Congress Programme

General Programme of the Congress

The Programme will run from Sunday 6th to Thursday 10th of October 2019.

Opening Ceremony

The prestigious official opening of the 26th World Road Congress will be held on the morning of 6th October

Ministers Session

A high profile Transport Ministers’ session will take place to discuss the current global hot topics with Transport Ministers from around the Globe.

Conference Programme

The five-day congress will be packed with interesting and relevant technical and special sessions that will cover the strategic themes of PIARC. You can expect over 150 presentations in over 50 sessions and workshops.

Technical Visits

During the congress there will be several exciting and interesting technical tours available to delegates.

Gala Dinner

Delegates will be treated to a lavish gala dinner which will be a great networking opportunity.

Accompanying Persons Programme

Accompanying persons will have the opportunity to see and experience some of the world-renowned landmarks and tourist attractions that Abu Dhabi and the UAE have to offer.

Conference Programme

The outputs of the World Road Association will be shared during the Congress, during Technical Committee Strategic Direction Sessions.

They are structured around 5 Themes and 21 Technical Committees and Task Forces.

Strategic Theme A - Management and Finance
  • Performance of Transport Administrations
  • Road Transport System Economics and Social Development
  • Risk Management
  • Innovative Financing
  • Coordination between National and Sub-National Authorities
Strategic Theme B - Access and Mobility
  • Road Network Operations / Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Winter Service
  • Sustainable Multimodality in Urban Regions
  • Freight
  • Road Design and Infrastructure for Innovative Transport Solutions
Strategic Theme C - Safety
  • National Road Safety Policies and Programs
  • Design and Operations of Safer Road Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure Security
Strategic Theme D - Infrastructure
  • Asset Management
  • Pavements
  • IBridges
  • Rural Roads and Earthworks
  • Road Tunnel Operations
Strategic Theme E - Climate Change, Environment and Disasters
  • Adaptation Strategies / Resiliency
  • Environment Considerations in Road Projects and Operations
  • Disaster Management


Specialists will be invited to present research findings, scientific studies, case studies and organizational methods on specific topics determined by the PIARC Technical Committees. Accepted papers will be presented during the poster sessions and included in the Congress proceedings. Outstanding contributors will be selected for oral presentations at the Technical Sessions. Under the overarching theme of “Connecting Cultures and Enabling Economies”, we welcome your technical papers. Your abstract must be submitted in English, French or Spanish.


PIARC is organizing a new edition of the PIARC Prizes competition for the 26th World Road Congress in 2019. PIARC Prizes will be awarded to the most outstanding papers. Candidates will be carefully chosen according to the rules and procedures of the Communications Commission. The results of the competition will be announced by July 15th, 2019, prior to the Congress. Winners will be invited to participate and receive their awards at the Congress. PIARC Prizes will be awarded during the opening session.

Key dates :

The call for papers will be published in May, 2018

Deadline for abstracts:
15 September, 2018
Notice of acceptance of abstracts:
15 November, 2018
Deadline for full text of papers:
28 February 2019
Notice of acceptance of papers:
15 May 2019

Strategic Direction Sessions

The Strategic Direction Sessions will focus on future prospects from a political and strategic point of view. These sessions will be prepared and chaired by the strategic theme coordinators of the five themes from the PIARC Strategic Plan 2016–2019. These sessions will be based on national reports prepared by member countries of the Association around the world.

Technical Committee Sessions

The 21 Technical Committee Sessions will be dedicated to discussing and sharing the results of the work and activities of the World Road Association Technical Committees. In the course of preparation for these sessions, chairpersons of Technical Committees organize an international calls for individual papers. The Technical Committee Sessions will be chaired by the chairperson of the committee.

Special Sessions

The Special Sessions are designed to consolidate PIARC’s relationships with other international and regional organizations active in the field of road and road transport. These sessions address topical issues which are different from those dealt with by Technical Committees and Strategic Direction Sessions.

If you are interested in organizing a session please contact us

Keynote Speeches

Each day, a world-recognized specialist will deliver a keynote speech on one of the burning topics affecting roads and road transport. These one-hour plenary sessions are designed to call the attention of the Congress delegates and generate ideas among the global transport profession.

Poster Sessions

All authors, whose individual contributions have been accepted for publication after the call for papers, will have the opportunity to display their work for half a day at poster sessions. This is a perfect opportunity to discuss your work with fellow minded professionals from around the world.