PhD Summer School on Sustainable Supply Chains 2023

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The 2023 EURO PhD Summer School on Sustainable Supply Chains will take place from June 25 to 29, 2023 in Hagen. The School will be hosted by the Chair of Production and Logistics Management, FernUniversität in Hagen, Hagen, Germany. The EURO PhD Summer School will lead to the 4th Conference on Sustainable Supply Chains from June 29 to July 1, 2023 in Hagen. More information on the conference can be found here:

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:


  • Sustainable Supply Chain Design
  • Sustainability Assessment
  • Multi-Criteria Decision Making
  • Data Envelopment Analysis
  • Circular Economy

The school offers an active forum for PhD students and early career researchers
to enhance their knowledge in facilitating Operations Research methods for sustainable supply chain management, especially from a multi-criteria (triple bottom line) and an interdisciplinary (life cycle sustainability assessment, circular economy) perspective.

  • Location

    Campus Luftbild 2016 Foto: Horst Pierdolla

    The summer school sessions will be held at FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany. All sessions will take place in the Seminar Building (Building 2). The subsequent Conference on Sustainable Supply Chains will take place in the same building.

    A detailed campus map can be found here:


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    The registration fee includes the accomodation at Bildungsherberge in Hagen. There are single and two-bedroom apartments available. You don't have to book the accomodation by yourself. You may use the accomodation for 6 nights (check-in on Sunday June 25, and check-out the latest on Saturday, July 1). From Bildungsherberge, you reach the FernUniversität campus by bus easily.

    You can find more information about the accommodation here:

    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:

    For long-distance transportation in Germany check out Deutsche Bahn:

  • Program Contents

    • Student preparation (reading a limited number of papers),
    • In-class lectures, tutorials, and supervised training on selected topics at the interface of Operations Research and sustainable supply chains,
    • Opportunity to discuss own research with peers and expert (guest) lecturers from the field,
    • Supervised work on case studies; solutions developed by participants will be presented in front of an expert panel at the end of the summer school,
    • Poster presentation at the 4th Conference of the EURO Working Group of Sustainable Supply Chains (will directly follow the PhD School).


    The preliminary program is presented below.

    Programm Summer School 20230524


    Renzo Akkerman, Associate Professor, Operations Research and Logistics Group, Department of Social Sciences, Wageningen University & Research

    Karsten Kieckhäfer, Full Professor, Chair of Production and Logistics Management, Department of Business Administration and Economics, FernUniversität in Hagen

    Andreas Kleine, Full Professor, Chair of Quantitative Methods and Business Mathematics, Department of Business Administration and Economics, FernUniversität in Hagen

    Christian Thies, Assistant Professor, Resilient and Sustainable Operations and Supply Chain Management Group (W-EXK1), School of Management Sciences and Technology (MST), Hamburg University of Technology

    Grit Walther, Full Professor, Chair of Operations Management, School of Business and Economics, RWTH Aachen University

    For a printable version click here (PDF 205 KB).

    Learning outcomes

    After successful completion of this course, participants are expected to be able to:

    • Access an advanced knowledge base on operations research methodologies in the context of sustainable supply chains.
    • Evaluate and assess different methodological approaches in relation to their own PhD research.
    • Communicate and discuss complex operational problems in sustainable supply chains with their peers and experts in the field.
    • Design solution approaches for industrial case studies and present these to relevant stakeholders.

    Workload (ECTS)

    In total, the workload reflects 1.5 ECTS. It is possible for the students to increase this with 0.5 ECTS (to a total of 2.0 ECTS) by attending and presenting a poster at the 4th Conference on Sustainable Supply Chains following the summer school.

  • Eligibility

    Candidates should

    • come from a EURO member society country or study in a EURO member society country,
    • be enrolled in a PhD program, preferably in early stage,
    • have successfully completed MSc-level courses covering topics from Operations Research (e. g. in Industrial Engineering, Business Administration, Business Informatics and/or similar programs),
    • strive for enhancing their knowledge in sustainable supply chain management, and
    • be motivated to develop OR tools that support decision making towards sustainable supply chains.


    To apply please send an email to eps-sustsc2023 containing the following information:

    • Last name
    • First name
    • Email
    • Institution
    • Billing address

    Additional documents that need to be submitted are:

    • Application letter, including:
    1. Name, affiliation, and email-address
    2. PhD program enrolled in, current stage of studies, as well as PhD supervisor‘s names
    3. Background in Sustainability and in Operations Research
    4. Motivation to attend the PhD School
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Recommendation letter from the PhD supervisor

    A maximum number of 25 participants will be accepted by the scientific committee.

    The application period lasts until the 22nd of January 2023 29nd of January 2023.

    Notification of acceptance: End of February 2023

    Fees & Rights

    The attendance of the Summer School is supported by EURO and GOR. Registration fee is 100 EUR per participant.

    The registration fee will cover accommodation, meals (breakfast, coffee break, lunch, and dinner), conference material, travel within the school activities, and social activities. Travel costs should be covered by the participants, either themselves or through external funding. The fees do not include insurance for participants.

    You will receive an invoice with all the payment details with the notification of acceptance. To complete the registration sucessfully, you will have to pay the fee within 4 weeks after acceptance.

  • The EURO PhD Summer School in Sustainable Supply Chains is a Joint Event of the GOR and the EURO Working Group (EWG) on Sustainable Supply Chains, organized 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), the German OR Society (GOR), and the FernUniversität in Hagen.

    Professor Karsten Kieckhäfer is the chair of the organizing committee.

    Organizing 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)

    Scientific committee

    • Karsten Kieckhäfer (FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany)
    • Grit Walther (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
    • Thomas S. Spengler (Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany)
    • Marc Reimann (University of Graz, Austria)
    • Athanasios Rentizelas (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
    • Manbir S. Sodhi (University of Rhode Island, USA)


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