Vias institute participates in several European networks.

E-Survey of Road user’ Attitudes (ESRA)

The ESRA project (E-Survey of Road user’ Attitudes) is a joint initiative of research centers and road safety institutes in 38 countries. The purpose of this network is to collect comparable (inter)national data on the opinions, attitudes and behaviour of road users concerning road safety and mobility. The network activities start from data in a comprehensive survey. ESRA is coordinated by Vias institute.

The next edition of the international ESRA survey is planned for 2018.


In 2014 Vias institute established an International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB). ISAB’s main role is to advise the institute on its research strategy in the field of road safety. The ISAB members meet once a year and discuss the implementation of the strategy, the quality of the research and the possible options for the future.

The International Scientific Advisory Board currently consists of 9 members with leading roles in a variety of disciplines in the field of road safety:

  • Pierre-Jean Arnoux (IFSTTAR - The French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks, France)
  • Karel Brookhuis (RUG - University of Groningen, the Netherlands)
  • Rune Elvik (TOI - Institute of Transport Economics, Norway)
  • Luciana Iorio (MIT - Ministry of Transport Infrastructure, Italy)
  • Klaus Machata (KfV - Austrian Road Safety Board, Austria; FERSI, IRTAD)
  • Robyn Robertson (TIRF - Traffic Injury Research Foundation, Canada)
  • Horst Schulze (BASt - Federal Highway Research Institute, Germany)
  • Maria Ségui (Independent consultant, previously DGT- General Directorate of Traffic, Spain)
  • Henk Stipdonk (SWOV - Institute for Road Safety Research, the Netherlands)


European Transport Safety Council (ETSC)

ETSC is an independent non-profit organisation in Brussels dedicated to reduce the number of fatalities and casualties in European road traffic.

ETSC was founded in 1993 and has since delivered impartial advice on road safety to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the member states. It maintains its independence through funding from various sources, including memberships, the European Commission and support from the public and private sector for various activities.

Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes (FERSI)

The Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes (FERSI) is a non-profit organisation that unites research organisations from 21 European countries. These institutions are mandated by their governments to carry out pre-normative road safety research. They also provide advice to national and European authorities in the area of road safety.

International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD) / International Transport Forum (ITF)

IRTAD (International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group) is an international public organisation that collects and compares data on road safety from dozens of countries. IRTAD is part of the International Transport Forum associated with the OECD.

Initiative for the GLobal harmonization of Accident Data (IGLAD)

IGLAD was launched in 2010 at the initiative of European car manufacturers and is an initiative to bring global road traffic accident data together in order to promote road safety and vehicle safety. It is a database of accident data based on a standardised data scheme that enables the comparison of data sets from different countries. Each year, the database expands with about 800 cases.

Confederation of Organisations in Road Transport Enforcement (CORTE)

The 'Confederation of Organizations in Road Transport Enforcement' (CORTE) brings together national transport institutions from EU and non-EU countries that are responsible for road transport and road safety. The national authorities within CORTE cooperate with transport associations and the transport sector. The purpose of the association is to stimulate, promote and contribute to the development and implementation of road transport and road safety policies in Europe and at international level.

World Road Association-PIARC

he World Road Association-PIARC was established in 1909. It brings together the road administrations of 121 governments and has members -individuals, companies, authorities and organizations- in over 140 countries.

International Cooperation on Theories and Concepts in Traffic Safety (ICTCT)

ICTCT is an association developed out of an international working group of safety experts with the aim to identify and analyse dangerous situations in road traffic on the basis of criteria other than past accidents, analogous to the methods of air and industrial safety.

Traffic Psychology International (TPI)

Traffic Psychology International (TPI) is a forum of traffic experts who work together to support road users in their individual traffic behaviour.

United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC)

In April 2004, the United Nations General Assembly invited the WHO in response to Resolution A / RES 58/289 on "Improving global road safety". They are working closely with the United Nations Regional Committees to act as coordinators on road safety issues within the United Nations system. The World Health Assembly accepted this invitation in May 2004, then established the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC), which holds semi-annual meetings to discuss global road safety issues.

Réseau RUES

The Réseau RUES network is a French-speaking network that aims for a pleasant and safe urban mobility and consists of associations and organisations from Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Quebec and French-Switzerland.

Community database on Accidents on the Roads in Europe (CARE)

CARE is a database containing standardised accident data from the countries of the European Union. The CARE expert group consists of data experts who provide national accident data and / or analyse European accident data.


HUMANIST is an association of research organisations that was established in 2007 in Lyon. It is composed of universities, research institutes and research intensive companies. HUMANIST aims to be a Virtual Center of Excellence in 4 areas:

  • HMI – Human Machine Interaction
  • Human behaviour in Traffic
  • ITS – Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Vehicle automation

Its members are active in these areas and in the interaction between them.


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