Researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London, will be among those speaking at the Road Safety Forum's 4th International congress on Speed, on Thursday 17th May 2012. John Wann, Professor of Psychology at Royal Holloway will present findings from research into the misperception of vehicle speed by children and older drivers and the implications for urban speed limits, and demonstrate simulations used in the research to delegates.

Road safety professionals are being urged to attend this widely-acclaimed event, run by Brake, the road safety charity and being held at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE) in London. Thanks to support from Royal Holloway, through an ESRC funded project, Brake is able to offer 50 free places at the event to road safety professionals from local authorities.

The congress will be attended by experts from academia, and practitioners from around the world, who will discuss the latest research and developments for reducing traffic speeds and enabling more walking and cycling on road networks. Speakers will present research, evaluation and policy thinking in reducing speed, and demonstrate new innovation in speed enforcement, education, engineering and intelligent technologies as part of the programme.

Other speakers and topics include:

  • Dr Judy Fleiter, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CARRS-Q who will discuss approaches to speed enforcement in Australia and latest policy developments
  • Julie Galbraith, Project Officer at the European Transport Safety Council who will present some of the issues and good practice solutions for managing speed with employees who drive for work
  • Rod King, Director of 20s Plenty for Us will discuss how the organisation is mobilising communities to create a political mandate for slower speeds
  • Frank Lai, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Leeds will look at in-vehicle speed management and present the findings from field trials of Intelligent Speed Adaptation technologies.

For further information and full details of speakers and topics, visit:

Organised by Brake's Road Safety Forum*, a not-for-profit initiative for road safety professionals, this important event is low-cost thanks to sponsorship from Colas and Keltic Clothing, and support from Royal Holloway, helping to encourage attendance from a range of practitioners to share and enable best practice.

Free places are available on a first come, first served basis and are limited to one per local authority. Email quoting 'Royal Holloway' to secure a place. Book an additional place at the same time as your free place and get a 20% discount on the full delegate fee - £112 +VAT for Road Safety Forum* subscribers, £144 +VAT for non-subscribers.

Standard places are available for £141 +VAT for subscribers, £181 +VAT for non-subscribers.

Caroline Perry, Development Director at Brake, says: "It's fantastic to have such a range of international academic experts and practitioners taking part in the congress. Excessive and inappropriate speed is a factor in a large proportion of crashes. This congress offers a great opportunity for road safety professionals to hear about the latest research and initiatives, and to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced in preventing speed related casualties, I would urge anyone working in this field to attend."


*The Road Safety Forum is a not-for-profit, low-cost subscription scheme for road safety professionals operated by road safety charity, Brake. Subscribers receive fortnightly e-bulletins with the latest road safety research and reports, mailings, plus discounted invitations to conferences and workshops. Subscription costs just £40 (+VAT) per year. To find out more visit 


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