As the COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the globe the SIRWEC leadership has been evaluating the SIRWEC Congress planned for June 2020 in Druskininkai, Lithuania. While the works associated with road weather are important and should be shared, the uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic takes precedence.
Out of an abundance of caution the SIRWEC leadership has agreed that postponing our gathering until October 2020 is the correct decision.
In the mean time, please heed the advise of our health professionals during these trying times.
Stay Safe – Stay Heathy
This upcoming January (13-17 January 2019) will see the 98th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington DC. This event will bring transportation professionals together from around the world to discuss every imaginable aspect of transportation. One of the many committees of the Transportation Research Board is AH010 Surface Transportation Weather and this committee will be well represented with seminar on Sunday lectern sessions on Monday and they will hold their committee meeting at a new day and time on Tuesday afternoon. There are also winter service topics through the committee AHD65, Winter Maintenance on Monday and Tuesday with three committee meeting on Tuesday evening from 2000 to 2145.
As always we are expecting a very good program by both committees and hope members of SIRWEC will be in attendance.
Our 19th International Road Weather Conference in Slovakia has been great success. It was organized first time independently of World Road Association Winter Road Congress. We were bit afraid at the beginning if that was good decision, but It turned out that the SIRWEC conference itself was very attractive for the community involved in the area of road weather research and business.
More than 100 experts from 22 countries participated with 29 presentations and 10 posters. I am proud to announce that all presentations are now available online on SIRWEC web page www.sirwec.org in section Proceedings. I would like to thank all 10 sponsors. Their willingness to support our common event significantly improved its expertise and social level.
At this occasion, many of you could notice the changes at SIRWEC web page. The page has new modern design and look thanks to Rick Nelson. Thanks a lot for his great job.
The addition of a place for blog posts, like this one, should be an excellent forum for news of SIRWEC, other conferences and meetings, and
short entries from researchers in the world of road weather. I encourage you to send your news to our webmaster, Rick Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org for posting.
During the 19th Conference in Smolenice Jozef Vivoda of the Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute was elected as the new president of SIRWEC. Long time SIRWEC member Lee Chapman of the School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences University of Birmingham was re-elected as secretary.