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Leading minds in inventory research gather at PhD summer school

29 September 2023

PhD summer school attendees

Cardiff Business School recently hosted the 16th International Society for Inventories Research (ISIR) PhD Summer School, bringing together PhD students and experts in the field of inventory management.

The International Society for Inventories Research (ISIR) is a community of scientists interested in all aspects of inventory management, from inventory modelling and pricing to financial research and economic issues.

Fostering innovation and collaboration, the bi-annual summer school took place from 24 to 28 July 2023 at Cardiff University. The event brought together PhD students and researchers from across Europe to present, discuss and improve their research.

The summer school theme was: ‘Mitigating inventory uncertainty through whole systems theory.’

Summer school attendees wearing hi vis jackets at a site visit

The week included a social programme and industry visits to the Royal Mint and GE Aircraft Engine Services Limited. The industry visits helped students develop an understanding of the managerial implications of inventory research in a practical setting.

Francesco Stranieri, a PhD student and summer school attendee said: “my sincerest thanks for the warm welcome and impeccable organisation during the recent ISIR summer school. The experience has exceeded all my expectations, enabling me to acquire new skills and leaving an indelible mark on my academic and personal development.”

Professor Aris Syntetos said:

"This event is so close to my heart, as the 2nd summer school in Ioannina, Greece, in 1997, was the first scientific event I attended as a junior PhD student. So it was the greatest pleasure and honour to be involved in the summer school this year and bring it to my own university in Cardiff."
Professor Aris Syntetos Distinguished Research Professor, DSV Chair

He added: “it was wonderful to host such talented and dedicated PhD students. We were also delighted to be joined by senior faculty members from various universities and we are grateful for their keynotes, workshops and tutorials.”

"The week went extremely well, with an exciting format allowing PhD students to present their research work to their peers and world-leading faculty from around the world. There was the opportunity for in-depth discussions giving students feedback to enhance their research from theoretical, practical and methodological perspectives. I congratulate all those involved in organising and participating in what was an extremely exciting and informative week!"
Professor Mohamed Naim Head of the Logistics and Operations Management Section, Professor in Logistics and Operations Management, Co-Director of CAMSAC

Speakers at the event included:

  • Professor Robert Boute, Vlerick Business School, and KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Professor Steve Disney, University of Exeter Business School, UK
  • Professor Rogelio Oliva, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Professor Ruud Teunter, Department of Operations, University of Groningen, Netherlands
  • Professors Li Zhou, School of Business, Operations and Strategy, University of Greenwich, UK

The summer school was dedicated to Professor John Boylan who sadly passed away on 7 July 2023. Professor Boylan was due to be a speaker at the conference.

The organising committee of the summer school included:

  • Beverly Francis (Conference Officer)
  • Dr Thanos Goltsos (Industry Coordinator)
  • Dr Irina Harris (Review Coordinator)
  • Dr Qinyun Li (IT Coordinator)
  • Dr Paul Wang (Submissions Coordinator)

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