Reflecting on our 2022/23 Delft Road Safety Course
Our 2022/2023 Annual Road Safety Course concluded in April 2023 with high praise.
This year’s scholars represented academia, NGOs, public sector, and international institutions from 18 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. They included representatives from WRI Mexico, Lagos State University Nigeria, Ghana Red Cross Society, Automovil Club de Guatemala, UN ESCWA, Avoid Accident, India, and the National Transportation Safety Board, Argentina among many more. We are happy to welcome them to our Delft Alumni Network.
This year the course had a new set-up, following a blended two-part approach.
Part one, which ran from October – November 2022, included six online modules delivered by world-leading road safety researchers and professionals. They covered issues ranging from road safety management, traffic psychology, vehicle safety, urbanisation, and policy making.
The course received high praise from participants who gave the course an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5. Of particular interest were modules on Changing Road User Behaviour, Informing Policy Decisions, and Road Safety Data.
Part two took place in April 2023 as a 5-day classroom course in Delft, Netherlands. This was the first in-person course since 2019, and the first led by our new course leaders Govert Schermers and Mark King.
During their 5 days in the Netherlands, participants were given the opportunity to hear from some of the world’s leading experts on road safety, with particular emphasis given to the Safe System approach and how this can be implemented effectively in low and middle income countries.
DRSC’s Annual Course is delivered by top road safety researchers and professionals, many of whom have gained relevant experience by working in and with low and middle income countries over many years. They represent universities and research institutes with the highest international reputation, both from the Netherlands and abroad, as well as policymakers and experienced road safety advocates from NGOs and international organizations.
During this year’s course, we asked some of our lecturers to tell us about their experiences.