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Invitation to the Future of Research for Walking – a VREF session at the Walk21 Seoul Conference, Thursday, May 27, 2021.

VREF is pleased to announce that we are co-organizing the session “Future of Research for Walking” at the Walk21 Seoul Conference, Thursday May 27th , 2021, at 10:30 – 11:50 CEST.

The session will bring together academics from around the world to focus on the critical questions we need to be framing and exploring over the next few years about walking as a mode of transport.

The session will seek to foster collaboration and engagement on what are the knowledge gaps and the opportunities for addressing them. For further details please visit the conference web site The event will be virtual and registration is free. Please register here //länk till registreringssidan//.


  • Lorraine D'Arcy Senior Lecturer, Department of Sustainable Transport and Mobility, Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin)


  • Henrik Nolmark Director, Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF)
  • Bronwen Thornton CEO, Walk21
  • Heather Allen Sustainable transport expert, Median scl
  • Regina Obilie Amoako-Sakyi Senior Lecturer, University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana
  • Helge Hillnhütter Associate Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Registration can be done here.

Please also read the programme of the VREF-session here.


Event: Future of Research for Walking – a VREF session at the Walk21 Seoul Conference

When: Thursday May 27th , 2021, at 10:30 – 11:50 CEST

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Closed on 2021-03-15.

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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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