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IATSS 2012 International Symposium and Workshop

Transportation and Safety for the Coming Age

Learning from the Lessons of the Great East Japan Earthquake


Date: 20-21 September 2012

Location: U Thant Hall, UNU Headquarters

Organizers: International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS), UNU-ISP

Languages: English and Japanese (simultaneous interpretation available)

Contact: Keiko Sakaguchi, UNU-ISP:

Since its establishment in September 1974, the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences has sought to contribute to the realization of an ideal transportation environment by furthering international, interdisciplinary research on issues related to traffic and safety.

After the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, IATSS launched a special project of “comprehensive research on earthquake crisis management and the realization of a safe, secure transportation environment.” We held a special symposium last November, and in March of this year compiled recommendations that were presented to the Reconstruction Agency and to other related government agencies.

This fiscal year, from Thursday, 20 September to Friday, 21 September, we will host a two-day international symposium, Transportation and Safety for the Coming Age: Learning from the Lessons of the Great East Japan Earthquake, that will bring together many experts from Japan and overseas to share their knowledge with each other and with the world.


To register for this event, please click on the link below and complete the registration form. Registration will be closed when it reaches the capacity.


Thursday, 20 September

9:45-12:30 Session by IATSS International Exchange Department

Traffic Safety Policies: An International Comparison of Policy Changes

Young transportation researchers from seven countries (areas) will make a presentation concerning the traffic accident situations and changes to traffic safety policies and regulations in each country over the last 60 years (1950-2010), while also addressing the implications suggested by such a comparison.


  • Dr. Hongmei Zhou / China
  • Dr. Tri Tjahjono / Indonesia
  • Dr. Tsu-Hurng Yeh / Taiwan
  • Dr. Ilgin Gökaşar / Turkey
  • Dr. Samantha Jamson / UK
  • Dr. Anurag Pande / USA
  • Prof. Katsumi Kojima / Japan
  • Moderator:Dr. Takao Goto / Japan
13:30-17:30 Session by IATSS Symposium Department

Traffic Safety in the Future

In 2010, IATSS held a well-received talk and symposium titled “Traffic Safety in the Future.” This time we will hold a lecture and panel discussion by distinguished experts from various fields to raise global awareness of traffic safety issues and to pursue in-depth discussions about the future direction of traffic safety.


  • Prof. David F. Dinges / USA 
  • Prof. Ekkehard Brühning / Germany 
  • Prof. Werner Brilon / Germany 
  • Dr. Dominique Fleury / France

Panel Discussion
Moderator:Takeshi Tanigawa / IATSS Member
Panelists: Above four presenters

Friday, 21 September

13:30-17:00 Session by IATSS Special Research Project Team on Great East Japan Earthquake

Transportation and Safety during Emergencies

After the disaster from The Great East Japan Earthquake, we have conducted broad-ranging discussion on the restoration and new creation of the areas affected by the disaster.Based on those activities so far, now we look forward to inviting experts concerned together from both Japan and overseas for in-depth discussion of “Transportation and Safety during Emergencies” from a variety of viewpoints.

Explanation of Objective  
Kazuhiko Takeuchi / IATSS Director

Research Report  
Yoshitsugu Hayashi / IATSS Counsellor

Keynote Address  
Makoto Iokibe / Chancellor of Prefectural University of Kumamoto

Panel Discussion

Moderator:Takayuki Kishii / IATSS

  • Panelists:Heita Kawakatsu / Governor of Shizuoka Prefectural Government
  • Prof. Sutanto Soehodho / Indonesia
  • Dr. Srikantha Herath / Sri Lanka
  • Prof. David F. Dinges / USA
  • Yoshitsugu Hayashi / IATSS Counsellor

IATSS VISION Declaration 
Yasuhei Oguchi / IATSS President