Chairman of VREF 2000-2010
Phone: +46-31-662272
Arne Wittlöv, born in 1940, graduated from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1964 with a M. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. He joined the ALFA -LAVAL Group where he held different positions in the areas of manufacturing and research and development.
In 1984 he was appointed Vice President, Engineering, of Volvo Aero Corporation. In 1989 he became Executive Vice President and in 1993 President and CEO of the company. In 1997 he was appointed Executive Vice President of the Volvo Group with main responsibility for technology, which position he left in connection with his retirement in 2001.
He is honorary Doctor of Technology, honorary member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA).
He has held positions as chairman of the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (today co-opted member of the board) and board member of several companies within the Volvo Group.
He has also held positions as chairman of Göteborg University (GU), the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), the Swedish Natural Science Research Council (NFR), the Federation of Swedish Industries Committee on Research and Development, and the Committee of Industrial Research of IVA. Further-more, he has been a member of the Board of the Swedish Research Council (VR), the Swedish Strategic Research Foundation, the European Research Advisory Board (EURAB) and a member of the Industrial Research and Development Advisory Committee of the European Commission (IRDAC).
Dr. Wittlöv was chairman of the steering committee for the Swedish Technology Foresight.
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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.

Open for nomination until 2021-03-15. Read more...PDF (pdf, 233.7 kB)


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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