Virtual Congress Benefits

We're going virtual

In keeping with the slogan of the Congress, “Adapting to a Changing World”, and due to the ongoing health and economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, the XVI World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress will be held in digital format.

PIARC’s congresses have been successful over the years due to their inclusiveness. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic – the emergence of variants of Covid-19 that erupt unexpectedly, the uncertainty of vaccine supply around the world, and the associated economic repercussions being felt in nations–delegates may not be to attend an international congress.

As a result, a unique virtual platform will be set up to enable a full event to be held in times of a pandemic. It will allow decision-makers as well as technical experts, road authorities and administrators, operators, equipment manufacturers and engineers, and academia to take part in the XVI edition of the Congress. It will also be easier and more cost-effective for all countries to take part in the Congress, since authors and delegates will not need to cover transportation and accommodation expenses.

Full technical details on the digital format will be shared in the coming months.

New digital experience with a rich technical content

Key aspects of the XVI World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress:

  • The Congress will address winter service, as in previous editions, as well as road resilience (in all seasons). This is reflected in the 15 topics of the international call for papers.
  • English, French and Spanish are the official languages of the Congress—a PIARC Congress first! Simultaneous interpretation for plenary and technical sessions will be available.
  • The Congress will be of interest to practitioners, road authorities and operators, as well as experts and academia. The papers should present case studies, research results and/or practical experiences related to the topics of the call.