Conference programme and presentations

(Conference languages: English and German - simultaneous translation;
Please note that we may not publish the speakers presentations here due to intellectual property rights reasons. If you are interested in one of the presentations, please get in touch with EU-project.akademie(at)dekra(dot)com and we are going to forward it to you!)

Thursday, 13 December 2012

(Conference moderator: James Tillyer, FTA, UK
and Malte Stamer, DEKRA Akademie GmbH, DE)


Coffee and registration



Welcome and introduction

Dietmar Metzger, DEKRA Akademie GmbH (DE)

Ulrike Buhrke, Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (DE)

Isabelle Bonnaire, National Agency - Education for Europe at BIBB (DE)





ProfDRV - the European project and its baseline

"ProfDRV - Professional driving more than just driving: a European project on professional driver qualification across Europe"
Claudia Ball, DEKRA Akademie GmbH (DE) (ppt)

"Strengthening attractivity and comparability of VET qualifications in the EU"
Peter Thiele, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (DE)

"Professional driver training in Europe and directive 2003/59/EC"
Flora Deville, AFT-IFTIM (FR) (ppt)


Lunch break



Well educated professional drivers - what does this mean?

"Well educated professional drivers: the perspective of the haulage industry"
Neale Burdon & Chris Grice, Eddie Stobart (UK) (ppt)

"An EQF-based tasks oriented core profile for professional drivers in Europe"
Helmut M. Niegemann & Anna Wohlfarth, University of Erfurt (DE) (ppt)
Matthias Ball, DEKRA Akademie GmbH (DE) (ppt)

"Occupational health and safety - an underestimated stepchild within professional driver training"
Paula Kärmeniemi, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FI) (ppt)


Coffee break



The implementation of a common minimum qualification for professional drivers: experiences challenges and opportunities

"Implementation of directive 2003/59/EC in the Netherlands"
Hans Konings & John van Rijn, VTL (NL) (ppt)

"Implementation of directive 2003/59/EC: Commonalities, differences and consequences"
Tanja Bacher, 3s research laboratory (AT) (ppt)

"On the way to a common minimum qualification for Canadian truck drivers?"
Angela Splinter, Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council (CA) (ppt)


End of day

Friday, 14 December 2012

(Conference moderation: James Tillyer, FTA, UK
and Malte Stamer, DEKRA Akademie GmbH, DE)


Introduction and Summary of day one



Enhancing comparability and transparency of professional drivers qualification in Europe

“Relevance of a convergence towards a common denominator of professional drivers abilities across Europe, Conclusions of the IRU-ETF STARTS Analysis and DRIVEN projects”
Patrick Philipp, IRU (ppt)

"The ProfDRV quality standards: recommendations for professional driver training in Europe"
Joanna Burchert & Nils Petermann,
University of Bremen/ Institut Technik und Bildung (DE) (ppt)

"Implementing vocational training based on learning outcomes: opportunities consequences and necessary changes"
Andrè Huigens, Wellantcollege (NL) (ppt)


Coffee break


Key note: "The future of professional driving" (ppt)
Prof. Dr. Tobias Bernecker, University Heilbronn (DE)




Final panel discussion on:
"The future of professional driver qualification in Europe"

Moderator: Ed Mahood, DEKRA Akademie GmbH (DE)
Panel members:
_Flora Deville, AFT-IFTIM (FR)
_Inga-Lena Heinisch, ETF
_Peter Littig, DEKRA Akademie GmbH (DE)
_Benedikt Peppinghaus, BIBB (DE) (tbc)
_Angela Splinter, CTHRC (CA)
_James Tillyer, FTA (UK) and EuroTra


Conclusion and conference close
Peter Littig, DEKRA Akademie GmbH (DE)


End of conference

 (Printable version of conference programme, as of 05 December 2012)