Greetings! It’s my pleasure and honor to serve you and AAAM by organizing the content of the 2019 Annual Scientific Conference. I’m excited for our upcoming program “Safety Without Borders” in which we hope to emphasize how members of AAAM reach across functions, across disciplines, and across oceans to pursue our common mission: saving lives and eliminating road traffic injuries.

Our main scientific conference is developing into a full mix of content covering all aspects of the Haddon Matrix and all Five Pillars of the UN Decade of Action. Until the final agenda is available, check the website often for content updates. We also will be highlighting our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) by holding dedicated sessions during the conference to talk about two important topics: Automated Vehicles (AV-SIG) and Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC-SIG). Our Keynote Speakers, Dr. Mark Rosekind and Dr. Jac Wismans, each have broad multidisciplinary experience and are now spending their efforts addressing these SIG topics of AV and LMIC, respectively.

Please also consider participating in some of the content and events beyond the main scientific conference. We will have multiple pre-conference opportunities, particularly the Student Research Symposium, an AIS Workshop, and a UN Five Pillars workshop representing a new intercontinental partnership with Fundacion Gonzalo Rodriquez (FGR). After the conference, we are offering attendees the opportunity to visit SAMUR-Proteccion Civil, the pre-hospital emergency public service of the City of Madrid, where visitors can observe and discuss the operations of emergency care in Spain compared to other systems such as the USA.

I’m grateful for the invaluable assistance of others who are putting so much effort into organizing this year’s Annual Scientific Conference: Francisco Lopez -Valdes, Ashley Weaver, Katie Keel, our SIG Chairs Aditya Belwadi and Brian Fildes, and many others. Their assistance no doubt will make this annual AAAM gathering an enjoyable experience.

I look forward to seeing you all in Madrid, and please invite your colleagues to join us!

Jason Hallman, PhD
Chair, Annual Program Subcommittee
AAAM Scientific Program Committee