Past Events

Division members have organised and participated in a wide variety of events; the main ones are described below:


Fifth International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP5)
29–31 August, 2012
Groningen, The Netherlands

The conference was a great success and the report currently in preparation. Congratulations to the conference organisers – Dick de Waard, Linda Steg, Karel Brookhuis, Ben Lewis Evans and Berfu Unal. For further details see: http://www.icttp2012.com


5th International Conference on Driver Behaviour and Training (ICDBT)
29-30 November, 2011
Paris, France

The Fifth International Conference on Driver Behaviour and Training (ICDBT5) was held in Paris 29-30 November 2011 and was the most successful conference in the series to date.  The ICDBT aims to debate new initiatives in the scientific enquiry of road user behaviour, education and training.  The conference was hailed as a success by the 150 plus delegates attending the event held at the Tapis Rouge.  The conference, organised by Dr Lisa Dorn and hosted by Cranfield University, was praised by delegates from over 20 countries for its academic content and practitioner-oriented approach.  The ICDBT was sponsored by global insurer QBE and the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) as an activity under the auspices of Division 13 - Traffic and Transportation Psychology.  A Division 13 business meeting members was scheduled as part of the conference programme to discuss various matters, including strategies to increase IAAP and Division 13 membership, promoting IAAP Division 13 activities, and advancing the applied field of traffic and transportation psychology.

The event has grown from strength to strength since the first conference held in Stratford upon Avon (2003), followed by ICDBT2 in Edinburgh (2005), ICDBT3 in Dublin (2007) and ICDBT4 in Amsterdam (2009).  Year-on-year there has been an increase in attendance and the numbers of abstracts received as its reputation has grown amongst the academic and practitioner community.  The conference programme contained an unprecedented number of high quality presentations and papers.  The papers were organised into 20 symposiums in four parallel streams on topics such as young driver behaviour, eco-driving, mobile phones and driving, driver training, driving simulators, cyclists and rider training, at-work driver risk and issues in the use of in-vehicle technology.

A high calibre of contributors from over 60 academic institutions and road safety groups across the world delivered excellent cutting edge papers.  Top researchers in the driver behaviour field delivered keynote addresses, including Professor Ian Glendon from the School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Australia.  Professor Glendon has over 100 publications, include five books, and delivered his paper on addressing potential risks facing young drivers.  The second keynote speaker was Professor Michael Regan of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.  Professor Regan is an applied experimental psychologist with more than 20 years experience in transportation human factors research and gave his keynote address on the latest research in driver distraction, inattention, and human error.

The final keynote paper came from Dr Martin Langham talking about visual perception and crash investigation.  Martin is Managing Director of User Perspective – a human factors research company based in the science park at the University of Sussex and has led over 200 research projects and over 30 forensic investigations on behalf of the UK Government, police forces and the military working in the domains of counter terrorism, road, air, rail and marine transportation.  Martin led the Human Factors investigation both on behalf of Lord Steven’s Operation Paget and on the later inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Mr Dodi Al Fayed.

Selected papers representing 38 chapters were published in the conference proceedings by Ashgate in August 2012 in Volume 5 of Driver behaviour and training: http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409400844


27th International Congress of Applied Psychology
11-16 July, 2010
Melbourne, Australia

The 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology, held 11-16 July in the magnificent new Melbourne Convention Centre, was arguably the best ICAP yet for Division 13. In terms of number of keynote addresses, symposia and individual papers, the 125 separate presentations meant that it exceeded all Division 13 representations at previous ICAPs. Participation by traffic psychologists and those in related fields was high throughout the Congress. This was particularly impressive given that many European and delegates from other distant locations were suffering from the effects of “jet lag” throughout the Congress. The following ICAP 2010 sessions were held under the Division 13 banner – abstracts are available on the ICAP 2010 CD.

Keynote addresses (4)
• Ian Glendon (Australia): Traffic psychology: A state-of-the-art review
• Gerald Matthews (USA): Reappraising the transactional model of driver stress and fatigue
• Linda Steg (The Netherlands): A psychological perspective on sustainable transport
• Heikki Summala (Finland): Driver behaviour theory: Ninety years of psychological space in traffic

Symposia (13) = 65 presentations
• The impact of ageing on capacity for and decisions about driving:
Tony Machin & Lisa Dorn (Joint Chairs): Mark Horswill, Hazard perception and cognitive ageing in older drivers; Nancy Pachana, Evaluation of a group intervention to promote older people’s adjustment to driving cessation; Trevor Hine, Obstacle avoidance and steering behaviour in younger and older drivers in changing light levels; Liz Conlon, The effect of stimulus salience on attention to motion in older drivers; Kazumi Renge, Investigation of elderly drivers’ hazard perception and driving performance
• Sustainable transportation: Linda Steg (Chair), The influence of knowledge and values on energy efficient driving; Annika Nordland, When the train comes to town: Important factors in switching from car to train; Christine Kormos, Quality of life and social normative information: A study of sustainable transportation behaviour; Satoshi Fujii, Does purchasing an “eco-car” increase the vehicle distance travelled? Margareta Friman, Review of soft policy measures for changed travel behaviour in Sweden
• Psychological and demographic factors influencing rider behaviour and accident risk among Australian motorcycle riders: Lucy Zinkiewicz & Patrick Wig (Joint Chairs): Lauren Gook, Testing the Motorcycle Rider Behaviour Questionnaire with Australian motorcyclists; Amy McKenna, Gender role influences on risk motorcycle riding behaviour among Australian motorcycle riders; Jessica Mitchell, Territorial perceptions of the motorcycle risky rider behaviour and accident risk among Australian motorcycle riders; Kristen Gerlach, Psychological desire for control and Australian motorcyclists’ accident involvement
• Age-related driving behaviour: Melanie White, Executive function development and stress effects on driving performance: Preliminary findings from a young adult sample; Bridie Scott-Parker, The psychological distress of the young novice driver; Tania Dukic, Relation between hazard perception test and visual behaviour among older drivers; Hiroshi Nakai, A comparison between the self-assessed and instructor-assessed driving skills of a sample of Japanese driving school students
• Risk assessment and safety behaviour: Kazuko Okamura, Attitudes of seatbelt non-users in the car’s front-seat: An application of the theory of planned behaviour; Trond Nordfjærn & Torbjorn Rundmo, Differences in risk perception, priorities, worry and demand for risk mitigation in transport among Norwegians in 2004 and 2008; Aurelie Dommes & Viola Cavallo, The effect of vehicle speed and motion perception on elderly pedestrians’ crossing decisions; Aurelie Dommes, Improving elderly pedestrians’ safety with a simulator-based training: Short- and long-term effects and age-related differences; Peter Rowden, Measuring the effect of motorcycle rider training on psychosocial influences for risk taking
• Emotions in driving – Recent research and theoretical perspectives: Ben Lewis-Evans (Joint Chair), Speed maintenance under heavy cognitive load – Implications for theories of driver behaviour; Truls Vaa, Proposing a driver behaviour model based on emotions and feelings: Proposing building blocks and interrelationships; Ayca Berfu Unal (Joint Chair), Affective state and willingness to take risks; Amanda Stevens, The effects of lead-driver status on the anger experience and aggression-expressed while driving
• Drugs, fatigue and driving: Assessing risk and developing new methods for detecting driver impairment: Con Stough (Chair), Effects of MDMA on driving and cognition; Chris Alford, Developing new methods for detecting driving impairment and sleepiness; Brian Tiplady, Portable approaches to assessing driver impairment
• Driver stress and fatigue: From theory to intervention: Ann Williamson, Fatigue and performance effects: What do we know and what do we need to know? Gerald Matthews (Chair), Fatigue, stress and the automated vehicle; Simon Smith, The effects of sleepiness on hazard perception skill when driving; Dwight Hennessy, Drivers’ space preferences, trait stress and fatigue
• Electro-Mobility in megacities: Will driver behaviour or mobility patterns change? Josef Krems & Mark Symmons (Joint Chairs): Andreas Keinath, Are there differences in the mobility patterns due to BEV? Peter Cocron, Expectancies and experiences of drivers using an EV: Findings from a German field study; Tom Turrentine, Driving climate change: A case study of electric vehicle drivers in Los Angeles and New York; Mark Burgess, Driving into the future: The expectations and experiences of pioneer ultra low carbon (ULCV) drivers; Jana Hoffmann, Does the use of battery electric vehicles change attitudes and behaviour?
• Contemporary use of simulation in road safety: Jeff Caird & W Horrey, Five practical and useful questions about driving simulation; Tom Triggs & Mike Lenné (Joint Chairs), Examining the potential of modern driving simulation for enhancing human performance; Geoff Underwood, David Crundall, & Peter Chapman, Hazard perception by road and by simulator; Lena Nilsson, Driving simulators in product development and assessment; Paul Salmon, Mike Lenné, & Tom Triggs, Putting training in motion: The importance of motion fidelity for simulation-based vehicle operator and crew training in the military; Sam Charlton & Nicola Starkey, Driving without awareness: Insights into the unconscious driver; Mike Lenné, Charles Liu, Amy Williamson, Marnie Holder, & Simon Moss, Training non-technical skills in young driver teams: Training program development and simulator-based evaluation; Stéphane Espié, Simulation research for powered two wheelers (PTWs): Research challenges and progress; Heikki Summala (Discussant)
• Drivers’ hazard perception: Boris Velichkovsky, Megan Preece, & Mark Wetton (Joint Chairs): Ayca Berfu Unal & Nebi Sűmer, Discriminating novice and experienced drivers using actual driving hazard videos in specific risk domains; Emelie Thörnell, Why do car drivers pull out in front of motorcyclists? Using hazard perception clips to assess whether car drivers look at, perceive and correctly appraise approaching motorcycles at T-junctions; Boris Velichkovsky, Hazard perception and mental workload in simulated driving: From eye movement analysis to neurocognitive mechanisms; Kazumi Renge, Investigation of elderly drivers’ hazard perception and driving performance; Mark Wetton, The development and validation of a hazard perception test for use in driver licensing; Megan Preece (Discussant)
• Public transportation travel modes: Margareta Friman, The role of predicted, on-line and remembered satisfaction in current travel mode choice; Haruna Suzuki, The relationship between subjective well-being and satisfaction with daily travel; Lars Eriksson, Determination of car users’ switching to public transport; Torbjorn Rundmo, Accidental risk judgements and choices between private and public transportation
 Driver’s risk: Rozmi Ismail, Relationship between psychological predictors and accident involvement of Malaysian drivers; Yongjuan Li, The effect of situational factors on unsafe driving behaviour; Mark Sullman, Assessing a measure of driving anxiety; Carlo Caponecchia, Measuring driver fatigue on short regular trips; Anja Huemer, Germans think secondary tasks while driving aren’t dangerous at all; Harold Stanislaw, Personality and demographic predictors of aggressive and distracted driving: Implications for traffic safety; Janet Veldstra, Effects of alcohol (0.5%) and MDMA (100 mg) on simulated driving performance and traffic safety; Christine Wickens, Age group differences in self-reported road rage perpetration and victimization; Ides Wong, The influence of affective reactivity, sensation seeking and risk perceptions of risky driving behaviours

Individual oral presentations (40)
• Ivars Austars: Predicting traffic accident rates: Human values add predictive power to age and gender
• Vanessa Beanland: Driving better with distraction: Auditory attention can decrease visual inattentional blindness
• Catherine Berthelon: Simulated scenarios of accidents: A good tool for young drivers’ training
• Jeff Caird: Novice driver perceptual learning of hazards: Preliminary results of a longitudinal study
• Sam Charlton: Improved safety and reduced speeds resulting from a self-explaining roads process
• Matthew Coogan: Urban vs rural differences in attitudes affecting dangerous driving behaviour: An application of structural equation modelling
• Ebru Dogan: Decision making strategies and self-regulation of driving behaviour
• Lisa Dorn: Using a psychometric instrument for driver coaching
• Jessica Edquist: Road-rail crossings: Expectations and behaviour
• Catherine Ferguson: An application of the theory of planned behaviour to the speeding behaviour of young drivers
• Ilse Harms: Acting upon dynamic speed limits: Is change blindness involved?
• Matthias Henning: The mental representation of rearward traffic in visuo-spatial working memory during lane changing
• Narelle Howarth: Applicability of learner driver research to learner motorcyclists
• Magali Jafford: Powered two-wheelers’ conspicuity and human functional failures: An in-depth accident study
• Céline Lemercier: Impact of inattention provoked by sadness on older drivers’ behaviour
• Ben Lewis-Evans: 2D:4D digit ratio and close following
• Tony Machin: Examining the validity of driver prototypes using driving-specific measures of personality and coping
• Tsuneo Matsuura: Different factors influencing driving limitation in young-old and old-old drivers
• Hannah Morgan: Human factors aspects of signing complex road interchanges: Practice is lanes away from theory
• Yasuhiro Nagatsuka: Evaluation study on the effect of the “Temporary Stop To See” campaign: Recent findings
• Sharon Newnam: Supervisory safety practices in the work-related driving context.
• Misato Nikei: Survey on attitudes toward driving and giving up driving of the elderly in regional cities
• Takeru Okinaka: The effect of providing information on increasing users of parking lots for bicycles: A single case study on a Japanese university campus
• Christelle Pêcher: Comparative effects of the use of sad induction procedures and music on drivers’ performances
• Stéphane Perrissol: Comparative optimism between offenders and legalist drivers: Impact of rehabilitation training courses
• Christina Rudin-Brown: Changes in observed driver behaviour following extended use of in-vehicle backing aids
• Masayoshi Shigemori: Can drivers ignore disturbing news?
• Özlem Simsekoglu: Effects of snowfall on seat belt use
• Harold Stanislaw: Personality and demographic predictors of aggressive and distracted driving: Implications for traffic safety
• Amanda Stephens: Do anger-congruent behaviours transfer across separate driving situations?
• Mark Sullman: An observational survey of driver distraction in Austria
• Kirsteen Tichener: Risk health and driving behaviours: Factors influencing perceptions of risk
• Phillip Tretten: Reaction times to visual cues in the driving environment
• Pierre Van Elslande: Typical human errors in traffic accidents involving powered two-wheelers
• Christine Wickens: Understanding driver anger and aggression: Attributional theory in the driving environment
• Patricia Williams: Older drivers’ crash risk to other road users in Victoria
• Ides Wong: The effects of anxiety on attentional control functions and its implications for driving performance
• Ides Wong: The influence of affective reactivity, sensation seeking and risk perceptions of risky driving behaviours
• Anise Wu: The effect of invulnerability and theory of planned behaviour (TPB) on drinking and driving among young Chinese drivers
• Takahiro Yoshioka: Stochastic change in driver’s reaction time with arousal state

Electronic posters (16)
• Ivars Austers: Cognitive, psychomotor and personality predictors of self-reported driving behaviour
• Ivars Austers: Individual values, attitudes and driving behaviour
• Dorota Bak-Gajda: Transport psychology and road traffic safety in Poland
• Catherine Berthelon: Alcohol, monotonous and urban simulated driving
• Michelle Beer: Perceived and actual impact of text messaging on young adults’ driving performance: Self-report versus driving simulation
• José Brites: Music effects and emotional reactions on simulated driving performance and vehicular control
• José Brites: Road rage: Aggressive behaviour
• Bong Ki Hwang: The effect of the type of median strip on drivers’ subjective sense of speed
• Yasunori Kinosada: Influence of cognitive bias on young cyclists’ road crossing intentions at non-signalized intersections
• Nakanishi Makoto: Relationship between driver’s attitude and driving anger in Japan
• Trond Nordfjærn: Cross-country differences in traffic risk judgement – Norway and Ghana compared
• Ju Seok Oh: The role of driving behaviour determinants in detecting reckless drivers
• Sun Jin Park: Hasty behaviour and driving behaviours
• Nozomi Renge: Differences in driving behaviours between elderly drivers and middle-aged drivers at intersections
• Hun Hwa Song: The relationship between driving workload and drivers’ human factor
• Lu Yu: Detection of driver cognitive distraction based on driving performance

Overview of Division 13 contributions to ICAP 2010
Participants from over 20 countries made Division 13 presentations at ICAP 2010. In addition to Australia, counties with multiple contributors included Japan, USA, The Netherlands, Sweden, UK, France, Canada, Germany, China, Norway, South Korea and New Zealand. The Division 13 President and other members of the Executive Committee gave a number of press interviews during the Congress. Ashgate Publishing agreed to publish a book with chapters based on a selection of Division 13 papers presented at ICAP edited by Mark Sullman and Lisa Dorn:
(https://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&calcTitle=1&pageSubject=346&title_id=12026&edition_id=12403). Furthermore papers from the invited Division 13 symposium “Contemporary use of simulation in road safety” may appear in a special issue of Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour in 2011.

Conference dinner
The high price of this event appeared to be no deterrent to the full house of diners who packed into the Melbourne Dockside venue. The excellent food was matched by sparkling entertainment. Before the end of the meal the group struck up a series of “oldie‟ rock numbers and within minutes the substantial dance floor was a mass of writhing applied psychologists and their guests. Amongst the maelstrom of flailing arms and legs was the full complement of the conference organisers “top table‟ – clearly wishing to relax by letting off steam now that this highly successful Congress was drawing to a close.

MUARC Site visit
The Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) site visit took place on the last day of the Congress. Thirty-six Division 13 members and guests attended. Our excellent MUARC hosts treated us to a highly informative afternoon, for which thanks are due to Mike Lenné, Tom Triggs and their MUARC colleagues. We were able to inspect the Centre’s two instrumented vehicles and the two simulators, on which several of our number were able to try their driving skills – with varying results! As an added bonus the tea and muffins were outstanding.

ICAP 2010 Traffic Psychology Topics
Topics that featured in the 2010 Congress give some clue as to the issues that currently concern traffic psychologists. These are summarised in Table 1. Generic topics such as driver behaviour/performance are not shown as they provide the basis for many of the studies described. The number of topics exceeds the number of presentations because several presentations addressed more than one topic. Table 1 shows that the four most “popular‟ topics under the Division 13 banner at ICAP 2010 were: cognitive aspects of driving, environmental aspects, hazard/risk perception and emotions/moods in driving. If driver stress/fatigue and associated topics are added to the emotions/moods topic then this broad category easily tops the list. However, Table 1 also reveals the considerable range and variety of traffic psychology topics that were presented at ICAP 2010.

Table 1
ICAP 2010 Traffic Psychology Topics and Frequencies

Topic  N (%)
Cognitive aspects of driving (including: cognitive load, impairment, awareness, inattention, distraction) 20 (9.3%)
Environmental issues (including: travel mode choice, sustainable transportation, road design/layout, weather) 18 (8.4%)
Hazard/risk perception 18 (8.4%)
Emotions/mood in driving (including: satisfaction, worry, sadness, “road rage”, anger, aggression)  18 (8.4%)
Driver stress and fatigue (including: anxiety, coping, arousal, monotony – and effects on performance)  15 (7.0%)
Simulation 14 (6.5%)
Older drivers 12 (5.6%)
Riding/motorcycling/powered 2-wheelers 10 (4.7%)
Younger drivers 8 (3.7%)
Risk/taking/behaviours 8 (3.7%)
Training (e.g., interventions) 8 (3.7%)
Theoretical perspectives (theory of planned behaviour 3) 8 (3.7%)
Personality factors (e.g., sensation seeking) 7 (3.3%)
Crash/accident involvement/rates 6 (2.8%)
Attitudes/values in relation to driving and road use 6 (2.8%)
Speed and speeding 5 (2.3%)
Automation and automated aspects of driving (e.g., driver aids) 5 (2.3%)
Human factors/human error 4 (1.9%)
Drugs/alcohol 4 (1.9%)
Methodology 4 (1.9%)
Overviews of the field 3 (1.4%)
Novice drivers  3 (1.4%)
Pedestrians 2 (0.9%)
Seat-belt use 2 (0.9%)
Bicycles 2 (0.9%)
Others (close following, work-related, driver prototypes, campaign evaluation, self-regulation) 5 (2.3%)

IAAP Division 13 Business Meeting and Social Hour
The Division 13 Business Meeting was held at 6.30 pm on 14 July. Forty-one Division 13 members and observers were present. No apologies were received.

Division 13 President (Ian Glendon) chaired the opening of the meeting. His report on activities over the past four years had previously been circulated to members. Those who wished to receive a copy of the report were invited to contact Ian Glendon.

The President reported on the IAAP Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting at which he and President-elect Gerald Matthews had represented Division 13. He stated that membership issues were being addressed by BOD officers and that IAAP finances were healthy.

Gerald Matthews represented Division 13 on the IAAP Working Party on Divisional Governance.
Linda Steg reported on Division 13 finances, which were stable.

Division 13 elections
As President-elect (2006-2010) Gerald Matthews became Division 13 President 2010-2014 and chaired the remainder of the meeting. Linda Steg was elected unopposed as Secretary/ Treasurer. Lisa Dorn was nominated (Tony Machin) and seconded (Dwight Hennessy) as President-elect. There were no other nominations and Lisa Dorn was elected Division 13 President-elect (2010-2014) nem con.

Co-opted Division 13 regional representatives had indicated their willingness to continue to serve as Executive Committee members for a further term. Mark Sullman was co-opted as European Regional representative to replace Lisa Dorn.

The 2010-2014 Division 13 Executive Committee is:
President Gerald Matthews (USA)
President-elect Lisa Dorn (UK)
Past President Ian Glendon (Australia)
Secretary/Treasurer Linda Steg (The Netherlands)
Regional Representative Africa Rémi Kouabenan (France)
Regional Representative America Bryan Porter (USA)
Regional Representative Asia Kazumi Renge (Japan)
Regional Representative Australasia Tony Machin (Australia)
Regional Representative Europe Mark Sullman (UK)

IAAP Fellow
Heikki Summala was congratulated on being elected as the 2010 Division 13 nomination for IAAP Fellow.

Fifth International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP5)
Linda Steg reported that ICTTP5 will be held in Groningen 29-31 August 2012.

Fifth Driver Behaviour and Training (DBT) Conference
Lisa Dorn reported that DBT5 will be held in Paris in November 2011.
There being no further business the meeting was declared closed. Members and guests
adjourned to the Division 13 Social Hour in the adjacent Hilton Hotel.

4th International Conference Driver Behaviour and Training (ICDBT4)
24-25 November 2009
Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Fourth International Conference in Driver Behaviour and Training was held in Amsterdam 24-25 November 2009.  Building on the first three highly successful events held in Stratford upon Avon (2003), Edinburgh (2005) and Dublin (2007) the Fourth International Conference in Driver Behaviour and Training (ICDBT4) in 2009 set out to debate new initiatives in the scientific enquiry of road user behaviour, education and training from academic and practitioner perspectives.
Held at the Renaissance Hotel in the stunning Koepelkerk church in the centre of old Amsterdam, the conference attracted a high calibre of speakers from many academic institutions and road safety groups across the world. The keynote speakers included Divera Twisk (SWOV, the Netherlands) who informed the audience of her latest research on adolescent brain development and risk taking followed by Robert Isler (Waikato University, New Zealand) on novice driver education. The audience were then alerted to a selection of driver research myths as Anders af Wåhlberg (Uppsala University, Sweden) considered the evidence for several commonly held beliefs amongst traffic psychologists.
Following the keynote addresses the 2-day conference was based around a program of nine symposia:
• Driving ergonomics and education
• Powered two wheeler behaviour
• Age and driver risk
• Visual search and driver distraction
• At work road safety
• Offender drivers and education
• Driver teachers
• Driver performance
• Personality and driver behaviour

These included over 40 papers delivered by participants from 17 countries.

The proceedings were published by Ashgate in 2010. See: http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&calctitle=1&pageSubject=447&title_id=9667&edition_id=12823


4th International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP4)
31 August – 4 September 2008
Washington, USA

This was held at The Capital Hilton, Washington, USA, 31st August – 4 September 2008.    Bryan Porter (bporter@odu.edu) convened the conference scientific and organising committees. This highly successful conference was attended by around 340 delegates.  Student papers delivered at this conference generated a number of submissions for Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. 

The ICTTP4 programme was the biggest yet with five parallel streams comprising around 230 individual papers and ten extended symposia running throughout the full 3½ days of the conference, interspersed with poster sessions and six keynote addresses covering a wide variety of topics.

To view photos of the conference see the attached file.

The conference dinner was held on Wednesday September 3, 2008, at the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, located in the heart of Washington on F Street in the old Riggs Bank Building.  To view photos of the conference dinner, see the attached file


3rd International Conference in Driver Behaviour and Training (ICDBT)
November 2007
Dublin, Ireland

Organised by Dr Lisa Dorn (Cranfield University, UK), this conference debated new initiatives in driver behaviour and training and addressed knowledge transfer from academic to practitioner applications.  The conference theme was ‘The Novice Driver Problem’ with key papers published on research in this field.  Speakers from many academic institutions and road safety groups across the world attended, presenting almost 50 papers across parallel sessions.  Over 150 delegates participated and keynote speakers included Professors Ray Fuller (Trinity College, Dublin) and Gregor Bartl (Austria).  The proceedings were published by Ashgate in 2008 and can be purchased from:


26th International Congress of Applied Psychology
August 2006
Athens, Greece

Division 13 was very well represented at the 26th ICAP.  The 17 sessions under our “banner” included over 50 individual papers and nearly 50 posters with over 250 authors from 23 countries.  This degree and spread of participation indicates the growing strength of research activity within Division 13.  While the UK, Japan, Germany, France, Turkey, and the USA were particularly well represented, it was heartening to see that Iran, Qatar, Latvia and Brazil also contributed authors to traffic and transportation psychology papers.

 Of particular note were the four papers authored by researchers based in different countries, in one case from four countries – congratulations to: T. Ozkan (Finland), T. Lajunen (Turkey), H. Wallen Warner (Sweden) and G. Tzamalouka (Greece) for their paper, Traffic climates and driver behaviours in four countries: Finland, Greece, Sweden, and Turkey.  We are likely to see more comparative research presentations at future conferences.  Congratulations to Jean Underwood and her colleagues for being awarded the Division 13 best paper prize for their presentation: Reading the road: The influence of age and sex on child pedestrians’ perceptions of road risk.  We were treated to two excellent keynote addresses – Traffic psychology today: A glance backwards and ahead, from our Past President, Denis Huguenin, and Driving: With due care, and attention, from Professor Geoff Underwood.


Vision in Vehicles 11
Dublin, Ireland

For more information, see: http://www.lut.ac.uk/research/esri/applied-vision/projects/visioninvehicles/conferences/VIV_11/viv11.htm


2nd International Conference in Driver Behaviour and Training (ICDBT)
November 2005
Edinburgh, Scotland

Building on the momentum of the first, this conference offered a fresh focus on developments in driver behaviour and training – again considering recent advances in the study of driving behaviour and training and emphasising practitioners’ role in designing and implementing driver training and educational strategies.  Over 45 papers were presented across two parallel sessions during the 2-day conference, attended by over 120 delegates.  Keynote speakers included Professors Nils Petter Gregersen (Sweden), Ian Glendon (Griffith University, Australia) and Gerald Matthews (University of Cincinnati, USA).  The conference was again organised by Dr Lisa Dorn (Cranfield University, UK).  The proceedings, published by Ashgate in 2005, can be purchased from:


3rd International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP3)
5-9 September 2004
Nottingham, UK

This took place in Nottingham, UK, 5-9 September 2004.  The event was an outstanding success with over 400 participating delegates making this the largest ever meeting of traffic and transport psychologists.  ICTTP3 was organised by Geoffrey Underwood, University of Nottingham and Tracy Collier from Elsevier publishing.  The Organising and Scientific Committees were supplied by IAAP Division 13.  Papers from this conference are available for download as PDF files by following this link: DOWNLOAD PAPERS FROM ICTTP2004
For further details of the book, G. Underwood, (Ed.). (2005). Traffic & Transport Psychology: Theory and Application. Amsterdam: Elsevier visit: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/bookdescription.cws_home/705191/description#description


1st International Conference in Driver Behaviour and Training (ICDBT)
November 2003
Stratford-on-Avon, UK

Organised by Dr Lisa Dorn (Cranfield University, UK), the overall objective of this conference was to describe and discuss recent advances in the study of driver behaviour, education and training, bridging the gap between practitioners in road safety and theoreticians working in academia investigating this topic from various perspectives and disciplines.

For this inaugural conference, papers were invited from researchers with contributions to make either from empirical or theoretical perspectives to further understand driver behaviour and training.  Over 110 delegates from 14 countries presented papers in two parallel sessions during the 2-day conference.  Keynote speakers included Professors Frank McKenna (Reading University) and Mika Hattaka (Finland) speaking on the Goals for Driver Education hierarchy.  The proceedings, published by Ashgate in 2003, can be purchased from:


Vision in Vehicles 10, 2003, Granada, Spain
No details available.


25th International Congress of Applied Psychology
July 2002

Around 50 papers on a wide variety of topics within Traffic and Transportation Psychology were presented at this Congress, either as individual deliveries, poster sessions, symposium papers or keynote addresses.  At the Division 13 general meeting at this Congress, the new committee was elected, including Dr Denis Huguenin as the incoming President.
Vision in Vehicles 9
19-22 August 2001
Brisbane, Australia
This conference was sponsored by IAAP Division 13, and took place at the Park Royal Hotel, Brisbane Australia 19-22 August 2001


2nd International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology
3-7 September 2000
Berne, Switzerland

The Traffic & Transportation Psychology Division, along with colleagues from Europsyt, and the European Federation of Professional Psychology Associations (EFPPA) sponsored, and provided the Scientific Committee for ICTTP2.  Denis Huguenin (Past President Division 13) organised this highly successful event. 
Proceedings of this conference were published in CD-ROM form, and selected papers were published in a book: J. A. Rothengatter, & R. D. Huguenin, (Eds.). (2004). Traffic & Transport Psychology: Theory and Application. Amsterdam: Elsevier.


Vision in Vehicles 8
August 1999
Boston, USA

The Division sponsored and assisted on the Scientific Committee for the eighth Vision in Vehicles conference, held in Boston MA, in August 1999.  Edited conference proceedings are: A. G. Gale, I. D. Brown, C. M. Haslegrave, & S. P. Taylor (Eds.): Vision in Vehicles VIII. North-Holland: Elsevier Science.


24th International Congress of Applied Psychology
August 1998
San Francisco, USA

In August 1998, the 24th International Congress of Applied Psychology was held in San Francisco, CA.  In the area of traffic and transport psychology the Congress featured invited keynote presentations and symposia, submitted symposia, debates, individual paper presentations as well as group and individual poster sessions.

During the 24th ICAP the Division held its general assembly at which a new Executive Committee was elected and plans for future activities were discussed.  In-coming President Professor John Groeger announced that Professor J. A. Rothengatter had secured agreement with Elsevier to publish Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, as part F of its Transportation Research journal series, and showed those present the first issue of the journal.  This journal continues to grow from strength to strength, see: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/600660/description#description


1st International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology
May 1996
Valencia, Spain

This 4-yearly scientific conference, organised by Division 13 members, alternates with the International Congress of Applied Psychology, and has become a permanent feature of traffic and transportation psychology’s international calendar.
The first of these conferences took place at the University of Valencia in May 1996, organised jointly with the European Association of Transport Psychologists.  A Handbook of paper and poster presentations in short versions was issued at the conference.  For further information contact the University of Valencia's Institute of Transport Psychology (INTRAS) Av. Blasco Ibanez 21, 40610 Valencia, Spain.

Edited proceedings of the conference were published in: J. A. Rothengatter, & E. V. Carbonell (Eds.). (1997). Traffic and Transport Psychology: Theory and Application. Oxford: Pergamon. This volume contains over 50 chapters devoted to various areas of psychology applied to road users.





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