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Fresh Approaches to Emerging Issues

Thought leaders, decision makers, and stakeholders from across the global transportation enterprise visit the U.S. DOT Volpe Center in person or virtually to discuss future transportation issues, generate fresh approaches to emerging issues, anticipate transportation trends, and inform decision making.

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A Different Transportation Theme Every Year

  • Our 2021 thought leadership speaker series, Innovation for a Sustainable, Equitable Transportation System, took place virtually from June through September 2021. As we innovate toward a clean energy future, this series considered how to transition to a low-/no-carbon transportation system—one that enables disadvantaged communities to gain access to mobility, jobs, and economic opportunity.
  • The Volpe Center's 2019 speaker series, Our New Mobility Future, convened leading thinkers innovating in novel transportation modes to explore the promise and pitfalls of our new mobility future—and discussed how we're going to get there. 
  • Our Transportation and the Economy series examined current and emerging issues crucial to moving people and goods to remain competitive in the global economy.

Advancing Transportation—in Under an Hour

Each session in our speaker series features a 45-minute talk followed by a live and online question-and-answer session. Hosted at the Volpe Center in Cambridge, the lunchtime series is free and open to the public, although reservations are required. Want to join the conversation but cannot attend live? Join us via webinar.

Dig Deeper with Volpe Center Colloquia

A photo of microphones. (halfpoint/123RF photo)Transportation Challenges and Opportunities continues the Volpe Center's long tradition of facilitating knowledge exchange across the transportation community. Our colloquia feature panels of thought leaders and experts from government, academia, and the private sectors who focus on core issues underlying today's most pressing transportation challenges. Members of the transportation community are encouraged to participate in question-and-answer periods.