Sustainable transition: steps towards a new future

Every year the Francqui Foundation awards 'Francqui Chairs' whereby a university professor teaches at another Belgian university. This year, the Franqui Chair 2021-2022 of the Université libre de Bruxelles was awarded to VUB professor Cathy Macharis. She will give a series of lectures on 12 March, 23 March, 19 April and 28 April. The inaugural lecture on 12 March is titled: "Sustainable mobility and logistics: with a factor of 8 to a new mobility system".

Cathy Macharis is Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her researchgroup MOBI - (Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology) is aninterdisciplinary group focusing on sustainable logistics, electric andautonomous vehicles and urban mobility. Her research focuses on how toinclude stakeholders within decision and evaluation processes in the fieldof transport and mobility. She has been involved in several regional,national and European research projects dealing with topics such as theimplementation of innovative concepts for city distribution, assessment ofpolicy measures in the field of logistics and sustainable mobility,development of a multi actor multi criteria analysis framework, etc. Shepublished several books and wrote more than 100 papers. She is thechairwoman of Brussels Mobility Commission and vice-chair of Nectar(Network on European Communications and Transport ActivitiesResearch).

Inaugural lecture on Saturday 12 March

The transport sector is responsible for a quarter of CO2 emissions. And their share is still increasing. In this inaugural speech,

Cathy Macharis explains how we can reduce emissions by a factor of 8:"We can achieve this goal by starting a transition process based on 8Rs: Avoid, Avoid, Change, but also by Accelerating, Connecting, Changing and Falling in Love."


ULB Solbosch, 87 Avenue Adolphe Buyl - Building K - Auditorium Lafontaine, 12 March 2022 11u00 : Introduction Charline Urbain, vicerector ULB 11u15: Lecture Francqui Chair - Cathy Macharis 12u30: Reception You will find the complete programme of the Francqui Chair in the attachement. The lectures will be in English.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an internationally oriented university in Brussels, the heart of Europe. By providing excellent research and education on a human scale, VUB wants to make an active and committed contribution to a better society.

The World Needs You The Vrije Universiteit Brussel assumes its scientific and social responsibility with love and decisiveness. That’s why VUB launched the platform De Wereld Heeft Je Nodig - The World Needs You, which brings together ideas, actions and projects based on six Ps. The first P stands for People , because that’s what it-s all about: giving people equal opportunities, prosperity, welfare, respect. Peace is about fighting injustice, big and small, in the world. Prosperity combats poverty and inequality. Planet stands for actions on biodiversity, climate, air quality, animal rights... With Partnership , VUB is looking for joint actions to make the world a better place. The sixth and last P is for Poincaré , the French philosopher Henri Poincaré, from whom VUB derives its motto that thinking should submit to nothing except the facts themselves. VUB is an -urban engaged university-, strongly anchored in Brussels and Europe and working according to the principles of free research.­eftjenodig