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Save the date! VREF Research Forum 27 & 29 October 2020 will be held during the Mobilize Summit, Building Collective Action for the Next Decade

As announced earlier, the 2020 MOBILIZE will be going virtual during the week of October 26, 2020. For its part, VREF will convene its network to a Virtual Research Forum October 27 and October 29, 2020. Please, save the date!

This year, the VREF research community on Future Urban Transport is invited to come together through a Virtual Research Forum. The forum will be held during the Mobilize Summit 2020, which is also taking place online due to the Covid19-pandemic.

Going virtual allows us all to come together as a network for conversations, exchange and to jointly advance the Future Urban Transport agenda.

For now, please reserve the dates 27 & 29 October 2020 in your calendars.

More information on the forum, registration – and how you can take an active part – will be sent shortly.


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

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


Event: MOBILIZE Week

When: From October 27 and 29, VREF Virtual Research Forum

Where: Virtual

Registration: not available at the moment

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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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