The Urban Logistics Summer School will take place for two weeks starting from 16th August 2021. We are offering a hybrid version of the summer school with the possibility of attending on-campus or online.
Participants attending the summer school on campus will have the opportunity to attend various social activities and bike excursion.
All the sessions are planned from 13:00 to 17:00 (CET) for both weeks.
Take a look below at the programme.
16 August 2021 Setting the scene
On the first day, we will have introductory sessions around Urban Logistics to create the context and base for the next two weeks along with some fun activities and welcome reception
Speakers: Ann Verhetsel, Thierry Vanelslander
17 August 2021 Retail and logistics
Retail activities and logistics in the city have changed drastically in the last few years. On this day, we will explore the flow of goods in the city by focusing on the recent changes for the retail sector.
Speakers: Joris Beckers, Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Tim Vervoort
18 August 2021 Urban logistics infrastructure
New logistics infrastructure is being developed to host and meet new challenges of logistics. We will share insights on the utilization of urban logistics infrastructure (micro hubs, consolidation centre..)
Speakers: Ivan Dario Cardenas Barbosa, Birgit Hendriks
19 August 2021 COVID-19 pandemic and urban logistics
The current health emergency has a profound impact on logistics and created new challenges for health logistics. The session will be focused on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on urban logistics (increased demand in cities etc.)
Speakers: Roel Gevaers, Tom O'Brien, Lars De Sloover
20 August 2021 Bike excursion
23 August 2021 Sustainable urban logistics and last-mile deliveries
After having a good weekend break, we will dive into new and innovative solutions to make urban logistics more sustainable (e.g. cargo bike logistics), focusing on last-mile deliveries.
Speakers: Johan Erlandsson, Walther Ploos Van Amstel, Johannes Gruber, Aanan Sutaria
24 August 2021 Smart cities
New technologies offer possibilities for smarter and faster analysis and data management. The session will be focused on various collaborative practices, data sharing, automation etc.
Speakers: Lokesh Kalahasthi, Arthur Gaudron, Edoardo Fadda
25 August 2021 Urban logistics planning and policy
How to manage urban freight and who is in charge of what decisions? We will explore various policy perspectives and policy support tools for decision making in this session.
Speakers: Katrien De Langhe, Valerio Gatta
26 August 2021 Food logistics
Human support systems as food distribution are key in cities even more during the quarantine. We will share the latest insights on food logistics in urban areas.
Speakers: Laetitia Dablanc, Laura Palacios, Kristina Liljestrand
27 August 2021 Panel discussion and closing event
On the final day and to summarise the course, we will be hosting an interesting panel discussion on: “The future of urban Freight after the pandemic – A policy perspective”, moderated by Rosario Macario
The course welcomes all students, practitioners and policymakers interested in urban logistics. Multi-disciplinary participation is strongly welcomed. Students should be attending at least a Master program, and therefore have obtained a Bachelor's degree already. For practitioners and policymakers, this requirement does not apply.
Study credits (ECTS)
The course values 3 ECTS credits. Those wishing to collect credits, will need to prepare, during the second course week, a presentation by the last day of that week, as well as a scientific paper assignment by two weeks after the course end. The presentation is meant as a structuring of ideas and a first output of the assignment work. The subsequent paper is to thoroughly report on the research findings, with a clear introduction, problem statement, approach, findings and conclusions. The assignment is group work, and groups as well as topics will be fixed during the first course days.
The first course week can also be followed stand-alone. The tariff does not change.
To include the credits in the curriculum at the home institution, participants need an agreement with the responsible person at their university.