submission opens: 15 November 2016
– Extended Abstract submission closes: 26 Feb 2017
– All authors advised: 9 April 2017
– Full Papers (if accepted by Peer Reviewers) required: 15 May 2017
– Extended Abstract Revision Deadline: 29 May 2017
– Draft Program released: May 2017
– Deadline for speaker registration: 3 July 2016
c. Extended Abstract assessment process:
– Extended Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by at least two expert Reviewers
– Acceptance of Extended Abstracts are based on the assessment criteria below
– The Scientific Committee’s decision is final
d. Extended Abstract assessment criteria:
Papers will be scored by Peer Reviewers, typically out of 5 for each criterion where 1 is Poor and 5 is Excellent, according to the criteria listed below.
The criteria for evaluating Extended Abstracts include, but are not limited, to the following:
– Contains new and novel information or new research data
– Has a strong evidence supporting the conclusions *
– Clarity of the 100 word abstract within the Extended Abstract
– Relevance to practice or policy/scientific merit
– Contribution to the Conference theme ‘Expanding our horizons’
– Interest to the audience
– If requested by Author, whether extending Extended Abstract to Full Paper peer-reviewed submission will be of sufficient interest, merit and contribution to road safety
– Whether the paper should be considered for an Award
(*Note: Extended Abstracts that present general discussion or future research or policy will tend to receive a poor review outcome)
e. Notification of outcome:
Authors will be notified of Extended Abstract acceptance and presentation type (Oral Presentation or Poster; if requested by Author whether the Extended Abstact can be expanded to a Full Paper) commencing the week of 9 April 2017. Notification of successful Symposium proposals will also be released in that week.
f. Terms & Conditions:
The presenting Author and Symposium participants will be required to register to attend the Conference as a paid delegate no later than 1 August 2017. Failure to register may result in the submission or Symposium proposal being deleted from the Conference Program.
Neither the invitation to submit an Extended Abstract or Symposium proposal, nor the acceptance of an Extended Abstract or Symposium proposal, constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation, registration or other costs associated with the Conference. Similarly, no speaker fee will be paid to presenters.
The Conference Organisers reserve the right to allocate Extended Abstracts, Full Papers, Posters and Symposia into sessions as they see fit in accordance with the overall program objectives.
Extended Abstracts, Full Papers, Posters and Symposia that do not include all required information, or where the content is found to be unsuitable, may be rejected.
The decisions of the Conference Organisers are final.
4. Why you should attend:
With over 500 attendees expected to participate, including the presentation of around 200 papers, the 2017 Australasian Road Safety Conference is the largest dedicated road safety conference in the Asia-Pacific region – an ideal venue for all those working to reduce road trauma to present research and program results to a broad Australasian and international audience of road safety professionals and advocates.
With our rigorous and competitive review of Extended Abstracts, Full Papers, Posters and Symposium proposals, presenters, supporters and delegates are assured they are getting the ‘best of the best’ research papers, policies, policing programs, project outcomes and much more from participating in the conference.
The 2015 inaugural conference attracted over 600 delegates, and ARSC2016 generated a same level of interest. Some of the feedback from ARSC2015 & ARSC2016 is below, and you are guaranteed many opportunities to network and create new partnerships to assist you in your road safety efforts. Delegates are again expected to include a diverse range of stakeholders, from researchers, practitioners, politicians, road safety stakeholders and students working in the behavioural sciences, to education and training, emergency services, engineering and technology, health and rehabilitation, justice and law enforcement, local state and federal governments, traffic management and vehicle safety industries – to name just a few.
5. Feedback from ARSC2015 & ARSC2016 – examples received….
“By any measure the Australian Road Safety Conferences have been a great success. They have drawn together people from academia, policing and law enforcement, road and network research, healthcare, state territory and New Zealand road and transport agencies and many subject matters experts.
The attendance by the Hon Michael McCormack MP confirms the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to road safety and the target to reduce road deaths and injuries. Austroads has been proud to be a contributor to this event and will continue to support the ACRS in the future”.
Mr Nick Koukoulas
Chief Executive Officer
“The success of the inaugural Australasian Road Safety Conference was evident in the range and depth of the issues addressed and the wide cross-section of road safety researchers and practitioners who attended. I’m sure that the conference will continue to grow and become one of the leading events on the annual global road safety calendar”.
Dr Barry Watson FACRS
Chief Executive Officer
Global Road Safety Partnership
“This was the first conference in many years that brought together all groups and individuals interested in road safety, and it showed in the numbers of attendees, the quality of the papers and plenaries and the level of enthusiasm in interactions. It feels like this community is ready to deal with some of the difficult issues we need to address to continuously improve road safety in Australia.”
Professor Ann Williamson
Director, Transport and Road Safety
University of New South Wales
“There were many interesting people presenting and many interested people present throughout the three days and two evenings . Surprisingly, in the crowds I did meet many wonderful activists who are successful and inspiring in the field if road safety.
Gavin Smith, Barry Watson and Brian Owler all presented excellent information in interesting styles.
The sponsorship was outstanding, & the substantial support from Govt has secured the future of the combined meeting.””The meeting provided me with both useful data and a new optimistic view about the amazing future of road trauma prevention.”
Associate Professor Daryl Wall AM
Director, Trauma Service
Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital
“Congratulations are in order for a great conference – several people commented to me that it was one of the best ever for them. In keeping with the ‘Taking Action Together’ theme, I left feeling there was stronger support for the “sharing the road” message, not only with cyclists but also motorcyclists as well as integrating heavy vehicles. There didn’t seem to be much push back against this or “heated debates” as in the past.
Also along these lines, I thought there was less “mobility versus safety” debate, as if they are accepted now as equally important in the safe system (albeit of course a road safety audience has this bias!). Bruce Corben, based on his and David Healy’s work, promoted the phrase “safe mobility”, which was well received.
Dr Teresa Senserrick
Associate Professor, Transport & Road Safety
University of New South Wales
“I was particularly impressed with some of the work being done at the local government level in relation to Safe System solutions. Municipalities are smaller than the large government agencies and hence can be a “lot nimbler on their feet”. They can change direction more easily and swiftly.”
Mr David Healy FACRS
Independent Road Safety Consultant
“From Austrade’s perspective the inaugural Australasian Road Safety Conference was a resounding success. It was great to witness the diverse work underway in the domestic and international road safety space, as well as the energy and enthusiasm applied to the important work done in bringing down levels of road trauma. It really showcased the Australian capabilities across the spectrum and set a high standard for ARSC rounds to come.”
“We were able to meet with a lot of key stakeholders in the international road safety area over the three days and would now like to maintain a dialogue with the hope being that we can explore some of the opportunities to leverage Australia’s key competencies in road safety.”
Mr Farley Brewer
Trade Advisor – Infrastructure
Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Transport Studies