4th Conference on Sustainable Supply Chains

Sustainable Supply ChainFoto: j-mel-stock.adobe

The 4th Conference on Sustainable Supply Chains (SustSC 2023) will take place from June 30 to July 1, 2023 in Hagen. The Conference will be hosted by the Chair of Production and Logistics Management, FernUniversität in Hagen, Hagen, Germany.

Two reports on the EURO PhD School and 4th Conference on Sustainable Supply Chains are now available. You can find them here:

  1. Kieckhäfer, K.; Franze, L. (2023): EURO PhD School on Sustainable Supply Chains in: OR News, 78, 39–41. (in German only)
  2. Kieckhäfer, K.; Barbosa-Póvoa, A.; Akkerman, R. (2023): Euro Working Group on Sustainable Supply Chains: 2023 PhD School and Conference Celebrated Together in Hagen, in: IFORS News, 18(3), 23–25. URL: https://www.ifors.org/september-2023-issue/.


Amongst others:

  • Sustainable supply chains
  • Closed-loop supply chains
  • Multi-objective optimization for sustainability
  • Operational challenges in the circular economy
  • Food supply chains
  • Sustainable logistics

The purpose of the SustSC 2023 is to offer the European and international sustainable supply chain community (researchers and practitioners) the opportunity to present state-of-the-art developments and to discuss current research challenges in the area. We welcome submissions on the state of the research art and innovative approaches for sustainable supply chain management. Presentations should tackle Operations Research methodologies as well as applications to sustainable supply chains.

  • The program is presented below.

    On Thursday June 29 there will be a Get together. The event will start at 19:00 and will take place at Neue Färberei in the city center of Hagen. Please note that you will have to pay for your own food and drinks.

    Programm Konferenz 20230607

    Confirmed keynotes:

    "The opportunities of the Circular Economy in the wider Rhine-Ruhr region", Dr. Carsten Gerhardt, Initiator and Board Member Circular Valley Foundation & Andreas Mucke, Managing Director Circular Economy Accelerator GmbH

    Mucke-andreasFoto: fotografie-mediendesign
    Carsten GerhardtFoto: fotografie-mediendesign

    “Supporting decisions that matter: Assisting Brazilian smallholder farmers to access institutional markets”, Athanasios Rentizelas, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Supply Chains, Sector of Industrial Management and Operational Research, School of Mechanical Engineering | National Technical University of Athens

    Foto Athanasios Rentizelas Foto: Athanasios Rentizelas

    A detailed program (PDF 286 KB) is already available for download.

    The Book of Abstracts (PDF 794 KB) is available for download as well.

  • Location

    The EURO Working Group conference will be held at FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany. All sessions will take place in the Seminar Building (Building 2).

    A detailed campus map can be found here: https://www.fernuni-hagen.de/service/en/campus-map-directions.shtml

    Campus Luftbild 2016 Foto: Horst Pierdolla


    The FernUniversität can be reached on foot from the CampusHotel. Students of the FernUniversität also have the option of inexpensive accommodation at the Bildungsherberge student hostel. A little farther away is the Mercure Hotel Hagen, which is closer to the main train station, the city center, and the location of the Get together.

    We are pleased to inform you that we were able to get special offers at the following hotels:

    CampusHotel: 94 € per night excluding breakfast. Breakfast can either be added during the booking process or when arriving at the hotel. Breakfast buffet costs around 12,75 € per day and is served at Café Vielhaber right next to the hotel. To book your room, just write an email to info@Campushotel.de and mention the code “Sustainable Supply Chains”. More information about CampusHotel can be found here (in German only): https://www.campushotel.de/campushotel.html

    Mercure: 121€ per night including breakfast. To book your room, just write an email to sales-hagen@langdor.com and mention the code “Sustainable Supply Chains”. This offer is only available until May 18, 2023. More information about Mercure Hotel can be found here: https://all.accor.com/hotel/2922/index.en.shtml

    For more information on accommodation in Hagen in general, please check out the homepage of the tourist info (in German only): https://hagenentdecken.de/uebernachten/

    Travel information

    Hagen's main station is well-connected to Germany's rail network and easy to reach from any direction. From the station, there are frequent buses to the FernUniversität campus. By car, you can reach the campus quickly via the Autobahn A45. The nearest airports are Düsseldorf or Cologne/Bonn, which are about an hour away, or Dortmund, which is 40 minutes away.

    Unfortunately, there is no direct train connection from the airports to the city of Hagen. Arriving at Düsseldorf airport, you have to switch lanes for example in Düsseldorf or Bochum. Arriving at Cologne/Bonn airport, you have to switch lanes in Cologne Messe/Deutz. Arriving at Dortmund airport, you have to switch lanes in Dortmund Holzwickede.

    From Hagen main station, you can take the bus lane 514 or 515 directly to FernUniversität, it takes around 20 minutes.

    To plan your journey via train or bus in and around Hagen, you can use the homepage or app of VRR: https://www.vrr.de/en/homepage/

    For long-distance transportation in Germany check out Deutsche Bahn: https://www.bahn.com/en

  • Abstracts for presentations can be submitted until April 15, 2023 April 23, 2023. The abstracts should be max. 250 words (excluding references) and will be collected in a Book of Abstracts for the conference participants.

    To submit your abstract please send an email with your full name, institution and the pdf-document of your abstract to sustsc2023

  • To register for the 4th Conference on Sustainable Supply Chains please follow this link: https://www.fernuni-hagen.de/form/en/production-logistics/conference-sustainable-supply-chains.shtml

    You will receive an invoice with all payment details after your registration. To complete the registration successfully, you need to pay the fee 2 weeks after receiving the invoice.

    Registration fees

    The registration fees will cover conference participation, lunch, coffee breaks, and a social dinner on Friday.

    Conference fees

    Student support

    There are scholarships that cover the conference fees for all the students attending the summer school.

  • The 4th Conference on Sustainable Supply Chains is organized by the EURO Working Group (EWG) on Sustainable Supply Chains in cooperation with the Chair of Production and Logistics Management, FernUniversität in Hagen, and co-sponsored by the Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO) and the FernUniversität in Hagen.

    Professor Karsten Kieckhäfer is the chair of the scientific committee.

    Scientific committee

    • Karsten Kieckhäfer (Chair), Coordinator of EWG SustSC (FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany)
    • Ana Paula Barbosa Póvoa, Coordinator of EWG SustSC (Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal)
    • Renzo Akkerman, Coordinator of EWG SustSC (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
    • Christian Thies, Member of EWG SustSC (Technische Universität Hamburg, Germany)
    • Andreas Kleine (FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany)

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