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e-LRN 2020 Special Web Conference

Sustainable and resilient supply chains during times of crises

Date: 9 - 11 September 2020 

Host: Cardiff Business School 

Venue: Zoom Webinar 


The LRN committee of the CILT and the Cardiff LRN 2020 organising committee have had to make some difficult decisions about how to approach this year’s conference. 


Circumstances have dictated that we can no longer proceed with any certainty regarding a full conference.  We are however mindful that Stream Leads and abstract submitters have taken time and effort in preparing for the conference. Therefore, to support our disciplinary community and  give us the opportunity to meet and share our research, the decision has been taken to scale back this year’s event to an online event which will based around accepted abstracts and known as the e-LRN 2020 Special Web Conference.  There will be no fee to join the conference and the platform we will use is Zoom. 


With the current coronavirus pandemic, and even the impact of the financial crisis of 2008 still being felt globally, yielding economic, social, political and environmental consequences, there is a need for academics to influence both the practice and theory of logistics in order to yield more resilient and sustainable business models. The core purpose of future research on logistics needs to be to not only provide economic improvements but also generate social benefits for a wider range of stakeholders, not just a few commercial organisations. New ways of working need due consideration of the technological innovations that emerge in ever frequent cycles typified by the Internet of Things, organizational and process forms that allow for greater flexibility and dexterity in operational activities, with recent examples of right shoring decisions, and people matters that address such issues as poverty, inequalities in pay, exploitation in the form of modern-day slavery, and waste, such as in food, water and energy.

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Wednesday 9 September - 4th iLEGO Workshop - Join the Circular Economy Movement


Thursday 10 September - e-LRN 2020 Special Web Conference


Friday 11 September - e-LRN 2020 PhD Workshop


Important dates:

Friday 12th June 2020  Closing date for structured abstracts submission
Tuesday 30th June 2020
 Deadline for review
Monday 6th July 2020  Authors informed of abstract acceptance
Friday 17th July 2020  Deadline for abstract revisions


Streams will include:



Construction logistics for the civic good

Prof Martin Rudberg (Linköping) & Dr Jon Gosling (Cardiff)

Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Dr Minchul Sohn (Kuhne) & Prof Stephen Pettit (Cardiff)

Making logistics more sustainable

Prof Maria Huge Brodin (Linköping) & Adj. Prof Magnus Blinge (Research Manager, Scania)

Minimising environmental impact through circular supply chain management

Prof Stefan Seuring (Kassel) & Nadine Leder (Cardiff)

The impact of urbanisation on future, sustainable logistics networks

Prof Michael Bourlakis (Cranfield), Prof Tom Cherrett (Southampton) & Prof Alan McKinnon (Kühne)

ASTUTE - Sustainable Design and Manufacturing

Dr. Anthony Soroka, Dr. Luisa D. Huaccho Huatuco (York) and Dr. Michael Packianather (Cardiff)


In addition to the streams we will have keynote addresses from confirmed speakers:

Caroline Barber  Chief Executive, Transaid
Paul Clarke  Chief Technology Officer, Ocado
Susan Jay  Sector Specialist, WRAP UK
Professor Alan McKinnon  Kuhne Logistics University
Professor Joseph Sarkis
 Foisie Business School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA

As well as the usual LRN PhD Workshop in the morning of 11th September, 2020, there will also be an opportunity for attendees to register for a pre-conference workshop on circular supply chain management, namely the 4th iLEGO (innovation Lean Effectiveness Green Operations) workshop on the 9th September (pm). 


Welcome to LRN 2020.

LRN 2020 Organising Committee:
Emrah Demir (Programme Chair), Beverly Francis (Conference Officer), Allison Glandfield (CILT Events Manager), Irina Harris (Lead Guest Editor - Special Issues), Angharad Kearse (Communications Officer), Mohamed M. Naim (Conference Chair), Lucy Hemmings (CILT Events Coordinator), Stephen Pettit (Specialist Streams Chair), Vasco Sanchez Rodrigues (Conference Co-Chair),Xiaobei Wang (Conference Programme Co-Chair)

To find out more about our Logistics Research Network Forum and to view Full Proceedings from previous conferences click here.





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