Since its establishment in 1974, the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS) has strived for the realization of an ideal traffic society through activities focused on surveys and research relating to traffic and its safety. During the time since, with the great transformations in the environments which encompass global traffic, it now seems imperative to design the ideal traffic society for the next generation by tackling practical initiatives based on regional characteristics and cultural backgrounds throughout the world, and in manifold domains including environment, energy, natural disasters, and social welfare, alongside traffic safety.


From this standpoint, IATSS regularly holds the annual Global Interactive Forum on Traffic and Safety (GIFTS), an international discussion platform towards the sustainable "co-creation" of knowledge with disparate regions and countries, emphasizing "Transdisciplinary" perspectives involving all relevant persons involved in traffic, regardless of academic domain in planning.


This year's GIFTS is the fourth such meeting and takes as its theme “Considering Traffic Safety from the Comparative-cultural Viewpoint.” For the occasion, stressing the traffic-related importance
of understanding regional and cultural backgrounds, experts will introduce specific practical examples of results of studies in various parts of the world and have discussions with authorities from IATSS, vexternal experts and workers in international organizations.


I sincerely request that everyone actively share in the realization of the planning of GIFTS.


Kazuhiko Takeuchi
President, IATSS



Venue U Thant International Conference Hall(3F),
United Nations University,
5-53-70 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, Japan
Date Friday, November 2, 2018
Host International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS)

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