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Nordic Traffic Safety Academy

NTSA Research School 2025


X–X May 2025

Trondheim, Norway

Local organizers: Thomas Jonsson, Eirin Ryeng

The seminar is held in close co-operation with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


Important dates

Date Action
29 March 2024
Registration deadline (for presenting participants)
26 April 2024
Registration deadline (participants without presentation)
14–16 May 2024
NTSA Research School 2024

Social media

Please, use the hashtags #ntsa, #ntsa2024lund and #ictct in your posts related to the research school.


Course venue

The NTSA Research School takes place at the Department of Technology and Society, Faculty of Engineering, LTH.

Address: V-building, John Ericssons väg 1, Lund (GoogleMaps link).

13 May 2024

18:00–19:30 Welcome reception

Welcome reception will take place at the course venue (V-building).

Since it is out-of-ordinary hours, the building will be locked. We will meet the participants at the entrance at around 18:00. If you are running late, call us upon arrival and we will let you in (see Contact).

14 May 2024

9:00–10:20 ‘Traffic safety as a part of sustainability agenda‘

Claes Tingvall
Swedish Transport Administration

Claes Tingvall is retired from the Swedish Transport Administration where he was Director of Traffic Safety until 2015. Claes Tingvall has a PhD from Karolinska Institute in Sweden (DrMedSc) and a DSc h.c. from Emory University in Atlanta. He is an Adjunct Professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, as well as Monash University Accident Research Centre, Australia. Claes Tingvall was instrumental in developing Vision Zero from the very beginning. He has published in injury epidemiology, safety rating and safety management.

10:20–10:40 Coffee break

10:40–12:00 ‘Walkability and safety—a wide perspective’

Sonja Forward
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute

Sonja Forward is a psychologist and a research leader at the Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI). Over the years she has developed great expertise in the field of transportation psychology using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Her primary areas of research focus on psychological factors predicting behaviour in traffic and how to increase the use of more sustainable modes of transport. She has presented numerous papers at different conferences, mostly as an invited speaker. Sonja Forward is the President of the Swedish Pedestrian Association (FOT) and the HUMANIST virtual centre of excellence.

12:00–13:00 Lunch

13:00–14:30 Student presentations

‘Value-based interactions between autonomous vehicles and pedestrians’
Josephine Halama
Chemnitz University of Technology

‘Decoding pedestrian road crossing behavior: Insights from behavioral experiments and cognitive models’
Max Theisen
German Aerospace Center (DLR)

14:30–15:00 Coffee break

15:00–15:45 Student presentations

‘Social and spatial planning dimensions of walking’
Luisa Merlo
Luleå University of technology

15:45–16:00 Summary and reflection

16:30–19:00 Social activity

Course participants are welcome to join us at the Paradis billiards club. The club offers different games (shuffleboard, pool, carambole), and if you never held a cue in your hands it is still lots of fun!

The facility has also a pub and a restaurant.

Address: Bredgatan 10, Lund (GoogleMaps link).

15 May 2024

9:00–10:20 ‘Pedestrian falls as a traffic safety problem’

Glenn Berggård
Luleå University of Technology

Glenn Berggård has been researcher and teacher at Luleå University of Technology since 1984. His main area of research is prevention of slipping and falling on snow and ice. Most of the research has been made together with experienced physiotherapists and experts on human gait combining different engineering and physiotherapist methods for measuring pedestrian safety, security and walkability.

Other research interests are mobility and public transport, particularly in sparsely populated areas.

10:20–10:40 Coffee break

10:40–12:00 ‘Policy for increased walking and its safety implications’

Rune Elvik
Institute of Transport Economics

Rune Elvik has been a road safety researcher at the Institute of Transport Economics since 1980. His main areas of research have been evaluation studies, meta-analysis and cost-benefit analysis.

Rune Elvik served as editor-in-chief (together with Karl Kim) of Accident Analysis and Prevention from 2005 to 2013. He has participated in many European projects and contributed to the Highway Safety Manual. He has published more than 150 papers in scientific journals.

12:00–13:00 Lunch

13:00–14:30 Student presentations

‘Pedestrian behavior and road safety: microsimulation approach’
Chiara Gruden
University of Maribor

‘Impact of advanced driver assistance systems on pedestrian safety in Europe in 2030’
Antonio Fadel da Costa
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

14:30–14:45 Summary and reflections

14:45–15:00 Coffee

18:00–20:00 Social dinner

We will meet for a conference dinner at Hos Talevski restaurant located in the Lund City Park.

The park itself is one of the nicest places Lund has to offer, so take you chance to come earlier and have a walk around.

Address: Stadsparksgatan, Lund (GoogleMaps link).

16 May 2024

9:00–10:20 ‘Pedestrian safety in collisions with vehicles—what more can we do?’

Lars Ekman
Swedish Transport Administration

Dr. Lars Ekman has a background as researcher at Lund University, Sweden. His research focused on traffic safety evaluation applied on pedestrians and bicyclists. Lars Ekman has also for a long time been involved in international collaborations in the field of traffic safety both on a European with CEDR and global arena. At present, he works as an expert in traffic safety at the Swedish Transport Administration with special emphasis on traffic safety countermeasures.

Lars Ekman popular speaker on the topic of The Vision Zero, often in connection to the Vision Zero Academy.

10:20–10:40 Coffee break

10:40–12:00 ‘Surrogate measures for evaluating and understanding pedestrian safety’

Aliaksei Laureshyn
Lund University

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. He is an active member in several international committees and working groups related to the subject of Surrogate Measures of Safety (SMoS). 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.

12:00–13:00 Lunch

13:00–13:45 Closure and goodbye


Topic description

The research school organised by the Nordic Traffic Safety Academy (NTSA) aims at providing insights into the challenges related to pedestrian safety as well as providing a broader view on walking as a transportation mode and—to some degree—as a measure to create better traffic environment and improved safety.

The Safe System approach is widely recognized as the state-of-the-art in the management of traffic safety. It departs from several fundamental principles such as acknowledging that humans are prone to mistakes, that the human body is fragile and should not be exposed to forces able to cause severe injuries, and that responsibility for providing safe environment is to a high degree in the hands of the system designers.

The recent trend is to see traffic safety as a part in a bigger puzzle of sustainable development (formalized in the UN’s Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable development goals), interconnected with the aspects such as public health and well-being, liveable cities and communities, inclusive, affordable, and resilient transportation, etc. Seen from such perspective, the road safety toolbox gets enriched with a broad collection of sustainability-oriented measures, many of them having a significant impact on safety, but traditionally not considered relevant as belonging to ‘other domains’. For example, activities directed towards increased walking and reduced car traffic are beneficial for traffic safety, effectively reducing the exposure to the danger posed by cars on vulnerable road users.

Research school

The research school is scheduled for three full days. The time will be shared between top-level experts in the subject sharing their experiences, as well as the early career researchers who will have an opportunity to present their research work and ideas, receive feedback, and engage in discussions and networking.

The school targets primarily PhD students and postdocs working on problems that resonate with the announced topic. It is open, however, to the broad community of traffic safety professionals interested in the subject.

Participation formats

The participants can choose between two participation options:

  • attending and presenting own research topic (with feedback from the expert faculty panel)
  • just attending without a presentation.

Needless to say, you will get much more from the research school if you make a presentation, and actively engage in the discussions and other activities.

The number of student presentations is limited by the time slots available, ‘first come, first served’ apply.

ECTS credits

Participants who contribute with a presentation will receive a special certificate from the NTSA recommending to assign 1.5 ECTS credits for participation in the research school. The final decision has to be taken by the student’s home university and the NTSA cannot guarantee its outcome.


Participation fees

Participation fee: SEK 6500 (≈ €580, see exchange rate here)

The participation fee includes welcome reception and lunch/coffee-breaks all days.

Social Dinner (optional, but highly recommended): SEK 750 (≈ €65, see exchange rate here)

Deadline for registration / payment:

  • presenting participants: 29 March 2024
  • not presenting participants: 26 April 2024

Presentation abstract

Participants aiming at making a presentation are requested to provide an abstract (max 1 page) describing their topic. There is no specific template to follow, but make sure that you describe sufficiently what research question you are dealing with and how far you have come in your work.

Since the main purpose of the research school is to facilitate the scientific discussion, work-in-progress presentations are welcomed and even encourgared.

Registration form

Registration is now closed.

The payment service will remain open for participants running late with their fees (upon agreement).

Payment procedure

Please, note that your registration is not finalized until you have completed the payment.

The credit card payment service is provided by the Lund University’s economy department. Please, use the link below to access the service (opens in a new page).

In case of inability to pay by a credit card, please, get in contact with the organizers to discuss the alternatives.


Getting to Lund

By train

There are both long-distance and local trains stopping in Lund. These include the Öresund train, the joint Swedish-Danish train system covering eastern Denmark and southern Sweden (so called ‘Greater Copenhagen’ area). Öresund train is a part of the public transport system, see below.

The long-distance trains are operated by the SJ company. See the schedules and buy tickets on their web page here (opens in a new window).

Note also that the train ticket allows you to use the local city buses and trams upon arrival.

By air

To reach Lund, the most convenient airport is Kastrup, Copenhagen (Denmark). It has connections to most of the major cities in Europe and worldwide. Öresund train takes you directly from the airport to Lund in about 40 minutes. Use the app to buy your ticket (see below).

Some low-cost connections are available through the Malmö airport Skurup. 

Public transport in and around Lund

It is a very good idea to download and set up the app from the local public transport company Skånetrafiken in advance. It is available in Engish, is very intuitive to use and it gives you 10% discount right away:

  • Download from Google Play here (opens in a new window)
  • Download from Apple App Store here (opens in a new window).

You can buy a ticket for your trip from Kastrup airport in the app.

To get from the Lund railway station to the Department of Technology and Society, use the tram line. Your destination stop is called ‘LTH’. Your train ticket is valid for about one hour after arrival to Lund, so you can just step on and ride. Otherwise, just use the app to buy a new ticket.

The same is valid for the local buses. Use the app to find the best route and right connections.

Cycling, walking and using e-scooters

Lund is truly a bicycle city where everyone bikes. It is an experience you should not miss. Most probably, your hotel will have some bikes to borrow.

There are several e-scooter sharing companies operating in Lund. There is also a bicycle sharing system called Lundahoj which, however, we DO NOT recommend. It is slowly ‘dying out’, with old bikes and unbalanced location of the docking station.

If you are moving in the central part of the city, all distances are walkable. It takes only 20 minutes to walk from the railway station to the department.


The university does not have any special agreements with hotels, so use or similar services to book your room. Aim at the hotels in the city centre, in this case you will be close to everything. There are also a couple of hotels in the outskirts of the city.

An alternative could be to stay in Malmö, which is a bigger city. There are frequent trains between Lund and Malmö (taking only 10 minutes) and direct buses between the cities passing close to the department. Again, use the Skånetrafiken app to find the best connection.


NTSA Local organizers
Contact person
Carmelo D'Agostino
Thomas Jonsson
NTSA Chairman
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Enginering
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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