Head of Bologna branch, Institute for Transport and Logistics in Italy
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Alberto Preti is Head of the Bologna Branch and Coordinator of the European Commission funded projects at the Institute for Transport and Logistics in Italy, where he manages complex projects at regional, national and European levels concerning city logistics, freight transport, co-modality, sustainable mobility, TEN-T networks, ICT applications in logistics, and supply chain management. With a degree in Economics at “Luigi Bocconi" University in Milan, he has working experience in the logistics management in industrial companies and in research and consultancy in public administrations. In particular he worked in the logistics department of the industrial groups Bontempi (furnishing industry) in Ancona (Italy), and Unilever (food industry) in Milan. He worked on behalf of the Regional Government of Emilia-Romagna (Italy), as technical and financial manager of projects of the General Direction for Infrastructural Network, Logistics and Mobility Systems; and at Sviluppo Marche S.p.A., the regional development agency of Marche Regional Government (Italy). He is the author of publications and papers in cooperation with research institutes and Universities in the domains of logistics, transport and mobility. He has been President of the European Network of Logistics Competence Centres (Open ENLoCC) since July 2009. Among the main city logistics projects: SUGAR focused on the development of local and regional policies for urban freight distribution (in cooperation with Emilia-Romagna Region, Transport for London, the City of Paris, the Municipality of Barcelona and other EU small and medium sized cities), SONORA focused on pilot activities in city logistics (in cooperation with DHL), KASSETTS concerns ICT applications for transport optimization (in cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute and other research institutes in Europe), ECOSTARS relates to the application of freight operators recognition schemes in Parma - Italy, and CITYPORTS focused on city logistics modeling and interventions.

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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.

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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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