Current issues in urban freight research 

Wednesday 17 October, University of Gothenburg
08.30 Registration
09.00 Opening session and welcome
Parallel sessions: A series of presentations of research papers on the basis of submitted abstracts (in oral and poster form) in short presentations in a number of parallel streams.

17.30 End of Day 1

19.00 Conference Networking Event

Designing urban space and managing flows – the importance of freight for livable cities

Thursday 18 October, Lindholmen Science Park

08:30 Registration

09.00 Welcome and introduction to the conference

Moderator: Michael Browne


  • Torbjörn Holmström (Chair of the Board, Volvo Research and Educational Foundations) Holmström_Urban freight conference 2018 TH.pdfPresentation
  • Anna Dubois (First Vice President, Chalmers University of Technology)

09:30 Plenary Session 1: Setting the scene - the challenges of urban freight

Moderator: Maria Oscott


  • Genevieve Giuliano (Professor, University of Southern California and Director of the VREF CoE MetroFreight): A research perspective on some of the challenges Guliano_VREF plenary challenges gg 1.pdfPresentation
  • Malin Andersson (Head of Development and International Affairs, Urban Transport Administration, City of Gothenburg): A transport planning perspective Andersson_VREF 2018_MA_0.1_reduced.pdfPresentation
  • Måns Lindberg (Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Mobility and Transport): A view from the European Commission Lindberg_M_Urban logistics Gôteborg 18 October8(wn)2.pdfPresentation

10:45 to 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 Plenary Session 2: Architecture, property development and land-use: The links to urban freight and logistics

Moderator: Michael Browne


12:30 Plenary introduction to the breakout sessions

12:50 to 14.00 Lunch and Exhibition

Urban Freight Exhibition in the lunch area, including VELOVE Cargo Bike and Volvo Hub to Hub autonomous vehicle on static display (12:00 to 17:00).

14:00 Day 2 Breakout sessions

Those attending the conference will be able to choose a session but there will be a need to register for sessions after arrival at the conference venue but latest during the lunch break because for some topics there will be space limits.

Topic 1: Ports and the city

Led by Johan Woxenius (University of Gothenburg), Tom O'Brien (California State University Long Beach - CSULB) and Peter Hall (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver)

Topic 2: New developments relating to food and the city

Led by Eleonora Morganti (University of Leeds) and Laetitia Dablanc (University Paris East and visiting professor University of Gothenburg)

Topic 3: Dissemination, education and capacity building for urban freight and logistics

Led by Ian Wainwright (Future City Logistics) and input of Lori Tavasszy & Tharsis Teoh (TU Delft) and Juvena Ng (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).

Topic 4: Autonomous vehicles and urban freight

Led by Balàzs Kulcar (Chalmers) and Jon Williamsson (University of Gothenburg).

Topic 5: Innovative city logistics game

Led by Mathieu Gardrat, Danièle Patier, Florence Toilier and Adrien Beziat (Laboratoire Aménagement Économie Transports, Lyon)

15:00 to 15:30 Coffee break

15:30     Plenary Session 3: Scope for innovation in urban deliveries - recent initiatives

Moderator: Maria Oscott


  • Johan Erlandsson (CEO, Velove): The scope for a new system of cargo cycles and containers Velove VREF18 for handout VER3.pdfPresentation
  • Alison Conway (Associate Professor, City College of New York): Cargo cycle developments in the US Conway_2018_10_VREF_CArgo CYcle.pdfPresentation
  • Tom Cherrett (Professor, University of Southampton): Lessons from the Freight Traffic Control 2050 Project in London CHERRETT VREF 18-10-18 copy.pdfPresentation
  • Lina Olsson (Project Manager, CLOSER): The latest activities from the DenCity project Olsson DenCity VREF 18oct ver2.pdfPresentation

17.00     End of Conference Day 2

19:00 Conference Dinner Restaurant L’s Resto located at the conference venue at Lindholmen Science Park

Friday 19 October, Lindholmen Science Park

08:45 to 09:00 Registration

09.00 Plenary session 4: Urban freight around the world – Sharing ideas and transferring initiatives

Moderator: Julius Menge (City of Berlin)


  • Robin Billsjö (City of Stockholm) Billsjo_181019 VREF Göteborg_publish.pdfPresentation
  • Tom Parker (City of London) Parker - City of London VREF conference 191018.pdfPresentation
  • Claudio da Cunha (Professor, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil) da_Cunha_3rd VREF - Urban Freight in Sao Paulo vavai.pdfPresentation
  • Juan Pablo Castrellon (Professor, National University of Colombia, Bogota, Colombia) Castrellon_Juan_Pablo_Gothenburg VF.pdfPresentation
  • Sanjay Gupta (Professor, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, India) Sanjay Gupta Prof VREF Gothenburg 2018 19 Oct 2018 ver2.pdfPresentation
  • Dr Li Wei (Logistics Research Center, China Academy of Transportation Sciences, on behalf of colleagues Professor Yang and Professor Hua) Wei_Presentation on urban freight conference 20181019new.pdfPresentation

10:40 to 11:10 Coffee break

11:10 Day 3 Breakout sessions

Those attending the conference will be able to choose a session but there will be a need to register for sessions on arrival at the conference venue (18 October) because for some topics there will be space limits.

Topic 6: Vital Nodes: The role of cities as nodes - findings and discussion from an EU project

Led by Kevin van der Linden (Rijkswaterstaat Water, Traffic and Environment, the Netherlands) and Tomas Holmlund (Trafikverket, Swedish Transport Administration)

Topic 7: Developments in urban freight modelling

Led by Edoardo Marcucci (Professor, University Roma Tre) and Gitakrishnan Ramadurai (Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras)

Topic 8: The impacts of e-commerce for the logistics landscape in general, and urban distribution

Led by Miguel Jaller (University of California Davis) and Heleen Buldeo Rai (MOBI, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

12:20 to 13:20 Lunch and Exhibition

13:20 Plenary session 5: Understanding urban space and flows in relation to freight transport

Moderator: Michael Browne


  • Jorge Gil and Ivan Sanchez-Diaz (Chalmers University of Technology) Gil_VREF Conference Oct 19- Gil and Sanchez-Diaz.pdfPresentation
  • Rosanna Collars (Senior planner, Arup, USA) Collars_2018 -10-19 VREF_ARUP_RC.pdfPresentation

14:30     Plenary session 6: Looking ahead to 2035

Moderators: Maria Oscott and Michael Browne

The speakers will present their view of the challenges they expect by 2035 and discuss the actions that should be taken now by city authorities, industry and researchers.


  • Bill Eisele (Chair of the TRB Urban Transportation Committee) Eisele, VREF Sweden, Urban Freight 2035, 19Oct2018 copy.pdfPresentation
  • Ian Wainwright (Future City Logistics, former head of freight and fleet at Transport for London) Wainwright_Gothenburg 19_10_2018 Ian Wainwright.pdfPresentation
  • Anne Goodchild (Professor, University of Washington, Seattle) Goodchild_Looking Ahead to 2035.pdfPresentation


15:15 Closing remarks


15:30 to 16:00 Coffee


16:00 End of Conference

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