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eLRN2020 Format programme

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


iLEGO Workshop 2020, 9th September

Creating the Loop - How can we design a new system that is truly circular?

The iLEGO 2020 Workshop will bring together practitioners from various industries and academia to share and learn via expert presentations and fruitful discussions.

The iLEGO 2020 Workshop is a fantastic opportunity to hear from prestigious speakers including Professor Joseph Sarkis from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Dr Adam Read from Suez and Ann Beavis from Crown Workspace who will deliver stimulating presentations.

This year iLEGO is focused on best practices adopted on circular supply chains and UN Sustainability Goal 12 ‘Ensuring sustainable production and consumption’ asks for waste reduction through ‘prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse’.

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Can circular economy principles help address and recover from a socially and economically disruptive Black Swan event?


  • Circular economy practices may help address supply chain concerns when a disruption occurs
  • Some are more effective than others, but there are potential unintended consequences
  • Is the post-COVID recovery a time for broader acceptance and implementation of circular economy principles?



Jospeh Sarkis

Joseph Sarkis, Professor of Management and Sustainability, Foisie Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Joseph Sarkis is a Professor of Management and Sustainability within the Foisie Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Buffalo. His research and teaching interests include Sustainability, Technology, Operations and Supply Chain Management. He has authored over 450 publications and has been a highly cited researcher for several years. He is an Industrial Ecology Fellow and has served a research scholar at universities throughout the world. He is a coordinator within the Future Earth Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SSCP) Knowledge-Action Network in the Circular Economy Working Group. He is also an international program coordinator for the Greening of Industry Network (GIN) along with a book series co-editor for Springer-Nature on Greening of Industry Networks. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Engineering Management Review and Associate Editor for the journal Resources Conservation and Recycling on the topic of sustainable supply chains.

e-LRN 2020 Special Web Conference, 10th September

e-LRN 2020 Special Web Conference 

Join us on Thursday 10 September to hear from keynote speakers and topic leaders showcasing the latest research in sustainable and resilient supply chains during times of crises. The conference will highlight major advances and future challenges for public value supply chains.

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Logistics and Supply Chain Management in a Post-Covid World


This presentation will provide a broad overview of the potentially transformational impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on logistics systems and supply chains. To what extent will it accelerate existing trends in online retailing, digitalisation and 3D printing, shorten and reconfigure global value chains, give supply chain resilience priority over efficiency and make a lasting contribution to the deep decarbonisation of logistics? This talk will speculate on these and other related issues.



Alan McKinnon

Alan McKinnon FCILT, Professor of Logistics in the Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg and Professor Emeritus at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh  

A graduate of the universities of Aberdeen, British Columbia and London, he has been researching and teaching in freight transport / logistics for over 40 years and has published extensively in journals and books on many different aspects of the subject. Much of his recent research has focused on the links between logistics and climate change. He has been an adviser to several governments, parliamentary committees, and international organisations, including the International Transport Forum, the World Bank, the United Nations and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Logistics and Supply Chain Council, a member of the European Commission’s High-Level Group on Logistics and chairman of the Transport Advisory Group of the EU Horizon 2020 research programme. Alan is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the European Logistics Association and was a founder member of the Logistics Research Network back in 1996.


Building an Internet of Atoms


The current pandemic has highlighted many areas of fragility where we lack resilience, with many of our supply chains fragmented and inefficient. In this talk, I will explore a vision for how we might move food, freight, and all sorts of other atoms around with greater efficiency, scalability, sustainability and resilience.



Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke CBE, Chief Technology Officer, Ocado

After joining Ocado in 2006, Paul initially worked on warehouse control systems and then joined the team designing Ocado’s next highly automated fulfilment centre. After establishing new teams for Simulation and Mobile development, Paul then co-wrote the first of Ocado’s award winning mobile apps.

Ocado Technology, with its 2000+ engineers, is responsible for building all the technology that powers Ocado's end-to-end e-commerce, fulfilment, and logistics platforms. Ocado are now busy signing deals with large bricks & mortar grocery retailers around the world who wish to use the Ocado Smart Platform to operate online grocery scalably, sustainably and profitably.

Having handed over the leadership of Ocado Technology in April 2018, Paul now leads the Office of the CTO whose mission includes exploring opportunities to use Ocado's technologies and competencies to disrupt other sectors, research activities and the technology vision and future proofing of the business. Paul read Physics at Oxford University, before then entering the computer industry. He has worked in software engineering, consultancy, interim management, and a number of software start-ups. Paul sits on a number of government and industry advisory boards including the AI Council, Robotics Growth Partnership (co-chair), Future Flight Advisory Board and National Food Strategy Advisory Board. In what little spare time he has alongside his work and family, Paul loves to invent and build stuff, design PCBs, write software and generally tinker.


The UK Plastics Pact and COVID-19 - reconsidering the value of plastic


The presentation will introduce the UK Plastics Pact and how major brands, retailers, manufacturers and the waste sector have voluntarily come together to address plastic pollution. It will explore the impact COVID-19 has had on different parts of the plastic supply chain, some good and some not so good, and what impacts this might have on delivery of the Pact goals over the next five years.



Susan Jay

Susan Jay, Retail Sector Specialist, WRAP UK 

Susan has worked for WRAP since 2008 and is currently a Sector Specialist in the technical team supporting delivery of the UK Plastics Pact, her focus is on supporting infrastructure development for plastics recycling across the UK and development of new end markets for recycled polymers. In 2018 she co-authored ‘Towards a Route Map for Plastic Recycling: Creating Circularity for Plastics in Wales’ providing recommendations for the Welsh Government to address some of the challenges faced. Susan has many years’ experience working with the resource management sector and resource efficiency in manufacturing, she has lectured on environmental management, air and water pollution, and has an MBA, PGdip in Sustainability, Planning & Environmental Policy, and a BSc in Environmental Science 1st class (Hons).


The importance of building resilient and sustainable supply chains in tackling mortality in low and middle income countries: Experiences from Zambia and Uganda


Taking Zambia as a critical case this presentation will highlight the importance of ensuring robust supply chains to enable an uninterrupted supply of essential medicines and services down to the last mile. The impact of COVID-19 on already stretched health services will be explored as well as the importance of ensuring an integrated response in a pandemic to ensure that we do not allow a reversal in gains made in tackling child and maternal mortality. Caroline will explore what we can learn from challenges being faced in Zambia and Uganda and present some solutions towards building locally led, sustainable and resilient supply chains for some of the most vulnerable people in the world.



Caroline Barber

Caroline Barber, Chief Executive, Transaid 

Caroline has worked in logistics and international development for over 15 years. She is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the organisation. Prior to becoming Chief Executive, Caroline was Transaid’s head of programmes where she was responsible for Transaid’s existing programmes as well as developing new partnerships and opportunities. Here Caroline managed a programmes portfolio spanning seven countries and covering transport management, community managed transport, emergency transport, rural access, and professional driver training. Caroline continues to provide technical assistance to programmes in Madagascar, Nigeria, and Zambia. Caroline started her career with Wincanton where she previously held roles in project management, implementation, and business development.




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