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XXVIIth World Road Congress

02-06 October 2023, Prague (Czech Republic)

Our landmark event is coming back to Prague this year for its XXVIIth edition, which will take place at the Prague Congress Center (PCC) from 2 to 6 October 2023.

The Congress is organised in close cooperation between PIARC (World Road Association), the Czech Road Society and PIARC Czech National Committee, with the support of the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Road Association.

Program of Prague Congress 2023 available online!

"Prague 2023 – Together on the Road again"

We are pleased to finally present to you the detailed technical program of the XXVIIth World Road Congress that will be held in Prague from 2 to 6 October 2023. The program includes, ministerial sessions, 60 technical sessions covering all key aspects and topics of road infrastructure, valuable poster sessions, various specialised workshops, foresight sessions and much more.

You will also be able to meet hundreds of private partners in the exhibition area of over 3,500 m2 and take part in one of the sixteen technical visits on offer.

The website for the pre-proceedings of the Congress is officially open. It contains:

  • The detailed programme including the technical programme of each session,
  • National reports produced by PIARC Member Countries for the Strategic Direction Sessions,
  • Individual communications selected by the Technical Committees and Task Forces from among the proposals received following the Call for Communications.

Great success of the call for papers!

The last stages of the call for papers are now closed.

Thanks to contributions from more than 80 countries, we received more than 740 abstracts! We are delighted with this excellent outcome, which heralds a rewarding Congress, especially with the participation of the Czech Republic which submitted almost 80 abstracts.

Papers were reviewed by PIARC Technical Committees and Task Forces, evaluated on the originality of the content, the technical interest and the applicability and transferability of the results.

Posters sessions for individual papers

PIARC Prizes 2023

By submitting a paper in response to the present call for papers, the authours automatically enter the PIARC Prizes competition to possibly win one of the prizes. The prize for the best paper in each category will be awarded by an international jury.

The following are the Prize categories for our 2023 Congress:

  • Young professionals (under 35 years of age)
  • Authors from LMICs (low and lower-middle income economies)
  • Road design, construction, maintenance and operation
  • Road Safety
  • Climate Change and Resilience
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Best innovation
  • Organisation and Administration

Come along to the Congress to find out the results of this call for papers!

Contact for the call for papers

E-mail : papersprague2023@piarc.org

PIARC is looking forward to welcoming you in-person in Prague at its XXVIIth World Road Congress, from 2-6 October 2023. More details will be shared in the coming months, stay tuned!

This Congress will be a unique opportunity to engage with road experts and practitioners from all over the world, and to take stock of the >50 reports and knowledge products prepared by PIARC Committees during the 2020-2023 cycle. The programme will include Ministers’ sessions, 60 technical sessions, workshops, Foresight Sessions with our partners as well as a comprehensive exhibition, technical visits and social events.

>> More details will be shared in the coming months, stay tuned! <<

Since the first World Road Congress held in Paris in 1908, PIARC (World Road Association) organises a World Road Congress in a member country every four years with the aim to share techniques and experiences worldwide in the field of road infrastructures and road transport. The upcoming congress in Prague will be the XXVIIth edition of the event.

Industrial Palace – XIV World Road Congress Prague 1971

Industrial Palace – XIVth World Road Congress in 1971

It is not the first time that the Czech Republic’s capital hosts this international event: just half a century ago, in 1971, road experts from all over the world were invited to attend the XIVth World Road Congress in Prague, former Czechoslovakia. 

The congress will be held in the Prague Congress Centre (PCC), one of the most dominant landmarks of the capital with wonderful panoramic views of the city. Equipped with the latest cutting- edge technology after the reconstruction of January 2018, the congress centre has a long-standing tradition of hosting a wide range of international events and meetings of all sizes and can hold up to 9.300 participants in more than 50 halls and meeting rooms.

Furthermore, the Local Organizing Committee would like to invite all delegates to the Congress Dinner in the Industrial Palace – the very same venue where the XIV World Road Congress was held back in 1971.

Promotion of the Prague Congress 2023

Martin Kupka, Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic, Petr Mondschein, President of the Czech Road Society, Luděk Sosna, Head of Section Ministry of Transport and Václav Neuvirt, President of the Czech National Committee PIARC speak of the upcoming event’s challenges and PIARC’s beautiful history in Prague.

View of Prague - PIARC

The capital city of the Czech Republic is poetically considered to be the heart of the European continent. The history is deeply rooted in every building and you can feel the cultural spirit in every step. Different architectural styles have been preserved throughout the wars and years of the communist era so the visitors may compose their own image of Prague. With the Prague Castle, the largest castle complex in the world on one side, facing the Dancing House representing the contemporary architectural tendencies on the other side, visitors can appreciate the centuries of history embedded in the buildings. 

Prague is not only a city of historical monuments, but also a city for living, where culture is an integral part of things. It is not surprising to find that it has been a source of inspiration for famous Prague residents and personalities, such as Kafka, Mozart, Beethoven, Kafka, Einstein.

Prague in video

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