September 7 - 11, 2021

✔ A week-long series of presentations, debates and practical workshops focused on key challenges for pharma logistics and pharma supply chains

✔ An innovative forum for supply chain, pharma and air freight professionals as well as (advanced) master and PhD students to broaden their industry expertise including field visits and informal activities

✔ The Pharma Logistics Masterclass will be offered in a hybrid format: participants can attend on campus, or via livestream. If the national corona measures do not allow attendance on campus, we will shift to a fully digital version

Why should you participate?

✔ Academic theory combined with operational and strategic decision making

  • Are you interested in the latest developments concerning pharma logistics knowledge?
  • Would you like to know more about pharma and live sciences supply chain structures?
  • Would you like to develop your knowledge of the pharma and live sciences market?
  • Are you curious about best practices in (last mile) pharma logistics?

If so, don’t miss it and join us at the Pharma Logistics Masterclass

The Pharma Logistics Masterclass covers a variety of topics. Themes vary from basic to in-depth knowledge around live science markets - production, storage and handling of pharmaceuticals and vaccines - economic and operational challenges. Renowned speakers from the academic community and the pharma sector highlight topics such as pharma logistics knowledge, role of hinterland, maritime and air freight transport in pharma supply chains, pharma logistics costs, last mile strategies, pharma communities, etc.

✔ Sharing knowledge and experiences on the edge of business and academia

Pharma logistics experts – academics and high-level practitioners – discuss everything that academics or PhD students in pharma logistics teaching and research as well as (aspiring) professionals need to know:

  • knowledge about pharmaceuticals and vaccine production, storage, and handling conditions,
  • deep insight in pharma supply chains and related logistical costs,
  • economic and operational challenges in air and maritime transport of pharmaceuticals and vaccines,
  • last mile pharmaceutical distribution,
  • specific challenges in European, American and Asian pharma logistics,

and more core themes from the pharma industry.

✔ Informal networking

You will be able to get to know your fellow professionals or academics during our informal networking breaks, taking full advantage of our location in the heart of the historic city of Antwerp.

For professionals, academics and PhD or advanced students

The current critical aspects of pharma logistics are covered during the Pharma Logistics Masterclass. This is a wonderful opportunity for seasoned professionals in the business to gain more in-depth knowledge, as well as for academics and PhD students who would like to gain advanced insight into how pharmaceutical supply chains are organised and what scientific methods can be applied to optimise logistics processes for the pharma and life sciences sector. During and in between the sessions, there will be many networking opportunities.

A different theme every day

Tuesday 7 September
Air transport & pharmaceuticals
Wednesday 8 September
Pharmaceuticals & vaccines
Thursday 9 September
Cost Chain Model & maritime transport of pharmaceuticals
Friday 10 September
Site visits GlaxoSmithKline, Air Cargo Belgium BRUCure, Brussels Airport
Saturday 11 September
Pharmaceutical last mile distribution challenges

Confirmed speakers

  • Prof. Dr. Pierre Van Damme (University of Antwerp)
  • Prof. Dr. Wouter Dewulf (University of Antwerp)
  • Prof. Dr. Roel Gevaers (University of Antwerp)
  • Prof. Dr. Christa Sys (University of Antwerp)
  • Prof. Dr. Edwin Van Hassel (University of Antwerp)
  • Prof. Dr. Tom O’Brien (Executive Director at Center for International Trade and Transportation, California State University Long Beach – Metrans)
  • Prof. Dr. Thierry Vanelslander (University of Antwerp)
  • Dr. Sven Buyle (University of Antwerp)
  • Dr. Christelle Laot (Technical Fellow - Specialty Services Healthcare Fedex)
  • Dr. Alexis Nsamzinshuti (Senior Research Associate – ULB)
  • Mr. Jef Molenaers (Global Industry Lead Pharma Essers)
  • Mr. Nathan De Valck (Head Of Cargo Product & Network Development at Brussels Airport Company
  • Mr. Frank Van Gelder (Senior Consultant Medical Industry and Supply Chain)
  • Ms. Ester Van den Bossche (UPS Expert SME temperature-controlled supply chains, Packaging & Technology, Monitoring, UPS Healthcare Temperature Protection Solutions, Packaging Engineer)
  • Mr. Geert Keirens (Director Air Cargo Belgium)
  • Mr. Martin Koehnke (Global Supplier & Network Compliance Manager Healthcare – Air Bridge Cargo)
  • Ms. Yulia Celetaria (Air Bridge Cargo)
  • Mr. Bruno Guella (Managing Director Montevideo Airport)
  • Long Beach Healthcare department
  • Brussels Airport
  • And many more to come…

Practical information


How to book a hotel 

Follow the steps in the right order

  • Go to the online booking tool
  • First enter the discount code UAACB19 and click on ‘Validate’
  • Then enter the arrival and departure dates and click on ‘Search’
  • You’ll see an overview of all available hotels and their Best Available Rate -10%,  at that moment, including any cancellation conditions
  • Choose a hotel and book your room

With thanks to the Antwerp Convention Bureau (ACB)


  • Register before 31 August 2021 via the online registration tool.
  • To register several participants, use separate forms.
  • Registration is only valid after confirmation of payment.

Price (excl. VAT)

Online attendance

  • Early bird fee (registration before/on 30 June 2021): € 600 (€ 420 for members)
  • Regular fee (registration after 30 June 2021): € 800 (€ 560 for members)
  • Special rates for Master students available on request.
  • The online registration includes Masterclass documentation.

On campus attendance

  • Early bird fee (registration before/on 30 June 2021): € 900 (€ 630 for members)
  • Regular fee (registration after 30 June 2021): €1.200 (€ 840 for members)
  • Special rates for Master students available on request.
  • On campus attendance includes dinners, coffee breaks, site visits and Masterclass documentation.

Payment modalities

Payment modalities will be shared by the administrative staff after submitting the registration form. There are no refunds for cancellations. Registrations can be changed from on campus to online at any time with refund of the price difference.

Organising Committee

Scientific Committee

  • Prof. dr. Roel Gevaers (chair)
  • Prof. dr. Tom O'Brien (co-chair)
  • Prof. dr. Pierre Van Damme (co-chair)
  • ​dr. Sven Buyle​
  • Prof. dr. Wouter Dewulf
  • ​Prof. dr. Christa Sys​
  • Prof. dr. Thierry Vanelslander
  • Prof. dr. Edwin Van Hassel

Business Committee

  • Mr. Frank Van Gelder (co-chair)
  • Mr. Nathan De Valck