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International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury (IRCOBI) Conference

1 Jul, 13 | by Brian Johnston

Of potential interest to our readers:

The IRCOBI conference has been taking place annually since 1973, and is a forum for researchers in the field of injury bio-mechanics. This year, the conference is scheduled to take place at Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenburg, Sweden 11-13 September 2013. Researchers in the fields of biomechanics, crash mechanics, accident reconstruction, accident avoidance, sports injury, tissue modelling, epidemiology and all other fields relating to the biomechanics of injury and protective systems are invited to attend.

More information is here.

“Bring it on” in the 2nd United Nations Global Road Safety Week (6th -12th May 2013)

12 Feb, 13 | by Junaid Bhatti

The 2nd United Nations (UN) Global Road Safety Week is to be held from 6th to 12th May 2013. This week marks the beginning of the third year of a 10-year-long international initiative, “the Decade of Action for Road Safety.” The focus of this week is to raise awareness about pedestrian safety. This week has two types of goals: short-term, a fatality-free week and long-term, promotion of safe walking. The following actions are proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to make this week fatality free: increasing awareness and enforcement of existing traffic laws and by implementing “quick wins” in road infrastructure such as providing street lights near pedestrian areas, recuperating sidewalks from business owners, improving safety of school routes, and promoting use of reflective materials by pedestrians. Similarly, the following actions are proposed to promote safe walking in the longer term: advocacy and support for installing sidewalks, speed calming measures, traffic diversion, ensuring vehicle safety standards that protect pedestrians (e.g., shock absorbing bumpers), enhancing trauma care, and improving road safety education. The proposed actions are expected to contribute in preventing as many as 5 000 pedestrians’ deaths per week on the roads worldwide.


Editor: This is a great opportunity for us to promote road safety messages across different levels of society i.e., from stakeholders to general public. We all can play a role in promoting specific actions for pedestrian safety in our local settings e.g., by actively participating or organizing awareness activities. The importance of this week from an advocacy standpoint should not be ignored. At present, seven countries have registered events related to the 2nd UN Global Road Safety Week at the WHO website. If you have ideas for making this week a success or you are holding an event, please do share with all of us.


You can also register your event at the WHO website:

Call for abstracts: Canadian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference

22 Jan, 13 | by Brian Johnston

The next Canadian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference will be held November 5-7, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I had the pleasure of attending last year, in Vancouver, and found the meeting to be scientifically interesting with a strong practical grounding. On a per capita basis, there seems to be a disproportionate number of Canadians doing internationally recognized work in our field. It’s fantastic to get them all together in one room!

The Call for Abstracts is now open and the deadline for submissions is March 31, 2013.   To learn more or to submit an abstract, visit:

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