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Dear [fname],
We are pleased to present the latest edition of the IRF Newsletter. A lot has happened over the past month and we are happy to provide you with a quick overview and announce already some of the upcoming initiatives:
  • The 2014 Senior Road Executives (SRE) course has kicked-off this month with an exciting and rich programme attended by a very international audience. IRF has also strengthened and expanded the collaboration with the University of Birmingham on three new courses focusing on: road safety, rural roads and road management. Places are limited and will be attributed on a first come first served basis.
  • The next Michelin Challenge Bibendum will take place in Chengdu, China on 11-16 November 2014. IRF will be present in the official programme with a side event on “The Future of Urban Mobility” organized jointly with other international stakeholders.
  • IRF was prominently present at the ITS Europe Congress in Helsinki. Meeting in Helsinki in the margins of the congress, the IRF ITS Policy Committee discussed a number of interesting activities for autumn.
  • IRF will support the 7th Africa Transportation Technology Transfer (T2) Conference. The first call for papers is now out. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 August 2014.
  • We are happy to flag out to you the Aalto University Summer School on Transportation which is now on its seventh year. This year theme is “Development and Transportation”. You can access full information here
You will be able to read more about these achievements and other on-going initiatives in this edition of the newsletter.

We look forward to meeting you soon again. In the meantime, enjoy the summer break. We will be back with more news at the end of August!

With kind regards
Your IRF Team



EU ITS Advisory Group meets in Helsinki

Chaired by the newly appointed Director General of Mobility & Transport (DG MOVE) at the European Commission, Mr João Aguiar Machado, the EU ITS Advisory Group was convened for an informal meeting on 16 June, in conjunction with the 2014 ITS in Europe Congress in Helsinki. The Advisory Group is composed of major international ITS-industry representatives and advises the EC on the implementation of the EU ITS Directive. IRF is represented in the Group by Mrs Caroline Visser, ITS director.



50 Years of World Road Statistics

Launched at the end of 2013, the IRF 50th Anniversary Edition of the WRS is the most updated data compilation of the full 12 year period of 2000-2011. This special edition has received resounding support and testimonials from the international community and is now published in two attractive volumes and a CD-ROM with Excel files.



IRF side event at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum 2014

Building the future today is one of the main priorities of the next Michelin Challenge Bibendum which will take place in Chengdu, China on 11-16 November 2014. IRF will be present in the official programme with a side event on “The Future of Urban Mobility” organized jointly with other international stakeholders.



IRF ITS Policy Committee creates new momentum in Helsinki

The IRF welcomed a wide representation of the ITS sector at the meeting of its Policy Committee on 17 June. The Committee meeting was organised in conjunction with the ITS in Europe Congress in Helsinki, Finland, on 16-19 June.



Discussing innovation in procurement at the ERF symposium

The European Road Federation (ERF) organized in Brussels on 18th June a symposium to discuss Future Road Infrastructure Challenges. IRF was represented by Susanna Zammataro (IRF) and Marisa Cruz (Evonik AG) and shared experience on innovation and procurement, two key themes in the work of the IRF Environment Committee.



UNECE embarks on developing standards for Public-Private Partnerships

The Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is embarking on a process of developing global standards for PPPs. The Team was convened for a meeting in the UN Palace in Geneva on 23rd and 24th of June.



Greener Asphalt Roads: EDGAR Project

Carried out by four well-known research organizations, and financed by CEDR, this two year project aims at inventorying and assessing “green techniques” in road construction. IRF supports this project as a member of the Advisory Group.



IRF supports the 7th Africa Transportation Technology Transfer (T2) Conference. The call for papers is now open!

Guided by the Zimbabwe new economic blue-print, ZIMASSET, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development in Zimbabwe in collaboration with IRF, the Association of Southern African National Road Agencies (ASANRA) and other stakeholders in the transport sector is organizing the 7th Africa Transportation Technology Transfer (T2) Conference.



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