Early Career Researcher Course


Site and schedule

The course will be held on Tuesday 23rd October 2018 (09:00-17:45) and Wednesday 24th October 2018 (09:00-17:30) at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Building G, 4th floor, room G418.

Address: Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
GPS coordinates: 41.178190, -8.597688 (map)

The detailed programme can be found here.



The road accident phenomenon is complex and so are road safety management systems. As a consequence, road safety research is multi-disciplinary and covers such areas as epidemiology, statistics, in-depth accident analyses, biomechanics, behavioural studies, sociology, economics, etc. “Early career” researchers (i.e. researchers new in the field of road safety) are usually limited to a specific field of investigation in which they work in-depth without getting the broader picture of what is being done in road safety research and how the different investigation fields complement each other.

The mission with the ECRC is to give the participant a coherent view into traditional and modern traffic safety theory, methods and solutions and to have a clear understanding of the importance of the institutional framework in order to be able to make a difference in the traffic safety work subsequently. It is hoped that at the end of the course, participants will be able to situate their own work within a broader framework, and will find it easier to communicate with researchers from other disciplines.



  1. Provide young researchers with an overview of theories and concepts in road safety and the associated research approaches and methods, in line with ICTCT goals and fundamentals.
  2. Discuss some key issues for road safety research.
  3. Provide in-depth knowledge of research approaches and findings on some selected topics and their implications for other fields of road safety.
  4. Provide an opportunity for exchange of experience between researchers from different disciplines and different parts of the world.


Target audience

Early career road safety researchers from all disciplines, in all sectors (Public Health, Transport, Urban Planning, Education, Law, Academia, etc.) and from all countries are welcome to the International Course. The course language will be English. In order to facilitate interactions, the number of participants is limited to 15.

PhD students may be able to get credits for this course at their home University and should ask for information from their supervisors.


Course topics in 2018

  1. Road users as the central element in the road safety process:
    psychological, physiological, social, health and medical research approaches;
  2. Traffic conflict technique and other observation methods;
  3. Safety research for pedestrians;
  4. Knowledge for road safety management;
  5. Matching policy and research ;
  6. Connection between research and practice.


International Faculty

The Faculty includes senior researchers and university professors with a long experience in road safety, who give the course on a voluntary basis. The following Faculty members have confirmed their participation:

Niels Agerholm / Traffic Research Group, Aalborg University, Denmark

Rune Elvik / TÖI, Norway

Shalom Hakkert / Technion  Transportation Research Institute, Haifa, Israel

Aliaksei Laureshyn / Technical University of Lund, Sweden

Rob Methorst / SWOV, the Netherlands

Ralf Risser / FACTUM OG, Austria

Paul Schepers / Rijkswaterstaat Water, Traffic and Environment, the Netherlands

Matus Sucha / Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic