New Dates for the 4th VREF Conference on Urban Freight: “Urban freight and liveable cities: Interactions between planning, design and business for scalable innovations”

The Urban Freight Platform thanks for the abstracts but decided to postpone the conference to Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 March 2021 due to the ongoing uncertainty concerning travel and attendance at events.

The conference will include a series of presentations of research papers on the basis of submitted abstracts (in oral and poster form); as well as invited presentations, panels and break-out sessions discussing innovative solutions that consider the perspectives from authorities, transport operators, retailers, architects, planners, other industry stakeholders and researchers.

The Urban Freight Platform is investigating the opportunity for study visits to take place on Monday March 22, 2021, prior to the conference and Friday March 26, 2021, after the conference in order that everyone visiting Gothenburg can get the most from taking part in the event.

In view of the delay to the conference it was decided to invite full papers from all those who have currently submitted abstracts and also to allow that possibility for abstracts that may be submitted and accepted between now and 1 November 2020. Full papers will be considered for a journal special issue. Full papers should be submitted by 29 January 2021.

The call for abstracts with all the details is available herePDF (pdf, 712.5 kB).

New key dates:

  • Conference: 23-25 March 2021
  • Abstract resubmission / withdraw: 1 November 2020 (no action needed if you want to keep the same abstract)
  • Full paper submission: 29 January 2021 (full paper submission is optional and applies for those who would like their paper to be considered for publication in a journal special issue)

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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.

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