2-5 October 2018

Organizing Committee

For the organization of the HVTT15, four public organizations joined forces: Rijkswaterstaat, the Han University of Applied Sciences, the RDW and the Municipality of Rotterdam. 

Loes Aarts


Loes Aarts General Chair of the Organizing Committee, vice-president Europe for the IFRTT and senior advisor of Rijkswaterstaat. She is jointly responsible for the Rijkswaterstaat strategic agenda on transport and logistics. Engaged in the field of infrastructure and road freight transport, weights and dimensions of commercial vehicles and tests with automated and cooperative vehicles. She chairs the OECD Working Group Policies to extend the Life of Road Assets. In the past Loes has been project manager for research projects on trials with high capacity vehicles in The Netherlands.

Rijkswaterstaat is responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands. This includes the main road network, the main waterway network and water systems.

'The design of trucks is a constant debate between the laws of nature and economic and social needs; the friction between trucks and the environment in which they operate a frequent subject for discussion. The HVTT15 offers a platform for all stakeholders involved and beyond to share views, unexpected, maybe disturbing. Cause these are exiting times in which everything seems to move. To keep the debate anchored: the truck is the starting point, but the whole transport system is the scope. We invite you! Feel welcome.'
Joop Pauwelussen

HAN University of Applied Sciences

Joop Pauwelussen Scientific chair of the Organizing Committee and IFRTT Board Member. After 11 years of research as full-time professor in Mobility Technology, he was appointed in 2014 as director of the Automotive Institute of the HAN University of Applied Sciences. From September 2017, he returns to research, joining the HAN Automotive Research team as an associated professor, specialized in vehicle dynamics and control, heavy vehicle technology and vehicle-driver interaction.

HAN Automotive Institute is part of the HAN Faculty of Engineering and offers degree courses and programs for professionals at both Bachelors and Masters levels. HAN Automotive Research carries out applied research on smart and clean vehicles.

'Multidisciplinary knowledge exchange and understanding each other language is essential to realize sustainable, efficient and safe heavy goods transport. That means bringing enthusiastic people together, to share their passion, and that is exactly what the HVTT15 symposium from 2 – 5 October 2018 in Rotterdam will do. Don’t’ miss it.'
Bert de Rooij


Bert de Rooij is Manager Exemptions Exceptional Transport at RDW. Together with his RDW colleagues he contributes to road safety, traffic flow, sustainable infrastructure and economic benefits of exceptional transport. Yearly 30.000 exemptions are submitted in the Netherlands. An important part of all exceptional transports goes from Rotterdam to other European countries. In close cooperation with road owners we offer a network for heavy transports for indivisible loads. By using state of the art technologies we adapt to a fast moving environment and contribute to a positive exceptional image.
RDW is the Netherlands Vehicle Authority in the mobility chain. RDW has developed extensive expertise through its years of experience in executing its statutory and assigned tasks. Tasks in the area of the licensing of vehicles and vehicle parts, supervision and enforcement, registration, information provision and issuing documents.

'Exceptional vehicles and cargo are the basis of our worldwide economy. Large and heavy transports are often not noticed in daily traffic. I see this as a compliment for us all and my modest contribution for supplying routes for exceptional transports. The interaction between the vehicle, the roads, infrastructure, and the environment is exciting and developing very fast. I am very eager to learn from your experiences and visions of the future and to share mine We are going to ensure that the HVTT15 is going to be an exceptional experience for you, put it in your agenda!'
Richard van der Wulp

Municipality of Rotterdam

Richard van der Wulp is Urban planner at the Municipality of Rotterdam. He coordinates the policy of urban transportation of goods, and also on international traffic related subjects. He works on the policy and actions for Rotterdam to become the best innovative port of the world, and have the cleanest urban city logistics. Rotterdam is at the moment one of the leading cities in zero emission city logistics. At the Erasmus university of Rotterdam Richard has graduated with a Master of Science degree in Economics.

Rotterdam is a city in the Netherlands, in South Holland within the Rhine–Meuse–Schelde river delta at the North Sea. Its history goes back to 1270 when a dam was constructed in the river Rotte by people settled around it for safety. In 1340, Rotterdam was granted city rights by the Count of Holland. A major logistic and economic centre, Rotterdam is Europe’s largest port and has a population of 633,471 (2017), the second-largest in the Netherlands, just behind Amsterdam. Rotterdam is enclosed region, with about 1.2 million inhabitants.

'The HVVT15 is not just your average conference about goods transportation. It has that extra touch of discussing our involvement in the social problems in an highly interactive setting. People from all kinds of organizations and all around the world will be there. See you too in Rotterdam!'
Joris Cornelissen


General coordination