Report ELA Doctorate Workshop 2016

Head of ELA R&D Committee:

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Christian Pfohl


June 22nd - June 25th 2016

Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna (Austria)

Report by Pietro Evangelista

The call for papers was sent out by Prof. Hans Christian Pfohl on behalf of the ELA Research committee in late November 2015 to be disseminated in the local logistics research communities by the committee members.

After an extension of the deadline until 12th March 2016, 37 proposals were received together with a recommendation letter by supervisors.

The ELA Research committee selected 20 students out of the 37 applicants during the committee meeting held in Brussels on 12th April 2016. In the same meeting the three moderators, the chairman and the keynote speaker were confirmed. The final workshop team was as follows:


- Prof. Dr. Pietro Evangelista (IRISS-CNR, Naples, Italy)


- Prof. Dr. Pietro Evangelista (IRISS-CNR, Naples, Italy)

- Prof. Dr. Tina Wakolbinger Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria)

- Prof. Dr. Jaroslaw Witkowski (Wroclaw University of Economics, Wroclaw, Poland)

- Prof. Dr. Erik Sandberg (Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden)

Keynote speaker:

- Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kummer (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria)

One student required a visa and invitation letters that were issued and sent to the Austrian embassy in the UK. The selected students were asked to submit a paper by the 1st June 2015 so that moderators and students can better comment on their work. A Dropbox folder was created to share information/documents with participants, moderators, committee members and the guest speaker. The allocation of the moderators and students over different papers was finalized on early June 2016.

All 20 students successfully attended the workshop from 22nd until 25th June 2016. The workshop was organised to have a PhD students’ presentation first and three discussants (one moderator and two other PhD students) immediately after the presentation. Each moderator managed a session with 10 minutes at the beginning of his/her own session to introduce the session topics. The moderators were allocated to a particular group of students consistently with their own background. This allowed the provision of very appropriate suggestions to the students. In the programme, a slot was allocated for allowing the moderators to present themselves and illustrate the main research areas in which they are involved and specialised.

The keynote speech from Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kummer was given during the workshop programme.

The following two students were awarded for the best presentation during the final dinner:

- Ahmed El-Said, University of Huddersfield (UK)

- Daniel Reinhardt, Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany)

The ELA certificates were handed over to the students by Prof. Dr. Hans-Christian Pfohl, head of the ELA Research Committee.

Finally, the feedback received was generally very positive as confirmed by the comments from the participants. The PhD students were enthusiastic about the opportunity to get very good feedback from moderators and doing effective networking. Students were happy about the evening program that allowed them to network. The hospitality of the Vienna University of Economics and Business was also very much appreciated.