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Urban Freight Platform informs about the 4th VREF Conference on Urban Freight, 23-25 March 2021, on-line.

The 4th VREF Conference on Urban Freight titled “Urban freight and liveable cities: Interactions between planning, design and business for scalable innovations”, will be hold on-line 23-25 March 2021.

The online format and participants from all over the world make such an event a bit challenging due to different time-zones, but it has been scheduled so everyone can participate in and follow part of conference, although possibly not all sessions.

The conference will host plenary sessions with keynote speakers from research, industry and cities authorities on the first and last day. Speakers include for example a representative from POLIS and Ian Wainwright of Future City Logistics. In addition, there will be two plenary sessions held by this year´s collaborative partner ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability: one workshop featuring the launch of the EcoLogistics Report 2021 with high-level speakers and one roundtable on improving last-mile deliveries. ICLEI is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development

There will be break-out sessions with 3-4 tracks in parallel on seven broad themes. Currently, there are approximately 90 presenters with structured abstracts confirmed that will present during these sessions.

You can see the themes and confirmed speakers in the conference website.

An updated programme will be sent out prior to the conference (as the plenary speakers are being finalised) and also the link to the book of abstracts.

Early registration is encouraged on this link.

For updated information and an overview of the programme visit the website: link.


Event: “Urban freight and liveable cities: Interactions between planning, design and business for scalable innovations”

When: 23-25 March, 2021, CET

On-line with Zoom, the conference is open to all interested persons, free of charge but the registration is mandatory.

Register link

All registered attendees will receive a programme with links to all conference sessions the week before the conference.

Questions about the conference can be addressed here.

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