Event Date/Time: Jun 09, 2008 End Date/Time: Jun 11, 2008
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The Via Nordica Congress is arranged by the Nordic Road Association every four years.

Long distances, four seasons and unpredictable weather conditions are all typical features of Northern Europe. The Nordic countries are well known for having a high standard of living, competitive industrial production as well as being at the forefront of innovation in many scientific and technological areas. All this calls for a safe, durable and under all circumstances well functioning road and transport infrastructure. This cannot be achieved without a high level of competence in research and development as well as an effective utilization of innovations within both traditional and modern technologies. This entails both strong regional cooperation within the Nordic countries and interaction with the wider world.

Via Nordica 2008 offers experts and others within the field an excellent opportunity to share ideas, learn from one another and establish fruitful contacts. The slogan of this Congress is Via Nordica - the Road Ahead. It focuses on the challenges of the future and the solutions that must be created to meet them.

The congress is also open for experts beyond the Nordic countries, experts who would like to share our experiences and bring a valuable and welcomed international element to this Nordic Congress.

Congress Programme

The work carried out within NRA aims at promoting the development of roads and road transport in the Nordic countries. Traditionally this is achieved by teamwork and exchange of information and experiences in the professional networks formed by the Technical Committees. During the four-year period preceding the Via Nordica 2008 congress, special emphasis has been put on the on-going restructuring of road management, customer orientation and co-operation between different parties within the road sector as well as between different modes of transportation.

The themes of the Via Nordica 2008 congress underline the same issues with a strong emphasis on the way towards a sustainable future. The motto of the congress is:

Via Nordica - the Road Ahead

Theme 1: Focusing on people
The transport system serves the needs of different road user groups and the development of the society as a whole. The focus is on people also in connection with road management and production, all activities requiring more and more holistic thinking, co-operation and partnering.

Theme 2: Safe service for all road users
The transport system is a complex combination of infrastructure, products and services, all of which aim at providing safe and functional mobility to all customers, taking into consideration the requirements of sustainable development.

Theme 3: How do we move and what moves us in the future?
The infrastructure realized today is planned to serve the road user for decades. But do we know enough about future technologies and fuels, mobility, modal split etc.? Are we prepared to meet all challenges?

Theme 4: The road ahead
The congress ends up with a conclusion of the present situation, a vision of the future and a clarifying picture of the transport policies that should be pursued on the road ahead.


Additional Information

The preliminary programme can be downloaded at http://www.vianordica2008.fi.