Safe Systems Summit:
Redefining Transportation Safety

Durham Skyline

Durham, NC

September 13-14, 2018
Durham Convention Center
Durham, NC

The Safe Systems Summit offers a learning environment for a diverse group of cross-sector experts to explore the underlying systems driving the national rise in traffic deaths, share findings from innovative new research, and develop insights into reducing transportation injuries and fatalities by utilizing both Safe Systems and systems thinking principles, tools, and techniques. (Learn more about Safe Systems and systems thinking.)



Full agenda for this two-day event is coming soon!

Day 1

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Participants will learn practical skills for implementing systems approaches, as well as generate new thinking around road safety by gaining knowledge from other disciplines. Expect a combination of presentations, discussion, and optional hands-on workshops.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Roderick McClure, Dean of Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of New England, Australia
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Research poster session & networking reception

Day 2

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Continue learning about systems approaches to highway safety in presentations, panel discussions, and workshops.


Registration and cost

Registration for the Safe Systems Summit will be open early May through Aug. 17, 2018.

Register online:

*Free registration for participants who are selected to present a research poster; see more info on this opportunity below.


Summit registration fees are non-refundable. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for interested students, researchers, and professionals. Please contact Marie Melendez (919-962-8713, or for more information.


Research poster presentations 

Students and researchers are invited to showcase transportation-related research, capstone and community projects as poster presentations at the Safe Systems Summit. Student posters will be entered into a contest with prizes for first, second and third place. Please note: While any attendee is eligible to present a research poster, the competition and prizes are only open to students.

Learn more about this opportunity to connect with experts in transportation, public health and related fields. Those selected to present research posters will receive free Summit registration.

Poster presentation details


Important dates

Please mark your calendars with these important Summit-related dates:

July 2018

  • 13 / Deadline to submit poster presentation abstract

August 2018

  • 1/ Notification of selected poster presenters
  • 12 / Deadline to reserve discounted hotel room
  • 17 / Deadline to register

September 2018

  • 12-13 / Poster set-up at Durham Convention Center
  • 13-14 / Safe Systems Summit



CSCRS has reserved discounted room blocks for Safe Systems Summit attendees at the following hotels, which are all walkable to the Durham Convention Center, many world-class restaurants and other attractions:

Durham Marriott City Center
201 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701
Book a reservation online
$149 / night + tax (single or double),
available nights of 9/12-9/14
Unscripted Durham Hotel
202 N Corcoran St
Durham, NC 27701
Book a reservation online
Booking code: 7622486
$165 / night + tax (king/queen bed), available 9/12-9/15
$175 / night + tax (two queen beds), available 9/12-9/15
Aloft Durham Downtown
345 Blackwell St
Durham, NC 27701
Book a reservation online
$159 / night + tax (one king or two queen beds),
available nights of 9/12-9/15

Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis until Aug. 12, 2018. Any remaining rooms will be released, and rates may go up after the cut-off date. If you make your reservation by phone, mention that you’re attending the Safe Systems Summit to ensure discounted rates.



Raleigh–Durham International Airport is the closest airport; many airlines offer direct flights. There are additional transportation options to get to Durham safely:

  • Amtrak has a train station in downtown Durham within blocks of the convention center.
  • For those driving to the event, Durham is conveniently located near both I-85 and I-40. Parking is available at all hotels.

In addition to being a very walkable and bikeable city, Durham’s local transit system can get you anywhere you need to go.


What is the purpose of this Summit?

The Safe Systems Summit provides an opportunity to explore the Safe Systems approach and what it means for the U.S. as a whole, as well as for states, communities, and individuals. Participants will map systems together, collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders, tour and discuss advanced technologies, and swap ideas in expert panel sessions. We’ll learn more about our shared roles in transportation safety and leave with new ideas and resources.

Building upon the U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Center Spotlight meeting tradition, this meeting is a unique opportunity for university-based researchers and professionals to gather together to explore a specific topic, share and improve upon the practice of transportation safety in the U.S.


Who should attend?

To create a rich learning environment and opportunity for traditional and new partners in transportation safety to connect and learn from each other, we need researchers, practitioners, and students across interconnected fields and organizations to attend, including:

  • Computer science
  • Data scientists
  • Engineering
  • Governmental and nongovernmental agencies (e.g., departments of transportation and public health)
  • Industry
  • Law enforcement
  • Planning
  • Public health
  • Transportation
  • Technology
  • University Transportation Centers

Other questions?

General questions/contact:

Registration questions/contact:
Marie Melendez

This event is supported by the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety,, a U.S. Department of Transportation National University Transportation Center promoting safety, and the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program.