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. 

Week 1

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

Week 2

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

Target group

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.