Since its establishment in 1974, the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences has been aiming to achieve a desirable transportation system, with research focused on traffic safety as the core of its activities. The world transportation situation has undergone major changes, and practical efforts are required in various areas such as the environment, energy, natural disasters and social welfare. It has become increasingly important to consider the role of transportation in the context of different regional and national characteristics as well as cultural backgrounds.


From this perspective, the activities of our association place importance on a "transdisciplinary" nature, in which not only those in academic fields, but all stakeholders involved in transportation participate. As part of this effort, we have been holding the GIFTS (Global Interactive Forum on Traffic and Safety) annually since 2015, aiming to build a sustainable “co-creation of knowledge”. This is the 6th forum, with participation by experts from inside and outside Japan as well as specialists from international organizations. We will discuss various issues to be solved and future measures to be taken with everyone who participated, while keeping the ideal post-corona society in mind and taking the spread of new coronavirus infections into account.


We look forward to your active participation.


International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences
Kazuhiko Takeuchi



Diversity in Traffic Culture and Unsafe Behavior

Traffic and traffic-related problems are becoming more and more serious including environmental problems such as air pollution. In particular, the number of people who have died due to road traffic crashes exceeds 1.35 million a year, which is extremely concerning. In mid- to low-income countries which account for 90% of these deaths, the number one cause of death of children and young people, who are the nucleus of the future society, is road traffic crashes. In addition, many people in these countries cannot secure a safe and inexpensive means of transport to commute to work. Together, these issues are becoming an obstacle to economic and social development. At the same time, advanced countries are experiencing reductions in the number of deaths and injuries in have leveled off. This will require these countries to create new and traffic systems which aims to eliminate deaths from road traffic crashes.


Every country and region has its own peculiar set of values, religion, philosophy on life and social structure. This is the base of traffic participants’ normative beliefs and behavior as well as laws and institutional framework. These cultural factors influence traffic crashes and attitudes towards traffic congestion. Therefore, it is important to measure and analyze the effect of culture when trying to understand and reduce crashes, especially when comparisons are made between countries. From this viewpoint, researchers and practitioners at this symposium will clarify the definition and measurement “traffic culture” and explore its relationship with road user behavior and traffic safety stakeholder actions. By supporting common language and understanding of traffic safety culture, different countries will be better to work together to reduce traffic crashes globally. The results of these discussions are expected to pave the way for implementing more effective traffic safety measures in order of importance and urgency.


The novel coronavirus, which is currently causing significant harm all over the globe, is posing a serious threat to the safety and security in everyday life. In today’s world in which globalization is expanding, it is difficult to avoid the spread of this type of infectious disease. However, it is true that the spread can be stopped to a certain degree through changes to the awareness and behavior of everyone. “Cultural” matters are extremely important when considering people’s behavior and the sets of values behind this behavior. There may be no direct discussions about the novel coronavirus issues at this GIFTS but it may be difficult to have discussions while ignoring this phenomenon which is currently occurring on a global scale when exploring how to create the safe and secure society. We expect participants to discuss a variety of topics while sharing an awareness towards this issue at this symposium.


Opening Address Kazuhiko Takeuchi
Overview of Objectives Yuto Kitamura
Lecture + Panelist Soames Job  
Lecture + Panelist George Yannis  
Lecture + Panelist Susanna Zammataro  
Lecture + Panelist Nicholas J. Ward  
Moderator Yuto Kitamura
Closing Address Satoshi Kamada


[Japan Standard Time]

13:30 - 13:35   Opening Address
13:35 - 13:40   Overview of Objectives
13:40 - 15:00   Lectures
15:00 - 15:20   Break
15:20 - 16:20   Panel Discussion
16:20 - 16:25   Closing Address

Opening Address


Overview of Objectives

Kazuhiko Takeuchi

IATSS President

President, Institute for Global Environmental

Strategies (IGES)

Project Professor, The University of Tokyo


Yuto Kitamura

IATSS Member / Chairman, International Forum Committee

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education,

The University of Tokyo

Lecture + Panelist

*Listed in alphabetical order.

Soames Job

Head of the Global Road Safety Facility, and Global Lead Road Safety with the World Bank

Dr Soames Job is Head of the Global Road Safety Facility, and Global Lead Road Safety with the World Bank. Soames has successfully headed government lead organisations in road safety, been a Professor in road safety, and consulted for various development banks, the Uni ted Nat ions, the International Standards Organisation (ISO), and the OECD, and has provided road safety guidance to over 90 countries and states.
Previous roles include CEO of Global Road Safety Solutions Pty. Ltd.; Executive Director of the National Road Safety Council of Australia; Director of the New South Wales Centre for Road Safety; Fellow and National President of the Australasian College of Road Safety; Chair of the National Road Safety Executive Group; Deputy Chairman of ANCAP (Australian New Car Assessment Program); Director of the Health and Safety Psychology Research Unit, University of Sydney.
Mainly as member of a team, Soames has won 25 national and international awards in road safety. Soames has over 400 scientific publications.


Nicholas J. Ward

Director of the Center for Health and Safety Culture Professor of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, Montana State University

Professor Nic Ward (F. Erg. S.) is the Director of the Center for Health and Safety Culture and a Professor of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering in the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering at Montana State University. Professor Ward holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology (Human Factors) from Queen’ s University in Kingston, Canada. In his role at the Center, Professor Ward is responsible for creating a network of collaborators, creating a sustainable vision for the center, and aligning the center with the University’ s mission. He also serves as a Principal Investigator (PI) and provides leadership and expertise on multiple projects. Ward is an original member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Subcommittee on Roadway Safety Culture, co-author of the National Toward Zero Death strategy, and a recognized international leader for the advancement of traffic safety culture as the foundation for creating safe systems.
Nic resides in Bozeman, Montana. In his spare time, Nic enjoys traveling, rafting, good food and spending time with his friends and three dogs.


George Yannis

Professor, the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

George Yannis is Professor in Management of Traffic and Safety with particular focus on data management and analysis and is currently Director of the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the School of Civil Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).
For more than 30 years, he has contributed extensively in more than 260 research and engineering projects and studies and in several scientific committees of the European Commission and other International Organisations (UNECE, OECD, WHO, World Bank, EIB, CEDR, ERF, IRF, UITP, ETSC, ECTRI, WCTR, TRB).
He has published more than 600 scientific papers (182 in scientific journals) widely cited worldwide. More detailed information is available at:


Susanna Zammataro

Director General of the International Road Federation (IRF), Geneva

In her capacity as Director General of the International Road Federation (IRF) in Geneva, Switzerland, Susanna Zammataro is responsible for developing and implementing strategic plans for the organization. Established in 1948, IRF is a membership-based organisation, whose mission is to promote the development of roads and road networks that enable access and sustainable mobility for all (
Recently named as one of the 40 Most Remarkable Women in Transport by TUMI, Susanna is un untiring advocate for road safety. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the FIA High Level Panel on Road Safety and serving since 2012 as the Co-Chairperson of the “Safer Roads and Mobility” Pillar of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration Group (UNRSC), a global multi-stakeholder partnership whose aim is to facilitate international cooperation and to strengthen global and regional coordination.



Yuto Kitamura

IATSS Member / Chairman, International Forum Committee
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, The University of Toky

Yuto Kitamura is Associate Professor at Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. in Education from UCLA. He had worked at UNESCO in Paris and taught at Nagoya University and Sophia University. He was the Fulbright Scholar at the George Washington University. He is currently Associate Member of the Science Council of Japan, Member of the Board of Education at Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and Special Advisor to the Rector at Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. He is specialized in comparative education and has been conducting his researches extensively on education policy of developing countries, particularly in Southeast Asia. He was awarded the JSPS Prize in 2018, one of the highest honors for young scholars in Japan.

Closing Address

Satoshi Kamada

Executive Director, IATSS

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