Welcome to the 2nd EURO PhD School on Sustainable Supply Chains!

Location: Wageningen and Amsterdam, The Netherlands

July 1 – 5, 2018 PhD summerschool
July 6 - 7, 2018 EWG bi-annual conference leading up to the annual EURO conference (requires separate registration)

Introduction: Sustainability has become an increasingly important topic to consider in the development and application of quantitative modelling approaches for Supply Chain Management. The quantification of environmental impacts as well as their consideration in Operations Research methodologies, however, often leads to complex multi-objective optimization problems. This Summer School addresses these challenges in relation to e.g. mathematical-programming-based and agent-based multi-criteria decision-making approaches. A variety of lecturers will present methods, tools, and case examples related to the most commonly used quantitative tools used to design and operate sustainable supply chains. Participants will also be working on industrial cases from companies and presenting their results.

Learning outcomes:

  • After successful completion of this course, participants are expected to be able to:
  • Access an advanced knowledge base on operations research methodologies in the context of sustainable supply chains
  • Evaluate and assess different methodological approaches in relation to their own PhD research
  • Communicate and discuss complex operational problems in sustainable supply chains with their peers and experts in the field
  • Design solution approaches for industrial case studies and present these to relevant stakeholders

Programme: The programme of the summer school will consist of the following components:

  • Arrival and check-in to accommodation on July 1.
  • July 2-5: Tutorials on selected topics on the interface of operations research and sustainable supply chains, e.g. mathematical modelling approaches for sustainable supply chains; multi-criteria decision-making; modelling trade-offs between economic, environmental, and social objectives, dealing with interdisciplinarity, e.g. combining optimization and life cycle assessment; discussion of specific characteristics of e.g. bio-based and food supply chains; current developments in the context of the circular economy.
  • Speakers (a.o.): Grit Walther (RWTH Aachen, Germany), Gert Jan Hofstede (Wageningen University, The Netherlands), Charles Corbett (UCLA, USA)
  • Opportunity to discuss own PhD research with peers and expert (guest) lecturers from the field.
  • Case assignments in which the PhD students get to work on industry cases. Solutions developed by participants will be presented for industry stakeholders at the end of the summer school.

The tutorials and casework end on July 5, followed by the 2nd EURO Working Group Conference on Sustainable Supply Chains, July 6-7, 2018, in Amsterdam. This conference registration is open for all PhD students in the Summer School (at a discounted rate) as well as members of the EURO Working Group on Sustainable Supply Chains, and other interested researchers.

Workload (ECTS): The summer school activities consist of student preparation (reading a limited number of introductory papers), in-class lectures and tutorials (3h/day), supervised training (2h/day), and supervised work on case studies (3h/day). In total, the workload reflects 1.5 ECTS. It is possible for the students to increase this with 0.5 ECTS (to a total of 2.0 ECTS) by attending and presenting a poster at the 2nd EURO Working Group Conference on Sustainable Supply Chains following the summer school.

Assessment: Pass/fail based on active participation and presentation of group work (and conference poster presentation, if relevant)

Target group and maximum number of participants: This course is intended for a maximum of 30 participants. Participants have to be from a EURO member society country, or studying in a EURO member society country. They have to be enrolled in a PhD program. Furthermore, these participants are expected to already have an MSc-level background in Operations Research and/or Industrial Engineering, as well as basic knowledge and/or interest in its use in the context of sustainable supply chains. An assessment of sufficient background knowledge will be made by the organizers based on the application material. Please contact the organizers in case of doubt about the required entry level.

Location: The summer school sessions on July 2-5 will be held at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. The exact campus location will be announced later. The subsequent EURO Working Group conference will be held at the Advanced Institute of Metropolitan Solutions (AMS/Tropenmuseum) in Amsterdam.

Application: Interested students should send the following documents until April 30, 2018 to sustsc.orl@wur.nl. Notification of acceptance is expected early May, 2018. 

  1. Application letter including:
    a. Name, affiliation, and email-address
    b. PhD program you are enrolled in, current stage of studies, as well as your PhD supervisor‘s names
    c. Background in Sustainability and in Operations Research
    d. Motivation to attend the PhD School
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. A recommendation letter from the PhD supervisor

Further information: For questions related to organizational matters, please contact sustsc.orl@wur.nl. On course content or application eligibility, please contact either Renzo Akkerman (renzo.akkerman@wur.nl) or Rene Haijema (rene.haijema@wur.nl) from the organizing committee.

Registration fee: 490 Euros for the PhD Summerschool. The registration fee will cover accommodation in a twin room with breakfast, conference material, coffee breaks, lunches, and social dinner. Participants will get a discount on the EWG conference fee.

Organizing committee: Renzo Akkerman (Wageningen University), Rene Haijema (Wageningen University), Jacqueline Bloemhof (Wageningen University), Grit Walther (RWTH Aachen), Erwin van der Laan (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Supported by: Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO), graduate school WASS at Wageningen University, and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), as well as company sponsorships by ArgusI.