Keynote Speaker

Dr. Divera Twisk
Adjunct Professor
Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – QLD.
Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane, Australia

Doctor of Philosophy (Maastricht University, The Netherlands), Master experimental psychology (University of Groningen), Bsoc.sci(Hons) University of Keele, United Kingdom.

Divera Twisk is a human factors psychologist, with a PhD on adolescent risk taking. She has over 30 years’ experience in road safety research and policy development, in the Netherlands and internationally, especially Australia. She has made significant contributions across a wide range of road safety issues, including, adolescent safety, human factors, safe system approaches, education and training and evaluation studies.

On cycling safety and micro mobility she:

  • contributed to the introduction in the Netherlands of design guidelines for the cycling Infrastructure,
  • led studies on the safety of electric bicycles, developing and applying one of the world’s first instrumented bicycles in cooperation with Delft University,
  • initiated the International Cycling Safety Conference (ICSC),
  • guest edited the first special issue on cycling safety of Accident Analyses and Prevention, and initiated the Dutch Research Agenda on Safe Cycling.
  • analysed gender differences in cyclist’s risk perception,
  • co-supervised a PhD on motorised traffic passing cyclists,
  • was a member of the ICSC2019 Brisbane organising team.
  • co-authored studies on e-scooter safety in Brisbane.
  • advised jurisdictions on cycling safety and safe system approaches in Australia.

Dr. Ralph Buehler
Chair of Urban Affairs and Planning
Virginia Tech’s Research Center
Arlington, VA

Ralph Buehler, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of Urban Affairs and Planning in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech’s Research Center in Arlington, VA. Most of his research has an international comparative perspective, contrasting transport and land-use policies, transport systems, and travel behavior in Western Europe and North America. In addition to over 70 articles in refereed academic journals, Ralph is the author or coauthor of chapters in edited books, reports to federal and local governments, NGOs, and for-profit industry organizations, as well as co-editor of the books City Cycling and Cycling for Sustainable Cities (both MIT Press).  Between 2012 and 2018, he served as chair of the Committee for Bicycle Transportation of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). His research interests include: (1) the influence of transport policy, land use, and socio-demographics on travel behavior; (2) active travel and public health; and (3) public transport demand, supply, regional coordination, and financial efficiency.