Professor Astrid Linder
Research Director of Traffic Safety, The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
Prof Astrid Linder received her PhD in traffic safety from Chalmers University of Technology in 2002 from where she also has a MSc in Engineering Physics. She is an Adjunct Professor in Injury Prevention at Chalmers University. Since 2005 she has been Research Director of Traffic Safety at Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), responsible for the development of the research area crash safety and biomechanics. Traffic safety, models of the human in crash testing, injury prevention and crash related countermeasures are main fields of her research activity in which she has extensively published and presented around the world during the last two decades.
She has coordinated the EU funded project ADSEAT where the world first virtual dummy model of an average female for rear impact, EvaRID, was developed and is the project leader of the ViVA projects in which an Open Source Human Body Model of an average female is developed. She is the coordinator of the EU-funded project VIRTUAL in which an open source human body model of an average female and males for virtual testing are being developed.
She has been appointed expert of the Transport Advisory Group (TAG) and Advisory Group on Gender for the coming research programme Horizon 2020 initiated by the European Commission. She has been presented with the EU Champions of Transport Research Road (2014), EU Champions of Transport Research Overall Winner Transport (2014), the US Government Safety Engineering Excellence (2015) and Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, the Håkan Frisinger (2015) awards.
11:30-13:00 22 November
Thematic Sessions III. c. The Widespread Manifestations and Important Consequences of Gender Bias in Science
Sex and gender bias in the assessment of vehicle safety: from biology to occupant models
Although governments in European countries and other parts of the world aim at creating inclusive societies for all individuals through gender equality, there is a gap that needs bridging between this aim and how vehicle occupant safety is actually assessed. Despite injury statistics showing that protection in the event of a crash is not equal for women and men, the average male represents the adult population in vehicle safety assessments. Development and usage of occupant models representing the female part of the population, i.e. crash test dummies representing the average female, for use in regulatory tests together with the male equivalent would narrow this gap.