Dear honorary guests,

It is our pleasure to welcome you in the Conference Hall of the Heraklion Chamber of Commerce in the International Conference “Road Crashes, Trauma and Rehabilitation”. This is the closing conference of a European project titled  “Reducing the Harm and the Burden of Injuries and human Loss caused by road traffic crashes and Addressing Injury Demands through effective interventions” (REHABIL-AID) aiming at assessing the psycho-socio-economic costs of the Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) for severely injured people and identifying factors that affect the rehabilitation process (No. MOVE/C4/SUB/2011-294/SI2.628846).

The conference will gather eminent academics, researchers, professionals and policy makers from Europe and Canada coming from various disciplines including Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Engineering. The conference will address several aspects related to severe injury sustained in road traffic crashes and the day after the accident from the victim and the service
provider perspective.

The agenda comprises keynote speeches, workshops and training courses on trauma management and rehabilitation and is ideal for health and mental care rofessionals as well as for students in the health and social care professions. Within an effort to address road injury prevention, the work of prominent esearchers in the field of traffic psychology will be also presented.

This important scientific event will be the ideal forum for the fostering of ideas and the establishing of new collaborative research links, helping to build strong esearch networks within Greece and at an international level. The conference will also give you the unique opportunity to visit Crete, one of the most vibrant regions of Greece and get to know a place with a strategic geopolitical position at  he crossroads of three continents, where king Minos and the legend of Minotaur used to live according to the Greek mythology.

We hope that this event will be the start of a fruitful dialogue among key takeholders in the field of trauma care and rehabilitation and that victims’ needs will no longer be neglected or missing from the health policy agenda of any  European country. We encourage you to read our papers and actively participate in our events and workshops and become an active agent of its messages and conclusions.

On behalf of the Scientific Committee,
Joannes Chliaoutakis and Maria Papadakaki