Road Safety GB has launched the first Festival of Road Safety, with an exciting mix of acts set to take to the (virtual) stage this November.
The Festival, which will be aired free of charge to all, replaces the 2020 National Road Safety Conference, which has been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The line-up will comprise a mix of live and pre-recorded sessions, in the shape of keynote presentations, debates and discussions, workshops and podcasts.
There will also be a fringe programme where pretty much anything road safety related goes.
The programme is already under development with a host of speakers and topics already confirmed.
The intention is to broadcast at least two sessions each day throughout the month.
Among the topics to be covered in the keynote presentations are:
- Young drivers & GDL – an update on the current Transport Committee enquiry, by Dr Neale Kinnear, Head of Behavioural Science, TRL
- Pre-driver Theatre & Workshop Education Research: reviewing current practice and trialling a new approach, by Elizabeth Box, Head of Research, RAC Foundation
- Covid-19: how has it impacted on road safety, and what are the implications going forward?, by Richard Owen, CEO, Agilysis
Meanwhile, the live debate and discussion sessions will cover issues such as electric scooters, cycling, the school run and autonomous vehicles.
More details, including how to register for the live events, will be made available via the new Festival website in the coming weeks.
Liz Brooker MBE, chair of Road Safety GB, said: “We are absolutely delighted at the reaction we’ve had to our plans for the Festival of Road Safety.
“Everyone we’ve approached about participating has said yes and the programme is shaping up really well.
“Our Festival promises to be a bit different – with no muddy fields and no dodgy loos, but lots of really great road safety content covering topical issues right throughout November.
“We hope to be in a position to publish an outline programme by mid-September.”
Call for papers & commercial opportunities
With the programme still in development, the organisers are welcoming expressions of interest from anyone who would like to participate, in particular in the fringe programme.
Anyone interested should contact Edward Seaman by email, or on 01379 650112, with a brief outline of their proposed presentation.
There are also opportunities for commercial involvement, in the form of sponsorship and an online showcase.
The showcase enables organisations to create their own video to promote their goods or services, the first of which has been provided by the Festival sponsor Westcotec.
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