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From the Chairman

Chairman Al-Mogbel-isolated-blackOn behalf of IRF’s global volunteer leadership and members, it gives me great pleasure to thank you for joining us at the 1st IRF Europe and Central Asia Regional Congress. This Congress was a direct result of the IRF’s strategic vision to become the world’s leading industry knowledge platform to help countries everywhere progress towards safer, cleaner, more resilient and better connected transportation systems.We  designed this event with the idea of providing a setting for sharing proven and innovative solutions for the region’s mobility challenges. With this Congress, our goal was to help policy-makers, planners and infrastructure operators from across Europe and Central Asia translate these challenges into concrete policy and planning decisions. Thank you for coming to Istanbul and this landmark regional event.

Eng. Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel
IRF Chairman

Event Highlights Publication

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Download our highlights PDF to see an overview of the 1st IRF Europe & Central Asia Regional Congress

Invitation to Submit

On behalf of the Technical and Scientific Committee of the 1st IRF Congress in Europe & Central Asia, we are pleased to invite surface transportation experts and researchers from the region and beyond to submit paper abstracts for evaluation. Abstracts should reflect original practical cases studies and research or innovation in technical, institutional, economic, business and policy issues that are relevant, recent and significant.

Dr. Essam Radwan

University of Central Florida
Chairman, Technical & Scientific Committee

Dr. Ali Atahan

Istanbul Technical University
Co-Chairman, Technical & Scientific Committee

Important Dates

    • 1 December: Announcement & Call for Abstracts published
    • 15 March: Deadline to submit abstracts
    • 31 March: Registrations open
    • 15 June: Deadline to submit full papers (see template)
    • 15 July: Author notifications begin
    • 15 August: Deadline to submit changes
    • 28 August: Deadline to submit presentations Download Template

Congress Themes

Roads & Trade Corridors

1.1 Transport corridors: Euro-Asia Links 1.2 Future of freight transport 1.3 Trade Facilitation 1.4 Automotive Logistics

Funding Road Infrastructure

2.1 Procurement Management 2.2 Innovations in PPP 2.3 Managing Project Risk 2.4 PPPs in Emerging Markets

Road Asset Management

3.1 Management of Road Infrastructure Assets 3.2 New Approaches to Performance Delivery 3.3 Road Maintenance Policies & Programs 3.4 Performance-based Contracts

Intelligent Roads & Mobility Management

4.1 National ITS Programs 4.2 Urban Mobility Management 4.3 Vehicle-Infrastructure Communications 4.4 Case Studies in ITS Deployment

Safer Roads

5.1 Road Safety Policies & Programs 5.2 Data Collection & Diagnosis 5.3 Selecting Countermeasures 5.4 Traffic Safety Culture

Pavements & Materials

6.1 Long Term Pavement Performance 6.2 Modified Materials and Pavement Systems 6.3 Advances in Pavement Design 6.4 Soil Structures

Sustainable Roads

7.1 Sustainable Road Construction 7.2 Use of Recycled Materials 7.3 Building Resilient Roads 7.4 Disaster Recovery

Road, Bridge and Tunnel Construction & Operation

8.1 Traffic Forecasting 8.2 Innovation in Construction 8.3 Program Delivery 8.4 Innovation in Client Communications

More Information

Dr. Les Mills

+1 703 535 1001

lmills@IRF.global

International Road Federation
Madison Place
500 Montgomery Street
Fifth Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314
USA

Benefits of Exhibiting & Sponsoring

Whether you are looking to buy, sell or distribute in the region, there is no better time or place to successfully advance your short and long-term business objectives.

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Venue & Hotel Overview

Radisson Blu Sisli Istanbul

19 Mayis Cad. No 2 Istanbul, Şişli 34360, Turkey

A premier hotel in the Sisli area of Istanbul, the Radisson Blu houses guests within walking distance of the bus and metro stations and Cevahir Shopping Mall. The impressive atrium lobby showcases a sleek contemporary design complete with unique hanging art fixtures. The impressive décor continues into all 291 rooms and suites, which provide exceptional amenities like free high-speed, wireless Internet access. On-site dining options feature local Turkish cuisine and quick bites, while the indoor and outdoor pools beckon travelers to take a cool dip.

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Preferential Room Rates

Single Rooms

150 Euros/night, includes breakfast

Double Rooms

160 Euros/night, includes breakfast

Click to Book Hotel

IMPORTANT: when booking your room, please use the “modify search” box on the left to select your check-in and check-out dates. Rooms may be cancelled through August 15, 2015 with no penalty.

Getting to Istanbul

Turkish-Airlines-10-WEBTurkish Airlines is the official airline of the 1st IRF Europe & Central Asia Regional Congres & Exhibition and special discounts of up to 20% are offered on certain booking classes. In order to proceed with the online booking tool for Turkish Conventions please visit the TURKISH CONVENTIONS WEBSITE and use the event code “149TKM15” under the delegate section.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question not addressed below? Contact Janet Tela at jtela@IRF.global or +1 703 535 1001

Do I need a visa to enter Turkey?

Turkey now uses an e-Visa system, which allows visitors to easily obtain a visa online. The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a comprehensive website that addresses which specific countries are eligible for an e-Visa.

http://www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners.en.mfa

Are there currently any travel warnings for Istanbul?

None we are aware of. As always, please check with your consulate for travel advice prior to your trip.

Where is the Congress being held?

The Radisson Blu Sisli hotel 19 Mayis Cad. No 2 Istanbul, Şişli 34360, Turkey

How can I register?

Click the green ‘Register’ button in the ‘Details’ side panel on the right of this page or here.

What topics will the Congress cover?

The Congress theme is Corridors for Shared Prosperity and will focus on the following areas of the road transport industry:
• Road & Trade Corridors
• Planning & Funding Road Infrastructure
• Road Asset Management
• Intelligent Roads & Mobility Management
• Safer Roads
• Pavements & Materials
• Sustainable Roads
The current program is available for download via the 'Download Program' button to your right.

Are there Sponsorship and/or Exhibit opportunities?

Yes. Sponsorship information can be found in the SPONSOR TAB on this page. Exhibition information is located at the bottom of this page.

What are the rates at the Radisson Blu Sisli and how do I book my room(s)?

The IRF has negotiated special rates with the Congress venue, the Radisson Blu Sisli. Single rooms: 150 Euros/night; includes breakfast Double rooms: 160 Euros/night; includes breakfast Book your room(s) HERE. IMPORTANT NOTE: when booking your room, please use the “modify search” box on the left to select your check-in and check-out dates. Rooms may be cancelled through August 15, 2015 with no penalty.

Is there a recommended airline?

Turkish-Airlines-10-WEBTurkish Airlines is the official airline of the 1st IRF Europe & Central Asia Regional Congres & Exhibition and special discounts of up to 20% are offered on certain booking classes. In order to proceed with the online booking tool for Turkish Conventions please visit the TURKISH CONVENTIONS WEBSITE and use the event code “149TKM15” under the delegate section.

How do I get from the airport to my hotel and/or the Congress venue?

Istanbul has two airports: Most planes arrive at Istanbul Atatürk Airport (20km west of the city center). The Anatolian side of the city hosts the second airport, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport.

  • Taxi from Ataturk International Airport to hotel - (approximately EUR 40 one way)
  • Reserve a limo service (approximately EUR 70 one way)
  • Public transport

More local travel info available at http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-istanbul-sisli/location

What is Istanbul’s climate like and what kind of clothes should I pack?

The average high/low for Istanbul in September is 23.6 C (74.5 F) / 16.8 C (62.2 F). September averages 7 rainy days, totaling 57.9 mm (2.28 in). (Climate information courtesy Wikipedia) Congress attire is business or business casual. Turkish society is modern and largely secular, so European dress styles prevail. For any time spent outside of the Congress, dress the same as you would to visit France, Germany, Italy or the UK. (Attire information courtesy www.turkeytravelplanner.com)

What type of electrical outlets and voltages does Turkey use?

Turkey operates on 220 volts, 50 Hz, with round-prong European-style plugs. On your electrical device(s), look for "INPUT: A.C. 100-240V". If it reads that way, it can operate on either 110-125 or 220-240 voltage. If it says something like "INPUT: 100-125V", then it can't run on Turkey's 220-240 volts and you'll need to bring a transformer (also called a power or voltage converter). You may also require a plug adapter to convert from the round-prong to whatever style your country uses. (Electrical information courtesy www.turkeytravelplanner.com)

I’m bringing my spouse, is there anything for them to do during the Congress?

The IRF has assembled a spouse program (US $350) that includes the following events and attractions: September 15: Welcome Reception Join us in an intimate setting as the IRF welcomes congress organizers, partners, sponsors and delegates to Istanbul for this premier regional event. September 16: Discover Istanbul Visit the St. SOPHIA MUSEUM, built in 6th century, once was the largest Christian Church in the world, the Byzantine HIPPODROME SQUARE where ancient chariot races were held, the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, the German Fountain of Willhelm II, the BLUE MOSQUE, unique with its 6 minarets, and famous for its blue Iznik tiles, and the world famous GRAND COVERED BAZAAR, the oldest and the largest covered market place in the world with more than 3,000 shops owing rich collection of handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs. Return to the Congress Centre. Visit the TOPKAPI PALACE, imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans, with displays of priceless World-class collections of artefacts, jewellery and rare porcelain, SPICE MARKET, one of the unique market of Istanbul, smell the extraordinary aroma of the spices, RUSTHEM PASA MOSQUE, renowned for its marvelous tile works. Return to the Congress Centre. September 17: Boat Tour & Gala Dinner Bosphorus Boat Tour (Morning) Bosphorus is a great source of pride to Istanbul’s residents and one of the city’s most important source of transportation. It also provides a scenic means of viewing both the European and Asian sides of this fascinating city. Both sides includes, 19th and 20th century wooden houses and villas, palaces, castles, small fishing villages and forests of cypress, pine and magnolia trees, the "Kuleli Military Academy", where Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, once studied. Further along see the "Beylerbeyi Palace" summer residence and the guest house of the Ottoman Sultans. Return to the Congress Centre. GRAA Gala Dinner (Evening) The IRF Global Road Achievement Awards program is a competition to honor and recognize road-industry projects that demonstrate excellence and innovation in road development worldwide. The 2015 GRAA Winners will be honored during the Gala Dinner, an event featuring unique cultural showcases and a taste of Turkish cuisine.

Are there recommended vaccines prior to traveling to Turkey?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking several precautionary steps prior to traveling.


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Exhibition

Exhibitors (click to view)

Booth Organization Name Type
1 Turkish Ministry of Transport Exhibitor
2 General Directorate of Highways (KGM) Exhibitor
3 Troxler Electronic Laboratories Exhibitor
4 Ministry of Public Works, Kuwait Exhibitor
5 Agile Assets Exhibitor
6 E-Mak Exhibitor
7 Safety Product Exhibitor
8 Dupont Exhibitor
9 Ruthmann Gmbh Reserved
10 MeadWestVaco Europe Sprl Exhibitor
11 iMi Exhibitor
13 & 14 Kirac Galvaniz Exhibitor
15 IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd. Gala Dinner Sponsor
17 Roadroid AB Exhibitor
20 & 21 Road Steel Silver Sponsor
22 TrafFix Exhibitor
23 Gibraltar Cable Barrier Systems Bronze Sponsor
24 Lindsay Transportation Solutions Bronze Sponsor
25 Transpo Industries, Inc Bronze Sponsor
27 Pavemetrics Systems Inc. Bronze Sponsor
28 Zydex Industries Bronze Sponsor
29 & 30 Highway Care Ltd. Bronze Sponsor
31 Plastic Safety Systems, Inc. Exhibitor
32 M.H. Corbin Exhibitor
33 VSS Macropaver Exhibitor
35 Turkish Road Association (YTMK) Co-organizers
36 European Union Road Federation (ERF) Co-organizer
37 Turkish Asphalt Contractors Association (ASMUD) Co-organizer
38 Yol Teknolojileri Media Partner
39 KTYG – Association of Road Traffic and Road Safety Research Exhibitor
40 FORTA Corporation Exhibitor

Exhibit Rates

Space-only exhibits: US $350/sqm (the exhibitor is free to design and construct its own stand) Shell scheme exhibits: US $425/sqm (stand includes walls, carpet, lighting and power)

IRF Members receive a 20% discount on exhibits rates.

Available Reserved Sold

Urban Bar Area (Lobby Level)

Meeting Rooms (C2 Level)

Ballroom Area (C3 Level)

Additional Exhibit & Sponsor Information

Magid Elabyad Vice President International Programs & Member Services

+1 703 535 1001

melabyad@IRF.global

International Road Federation Madison Place 500 Montgomery Street Fifth Floor Alexandria, VA 22314 USA

Details

Start:
September 15, 2015
End:
September 18, 2015
Venue:
Radisson Blu Sisli
Address:
19 Mayis Cad. No 2
Istanbul, Şişli 34360 Turkey

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Format:
Congress
Cost:
IRF MEMBERS
TRY 1050: Turkish Delegates (Government, Academia, Non-profit)
TRY 1350: Turkish Delegates (all other)
US $490: Authors and Speakers
US $690: International Delegates (Government, Academia, Non-profit)
US $890: International Delegates

NON IRF MEMBERS
TRY 1200: Turkish Delegates (Government, Academia, Non-profit)
TRY 1550: Turkish Delegates (all other)
US $590: Authors and Speakers
US $790: International Delegates (Government, Academia, Non-profit)
US $990: International Delegates
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Spouse Program

More Information

Contact:
Brendan Halleman
Phone:
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