Young Excellent Researchers Award 2020

Congratulations to the China Academy of Transportation Sciences for its 60 year's jubilee!

VREF joins the other China Academy of Transportation Sciences partners in celebrating the progress and accomplishments it has reached during its 60 years of operation, and its contributions to urban and regional transportation.

By the end of 50’s, a rapid urbanization and motorization forced China to confront itself with challenges such as traffic congestion and their environmental impacts. Since its creation in 1960, the China Academy of Transportation Sciences (CATS), contributed to the best of the Chinese community, finding ways to solve transportation’s major concerns, as well as putting forward and implementing sustainable and best practice solutions. As a comprehensive scientific research institution, it became rapidly one of the most successful leading think tanks internationally recognized by its peers.

On November 17, the China Academy of Transportation Sciences (CATS) held the celebration for its 60th anniversary.

Delegates from the Chinese Ministry of Transportation and transport research organizations as well as CATS staff attended the ceremony.The Vice Minister of the Ministry of Transport, expressed his warm congratulations and expectations. More than 50 Chinese transport departments, research organizations and transport enterprises sent their congratulations to CATS. International partners such as The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, International Transportation Forum, World Road Association, Southern California Association of Governments, the World Bank Office of Beijing, and the VREF sent Letters of Greetings to CATS for its 60th anniversary.

The celebration was the opportunity to congratulate the honorary winners of "Young Talents of China Academy of Transportation Sciences in 2020" (see photo). To commemorate the Jubilee, a collection of "History of China Academy of Transportation Sciences in the Past Sixty Years” was released, and two awards, "The Outstanding Achievements Award" and "Special Contribution Award" were attributed to major achievements and innovation leaders.

Special invitations were extended to Mr. Bangkui Fan, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and Mr. Hu Zheng, Vice President of the Ground Transportation business group of Ctrip group, to make presentations on new transportation infrastructure and new forms and models of transportation.

Together with CATS, the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) established in 2006 the China Urban Sustainable Transport Research Center (CUSTReC), striving to be a national, regional and international Center of Excellence for research & development, communication & dissemination, and education & training in future urban transport. CUSTReC has highly contributed to moving forward the state-of-the-art in urban transportation research, and with its international partnership of universities and institutes, it is one of the leading actors in the field, in China as well as globally.

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Invitation to submit an Expression of interest in writing a think piece: gender informed mobility planning. Pdf, 622.2 kB. (Pdf, 622.2 kB)

This invitaton is an opportunity for scholars in sub-Saharan Africa to write a think piece on the theme of “Gender-informed mobility planning, governance and policy in African cities: status, barriers, ways forward.” Through this invitation, VREF welcomes expressions of interest (EoI) for a commissioned work on this theme.

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Deadline: 15 May 2022


Catalysing Curriculum Change at Universities in SSA 2022 Pdf, 1.3 MB. (Pdf, 1.3 MB)

This Call is an opportunity for scholars and teachers in sub-Saharan Africa to contribute to
renewing university-based education, while also strengthening knowledge and capacity among the next generation of SSA researchers and practitioners.

Deadline: 15 June 2022


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.

MOBILITY GRANT 2022- MAC-MG 2022 Pdf, 447.1 kB. (Pdf, 447.1 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.

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 now extended to: April 4, 2022 .


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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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