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October 2021

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Dear colleagues and friends,

It is a great pleasure for me to share the main decisions that have been taken by the Association recently.

I will start with our governing instances, which we have renewed as planned, after an executive cycle that the COVID crisis had forced us to extend by one year.

Our friend Nazir Alli will be the next President of PIARC, starting in January 2022. We remember that he was the organiser of the remarkable World Road Congress held in Durban in 2003. Above all, the symbolic significance of this election must be stressed. Nazir will be the first President from the African continent, and only the third who is not from a rich country. His country, South Africa, can be proud to embody a transition that is faithful to our missions [...]

>> Read more

Claude Van Rooten
President of PIARC


Register now and attend virtually the XVI World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress! 

You can now register for the XVI World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress that will take place virtually from February 7 to 11, 2022 from Calgary. The online event will facilitate the attendance from any part of the world, without travel or accommodation costs and with the advantages of a flexible schedule.

The extensive programme will include 60 sessions around the two main themes: winter maintenance and resilience (in all seasons).

>> Detailed information and registration

New team members on board! During its annual meeting, the PIARC Council renewed the Associations’ Executive Committee

19 - 21 October 2021

During the last Council meeting, the new PIARC President, Mr Nazir Alli, was elected as PIARC President for the next working cycle 2022 - 2024.

The 25 new members of the Executive Committee were also elected during the meeting, as well as Chambéry (France) as the next host city of the XVII World Winter Road Congress in 2026.

In addition, next January, a new representative of PIARC National Committees will also take office for the 2022-2024 cycle. Mexican engineer Clemente Poon will represent PIARC's 48 National Committees.

Claude Van Rooten insists on the importance of roads as a key element for equality and accessibility 

15 October 2021

Claude Van Rooten was invited to take part in the Second World Conference on Sustainable Transport organized by the United Nations.

During the session on Sustainable Transport and Regional Development, PIARC’s President stressed the relevance of road transport to ensure equality and accessibility of rural regions and pointed out all the efforts and transformations that are being carried out in the sector to contribute to achieve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

>> Further information

October and November full of PIARC events 

October and November 2021

What is coming in November? Check the events out and register soon!

What happened in October?

>> Find them all in our calendar


News from the Belgian PIARC National Committee: New website and Belgian Road Congress 

The Belgian Technical Road Association has completely redesigned its website. We hope you will like it!

Browse and find out more about the upcoming Belgian Road Congress focusing on innovation & digitalization, sustainability, security and asset management.

>> Check all the news about the Belgian PIARC National Committee here

RODEO V4, the competition to prove your best driving skills on winter maintenance vehicles

13 – 14 September 2021

For the fifth year, the Slovak Road Association, PIARC Slovak National Committee, organized the "Rodeo V4" event, which took place at the Slovakia Ring in Orechová Potôň.

This competition about driving skills on winter maintenance vehicles (spreaders with a superstructure and a mounted blade) is enjoying growing popularity among road administration drivers. It was attended by competitors from partner road companies from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia. 

CAF and PIARC collaborate to offer a free course specialized in road infrastructure planning 

It is still possible to register and take part in the free virtual course organized by the Latin American Development Bank (CAF) with the support of PIARC. It provides an opportunity to learn techniques to develop planning and management skills associated with strategic decision-making processes, as well as the design and implementation of public policies for the development of road infrastructure.

40-hour virtual course with access to content at any time.

>> Find out more about the course

CEDR Research Call 2021 is now open! 

CEDR Research Call 2021 is now open!

The CEDR (Conference of European Road Directors) has just launched its 2021 call for two research programmes: Climate Change Resilience and Remote Condition Monitoring of Physical Road Assets.

CEDR's 2021 call for proposals is open until December 17, 2021.

>> Read more details of the call here



Routes/Roads 390 

Routes/Roads 390, published in September 2021, is dedicated to “Roads and Covid”. This issue compilated a series of articles on how Covid-19 has affected the road and transport sector [...]

>> Read it here

PIARC reports go beyond language boundaries 

PIARC also acknowledges that its experience is worth being shared in other languages. A dedicated webpage already hosts our corporate brochure in almost 50 languages [...]

>> Read the report here

Disaster Management: The Effects and Management Of Covid-19 Whilst Looking To The Future 

No matter what the disaster is, no matter what the pandemic is, we as road administrators [...]

>> Read the summary here


PIARC Events

Virtual International Seminar "Resilience and Innovation in Earthworks" 

2–4 November 2021
Online, organized from Sotchi (Russia)

PIARC webinar on “Electric Road Systems” 

4 November 2021

Meeting of the Technical Committee 2.3 "Freight"

8-10 and 18 November 2021
Online (Reserved for members)

Meeting of the Task Force 2.2 "Electric Road Systems (ERS)"

15 November 2021
(Reserved for members)

4th meeting of the Technical Committee 3.3 "Asset Management"

21 November 2021
(Reserved for members)

Virtual International Seminar “Innovative approaches for Asset Management Systems” 

18 November

International Workshop/Mini-Summit on Innovation and the Innovative Organization 

23 November 2021
Seville (Spain) and online

Technical Committees Mid Term Meeting

29 November – 2nd December
Prague (Czech Republic)
(Reserved for members)

PIARC will be there

18th IRF World Meeting

November 07-10, 2021 
Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

PIARC National Committees

Technical Seminar "2+1 Roads: safer mobility" Spanish National Committee 

10 November 2021
Madrid (Spain)

ARC 2021 Tanzanian National Committee 

23-24 November
Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

Find all the events in the calendar 

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