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IRF Europe & Central Asia Regional Congress & Bulgarian NTI Conference

Sep 24 - Sep 27

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IRF Europe & Central Asia Regional Congress & XVIIth Bulgarian National Transport Infrastructure Conference

“Future Roads: Innovate, Invest, Achieve Zero”

The IRF Europe & Central Asia Regional Congress in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, is the premier regional event dedicated to discussing and shaping the future of mobility and road infrastructure. This event will cover a broad spectrum of critical issues in the sector. Experts and leading authorities will offer deep dives into a variety of subjects, such as the integration of artificial intelligence in transportation systems, the advancement of transportation equity, the adoption of cutting-edge safety practices, the implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and the development of green and durable pavement technologies. Additionally, strategic discussions will encompass financial models, focusing on Road User Charging (RUC) and the nuances of transportation financing. This congress is anticipated to be an invaluable hub for networking and rich knowledge exchange with the goal of achieving green, safe, smart, and sustainable roads and mobility systems for the region.

Who will attend?

  • Construction Contractors, Engineers, and Managers
  • Equipment Manufacturers, Suppliers, and Distributors
  • Highway and Municipal Agencies, Transportation Officials
  • Design Consultants and Engineering Professionals
  • Transport Research Institutes and University Academics
  • Traffic Technology and ITS Specialists

Conference Highlights

  • Keynote Speeches: Gain insights from the sector’s foremost thought leaders.
  • Interactive Sessions: Participate in specialized sessions and a scientifically advanced program.
  • Networking Opportunities: Engage with professionals and decision-makers at business networking events.
  • Exhibition: Experience an exhibition showcasing the top innovate companies and service providers globally.

Why Participate?

  • Expert Insights: Hear from leading authorities about integrating advanced technologies like AI and smart infrastructure into the transportation system.
  • Innovation Showcase: Learn about the latest in road safety innovations, climate resilience, ITS and green technologies through case studies and success stories.
  • Policy and Strategy Development: Gain a deeper understanding of policy statements and strategies in public-private partnerships and road development planning.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with a diverse group of professionals during breaks and social events like the gala dinner, which foster meaningful discussions and potential collaborations.
  • Sustainability Focus: Understand how conscious practices in planning, design and road maintenance can contribute to eco-friendly initiatives and sustainable practices.

Call for Abstracts

Call for Presentations / Papers (No Paper Required)

*Additional calls will be made for indexed scientific papers

The abstract should be written in English, readily understandable to most readers, and may contain a maximum of 3000 words. There is no cost to submit an abstract.

Abstract Topics:

1. Asset Management

  • Pavement & Bridge Management: Latest research and practical implementations
  • AI in Asset Management: Exploring new frontiers
  • Integrated Strategies for Asset Management
  • Innovative Maintenance, Repair, and Replacement Techniques
  • Cutting-edge Bridge Management and Maintenance Approaches

2. Vision Zero: A Commitment to Road Safety

  • AI Applications in Road Safety Enhancements
  • Road Risk Diagnostics and Safety Audits
  • Advanced Barrier Technologies: Rigid, Semi-Rigid, and Flexible
  • Enhancements in Lane Marking and Retro-Reflectivity
  • Safety in Workzones and Temporary Traffic Control
  • Protecting Vulnerable Road Users: Strategies and Technologies

3. Next Generation Mobility

  • Advanced Traffic Management Systems
  • Inclusive urban mobility: Case Studies and Trends
  • Mobility as a Service (MaaS): Trends and Future Directions
  • CAVs Deployment: Strategies and City Integration
  • Designing City Streets and Highways for CAVs
  • Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) Communication Breakthroughs
  • ITS Role in Climate Change Mitigation

4. Materials and Technologies for Sustainable Pavements

  • Recycling and reuse of materials in pavement construction
  • Low-impact pavement materials
  • Advances in bio-based materials for pavement applications
  • Innovative use of industrial by-products and waste materials

5. Sustainable Connectivity

  • North-South connection via Bulgaria and the Balkans
  • The new silk road a new era between Europe and Asia
  • Management and operation of multinational infrastructure
  • Intermodal connections

6. Road User Charging & Travel Demand Management

  • Innovative Technologies for Managing Travel Demand
  • Exploring the Effectiveness of Road Pricing Models
  • Distance-Based Charging: Analysis and Case Studies
  • Urban Road Pricing Technologies: Trends and Challenges

► Abstract Submission Deadline: April 5, 2024 (no Paper required)
► Abstract Acceptance Notification: April 19 , 2024
► Paper Submission Deadline: July 10, 2024 (Accepted Papers that meet the criteria will be published in a SCOPUS-indexed IRF Publication)
► Paper Acceptance Deadline: August 15, 2024

Place your company’s brand, products and services at center stage during this high-level industry event. With an exhibit or sponsorship package you can build greater market awareness by increasing your exposure in front of top decision makers, government officials and buyers who are directly involved with road and transport infrastructure industry programs.

Exhibition

Exhibit Rates

Shell Scheme (Includes Walls, 2 chairs, 1 table, & 1 electrical socket)
IRF Members: 330 Euros per SQM (Minimum 9SQM)
Non-Member: 390 Euros per SQM (Minimum 9SQM)

Raw Space
IRF Members: 200 Euros per SQM (Minimum 36 SQM)
Non-Member: 250 Euros per SQM (Minimum 36 SQM)

Sample Shell Scheme

Sponsorship

Conference Sponsorship Benefits & Rates

Place your company’s brand, products and services at center stage during this high-level industry event. The exhibition will help you build greater market awareness by increasing your exposure in front of top decision makers, government officials and buyers who are directly involved in road and transport infrastructure investments.

To reserve a sponsorship or for more information, please contact us At + 1 703 535 1001 or at melabyad@irf.global

Venue & Hotels

Conference Venue

International Fair Plovdiv
Tsar Boris III Obedinitel Blvd 37
Plovdiv 4003, Bulgaria