Transed 2018 Welcome Message from Eden's President

Dear Guests, Colleagues, and Friends,

Greetings from Eden Family!

The 15th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons, (TRANSED 2018) is scheduled to be held at Taipei International Convention Center during 12 Nov 2018 (Mon) to 15 Nov 2018 (Thu). The theme of the conference is "Mobility for all: Connecting the World with Accessible Transportation," which focuses on four main areas:

1. Accessible Transportation and Tourism in Air, Land, and Water.

2. Safe & Sustainable Mobility for Elderly and Persons with Disabilities.

3. Collaboration and Coordination across Information Financial and Transportation Services.

4. Smart City Network & Smart Growth in the Asia Pacific Region and Worldwide.

Held every two or three years, TRANSED series of conferences are milestone events in the field of accessible transportation, attracting researchers, policymakers, transport operators, consumers and other specialists from around the world to share innovations and best practices in order to make transportation and mobility accessible to everyone.

From the first conference in 1978 held at Cambridge, UK, this coveted conference has been to different continents providing a platform for innovation, research and inclusive practices in mobility and transport under the aegis of the US Transportation Research Board of National Academies (TRB).

Eden Social Welfare Foundation (hereafter referred to as Eden) is deeply honored to host this prestigious triennial International Conference in Taiwan. With a phenomenal rise in the aging population in Taiwan, it is truly significant to have the conference in Taiwan and mull over the challenges and prospects the inclusive and accessible transportation poses before the developing economies in our region.

Eden, in its 36 years of existence, has sought to accomplish the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and follow the principles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), proactively sharing and communicating with the international community regarding the experiences of serving the older adults and the persons with disabilities. In particular, our experiences that it is “accessibility” that largely decides whether or not, the older adults, children, women who are family way, people of all sizes and dimensions and persons with disabilities, can fully participate in our society, contribute to the development of nation and reap the benefits of social inclusion.

After three years of rigorous preparation, a warm-up event took place last year, with the "2017 Cooperation Forum on Accessibility & Prosperity in Cities," in which scholars and experts were invited to visit Taiwan to inspect the progress of the TRANSED 2018 preparations, and experience the accessible transportation systems in five major cities in Taiwan. The visiting experts were encouraged to see the commitment shown by the city leadership and they saw a huge potential in Taiwan’s march towards inclusive and accessible cities that are not only smart but also humane. We at Eden, sincerely hope to plan and create a platform at this international conference through the exchange of expertise and experience from various countries. With diverse presentations such as keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and VR experience exhibition given by renowned subject experts, scholars and practitioners from Europe, the United States, and the Asia Pacific region, the conference is set to provide participants with a rich and innovative learning environment and enhance their professional knowledge in relevant fields, hoping to further benefit more older adults and persons with disabilities in the future!

Each TRANSED International Conference has always been an innovation milestone for accessible transportation in the global community. We sincerely invite you to attend, contribute to, partner with us, support and sponsor this remarkable event in Taiwan, to link up with the world, create a forward-looking, smart and sustainable accessible transportation and services for the older adults and persons with disabilities.

On behalf of the Eden Family & TRANSED 2018 Organizing Committee, I look forward to your participation in all forms possible, as a visitor, delegate, researcher, partner, supporter, sponsor or an exhibitor. Let's make the best use of this unique opportunity and take ownership of making this coveted and unique conference a grand success.

Thank you,


Cheng Liang,

Chairperson of Organizing Committee, TRANSED 2018

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