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European Accidentology Conference, Athens 2012

The European Road Safety Conference on data and knowledge-based policy-making took place with great success in the Acropolis Museum Conference Centre in Athens on 22-23 November 2012. This Conference was organised by the DaCoTA EU co-funded research project and it was a high level event which brought together more than 150 road safety delegates (policy-makers, stakeholders and technical community). The latest developments in EU road safety strategies were presented together with the latest research findings.

A short welcome address by Pete Thomas, DACOTA Co-ordinator of the Loughborough University opened the floor at the first conference day. Following his keynote speech the panelists discussed the future road safety challenges in Europe. The highlight of the first day was a session on consolidated road safety data and knowledge for policy-making.

On the second day a panel group discussed the future of knowledge-based decision making for Europe. The conference was attended by high ranked representatives of organisations active in the sector of road safety, e.g. representatives of the European Commission, the World Health Organization and the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR).

Since data collection and statistics is one of the eight deliverable outcomes of the RIDERSCAN project, the DACOTA event was an ideal opportunity for FEMA to exchange views on this important subject.

All the Conference presentations can be found at the Dacota project website.