PIARC Prizes

The PIARC prizes are intended to promote professional excellence, research, innovation and applications that demonstrate great interest and success in all areas of roads and road transport. The five categories, each supported by a PIARC Prize partner country, reflect PIARC’s past experiences, strategic priorities and the themes of the Congress:

The United States supports this Prize because it underscores member countries’ need to evolve and rapidly adapt to an ever-changing environment.  The Prize embodies national goals of climate, safety, economic growth, equity, and transformation while highlighting international efforts to address these challenges and underlining the opportunities new technologies may provide.  Collaborating with organizations like PIARC creates paths to a safe, equitable, economically stable, and environmentally sound road transport systems.

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Winter service is at a new frontier, with promising opportunities to adopt sustainable solutions to fight snow and ice on roads as well as increase traffic safety and fluidity. Italy is firmly convinced that innovation and technological improvements such as connected and automated vehicles, new professional competencies, and broader efforts to spur socio-economic development are fundamental to stimulate growth for people and companies. Italy is proud to support the PIARC Prize for Winter Service as a tool to highlight topics of particular interest in this field, to promote young talents, and to facilitate the dissemination and uptake of best practices.

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The PIARC Prize for Resilience is very important for the Russian Federation. Significant variations in weather conditions induce various natural phenomena that may negatively affect the transport infrastructure and road networks. A distinctive feature of the climate of Russia is its clearly traceable seasonality, typical of middle and high latitudes. The western part of the country is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, with higher temperatures than in the east, while the Black Sea coast is subtropical. And the Arctic air masses make the northern part of the country colder. In our vast land and globally, new technologies and research are essential to ensure transport infrastructure resilience in the future.

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The Hungarian National Committee of PIARC is an enthusiastic community of road professionals, always striving to maintain the mindset of curiosity and innovation. Despite of the general challenge of the aging workforce throughout Hungary and Europe, it is always an enormous pleasure to find young talents with inspiring ideas, giving us the confidence that our profession will be secure in younger hands. This Prize is an excellent way to promote our profession among the younger generation.

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As natural disasters caused by extreme weather are getting more frequent worldwide, ensuring the resilience of road networks is becoming increasingly important, especially in LMICs where road networks are relatively vulnerable. Japan has always been actively contributing to the development of road networks and the enhancement of disaster prevention capacity in LMICs, and the accumulation of road-related knowledge in LMICs is an earnest desire for us. We hope this Prize will be an encouragement to our colleagues in LMICs.

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An international jury will evaluate the papers to select winners. The jury, composed of representatives from the PIARC Prize partner countries and members of the General Secretariat, will be led by the Chair of the Communications Commission.

A virtual awards ceremony will be held during the Congress. Good luck everyone!