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A call for co-creation! Join the shaping of VREF Virtual Research Forum, taking place during the Mobilize Summit, and get the chance to full admission for both events.

This year, the Mobilize Summit will be a virtual event, taking place October 26, 28 and 30. During the same week, on October 27 and 29, the VREF network will come together through a Virtual Research Forum on Future Urban Transport – and we want everyone to join us in making this a co-created event of high relevance.

A virtual opportunity

The Mobilize summit 2020 and VREF Virtual Research Forum will comprehend ambitious events with expected audiences of 100-500 people globally. We hope that you will join us in this exciting exploratory project to develop a virtual event of this scale and relevance in the time of Covid-19!
We especially invite you to take an active part in making VREF Virtual Research Forum a platform for a broad exchange, reflecting priorities and points of strong (or emergent) interest within the VREF community.

Hosted conversations

For example the VREF Virtual Research Forum will offer a range of hosted conversations, where 10-12 people from the VREF community are given the chance to share insights, experiences and perspectives on topics of mutual interest. Each conversation will be only 42 minutes long. There will be no presentations, no papers – participants such as yourself will bring to the table only their own experiences and perspectives, as well as a willingness to share and listen. A conversation host will lead the way. In total there is space for about 20 conversations, where each participant can participate in a maximum of 4.

VREF has a limited number of tickets to the VREF Research Forum and Mobilize Summit which are available for free to researchers and others in the VREF community.

To get on the list and have a chance on these tickets, you need to take part in a survey. It takes just a minute but will help us a lot, by indicating which topics you all think would be most interesting, relevant or urgent to have conversations about.

So please, click the link below to express your interest in participating in the Mobilize Summit and VREF Research Forum, as well as to indicate what topics you would most like to discuss. Join us in shaping the event together!

VREF Virtual Research Forum will be held October 27 & 29, – 9:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT.

Click here if you are interested in joining.

Please, feel free to spread this information on Mobilize and VREF Virtual Research Forum with colleagues in the VREF network. If you have any thoughts, ideas or questions regarding the events, please do not hesitate to contact us.

For further information & updates on the Mobilize virtual summit, you can even visit


Event: MOBILIZE Week


  • The Mobilize Summit: October 26, 28 & 30 – 9:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT.
  • The VREF Virtual Research Forum: October 27 & 29, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Where: Virtual

Registration's link: I am interested in joining!

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VREF invites applications for research grants to support
projects to be implemented 2022 under the programme for “Mobility & Access in African Cities”.

Deadline: 15 September 2021

MOBILITY GRANT 2021- MAC-MG 2021PDF (pdf, 443.4 kB)

The VREF invites PhD students and advanced master students from Sub-Saharan African (SSA) universities to apply for a Mobility Grant (MG) to support a visit to another SSA university with up to SEK 25 000.


The VREF invites PhD students and researchers in early stages of their career to apply for a Study Visit Grant to be supported with up to SEK 30 000.

CALL FOR NOMINATION FOR the Håkan Frisinger Award for Excellence in Transportation Research

The VREF invites universities located in Sweden to nominate candidates for The Håkan Frisinger Award (Håkan Frisingers pris till framstående transportforskare) and apply for a VREF Visiting Researcher Grant for the nominated candidate.

Closed on 2021-03-15.

Read more...PDF (pdf, 233.8 kB)

Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarships for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency targets supporting the momentum of Lee Schipper’s contribution to the international policy dialogue in these fields.

This yearly award is aimed at supporting young individual researchers and students in is pursuance.

Call deadline: March 1, 2021 .


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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.


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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