Professor of Traffic Safety appointed at VTI

Astrid Linder has been appointed Professor of Traffic Safety, with a focus on injury prevention, at the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, VTI. Astrid has extensive experience and deep knowledge within the area and will continue to contribute to increasing traffic safety in her new position.

This new appointment has introduced a new area to the prior professorships held at VTI. Previous appointments include highway engineering, human-machine interaction (HMI) within the transport sector as well as environmental analysis and economics focused on transport.

“In the light of Agenda 2030 and the Global Sustainability Goals, we envisage great potential in further developing the traffic safety research at VTI. The appointment of the new professorship comes at the right time,” says Tomas Svensson, Director General at VTI.

Astrid Linder has been involved in injury prevention since the late 1990s. Astrid has a Master of Science in Engineering Physics, received her Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Traffic Safety at Chalmers University of Technology in 2002 and in 2016 she was appointed Associate Professor of Injury Prevention at Chalmers. She joined VTI as a Research Leader in 2005 and since 2007 she has been appointed Research Director of the Traffic Safety and Traffic Systems unit.

Between 2014 and 2017 Astrid was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University Accident Research Centre, Melbourne, Australia. In addition to contributing to the development of road safety through various research projects, Astrid has participated in numerous different international collaborations and has received several international awards.

For many, Astrid is renowned for her work in developing both physical and virtual models of the average female for crash testing. She is also currently coordinating a comprehensive EU project called VIRTUAL, aiming to develop virtual crash test methods and human body models.

“I look forward to continuing to develop traffic safety in my new role and thus reducing the risk of losing lives and health in road traffic, says Astrid Linder.

She emphasises that the work of developing road safety is a collaborative project taking place both nationally and internationally.

Sweden has contributed with valuable expertise and experience internationally to improve road safety, at the same time being inspired by initiatives in other countries. My aim is to continue contributing. Another area important to me involves creating conditions and contexts for future generations of road safety researcher.”

Astrid Linder will take up the new professorship on 1 January 2021.