The 9th GIFTS Symposium


Global Interactive Forum on Traffic and Safety

The 9th GIFTS Symposium

2023.12.1 (Fri) 13:30 - 17:00

Purpose of the Symposium

Theme: Traffic Culture for a Sustainable Society

To date, the Global Interactive Forum on Traffic and Safety (GIFTS) has discussed the question “How can we achieve a safe and secure traffic society?” at levels ranging from the policy level to the street/road level. These discussions have focused on the definition of traffic culture, explored the behavior of road users and the activities of people and organizations associated with traffic safety, and included ongoing debates about how countries worldwide can work together to reduce traffic accidents.

GIFTS began as a platform for discussing the desired activities of the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS), which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2024. As the Association’s 50th anniversary approaches, we believe that it is important to look ahead 30 or 50 years into the future. It is important to discuss what should be done now and, at the same time, to develop the ideals of that distant future.

During the eight previous GIFTS, discussions have focused on the mobility of people living in each region of the world, emphasizing the mobility of the regions and regional differences. The perspective of each forum has been the importance of creating a better traffic society. In forum discussions, the differences in each region have been viewed as “traffic culture.”

At this year’s GIFTS, we would like to discuss ways to think about regional mobility and efforts to change “traffic culture” into a better form in order to achieve a safe and ideal traffic society. The 3Es (Engineering, Enforcement, Education), which are key words within the goal of a safe traffic society, impact not only changes in technology and systems, but also people’s ways of thinking about safety. Regional perspectives on these ways of thinking and on mobility or traffic culture exist in their own environments and have individual histories. Based on this premise, activities that change people’s behavior toward safer and more ideal mobility have been implemented in many regions worldwide. The discussions at this year’s GIFTS will focus on the specific responsibilities that should be borne by all of the entities involved in mobility, considering the diverse regional activities and backgrounds.

We believe that these discussions will yield an important perspective in considering what can be done within the field of mobility to build a sustainable society.

General Information

Event Name Global Interactive Forum on Traffic and Safety (GIFTS)
Dates 2023.12.1 (Fri) 13:30 - 17:00 (JST)

Tokyo Convention Hall

TOKYO SQUARE GARDEN 5F, 3-1-1 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8340, Japan

Organizer International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS)

Hybrid Meeting (On Site & Remote)

Japanese/English (with simultaneous interpretation)


Now accepting reservations

Until 2023.11.30 (Thu) 15:00 (JST)


Anyone can join. (Online registration required)

Registration fee



Participants are welcome to join on-site symposium. If the on-site registration exceed the seating capacity, on-site registration will be closed. After closing, participants can attend the event by online only.




14:00 - 14:05

Opening Remarks

[IATSS President]

Kazuhiko Takeuchi

14:05 - 14:10


[IATSS GIFTS Committee Chairman]

Akihiro Nakamura

14:10 - 14:30

Keynote Speech1

Nicholas J. Ward

14:30 - 14:50

Keynote Speech2

Lotte Brondum

14:50 - 15:20

Break Time

15:20 - 16:30

Panel Discussion


Shunsuke Managi Member of the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS)


Nicholas J. Ward

Lotte Brondum

Yuto Kitamura Member of the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS)

Linza Wells

16:30 - 16:50

Q&A (including attendees at the venue and remote attendees)

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Remarks


Nobuyuki Kawai


Venue Closing


Keynote Speech/Panel Discussion

Nicholas J. Ward

Nicholas Ward, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus of Montana State University and Senior Principal Scientist of Leidos. He has 30 years of international experience in traffic safety with expertise in “traffic safety culture” as the basis for implementing and sustaining the Safe System Approach. His graduate degrees are in organizational psychology and human factors from Queen’s University (Canada). As an applied psychologist, Dr. Ward has held faculty positions in psychology (University of Leeds, England), mechanical engineering (University of Minneapolis, USA), and systems engineering (Montana State University, USA). Before joining Leidos in early 2022, Dr. Ward was the Director of the Center for Health and Safety Culture, which is a multidisciplinary research and training center that studies the role of social and cultural factors in public health systems, including traffic safety. Dr. Ward is an expert in the implementation of the Safe System Approach, which requires the transformation of traffic safety culture, both amongst road users and traffic safety organizations. Dr. Ward is an invited member of both the Safe System Working Group and Safety Culture Working Group of the Prioritizing Safety Steering Committee led by the National Safety Council and Institute of Transportation Engineers. He was also consortium member and contributing author to Recommendations of the Safe System Consortium that was submitted to senate and published by John Hopkins Center for Injury Prevention. Last summer, he moderated a panel of international experts on the “Safe System Approach” hosted by the International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (Gothenburg, Sweden), which included researchers and government officials from Australia, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the USA.

Lotte Brondum

Lotte Brondum has led the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (the Alliance) as the Executive Director since 2014. The Alliance represents the voice of NGOs and mobilizes its 340 member NGOs in 100+ countries, to contribute to the 2030 target to reduce road deaths and injuries by 50%. She has led the creation of several guidelines, toolkits, campaigns and advocacy pushes and authored reports including Walking the Talk, The Day Our World Crumbled, A New Deal in Road Safety: Why We Need NGOs, and several peer reviewed publications.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Lotte worked across NGO, academic, corporate, and governmental sectors in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Vietnam, including as a CSR specialist for Coca-Cola, as a researcher for Johns Hopkins University and the US Center for Disease Control, and as an advisor to the Danish government. Her work has focused on creating partnerships for sustainable health issues, including sustainable mobility, road safety, HIV/AIDS, and other public health issues.
Lotte has a degree in Medical Anthropology from University of Copenhagen, and advanced degrees in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Nursing Science from the University of Southern Denmark.

Panel Discussion

Shunsuke Managi

Shunsuke Managi

Shunsuke Managi is the Member of the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS) and the Distinguished Professor & Director of Urban Institute at the Kyushu University, Japan. He is a director for United Nation’ Inclusive Wealth Report 2018 (IWR 2018), a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), a coordinating lead author UNESCO International Science and Evidence based Education Assessment, an editor of “Economics of Disasters and Climate Change”, “Environmental Economics and Policy Studies”, and is the author of "Technology, Natural Resources and Economic Growth: Improving the Environment for a Greener Future" and editor of "The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Economics in Asia". He is the co-chair the Scientific Committee of the 2018 World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists. He was the recipient of a JSPS Prize and council member of The Science Council of Japan. More detailed information is available at:

Yuto Kitamura

Yuto Kitamura is the Member of the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS) and 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.

Linza Wells

Linza Wells is a Director of MDS Traffic Planners & Consultants, part of MDS Consultancy Group a leading transport consultancy firm based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She has over 25 years of experience in the transport sector, and has worked on a wide range of projects in South East Asia and the Middle East. She started her career in market research in the UK and later became Senior Research Officer for a consultancy. As Executive Director currently, she has lead projects on feasibility studies for road safety, traffic planning, ports and shipping as well as rail for the company. She has a BA (Hons) from the University of Liverpool and a MSc (Econs) from the University of London. She is also a Chartered Member of The Institute of Logistics and Transport, and in 1999 obtained the best student award for Transport Planning. In 2004, Linza was honoured to be selected to attend the IATSS Forum in Suzuka, Japan and is currently an alumni member. She has lived and worked in several countries including the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, UAE and Bahrain.



Now accepting reservations

Until 2023.11.30 (Thu) 15:00 (JST)


Tokyo Convention Hall

TOKYO SQUARE GARDEN 5F, 3-1-1 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8340, Japan

By train

How to reach the Tokyo Convention Hall

  • 5 min. walk from JR Tokyo Station
  • 2 min. walk from Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line Ginza Ichome Station
  • Directly connected to Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Kyobashi Station
  • 6 min. walk from JR Yurakucho Station
  • 2 min. walk from Toei Subway Asakusa Line Takaracho Station

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