• 2018-01-29
    Torbjörn Holmström appointed new chair of the VREF Board
    Torbjörn Holmström, Senior Advisor to the CEO Volvo Group in Research and Technology, has been appointed Chair of the Board of the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, VREF, as from January 2018. He will be succeeding Anders Brännström, who will retire after chairing the Board for the past se...
  • 2017-10-26
    Meeting of the Minds released its yearly magazine 2017
    Drawn from this year's best blog posts on, The Annual features the work of important urban sustainability thought leaders like Susan Shaheen, Boris Karsch, Joyce Coffee, and others.
  • 2017-05-08
    Håkan Frisinger Award 2016 and Seminar 2017
    The Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research has awarded its 2016 scholarship of SEK 250,000 to Louise Olsson, Professor at the division of Chemical Engineering, and manager for the Chemical engineering division.
  • 2017-02-13
    On-Going Call 170213 - Study Visit Grant 2017
    The VREF invites PhD students and researchers in early stages of their career (max 5 years after PhD exam) to apply for grants for short-term study visits. The invitation is continuously open until October 31st, 2017, and the study visit should be carried out before December 31st, 2017.
  • 2016-06-07
    VREF Workshop: Transforming – Turning Big Data and Transit Database into Action
    The China Urban Sustainable Transport Research Center (CUSTReC), held an international workshop in Beijing on 23-25th May 2016, exploring the rapidly evolving applications of database and big data to support the massive China urban public transport implementation and evaluation challenges in the 21s...
  • 2016-05-17
    How to Integrate Equity into Transport - A Conversation with Harry T. Dimitriou
    Many medium-size cities today are projected to become big cities by 2050. Given the fast pace of change and based on your evaluation of projects around the world, how can those cities deliver needed transport infrastructure in a way that actually brings benefits to the most people?
  • 2016-05-03
    Study Visit Grant 2016, Reminder
    The VREF would like to remind the PhD students and researchers in early stages of their career (max 5 years after PhD exam) that the application for grants for short-term study visits is still running. The invitation is continuously open until October 31st, 2016, and the study visit should be carrie...
  • 2016-02-26
    Håkan Frisinger Award 2015
    The development of crash test dummies has played a vital role in terms of car safety. Two researchers into traffic safety are now being rewarded for their crucial work in the field of biomechanical research. The Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research has awarded its 2015 scholarship ...
  • 2015-04-09
    Håkan Frisinger Award 2014
    The Håkan Frisinger Foundation awarded its 2014 scholarship in April 1, 2015 during a seminar held at Chalmers. Links to the Margareta Friman's presentation.Other presentations are also found here.
  • 2014-12-12
    OMEGA Executive Summary in Swedish
    The Executive Summary of the OMEGA Project Final Report is now published in Swedish. The OMEGA Project (2007-2013), a VREF Center of Excellence project, was led by Prof. Harry Dimitriou at University College London.

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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.

How Global Policy Does (and does not) Account for Walking and Cycling

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.

The VREF invites PhD students and early stage researchers to apply for a Study Visit Grant to be supported with up to SEK 30 000.

The invitation is now closed.

Each year the Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research awards a scholarship to a prominent researcher.


About VREF

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