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.)


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



Register now for the 2018 Safe Systems Summit by clicking one of the following registration types:

  • Participant ($35):  General registration for researchers, practitioners, and state and corporate professionals.
  • Student ($20):  Discounted registration for undergraduate and graduate (Master’s and Ph.D.) students.
  • Group ($ varies):  General registration for a group of participants and/or students can be completed by one contact person. There is no limit to the size of a group.

Please note:  All Summit registration fees are non-refundable


Help spread the word

Please help us promote the Summit! This one-page flier is perfect for printing or emailing to your colleagues who would benefit by attending the Summit. Also, CSCRS will provide you with sample promotional content for your newsletters, social media and other communications. #SafeSystemsSummit is the hashtag for the event.


Important dates

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

August 2018

  • 24 & 30/ Deadlines to reserve discounted hotel rooms (more information here)
  • 28/ Deadline to register

September 2018

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



CSCRS offers organizations a variety of opportunities to show support for the Summit and align their brands with CSCRS’s mission. Learn more about sponsorship levels. Interested in being a sponsor? Contact Jennifer Palcher-Silliman (919-843-4859) for more details.


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.