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Enhancing traffic safety for motorists and vulnerable road users—prospects and challenges for the African continent

2–3 April 2020

Accra, Ghana

Local organizer: Enoch F. Sam

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Preliminary programme

The preliminary program is available here.

Special issue

Authors of the accepted contributions will have an opportunity to submit their papers for publication in the ICTCT Warsaw conference special issue of the journal Transactions on Transport Sciences (ISSN 1802-9876).

Deadline for full-paper submission is December 1st, 2019.

13th Road Safety Researcher’s Course

Information on the upcoming Road Safety Researcher’s Course hold in connection to the conference can be found here.

General Assembly

The annual ICTCT General Assembly meeting will be hold on 26th October 2019. The agenda and practical details will be distributed in the beginning of October 2019.

Important dates

Date Action
31 December 2019
Abstract submission deadline
February 2020
Acceptance decision
xx March 2020
Early Bird regitration deadline
2–3 April 2020
XII extra ICTCT Conference

Social media

Please, use the hashtags #ictct and #ictct2020accra in your posts related to the conference.

Road traffic injuries constitute a major health and development problem the world over but especially in the African region. Despite only 4% of the world’s motor vehicles, African roads witness more than 10% of the world total collision fatalities. With further motorisation, the number of road traffic fatalities and injuries is expected to grow, unless a decisive action is taken to tackle the problem. Similar to the high-income countries, human behaviour is a central contributing factor in the majority of road crashes in Africa. However, the victims of traffic casualties are primarily vulnerable road users. Pedestrians alone account for more than 40% of the total fatalities on African roads. Transferring (where appropriate) proven programmes from high-income countries is suggested as an efficient measure for traffic safety improvement.

Contributions featuring measures for road crash prevention and severity reduction, as well as methods and tools to model, diagnose, improve and evaluate road safety are welcomed. A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:

  • Improved data to support road safety analysis and policy development
  • Low-cost solutions for road safety improvement
  • Transferability of road safety measures
  • Safety aspects of urban and rural transport planning and sustainable mobility
  • Interactions between road users, vehicles and infrastructure
  • Safety issues for different types of road users: drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, etc.

Presentations should, as far and as much as possible, be based on empirical studies with the goal to improve understanding of road users’ risks, behaviours and their responses to the conditions in which they take part in traffic. Theoretical contributions related to these issues are welcomed, too. Certain relevance for the African context is expected.

The XII extra ICTCT conference offers a multidisciplinary forum for lively discussion among international experts in an open-minded and friendly atmosphere.

The submission processes is managed through EasyChair conference management system. If you have used this system before, you can login with the same username and password. In case this is your first time, you will need to create an account before continuing.

Your extended abstract (500-700 words) should include the following points:

  • Background
  • Aim
  • Method or methodological issues
  • Results obtained or expected
  • Conclusions

The assessment will be based upon the following criteria: i) relevance of the topic in relation to the conference theme; ii) scientific quality and iii) likelihood to raise the interest of the present audience and to stimulate discussion.

Early career researchers are encouraged to do their first presentation at the conference.

Submission deadline is 31st December 2019.

P.S. In case you have troubles using EasyChair, send your abstract by mail directly to clemens.kaufmann@factum.at.

Flying to Ghana

All international flights to Ghana arrive at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra. Over 25 major airlines including Brussels Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Emirates Airlines, British Airways, Air France, Air Italy and TAP Portugal operate direct flights from Europe to KIA, Accra. Other airlines with direct flight to KIA, Accra are Delta Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Egypt Air, South Africa Airways, RwandAir, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, Alitalia, Afriqiyah Airways and Royal Air Maroc.

Getting from/to KIA airport

It takes about 15 minutes to travel to the conference venue (University of Ghana, Legon) from the airport. We strongly advise you to use Uber, which is the most cost-effective and convenient way to travel in and around Accra. We advise you to download the Uber app to plan your trips if you intend to use Uber. An Uber ride from the airport to the conference venue may cost between 15-20 GHS (equivalent to 3-5 Euros). Visitors may also opt to use one of the many taxis available at the airport.

Some hotels in Accra also offer “Airport pick-up/ drop-off” service for their clients. Visitors may opt for that service at the time of booking (if available). 

Visa requirements

All visitors (except for the citizens of ECOWAS, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Zimbabwe) require a visa to enter Ghana.

Visa can be obtained from all Ghana Missions and Embassies abroad. Conference participants needing a visa to enter Ghana should check with the Ghana Mission or Embassy in their country of residence (or close to them) to learn of the requirements and procedure. Normally, the visa application process takes between 10-15 working days. However, we advise potential applicants to start the process well ahead of their intended travel date (the earlier the better).

Vaccination

With the exception of infants under one year, all visitors to Ghana require a Yellow fever vaccination. You are to bring the original vaccination certificate as this is required to enter Ghana. You are also advised to consult your doctor well in advance of your visit so that you may start anti-malaria treatment. Vaccinations for hepatitis A and B, tetanus, polio, typhoid, meningitis and diphtheria are also highly recommended.

To prevent contracting malaria, we recommend the following measures: wearing long-sleeved clothing (especially during night-outs), using mosquito repellent, and sleeping with a mosquito net or with the air-conditioning running.

Hotels

To ensure the safety of participants and for convenience of transportation to the conference venue, we recommend all international participants to lodge in the same hotel. The local organisers have arranged a discounted rate at Airport View Hotel. Interested participants are asked to send an email with the subject ICTCT 2020 Accra reservation to reservations@airportviewhotel.net (and CC to efsam@uew.edu.gh) for making a reservation.

There is a good number of alternative hotels within the catchment area of the conference venue. Below are some recommendations. Early booking/reservation can be advantageous in most cases.

However, irrespective of the hotel chosen, we ask all participants to inform to the local organiser (efsam@uew.edu.gh) about travel and accommodation details.

Other useful information

English is the official language in Ghana.

Climate
Ghana has a tropical climate with a temperature of between 21-32 °C (70-90°F) generally.

Currency
The local currency is the Ghana Cedi (GHS). Currently, 1 Euro = GHS 6.13; 1 Dollar = GHS 5.49. There are several forex bureaus in Accra and also at the airport. Most bank ATMs accept Visa and Master Cards.

It is also possible to use your Visa and Master cards at some major shops and restaurants in the city.

Power voltage  

Voltage in Ghana is 220/240 volts as in Europe. Plugs in Ghana are the same as used in Great Britain (large 3 pin – type G) so you will probably need an adapter to plug your laptop into the power outlet.

The conference will be held at the Bank of Ghana Auditorium on the University of Ghana, Legon campus, Accra.

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ICTCT Local organiser
Contact person
Clemens Kaufmann
Enoch F. Sam
Affiliation
ICTCT Secretariat
Department of Geography Education
University of Education
Winneba, Ghana
Tel.
+43 676 4070902
+233 244 242581
e-mail

Programme

Keynotes

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Lars Ekman (Sweden)