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Course Description

The incidence of road crashes continues to rise at an alarming rate, and is now a leading cause of death and serious injury among young adults in middle-income countries. Economic progress alone will not automatically deliver better road safety performance, and in fact frequently accompanies a phase of increased motorization and higher exposure to injury risk. Transformational changes in the safety management of the road are therefore needed to reduce fatal and serious road crashes.
“Road Network Safety Management in Fast-Motorizing Economies” is a forum and certified workshop for road professionals aimed at delivering practical pathways to improved road safety performance through policies and measures that target recurrent road safety management and engineering weaknesses found in countries experiencing high growths in vehicle and motorcycle ownership.

Event Objectives

During the event, participants will receive the necessary theoretical background and applied practices on traffic injury risk diagnosis and reduction to ensure their programs and investments are adequately dimensioned and targeted. Using internationally accepted guidelines, participants will also be exposed to complementary aspects of safe road and roadside management, including the correct selection and application of safety equipment based on site conditions. As part of the workshops, delegates will be presented with relevant case studies, and benefit from interaction opportunities with world-class instructors.

Learning outcomes

  • Focus on road deficiencies that lead to severe and fatal injuries;
  • Identify the risk factors that contribute to a higher prevalence of serious and fatal traffic injuries among vulnerable road users;
  • Identify the different network safety management tools available to practitioners;
  • Identify data sources available to support decision making and how to overcome integrity & quality issues;
  • Learn about global best practices and concepts for roadside safety, and how to determine the appropriate roadside safety measure;
  • Recognize the need for proper, tested roadside safety hardware and other roadside safety countermeasures;
  • Understand the scope of, and correctly utilize national and international reference manuals;
  • Learn how to present findings to decision makers and make a compelling case for safety investments.

Target Audience

  • Road Agency Executives
  • Highway and Street Engineers
  • Traffic Safety Professionals
  • Planners
  • Design Consultants
  • Law Enforcement
  • Research & Academia
  • Contractors
  • Road Product Suppliers & Distributors

From the Chairman

As the road industry’s most trusted brand in continuing education, the IRF provides road professionals with educational opportunities that are recognized worldwide by engineering and transportation societies. IRF’s Global Training Curriculum provides technical expertise in classroom and practical settings where attendees can learn from and have direct access to seasoned professionals. Each course is designed to assist attendees in learning to correctly apply the knowledge gained and provides the most relevant, up-to date information on best practices and technological solutions.

IRF Workshops are specifically developed to meet the needs of road executives. Whether you are a representative of a highway agency, a member of a financing institution, consultant or contractor, IRF workshops will give you the necessary tools to deliver improvements to your organization.

As the IRF Chairman, I encourage you to make the most of these opportunities and help fulfill IRF’s vision of better roads for a better world.

H.E. Eng. Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel
IRF Chairman

Lead Instructors

Executive Vice President
Michael G. Dreznes
International Road Federation

Michael G. Dreznes assumed his current position of Executive Vice-President of the International Road Federation (IRF) in February of 2012. Dreznes has spent the last thirty years working to make the roads safer around the world. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading specialists on roadside safety promoting the concept of “Forgiving Roads,” and has conducted multiple road safety training seminars on roadside safety, work zone safety, vulnerable user safety and road safety audit in more than sixty countries around the world. Dreznes is the Co-Chairman of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) AFB20 (2) Roadside Safety SubCommittee on International Research Activities, Co-Chairman of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) Decade of Action Pillar 2: Safer Roads and Mobility Project Group, and a member of the PIARC Road Safety Technical Committee 3.2 Design and Operation of Safer Road Infrastructure. In January 2015, Dreznes was named the winner of the TRB AFB20 Roadside Safety Design Kenneth Stonex Lifetime Achievement Award.

Road Safety Management Expert
Erling Rask
Managing Director, Consia Consultants, Denmark

Erling Rask lives in Denmark and is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Consia Consultants, a pioneering consulting company in the area of road and traffic safety in developed and developing countries. Consia has completed more than 80 internationally-financed road safety projects in all areas of road safety, including national strategies and policies, action plans and implementation, road safety audits, black spot identification, remedial engineering measures, accident information systems, accident data collection and analysis, accident reduction, road safety training and capacity building.
Prior to the founding of Consia Consultants in 2000, Mr. Rask led and continuously developed the International Department of the Danish Road Directorate for 8 years. He has served as directly appointed Short-Term Consultant by various development banks and started his international career in the United Nations after completing his studies in 1989.
With a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, Mr. Rask has a strong theoretical foundation to compliment his more than 25 years of experience within the road and transport sector.

Edificio Múltiple de Servicios Municipales,

Paseo de Antonio Machado, 12, 29002 Málaga

Getting to Malaga:

by plane:

Málaga - Costa del Sol Airport (IATA: AGP, ICAO: LEMG) is the international airport of Andalucia accounting for 85 percent of its international traffic and is the only one offering a wide variety of international destinations. The airport, connected to the has a daily link with twenty cities in Spain and over one hundred cities in Europe. For more information on planning your trip, please visit:

by train (from Madrid):

A high speed train connects Madrid (Atocha) to Malaga city center in 2,5 hours. For more information, please visit:

Recommended hotels:

Sercotel Málaga
Double room (single/double use): 100€ / night
reservas@sercotelmalaga.com - ask for the “IRF Conference” rate

Hotel Barceló Málaga
Double room (single/double use): 150€ / night


March 30, 2017
March 31, 2017
Edificio Múltiple de Servicios Municipales
Paseo de Antonio Machado, 12
Malaga, Spain

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+1 703 535 1001
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US $290
US $490
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