The Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS) held its 10th conference recently in Taipei, Taiwan. I was supposed to go but another more important activity came up that required me to stay in Manila for the duration of the conference. It is my first time to miss an EASTS conference since I started regularly attending the conference in 2003 when the 5th conference was held in Fukuoka, Japan. Previous to that, I missed 3 straight – the 2nd held in Seoul, Korea, the 3rd that was also in Taipei, and the 4th in Hanoi, Vietnam.
I learned from friends and colleagues that the 11th conference will return to the Philippines after 20 years for the 21st anniversary of the society. While the inaugural conference was held in Manila in 1995, the 11th will be in Cebu in 2015. This is an exciting development for the Philippines, especially for those in the field of transportation including researchers and practitioners. In the past conferences, the host country is presented an opportunity to present more academic and practical papers than what are usually presented by the country when the conference is held elsewhere and participation is limited due mainly to limited resources for travel and accommodations overseas.
A friend posted a couple of images apparently taken from the presentation made by the delegation representing the Transportation Science Society of the Philippines (TSSP). I’m reposting these here as an early promotion of the conference in 2015.
The iconic jeepney as mascot of the EASTS 2015 conference to be held in Cebu
Logo for the EASTS 2015 conference in Cebu featuring the monument commemorating Magellan’s voyage that led him to the island in 1521.