DATE: 7th-11th February 2022, Online
‘Adapting to Change’
PIARC’s congresses have been successful over the years due to their inclusiveness. Unfortunately, it became apparent to PIARC, Transport Canada, and the City of Calgary that due to the pandemic – the emergence of variants of Covid-19 that erupt unexpectedly, the uncertainty of vaccine supply around the world, and the associated economic repercussions being felt in nations – the ability to attend an international congress may be reduced for many, if not most, member countries and PIARC’s partners/stakeholders.
As a result, a unique virtual platform will be set up to enable a full event to be held in times of a pandemic. It will allow decision-makers as well as technical experts, road authorities and administrators, operators, equipment manufacturers and engineers, and academia to take part in the XVIth edition of the Congress. It will also be easier and more cost-effective for all countries to take part in the Congress since authors and delegates will not need to cover transportation and accommodation expenses.
Although it is going digital because of the current pandemic situation, the main aspects of the XVIth World Congress on Winter Road Service and Road Resilience remain unchanged:
- The Congress will address winter service, as in previous editions, as well as road resilience (in all seasons). This is reflected in the 15 topics of the international call for papers.
- English and French are official languages of the Congress. Congress organizers will make every effort to provide Spanish interpretation should there be sufficient registration of delegates who indicate Spanish as their preferred language.
- The Congress will be of interest to practitioners, road authorities and operators, as well as experts and academia. The papers should present case studies, research results and/or practical experiences related to the topics of the call.
The World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress is a world-class event that builds on decades of PIARC experience, which brings together road experts and practitioners from across the globe. This will be the XVIth edition of the International Winter Road Congress, which PIARC has organised every four years since 1969.
Winter topics will be a major pillar of the Congress: traffic management, pavement conditions, de-icing agents, equipment, information to users, etc.
It will also be more than that. In order to reflect the megatrends that impact the road sector, PIARC has decided, together with our Canadian hosts, to broaden the themes to include resilience. Ensuring the resilience (without seasonal constraints) of roads and of transport services is indeed a priority for our members, who are confronted with deteriorating infrastructure, budget constraints, adverse climate events, and rapidly evolving user expectations.
For more information, you are invited to visit the Congress website: www.piarc-calgary2022.org.