A new Special Award was introduced for the first time this year, for honouring a senior personality of the transport sector, representing well established researchers, who through the years have made an outstanding and well-recognized contribution to research and innovation in their respective field. Someone who has, throughout their career, demonstrated ground-breaking and future-oriented views and research.

A Selection Board of distinguished and renowned personalities representing all transport modes and the European Commission was created for selecting the winner of the TRA VISIONS 2022 Special Honorary Award (one winner, irrespective of transport mode). An Open Call for nominations was launched to the entire transport research community through the TRA VISIONS 2022 website. Nominations could be made by single persons, including the members of the Board, or groups of persons. Self-nominations were excluded. Each nomination had to include a proper justification (up to two pages long) based on the overall impact, visionary thinking, breakthrough achievements and track record of the nominated person (including but not limited to EU funding policy impact, publication track record, patents and research leadership, etc.). The criteria for the selection of the winner were holistic.

The members of the Selection Board were provided in due time with all nominations for the Special Honorary Award, in order to carefully review and evaluate them. Subsequently, a consensus meeting of the Selection Board took place virtually on September 16th, 2022, to select the winner.


The TRA VISIONS 2022 special honorary award was awarded during the TRA 2022 conference gala dinner on 15th of November in Lisbon. The book was prepared by the TRA VISIONS 2022 consortium and was designed and directed by Ms. Micol Biscotto, project manager at Deep Blue ltd, Mr. Carlo Abate, consultant and Ms. Chiara Muccitelli, graphic designer at the same company and Mr. George Smyrnakis, Secretary General of WEGEMT with the support of Prof. Alistair Greig (UCL).

Special honorary award winner


Rune Elvik

Institute of Transport Economics, Norwegian Centre for Transport Research (Norway)

Road Safety; with emphasis on methods; meta-analysis; road safety policy analyses

From 1994 to 2015, Rune Elvik was chief research officer for road safety at the Institute of Transport Economics, Norwegian Centre for Transport Research. During this period, he also held part-time chairs in road safety at Aalborg University (Denmark) from 2008 to 2015, and Lund University (Sweden) from 2009 to 2012. He has over 40 years of experience in road safety research and is recognised as one of the World’s leading road traffic scientists, having made a significant and sustained impact on road safety, this was recognised in 2008 by the award of the Nordic Road Safety Council prize. From 2005 to 2013 he was editor-in-chief (with Karl Kim) of Accident Analysis and Prevention. His substantial academic output includes more than 160 papers in scientific journals, and contributions to over 18 books, including as senior author for "the Handbook of Road Safety Measures", which has been published in six languages (Norwegian, Finnish, Russian, English, Spanish, Portuguese). He also contributed to the first edition of the Highway Safety Manual, published by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in 2010. Exceptionally, he has four doctoral degrees, his most recent thesis in 2017 was also published as a book "The Value of Life: The Rise and Fall of a Scientific Research Programme".

Rune Elvik has contributed to many EU-funded projects, starting in 1988 with the ITHACA-project (Indepth accident collection and analysis). Subsequent projects include ESCAPE (police enforcement), IMMORTAL (driver impairment), ROSEBUD (cost-benefit analysis), SILVIA (low-noise road surfaces), SAFETYNET (knowledge database), RIPCORD-ISEREST (road infrastructure safety), SUPREME (examples of best practices), DACOTA (knowledge database; time-series modelling), SAFETYCUBE (decision support system), VIRTUAL (open source human body models) and LEVITATE (societal impacts of connected and automated vehicles).