EASTS (Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies) was founded in November 1994 as a result of the significant meeting held in Kawana, Japan with experts in transportation coming from 13 countries/regions in Eastern Asia.
As of September 2015, the member domestic societies join from 19 countries/regions: Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka*, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. More countries/regions are expected to join as member domestic societies.
The primary objectives of the Society are to foster and support excellence in transportation research and practice and to stimulate professional interchange in all aspects and modes of transportation. Under the objectives, the Society is composed of transportation science societies (called "member domestic societies") in Eastern Asia and individuals from other countries.
One of the primary activities of the Society is organizing biennial International Conferences. Since the 1st Conference held in Manila, Philippines in 1995, 11 conferences were held in EASTS area and provided great opportunities to enrich participants' professional knowledge. The 12th conference will be held in September 2017 in Binh Duong, Vietnam.
In parallel, the Society publishes three academic journals: ATS (Asian Transport Studies), Journal of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies and Proceedings of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies. They are available on EASTS Web at www.easts.info with information of all of the other activities.
*Sri Lanka was principally and conditionally approved as a member domestic
society in 2015 and is expected to be officially approved in 2016.