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e-LRN2020 Special Web Conference

Sustainable and resilient supply chains during times of crises.

This year’s event will be online and is based around accepted abstracts. The conference will be known as the e-LRN 2020 Special Web Conference. It will take place on 9-11 September 2020, online (via Zoom), and is hosted by Cardiff Business School.

Why we have changed the format

The LRN committee of the CILT and the Cardiff LRN 2020 organising committee has 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 be 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.

Web conference overview

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, organisational and process forms that allow for greater flexibility and dexterity in operational activities. Recent examples including 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.

Important dates

Friday 12 June 2020Closing date for structured abstracts submission
Tuesday 30 June 2020Deadline for review
Monday 06 July 2020Authors informed of abstract acceptance
Friday 17 July 2020Deadline for abstract revisions

Streams will include

Construction logistics for the civic goodProfessor Martin Rudberg (Linköping) and Dr Jon Gosling (Cardiff)
Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain ManagementDr Minchul Sohn (Kühne) and Professor Stephen Pettit (Cardiff)
Making logistics more sustainableProfessor Maria Huge Brodin (Linköping) and Adj. Prof Magnus Blinge (Research Manager, Scania)
Minimising environmental impact through circular supply chain managementProfessor Stefan Seuring (Kassel) and Nadine Leder (Cardiff)
The impact of urban sustainability on logistics networksProfessor Michael Bourlakis (Cranfield), Professor Tom Cherrett (Southampton) and Professor Alan McKinnon (Kühne)
ASTUTE - Sustainable Design and ManufacturingDr Anthony Soroka (Cardiff), Dr Luisa D. Huaccho Huatuco (York) and Dr Michael Packianather (Cardiff)

Additional speakers

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 11 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 09 September (afternoon).

e-LRN 2020 organising committee

  • Emrah Demir (Programme Chair)
  • Beverly Francis (Conference Officer)
  • Allison Glandfield (CILT Events Manager)
  • Irina Harris (Lead Guest Editor - Special Issues)
  • 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)
  • Angharad Kearse, Communications Officer

Contact us

For more information please email