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  • Congratulations to the China Academy of Transportation Sciences for its 60 year's jubilee!
    VREF joins the other China Academy of Transportation Sciences partners in celebrating the progress and accomplishments it has reached during its 60 years of operation, and its contributions to urban and regional transportation.
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  • The Lee Schipper Scholarship 2020 awardees – this year with a first scholar from Africa!
    Three new researchers have been awarded the prestigious Lee Schipper Scholarship Award for transformative research proposals to challenge conventional wisdom. In addition to the classic international window awarded to two researchers since 2012, this year a third tailored scholarship supporting researchers from Africa was secured and successfully awarded to a meritorious young researcher thanks to the support from the Volvo Research and Educational Foundation.
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  • Young Leaders in Sustainable Transport, four candidates selected
    The SLOCAT Partnership together with the VREF have launched in May 2019 the Young Leaders in Sustainable Transport programme. Here are the 2020 selected candidates
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  • ITDP Webinar: Complete Streets: Finding Space for Freight, Presentation now available on-line
    Thank you again for your interest in the webinar given by Alison Conway, "Complete Streets: Finding Space for Freight", on april 22, 2020. The presentation is now availble on-line.

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  • Cancellation: Mobilize Week in Pune, India
    In 2020, the Mobilize Week was planned to be held June 10 to 12, 2020. Prior to the Mobilize days, VREF should have hold 2 workshops as usual on June 8 and 9. These events are now cancelled.
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  • VREF support the Call for Lee Schipper Scholarship out for application
    The Schipper family and the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities are now accepting applications for the 2020 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency.
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  • Study Visit Grant 2020, Open Call
    The VREF invites PhD students and researchers at early stages of their careers (max 5 years after PhD exam) to apply for grants for short-term study visits. The invitation is continuously open until October 31st, 2020
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  • Lee Schipper Scholars presented at theTransforming Transportation 2020 (January 16-17, 2020)
    Since 2018 the Volvo Research and Educational Foundation has supported the Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency. At this year’s Transforming Transportation, hosted by the World Bank and the World Resources Institute, a plenary session was hosted by the former CNN moderator Femi Oke to present the 2020 Lee Schipper Scholarship for Sustainable Transport Award.
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  • Publication of the synthesis about the Governance of Metropolitan Transport
    Today, the VREF release a synthesis by Måns Lönnroth about the Governance of Metropolitan Transport. The synthesis is based on five papers to be released within short together with this publication.
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  • The Governance of Metropolitan Transport Systems
    Decision-makers and academics from different parts of the world gathered in Lund to discuss how political agency and systems governing public transport interact and vary between countries. The conference was a joint initiative by the VREF and K2.
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  • Young Leaders in Sustainable Transport, Call for Applications
    The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) are launching the Young Leaders in Sustainable Transport programme. The deadline for submissions is 20 May 2019.
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  • Håkan Frisinger Award 2018
    Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Means of Transport Research awards its 2018 scholarship to Professor Sonia Yeh, Chalmers University of Technology. The scholarship, amounting to 250 000 SEK, rewards Sonia Yeh for her innovative research concerning sustainable transport and developing solutions for mobility.
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  • Study Visit Grant 2019, Open Call
    The VREF invites PhD students and researchers at early stages of their careers (max 5 years after PhD exam) to apply for grants for short-term study visits. The invitation is continuously open until October 31st, 2019
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  • Håkan Frisinger Award 2017
    Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Means of Transport Research awards its 2017 scholarship to Professor Jonas Sjöberg, Chalmers University of Technology. The scholarship with an amount by 250 000 SEK, rewards Jonas Sjöberg for his extensive research work on safe autonomous vehicles with low emissions for a sustainable future.
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  • Study Visit Grant 2018, Open Call
    The VREF invites PhD students and early stage researchers (max 5 years after PhD exam) to apply for a VREF Study Visit Grant (SVG). The invitation is continuously open until October 31st, 2018, and the study visit should be carried out before December 31st, 2018.
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  • Torbjörn Holmström appointed new chair of the VREF Board
    Torbjörn Holmström, Senior Advisor to the CEO Volvo Group in Research and Technology, has been appointed Chair of the Board of the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, VREF, as from January 2018. He will be succeeding Anders Brännström, who will retire after chairing the Board for the past seven years.
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  • Meeting of the Minds released its yearly magazine 2017
    Drawn from this year's best blog posts on MeetingoftheMinds.org, The Annual features the work of important urban sustainability thought leaders like Susan Shaheen, Boris Karsch, Joyce Coffee, and others.
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  • Håkan Frisinger Award 2016 and Seminar 2017
    The Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research has awarded its 2016 scholarship of SEK 250,000 to Louise Olsson, Professor at the division of Chemical Engineering, and manager for the Chemical engineering division.
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  • On-Going Call 170213 - Study Visit Grant 2017
    The VREF invites PhD students and researchers in early stages of their career (max 5 years after PhD exam) to apply for grants for short-term study visits. The invitation is continuously open until October 31st, 2017, and the study visit should be carried out before December 31st, 2017.
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  • VREF Workshop: Transforming – Turning Big Data and Transit Database into Action
    The China Urban Sustainable Transport Research Center (CUSTReC), held an international workshop in Beijing on 23-25th May 2016, exploring the rapidly evolving applications of database and big data to support the massive China urban public transport implementation and evaluation challenges in the 21st century.
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  • How to Integrate Equity into Transport - A Conversation with Harry T. Dimitriou
    Many medium-size cities today are projected to become big cities by 2050. Given the fast pace of change and based on your evaluation of projects around the world, how can those cities deliver needed transport infrastructure in a way that actually brings benefits to the most people?
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  • Study Visit Grant 2016, Reminder
    The VREF would like to remind the PhD students and researchers in early stages of their career (max 5 years after PhD exam) that the application for grants for short-term study visits is still running. The invitation is continuously open until October 31st, 2016, and the study visit should be carried out before December 31st, 2016.
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  • Håkan Frisinger Award 2015
    The development of crash test dummies has played a vital role in terms of car safety. Two researchers into traffic safety are now being rewarded for their crucial work in the field of biomechanical research. The Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research has awarded its 2015 scholarship of SEK 250,000 to Associate Professor Astrid Linder and Professor Mats Svensson.
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  • Håkan Frisinger Award 2013
    The Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research awarded its 2013 scholarship to Professor Lars Nielsen at Linköping University.
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  • Håkan Frisinger Award 2012 rewards eco-friendly transportation
    The Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research will be awarding the scholarship for 2012 to Professor Ingemar Denbratt at Chalmers University of Technology. Ingemar Denbratt will receive the scholarship of SEK 250,000 for his successes in combustion-engine research, as well as his national and international cooperation with industry within the Combustion Engine Research Center (CERC) and various EU projects.
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  • Håkan Frisinger Award ceremony 2011 at Chalmers Hus, Gothenburg, Sweden
    The Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research has awarded its 2011 scholarship to Professor Annika Stensson Trigell, Director of the Centre of Vehicle Engineering Research at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Chosen by the Volvo Research and Education Foundations, the award is accompanied by a cheque for SEK 250,000.
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  • Håkan Frisinger Award 2011 (... and more about the seminar...)
    The Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research awarded its 2011 scholarship to Professor Annika Stensson Trigell from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
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  • VREF Workshop: Transforming Access, Mobility and Delivery in Cities – Turning Knowledge into Action
    The workshop explores the rapidly evolving reality of urban transportation in the 21st century. The event will bring together key leaders, global experts and advocates in New York. Participants include the United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.
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  • Håkan Frisinger Award 2014
    The Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research awarded its 2014 scholarship to Professor Margareta Friman at Karlstad University.
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  • Live Webinar: BRT in the Americas: New Trends and Opportunities
    On March 10, 2015 at 9am PST, the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations together with Meeting of the Minds will host a live webinar on the topic of Bus Rapid Transit.
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  • Håkan Frisinger Award 2014
    The Håkan Frisinger Foundation awarded its 2014 scholarship in April 1, 2015 during a seminar held at Chalmers. Links to the Margareta Friman's presentation.Other presentations are also found here.
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  • OMEGA Executive Summary in Swedish
    The Executive Summary of the OMEGA Project Final Report is now published in Swedish. The OMEGA Project (2007-2013), a VREF Center of Excellence project, was led by Prof. Harry Dimitriou at University College London.

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  • Urban Freight for Livable Cities Publication
    Based on the papers presented in the 2012 international VREF Future Urban Transport Conference, this book aims to make the freight issue more visible, by sharing experiences and new ideas from across the world.
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  • VREF invests in research and education in Urban Freight
    The Board of the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) has decided to invest substantially in the area of urban freight. VREF follows up previous investment in the program Future Urban Transport with two new Centers of Excellence starting in 2013, with the ambition to boost international knowledge and capacity building in the field.
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  • 10 Years with the FUT-Programme Pdf.
    The VREF, after ten years of contribution to the development of sustainable transportation, summarize their activities and close collaboration with their initiated CoEs through a book.
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  • VREF publishes new report
    A new VREF publication sheds light on ongoing research under Future Urban Transport (FUT) programme. The report contains descriptions of all of the activities within the programme, encompassing research efforts under six different themes.
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  • Rapid-bus-service research solves traffic problems
    The Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) has established a new Centre of Excellence, in Santiago, Chile, performing research on Bus Rapid Transit Systems. The results will be applicable to efforts worldwide to transform urban mobility systems.
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  • Håkan Frisinger Award 2010
    The Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research awarded its 2010 scholarship to Professor Bengt Johansson from Lunds University.
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  • Rapid-bus-service research solves traffic problems
    The Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) has established a new Centre of Excellence, in Santiago, Chile, performing research on Bus Rapid Transit Systems. The results will be applicable to efforts worldwide to transform urban mobility systems.
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WALKING

Call for Project Proposals Pdf, 402.9 kB.

Deadline: 15 September 2022

MOBILITY AND ACCESS

- Fourth Call for Research Proposals Pdf, 1.3 MB.

Closed: 1 September 2022

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- Catalysing Curriculum Change at Universities in SSA 2022 Pdf, 1.3 MB.

Deadline extended to 1 Nov. 2022

STUDY VISIT GRANT 2022

Deadline: 31 October 2022

MOBILITY GRANT 2022- MAC-MG 2022 Pdf, 447.1 kB.

Deadline: 31 October 2022

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Global Mobility Research

This Meeting of the Minds' blog monthly releases interviews of global transportation researchers from the VREF's Future Urban Transport Program Network.

TheCityFix

This CityFix series, produced by the WRI (World Ressources Institute) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and supported by the VREF, discusses walking and cycling in cities with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries.

About VREF

The Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) inspires, initiates and supports research and educational activities through the Future Urban Transport Programme - How to deal with the complexity of urban transport (FUT). 

Our Vision: Sustainable transport for equitable access in urban areas

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