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Save the date! The next Mobilize Summit, Building Collective Action for the Next Decade, will take place in October 2020, and will be virtual

The 2020 MOBILIZE will be going virtual during the week of October 26, 2020. This year, theSummit will convene up to 500 sustainable transport experts. Attendees include leading mobility experts, high level government officials, development bank representatives, academics, and civil society members. The theme, Building Collective Action for the Next Decade, will underscore the plenaries, breakouts, and workshops, with the goal of each of us committing to taking action.

2020 is a milestone year for cities, from crisis management, to resilient sustainable transport and urban development, to addressing long standing inequities and structural injustices baked into our policies and streets. This year marks the next decade as the most crucial period for setting new norms and a tipping point for cities in light of the global pandemic. Through collective action and redefining institutional frameworks around what we value, including accessible public health, safe and accessible streets and neighborhoods, clean air, and regulating cars and freight, we can set the foundation for sustainable futures.


  • October 26, 28 and 30: MOBILIZE Virtual Summit
  • October 27 and 29: VREF Network Virtual Research Forum

For further information & updates on the virtual summit,visit


Event: MOBILIZE Week

When: From October 26-30, VREF network's webinars included

Where: Virtual

Registration: not available at the moment


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The VREF invites Sub-Saharan based researchers with expertise on sustainable and equitable
mobility and access or related areas, and strong interest in carrying out interdisciplinary research. Open for application until 2020-09-29


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.

Each year the Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research awards a scholarship to a prominent researcher.


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 extended to April 30, 2020 due to COVID19.


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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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