SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research

SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research (www.swov.nl) was founded in 1962 by the Dutch Ministry of Transport and by organisations representing the private sector. SWOV's mission is to improve road safety by knowledge from scientific research. Research results are disseminated to policy makers and those whose work involves road traffic and road safety in the Netherlands and abroad. SWOV is a non-profit, inter-disciplinary and impartial scientific institute that carries out road safety research. About 40 researchers, plus supporting staff, work on the areas of the road user, vehicles, the road infrastructure, analysis of road safety, and support of decision-making processes in this field. Other areas, which have a relationship with road safety, are also involved in the research. Prominent areas are environment, public health, physical planning, and mobility.  Both nationally and internationally, SWOV has an excellent reputation, thanks to its high standard of research and its scientifically founded recommendations.
Over the years, SWOV has conducted or commissioned numerous studies, published over 1000 papers and organised many meetings and conferences. SWOV has also participated in many European projects, including HOPES, SAMOVAR, SARTRE, SAFESTAR, GADGET, MASTER, ARROWS, ADONIS, DUMAS, PROMISING, COMPATIBILITY, ADVISORS, ASTERYX, ALCOLOCKS, IMMORTAL, PENDANT, ROSEBUD. Recent and current project SWOV is involved in are RiPCORD-iSEREST, In-Safety, HUMANIST, SUPREME, PEPPER and SafetyNet. Moreover, SWOV was one of the three participating (i.e. safest) countries in SUNflower and its follow-up SUNflower+6.
SWOV is represented in the Board of the Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes FERSI.
For more information go to www.swov.nl

Responsible Person

Govert Schermers

Other persons involved

Fred Wegman
Rob Eenink
Atze Dijkstra
Kirsten Duivenvoorden
Martine Reurings
Paula Marchesini