Advantages of beeing an ICTCT member
Road safety remains to be an important issue. ICTCT has contributed to knowledge in this field for many decades, particularly by studying traffic conflicts. Studying safety problems before severe crashes occur enables a proactive approach for improving road safety. ICTCT still has traffic safety work in the focus, but adapted to the present situation. This includes taking care of mobility aspects, sustainability, life quality and urban development. Thus, if you are still interested in traffic safety work, join ICTCT, and you will be in best company. Not least, the network of ICTCT will make working for traffic safety a pure pleasure. Moreover, it is not the boring specialists’ network where all experts belong to the same breed telling each other what they already know. Indeed, it is a real interdisciplinary network where we try to explain things to each other and to understand each other, though often seeing it from different perspectives. This contributes to getting a wider perspective on traffic safety. In this interdisciplinary niche, you can – and you have to – check and recheck your ideas. Additionally, ICTCT is really an international association with members from 30 countries. A third type of mix characteristic for ICTCT is the combination of researchers and practitioners in the association. Thus, the different approaches of these two groups are also considered systematically in our work. One important point is, though, that the network is not too big. With ~100 members you are still able to know every member personally. You will thus know to whom to turn, when you need help and want to get a quick feedback on your question. In ICTCT we also give to each other hints on ongoing or running research and on publications even in local language. As we rely on each other we also exchange data, which makes research more efficient because of better distribution of knowledge and additional continuing discussions concerning implementation of results. In the frame of such interactions every member can visualise his/her work and also identify research units with which one can cooperate in connection with one’s work. It has to be added, and repeated, that ICTCT focusses very much on work in progress; improving the methods that are applied, asking the right questions and new questions, discussing and doubting procedures and so on, are a regular part of our communication. This approach is strengthened by the tradition of ICTCT to dedicate one fourth of the time allocated for presentations to questions and discussion.
The present ICTCT members are quite important experts from academia, governmental organisations, road authorities, and private institutes who know the relevant stakeholders in their countries and internationally. Also a good connection to scientific journals is there so that possibilities to produce special issues of journals are there, which increases the possibilities of publishing. But all this is done without anybody in the association asking for money. The benefit for all of us is twofold: We learn and we have the pleasure to learn in cooperation with friends. Starting from this attitude senior researchers of ICTCT carry out a two-day early-career researcher course connected to every annual workshop, where the fees only cover the organisational costs (rooms and catering). The lecturers do not require any payment.
Why should institutions become members
Why should institutions be members of ICTCT, though? All of the above gives young and new researchers who take part in the ICTCT networking activities including, of course, the annual workshops a faster possibility to learn and gain experience as a traffic safety researcher, within a shorter time. ICTCT puts your road safety researchers in a fast track to state-of-the-art knowledge, keep them updated regarding traffic safety trends, and improves the quality of your research personnel. More practically, being member offers the opportunity to raise a question within the ICTCT network to acquire information and experiences from other member’s countries.