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ARSC2016 - Call for Abstracts - NOW OPEN!

Submit your Extended Abstract!

Join us to share your knowledge & expedite road trauma reductions:
Largest road safety-dedicated conference in the Southern Hemisphere!

After the exceptional success of the inaugural 2015 Australasian Road Safety Conference, which saw 670 road safety experts gathered at the Gold Coast in October to address road trauma, the 2016 Australasian Road Safety Conference (ARSC2016) is shaping up to continue the momentum by bringing the event to Australia's seat of federal parliament. For background, read the ARSC2015 Post-event Summary and view the ARSC2015 Image Gallery here.

ARSC2016, to be hosted by the Australasian College of Road Safety, Austroads and The George Institute for Global Health, will again be bringing delegates a wealth of regional and international speakers, symposia and poster presentations spanning the full spectrum of road trauma - research, policy, management, policing and enforcement, education, advocacy, insurance & legal issues, road engineering.... to name just a few!  The Conference Cocktail Welcome Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held in the ANZAC Gallery at the Australian War Memorial, and the Conference Gala Dinner in the Great Hall at Australia's Parliament House - both of which are impressive and iconic venues, highly suited to the importance of our  combined road trauma reduction efforts.

Mr Lauchlan McIntosh AM, President of the Australasian College of Road Safety, said those attending the conference would be representatives from all areas of road and transport safety.  “Bringing such a diversity of groups together in such a collaborative way at ARSC2016, to showcase the latest in research, programs, technologies, innovations, and developments in the field, is one of the best actions we can take to reduce road trauma. ARSC2016 will continue the exemplary standard set with the inaugural conference, bringing delegates the 'best of the best' papers from across the region, ensuring the benefits from the conference are felt across the breadth of our communities in the form of saved lives and injuries".

"Together with Austroads and The George Institute for Global Health, the College looks forward to another successful event with ARSC2016, and most importantly another significant event bringing all parties together to ensure we are all working with the absolute best information, have access to the latest technologies, ideas and innovations, and are able to meet and connect with all others working in this space to ensure best possible road trauma reduction outcomes."
We look forward to welcoming all participants to ARSC2016!


With a theme of “Agility, Innovation, IMPACT!”, the Conference will be a multi-disciplinary event featuring representatives from all facets of road and transport safety including research, policing and enforcement, education, teaching, practice and policy - to name a few.

The Australasian College of Road Safety, Austroads & The George Institute for Global Health are requesting Extended Abstract Submissions of new and innovative developments in road safety for Oral Presentations, Poster Presentations, and Symposium Proposals, under the following broad topic areas:

  • Road Safety Management: includes Practice, Policy, Enforcement, Capacity Building, Safe Mobility, Work Related Road Safety Management, Safe System Approach, Insurance, Legislation and Law, advent and implications of new technologies (e.g. autonomous/driverless vehicles) and impacts on the wide umbrella of road safety management/policies, potentially moving towards a complex system approach, how to deal with the complexities of collecting reliable and uniform serious injury data, how we can connect better with international communities and approaches to encourage best road safety outcomes globally, current innovations and learning how to respond as quickly as possible in a dynamic environment, etc
  • Road Infrastructure (Safer Roads): includes Road Safety Barriers, Safer Roadsides, Safety Audits, Road Assessment Programs e.g. AusRAP, KiwiRAP, iRAP, integration and best practice implementation of new technologies, intelligent road infrastructure, smart roads, self-explaining roads, learning how to respond as quickly as possible in a dynamic environment etc;
  • Safer Vehicles: includes Crashworthiness, Seat Belt Technology, ITS technology, Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA), Interlocks (alcohol and seat belts), Crash Avoidance, Autonomous Vehicles, Heavy Vehicles, New Car Assessment Programs, Design Rules, Vulnerable Road User Protection Technology (helmets, body armour, airbags, etc), Conspicuity, how car manufacturers/consumers are responding to the increasing call for safer vehicles, current innovations and learning how to respond as quickly as possible in a dynamic environment etc;
  • Road User Behaviour: includes Speed, Drink Driving, Drug Driving, Distraction, Human Error, Fatigue, Pedestrian, Cyclist and Motorcyclist Safety, Young and Older Drivers, Community, Education and Training, integration of new technologies, current innovations and learning how to respond as quickly as possible in a dynamic environment etc;
  • Post-Crash Care, Data and Crash Analysis: rescue, EMS and rehabilitation, data collection and research methods, forensic crash investigation, current innovations and learning how to respond as quickly as possible in a dynamic environment etc.

Authors are welcome to consider all topics that have been covered in previous years conferences when submitting their Extended Abstract, but should not feel restricted to these areas:  Previous Topic Areas.

Submission Types/Process:

The submission types for the 2016 Roads Safety Conference, regardless of whether the submission is a research or practitioner paper, comprise of:

  1. Extended Abstract – Oral Presentation, or
  2. Extended Abstract – Poster, or
  3. Full Paper peer reviewed – Oral Presentation, or
  4. Full Paper peer reviewed – Poster, or
  5. Symposium Proposals – Oral Presentation.


Extended Abstracts: All presenters (except Symposium Proposals) must initially submit an Extended Abstract which will undergo peer-review.

Selected Authors of accepted Extended Abstracts will be provided an opportunity to expand their Extended Abstract to a Full Paper.  Extended Abstracts will consist of an abstract (100 word limit) and main body text (500 word limit and if needed, one table and/or one figure and/or references (no more than 10 references)).  Download the Extended Abstract Template to be uploaded during the online submission process here.


Symposium Proposals: Symposium Proposals (up to 1-page in length) must be submitted directly to (scroll down to Mode of Presentation for details, and download the Symposium Proposal Template here.).


Submit Extended Abstract

  • Extended Abstract submission opens: 1 November 2015
  • Extended Abstract submission closes: 12 February 2016
  • All authors advised: 24 March 2016
  • Full submission deadline: 22 April 2016
  • Draft Program released: June 2016
  • Deadline for speaker registration: 1 July 2016


Presentations may be made in one of the following 3 modes:
  1. Oral paper presentation – 15min plus 5min for questions
  2. Poster presentation – including dedicated poster viewing session with author on-site
  3. Symposium presentatiojn- you are invited to submit a symposium proposal (no more than 1 page – Download the Symposium Proposal Template here.) covering the topic and presentations to be included, including proposed speakers.  Symposium Submissions should be sent directly to the conference Co-Chairs of the Scientific Committee: Prof. Raphael Grzebieta and Prof. Ann Williamson via  Symposium sessions will run for 90 minutes, and it is suggested you 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 program committee.  All proposed individual symposium speakers must submit an Extended Abstract via Editorial Manager which will then be reviewed along with all other submissions.


For Extended Abstract submission instructions and guidelines, and to submit your Extended Abstract for consideration, the relevant links are as follows:


The Australasian Road Safety Conference is the largest road safety dedicated conference in the Southern Hemisphere, and as such presenters, supporters and delegates are assured of the widest range of research, policy and program papers across the diverse road safety spectrum.  The competitive and rigorous process involved in reviewing each Extended Abstract means that all attendees are exposed to the latest, and the ‘best of the best’ ideas and programs, designed to enable our best outcomes in terms of saving lives and injuries.

Delegates are again expected to include a diverse range of road safety stakeholders, from researchers, practitioners, politicians, road safety stakeholders and students.  The conference will be of interest to those 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, transport related industries, traffic management and vehicle industries – to name just a few.

The 2015 inaugural conference attracted 670 delegates, and ARSC2016 is expected to generate this same level of interest.  Some of the feedback from ARSC2015 is below - you are guaranteed many opportunities to network and create new partnerships to assist you in your road safety efforts. 


Feedback from ARSC2015 – examples received to date….


“By any measure the Australian Road Safety Conference 2015 has been a great success.  It has 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)


“Research is smart people talking about clever ideas. But it’s only when researchers join with industry, government and communities that these clever ideas will work to keep us safe on the roads.  ARSC2015 provided an excellent forum to share clever ideas, start new conversations and strengthen collaborations”.

Dr Marilyn Johnson
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Transport Studies
Monash University

“Throughout the 2015 event the tragedy, scale and burden of severe injury from road crashes was clear.  Whilst we are making progress in reducing fatalities, the tragic consequences of trauma are still high – and this is where most of the cost of road trauma sits.  Coupled with the UN Global Goal to halve road deaths and injuries by 2020, we are getting closer to joining the dots between the costs of road trauma and the solutions – as shown by TAC and ACC investment in road safety, amongst others.

The productive partnerships across all 5 Pillars of road safety was impressive and noticed by many international delegates who struggle to achieve this level of cooperation in their own countries.But, there is still a long way to go – not to mention the international challenges in India, Asia and the Pacific shared by the World Bank and others.  So many great initiatives, ideas and evidence based-research shared at the conference that just need to be scaled up to make an impact.

With the UN level support, and a great new federal Minister responsible for Road Safety, now is our time to challenge the status quo, and act at a whole new level of impact – and then share our success at the 2016 ARSC event in Canberra in September 2016 with its focus on Agility, Innovation and Impact”
Mr Rob McInerney FACRS
Chief Executive Officer
International Road Assessment Program (iRAP)


View the Image Gallery from ARSC2015 here. 
Read the ARSC2015 Post-Event Wrap-up here.

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For maximum brand positioning, exposure and interactive networking opportunities, we are delighted to offer numerous sponsorship, exhibition and advertising opportunities to ensure organisations can showcase their expertise and commitment to road trauma reductions at this premier Australasian event.

This event is expected to attract well over 600 delegates, and will be attended by a highly sought after audience of industry specialists and key stakeholders.

A diverse and comprehensive road safety exhibition will run concurrently with the conference. The exhibition was sold out at ARSC2015 and we expect will do the same for ARSC2016.  ARSC2016 will provide delegates and exhibitors with excellent opportunities to network in a favourable environment that provides a central and energized meeting place for all participants.

A number of opportunities exist for interested organisations to sponsor the 2016 Australasian Road Safety Conference.

To find out more please contact:

Jude Williams
ARSC2016 Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager


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