Don't wait for accidents to happen

AfroSAFE Academy

Data-driven discourse on Safe System approach in Africa

12–15 August 2025

Winneba, Ghana

Local organizers: Enoch F. Sam

The conference is organized in close co-operation with the Department of Georaphy Education, University of Education, Winneba.

About

Important dates

Date Action
14 March 2025
Abstract submission deadline
15 April 2025
Notification of acceptance
30 May 2025
Early Bird fee expiration
31 July 2025
Registration closed
12–13 August 2025
AfroSAFE traffic safety course
14–15 August 2025
2nd AfroSAFE conference

Social media

Please, use the hashtags  #afrosafe and afrosafe2025winneba in your posts related to the conference.

AfroSAFE traffic safety course

In connection to the main conference event, AfroSAFE Academy organizes a two-day course on traffic safety. The course targets scholars active in research on traffic safety, as well as practitioners who want to get a solid understanding of the subject they are dealing with. 

The purpose of the course is to provide a holistic view on traffic safety, particularly emphasizing the Safe System as the state-of-the-art approach to traffic safety management.

The course faculty are top-level experts in the domain if traffic safety, with years of experience doing own research, teaching the subject to students, and training young career researchers to be excellent in their profession.

Call

Road safety in high-income countries has improved significantly through data-led safe systems management approaches. However, low-and middle-income countries, including Africa, need help collecting and managing road crash data. About 80% of road crash deaths are missing from official low-income country statistics, limiting their capacity to monitor, effectively advocate for, manage, and efficiently improve road safety. This data gap is a significant hurdle these countries must overcome to improve their road safety records and outcomes.

Addressing Africa’s road safety crisis requires targeted and measured action, which can only be achieved with accurate data, underscoring the urgent need for improved data collection and management, a crucial step towards designing and implementing effective road safety policies leading to substantial reductions in road traffic fatalities. Without accurate and reliable road safety data, identifying patterns, making informed decisions, and implementing effective road safety policies become challenging. The collaborative nature of data collection and management is crucial. While different organisations collect road safety data, the lack of sharing often leads to duplication of effort and inconsistencies in the data. This underscores the importance of collective action and cooperation in improving road safety data management.

The conference aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences between international and African road safety scientists, professionals, and policymakers and provide a platform for a joint discussion on the future of road safety on the continent.

Target audience

The conference targets the following groups:

  • Researchers and academics working on traffic safety in Africa
  • Road safety practitioners from government agencies, NGOs, and private sector organisations
  • Policymakers involved in developing and implementing road safety strategies in Africa
  • International development partners and stakeholders interested in African road safety

Conference topics

We welcome papers on the following non-exhaustive sub-themes:

  • Improved crash and safety-related data to support road safety analysis and policy development
  • Safe system and vision zero within the African context
  • Road safety management organisation and analysis of constraints
  • Safety issues for specific groups of road users: pedestrians, cyclists, children, elderly, people with disabilities, etc.
  • Interactions between road users, vehicles, and infrastructure
  • Enforcement and education
  • Professional drivers, road safety management in companies and the role of transport buyers
  • Key road safety culture challenges and possibilities related to vulnerable road users
  • Low-cost solutions for road safety improvement
  • Transferability of road safety measures
  • Innovative technologies to enhance traffic safety
  • Safety aspects of urban and rural transport planning and sustainable mobility.

 

Presentations should be based on studies that aim to improve understanding of road users’ risks, behaviours, and responses to the road environment and traffic conditions in which they participate. Theoretical contributions related to these issues are also welcomed. A particular relevance for the African context is expected.

Submission

The submission system will open in November 2024.

The submission deadline has passed. No further submissions are possible.

The authors are asked to provide an extended abstract using the template. The abstract is limited to max 700 words, and it should contain the following parts:

  • Background
  • Aim
  • Method or methodological issues
  • Results
  • Conclusions.

Submit your abstracts a *.pdf file.

The conference uses Oxford Abstracts platform to manage the submissions. If you have never used that system before, you will need to create an account prior to the submission. Otherwise, use your existing credentials to log in.

Registration

Sold out!!!

General information

The registration fees depend on the country that you represent.

The course fee covers participation of one person, access to the course materials, two coffee-breaks and a lunch.

The conference fee covers participation of one person, conference materials, coffee breaks and lunches, one entrance to the Welcome reception (Wednesday), and one seat at the Conference dinner (Thursday).

You registration is considered complete only after all the fees have been paid. Cancellation and reimbursement is not possible.

Some prices are provided in Tanzanian Shillings (TZS). Conversion rates can be found here.

Early Bird fees

The Early Bird fees expired on 26 April 2024.

Category
A
Category
B
Categories
C & D
Tanzanian
participants
Researcher's course
USD 240
USD 100
USD 60
TZS 150 000
Conference
USD 400
USD 160
USD 110
TZS 270 000

Full fees

Full fees apply during 27 April–31 May 2024.

Starting from 1 June 2024, new registrations are no longer possible.

Category
A
Category
B
Categories
C & D
Tanzanian
participants
Researcher's course
USD 360
USD 150
USD 90
TZS 225 000
Conference
USD 600
USD 240
USD 165
TZS 405 000

Country categories

AfroSAFE Academy relies on World Bank’s country classification by income. The country categories below are given as an indication, the most recent classification must be checked on the World Bank web page for the current year.

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Chile, Croatia, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Hong Kong SAR (China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao SAR (China), Malta, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sint Maarten (Dutch part), Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin (French part), Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (China), Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Albania, American Samoa, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Ecuador, Fiji, Gabon, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Namibia, North Macedonia, Palau, Paraguay, Peru, Russian Federation, Serbia, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Türkiye, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu

Angola, Algeria, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Comoros, Congo (Rep.), Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt (Arab Rep.), El Salvador,  Eswatini, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Rep.), Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao (PDR), Lebanon, Lesotho, Mauritania, Micronesia (Fed. Sts.), Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar,  Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Dem. Rep), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Korea (Dem. People’s Rep.), Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Togo, Uganda, Yemen (Rep.), Zambia

Accompanying persons

Tickets for an accompanying person(s) for the Welcome reception and the Conference dinner can be purchased at additional costs of USD 16 (TZS 40 000) and USD 32 (TZS 80 000) respectively. The accompanying persons may also join the social events (see the separate pricing above).

Please, write clearly how many people will join you at which activities in ‘Other comments to organizers’.

Social event

On Saturday, 15 June 2024, conference participants are invited to join the tour to Bagamoyo (see details in the Programme).

The cost is USD 50 (TZS 70 000). The price is calculated ‘per head’ regardless if it is a conference participant or an accompanying person (e.g. family members).

Special dietary requirements

Please be aware that the food served may contain or come into contact with common allergens, such as dairy, eggs, wheat, soybeans, tree nuts, peanuts, fish or shellfish.

There will be vegetarian alternatives served.

Invitation letters

In case you need an invitation letter (for your visa application or to get a travel permission from your employer), please contact the local organizers at afrosafeacademy@udsm.ac.tz.

Registration form

The registration will open after 20 March 2024.

Please, use the registration form (opens in a new window) to indicate which activities related to the conference you plan to join.

Note that your registration is complete only after all the fees have been paid and received by the organizers.

Payments

Payments are made by a bank transfer to the accounts indicated below. Indicate the delegate’s name in the bank transfers to facilitate the process.

Please send your proof of payment to afrosafeacademy@udsm.ac.tz

International delegates (outside Tanzania)

International delegates pay the fees to the following account:

Receiver: University of Dar es Salaam
P.O. Box 35131
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Bank Name: CRDB Bank PLC
Bank Address: 10138 DSM
Account Name: UDSM COET FOREX
Account Number: 0250692615800
Swift Code: CORUTZTZ
Currency: USD

Local delegates (within Tanzania)

Tanzanian delegates pay the fees to the following account:

Bank Name: CRDB Bank PLC
Bank Branch: Mlimani
Account Name: University of Dar es Salaam, Directorate of research and publication
Account Number: 01J1088967003
Swift Code: CORUTZTZ
Currency: TZS

Programme

Conference venue

The conference will take place in the premises of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), College of Engineering and Technology.

The exact location will be communicated later.

12 June 2024

9:00–17:00 AfroSAFE traffic safety course

Please, note that while being connected to the conference, the course has a separate participation fee (see under Registration). It is possible to participate in the course without attending the rest of the conference (particularly relevant for the UDSM students), or attend the rest of the conference without participating in the course.

Target audience

The course is designed for traffic safety researchers and practitioners with connection to Africa. It is particularly suited for those who have already some experiences with the subject, but want to upgrade their knowledge with the state-of-the-art theories and tools.

Course objectives

The course aims to:

  • provide an overview of the fundamental theories and concepts in traffic safety
  • discuss key issues in traffic safety research and practice
  • provide an opportunity for exchange of experience between researchers and practitioners from different disciplines and different parts of the world.
Schedule

9:00–9:20

Welcome and course intro

9:20–10:20

‘Institutional framework—why is it so difficult to introduce changes in traffic safety?’

Enoch F. Sam is an Associate Professor of Transport Geography at the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. He has over ten years of experience in teaching and research in public transport safety management, traffic safety, traffic behaviour of vulnerable road users, and sustainable urban mobility. Prof Sam has won many research and academic awards and grants.

10:20–10:40

Coffee break

10:40–11:25

‘Safe System and traffic safety management’

Aliaksei Laureshyn is Associate Professor in traffic safety at Lund University, Sweden. His primary research interests deal with theory and practical use of pro-active methods in road safety analysis. Other research interests include emerging technologies for data collection in traffic, policy and practice in road safety work, particularly in the view of Vision Zero/Safe System paradigm.

11:25–12:10

‘Road safety data analytics and decision making’

Kofi Adanu is an assistant research professor at the University of Alabama, USA. He has an extensive experience in traffic safety data analytics. He employs various statistical and econometric modelling techniques to identify patterns and associations in crash data, leading to identification of contributing factors and development of robust countermeasures. His research also includes Intelligent Transportation Systems, sustainable transportation, and equity issues in transport.

12:10–13:10

Lunch

13:10–13:55

‘Designing traffic system for humans’

Jaqueline Masaki is a distinguished transportation engineer and lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, holding degrees from prestigious universities in Tanzania and the USA. Her work focuses on improving traffic safety and integrating technology in transportation systems. She has earned numerous awards, including the ‘Emerging Professional of the Year’ from Women in Transportation (USA).

13:55–14:40

‘Promoting safe behaviour through education, campaigns, enforcement’

Sonja Forward is a psychologist and a research leader at the Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) focusing on traffic safety and sustainable transport. Her research covers many areas but mainly psychological factors predicting behaviour and how unwanted behaviour can be changed, using education or campaigns. The methods used are both quantitative and qualitative.

14:40–15:00

Coffee break

15:00–15:45

‘Safe infrastructure’

Thobias Sando is a Professor at the University of North Florida, USA. He teaches and conducts research in the area of transportation engineering. His interests include evaluating emerging technologies in transportation, economic appraisal of intelligent transportation systems, connected and autonomous vehicles, transit safety analysis, intermodal facility design, multi-modal operational analysis, and sustainability.

15:45–16:30

‘Safe vehicles’

Tejas Chandran is a research engineer at Autoliv Global Research based in Vårgårda, Sweden. An engineer by education, he works as a project leader for Autoliv Global Governmental Affairs function and as a researcher within Human Factors at Autoliv Research. His focus areas include road safety in low- and middle-income countries, safety culture, and road safety footprint.

16:30–17:00

Closing discussion

19:00–21:00 Welcome reception

13 June 2024

9:00–17:00 Conference, day 1

Keynote speech I. ‘...’

David Mfinanga
(Tanzania)

David Alfred Mfinanga is Professor of Transportation Engineering in the Department of Transportation and Geotechnical Engineering, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He obtained his Master’s degree from Miyazaki University in 1995 and a PhD degree from Kyushu University in 1998, in Japan.

Professor Mfinanga has published in the areas of traffic engineering, transport planning, road safety, and public transport. In 2016, he co-authored the book Paratransit in African Cities: Operations, Regulation and Reform, published by Earthscan. Professor Mfinanga is fluent in Kiswahili, English and conversational Japanese.

19:00–22:00 Conference dinner

14 June 2024

9:00–17:00 Conference, day 2

Keynote speech II. ‘How can we empower vulnerable road users?’

Sonja Forward
Swedish National Transport and Road Research Institute
(Sweden)

Sonja Forward is a psychologist and a research leader at the Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) focusing on traffic safety and sustainable transport. Her research covers many areas but mainly psychological factors predicting behaviour and how unwanted behaviour can be changed, using education or campaigns. The methods used are both quantitative and qualitative.

Sonja Forward has been in charge of numerous projects both nationally and internationally. She has produced written materials including an extensive manual for working with campaigns. She is also lecturing on a regular basis and have presented papers at numerous conferences, mostly as an invited speaker.

15 June 2024

Social event (Bagamoyo tour, all day)

Bagamoyo is a historic coastal town, not far from Dar es-Salaam.

Presentation

Instructions for presenters

AfroSAFE Academy wants to promote questions and discussion after each oral presentation. Therefore please limit your presentation to 15 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for the discussion.

You can download the presentation template here. You may use other templates, for example created by your organization. The 16:9 aspect ratio is to be preferred.

Please, bring along your slides on a USB stick to the session. Be present ten minutes before your session starts and get in contact with the chairperson to make sure that your slides are uploaded and work well.

Instructions for chairpersons

Before conference

  • Well in advance, have a look at the abstracts of your sessions (uploaded on the conference web page under Programme).
  • Ask the presenters of your session for a short bio (two–three sentences) so that you can introduce them. Contact emails will be provided by the organizers.

Before your session

  • Be present at the podium at least ten minutes before your session starts. Make sure that all speakers are present and their slides are uploaded on the presentation computer.
  • Encourage the presenters to test the equipment—slides, pointer, microphone, etc.
  • Make sure to receive the presenters’ participation certificates from the organizers.

During the session

  • In the beginning, introduce yourself.
  • Before each talk, introduce the speaker (using the short bio) and the title of the presentation.
  • Each presenter will have 15 minutes speech time followed by 5 minutes of discussion (20 minutes in total). It is your responsibility to keep an eye on the timing. Warn the presenter 3 minutes before the end of the speech time. Be ruthless and cut off when 20 minutes are used up.
  • Be prepared to ask at least one question yourself in case of awkward silence and no questions from the audience.
  • After the presentation, thank the presenter and hand over the participation certificate.

Travel

Please note that all conference participants will need to cover their costs and make their own travel arrangements in Tanzania.

Flying to Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport (DIA) is the main international air transport hub of Tanzania. It has serves flights to/from some cities in Africa and Asia and, through connecting flights, the rest of the world.

Getting to and from airport

The trip from the airport to the hotel and back should be self-arranged. You may decide to choose among the taxi services available outside the airport, Uber, Bolt, or a hotel shuttle service.  Communicate directly with your hotel, most of them offer shuttle services (at extra charge).

Getting to and from conference venue

The conference venue is at the University of Dar es Salaam. The local organizers will arrange local transport between the hotels and the conference area in the morning and after the sessions. Any additional transportation (e.g. at irregular time) is the responsibility of the participants.

Accommodation

Conference participants are requested to make their own accommodation arrangements using Booking.com or similar services. Recommended hotels near the conference venue include:

Practical information

Visa requirements

For visa requirements contact your local Tanzanian Embassy or visit the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Tanzania at www.moha.go.tz.

Health and Immunizations

All conference participants must observe the health guidelines as provided by Ministry of Health in Tanzania. For the most recent recommendations, visit the website of the Ministry of Health in Tanzania at www.moh.go.tz.

Please note that participants health is their own responsibility and must ensure that they meet all the required health checks before travel.

Malaria. It is recommended that travellers going to certain areas of Tanzania take prescription medicine to prevent malaria. Depending on the medicine you take, you will need to start taking this medicine multiple days before your trip, as well as during and after your trip. Talk to your doctor about which malaria medication you should take.

Yellow Fever. Required for travellers arriving from countries with risk for Yellow Fever virus transmission. This includes any 12-hour airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for Yellow Fever virus transmission. Participants should check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor at least 2–4 weeks before their trip to get vaccines or medicines they may need.

Other

Time. Time in Tanzania is given by a single time zone, officially denoted as East Africa Time (EAT, UTC+03:00).

Language. The languages used in Tanzania is English and Swahili.

Climate. The average temperature in Dar es Salaam in June for a typical day ranges from a high of 82°F (28°C) to a low of 74°F (23°C). Some would describe it as very warm and breezy. You can expect a few rainy days in Dar es Salaam during June, but usually the weather is comfortable.

Electric current. Tanzania uses the type G plug. Plug type G is the plug which has two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin. Tanzania operates on 230 V supply voltage at 50 Hz.

Currency. The Tanzanian Shilling is the official currency of Tanzania, but US dollars are also widely accepted in tourist areas. The current exchange rate is roughly USD 1 = TZS 2 540 and EUR 1 = TZS 2 760. Please, check the most recent exchange rates close to your departure date (e.g. here).

Credit cards are accepted by most hotels, shops and restaurants. Still, it is advisable to have cash on hand for taxi, markets and informal traders.

In case of emergency. Call 112 (Police) and 114 (Ambulance).

Sponsors

Sponsoring options

Gold Silver Bronze
€3 000
€2 000
€1 000
  • Sponsor name mentioned in conference opening and closing ceremonies
  • Logo on conference website
  • Possibility for giving pitch during conference
  • Exhibition space
  • Sponsor name mentioned in conference opening and closing ceremonies
  • Logo on conference website
  • Possibility for giving pitch during conference
  • Sponsor name mentioned in conference opening and closing ceremonies
  • Logo on conference website

We invite potential sponsors to contribute to this exciting scientific event. We offer several sponsorship levels as well as tailored solutions to meet your needs and interests.

Interested to support the conference? Get in contact with the conference organizing team.

Contact

AfroSAFE Academy Local organiser
Contact person
Haneen Farah
Enoch F. Sam
Affiliation
AfroSAFE Academy
Steering Committee
Department of Geography Education
University of Education, Winneba
Ghana
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