Kick-Off Meeting Klagenfurt

Kickoff-tableThe meeting was held from February 8-10, 2012, at the premises of project coordinator, Entwicklungsagentur Kärnten, in Klagenfurt / Wörthersee, in Austria ’s southernmost region, Carinthia. It was – as usual – the first time that all partners met. The first meeting started

with a warm welcome by Udo Tarmann, the coordinator, and Dr. Albert Krainer,  representative of the Carinthian government. The first afternoon was dedicated to the partners’ and project introduction. The evening found its official end at the get-together at Hotel Palais Salzamt.

The next day we got the workplan started. The focus was on WP2, the ANALYSES. Partners of the six regions gave their joint presentations concentrating on the triple helix character of the regions, the special aspects of sustainable/”green” logistics, and special requirements for the analysis phase. 

This initial part was followed by the introduction of the methodology to be applied by the workpackage leader - the Center for Traffic and Logistics from Duisburg-Essen University. A general agreement was made on basic topics to be discussed (e.g. “How do we understand sustainable/ green logistics?” “What topics are relevant for the analyses in the regions?”) as well as basic methodology issues such as “How do we conduct the analyses in the regions?” or  “What foundations, preconditions and concerns should be considered?”

This part was held as an interactive workshop. The participants split up into subgroups along the triple-helix structure: science, industry, and public sector.

turkayFrom the science subgroup: based on a highly market-oriented or industry-related research/innovation approach, the group first discussed what is important from the research’s point of view. Since logistics is always oriented at needs and target groups, it is necessary to first identify the needs of the market. And new norms and standards always help to develop new market opportunities. One of the problems are multiple objectives (e.g. CO2-reduction, preservation of natural resources, risk assessment). An appropriate method can be a life-cycle assessment (as also been shown in the “carbon-footprint”) and an overall strategy framework: strategic objectives lead to operative goals and then lead to practical applications. Sustainability means also to consider local and global issues and future trends (ten-years perspective) – and a necessary vision for logistics in Europe. However, the identification of fields of activity will occur in each region (e.g. by infrastructure & network analyses, scenario technique).

From the industry subgroup: the first insight on sustainable logistics regards any transaction of a product/component and that every region concentrates on its own problems first. Several “drivers” can be identified: (1) megatrends such like human consumption, living habits and lifestyle, (2) demographic development, and (3) production networks. As “enablers” are identified: infrastructure, qualification, competencies, and technology. The big “challenges” are, among others, motivation, efficiency, communication, and different states of play which leads to a differentiated approach. In such a socio-ecologic-economic supersystem there are different stages of “transformational pressure”.

From the public-sector subgroup: the group identifies a number of topics which could be relevant for the analyses: e-mobility in transport, intermodality, energy efficiency, city logistics, the use of ICT in logistics, and tracking & tracing (security). Regarding methodology: for the expert interviews and it is important that the contacts will be provided by the regions. The questionnaire should have the nature of a “light” stimulation questionnaire.

kiickoff stairsThe final day began with a “wrap up” of the intense but fruitful discussion of the day before, and was concluded with the two “horizontal” workpackages 1 and 6, MANAGEMENT (Steering Committee, table of future meetings, management tool “egroup-ware”) and DISSEMINATION (events to attend, project corporate identity, composition of the editorial team, etc.).

After the official end, some parterns had to leave Carinthia the same hour. Others, the lucky ones, enjoyed a wonderful winter day’s afternoon in the snowy landscape of the nearby lake, the Wörthersee. 

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We are pleased to announce the first major forum dedicated to businesses, researchers and public authorities, working with the support of European Logistic Clusters to increase the competitiveness of logistics as a key economic function in the regional, national and international trade.

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The event is organised by the European projects LOG4GREEN, LOG2020 and SoCool@eu in close cooperation with the European Technology Platform ALICE.
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April 15, 2014 - LOG4GREEN holds an invited session at the TRA Transport Research Arena in Paris  

“Managing Risk and Resilience in Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management for Urban Supply”

Speakers and panelists: 
Prof. Alan McKinnon, Kühne Logistics University Hamburg, Germany; Arhur van Gerven, Menlo Worldwide, Netherlands; Dr. Pierre Laconte, Foundation for the Urban Environment, Prof. Cathy Macharis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

The session will be chaired by Klaus Krumme, Centre for Logistics & Traffic, University of Duisburg-Essen and Prof. Metin Türkay, Koc University, Istanbul

Recent approaches on urban supply create a vision for a future where urban environments are cleaner, safer and more responsive to fast dynamics. READ MORE

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Bridging the Gap – Logistics Theory and Practice 2015 

Springer Series - Lecture Notes in Logistics Book

International Research Cluster Call for Contributions

DEADLINE April 30, 2014

Contributions from the Dinalog cluster should be sent to Henk Zijm (w.h.m.zijm@utwente.nl), contributions from the EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr to Matthias Klumpp (matthias.klumpp@pim.uni-due.de). Each contribution will un-dergo a thorough three-reviewer and editing process with a planned book release about mid of 2015.

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IuK-Technologien als Treiber für Kooperationen: EffizienzCluster und Fraunhofer IML richten ECITL 2014 aus

 


November 5 - 7, 2014  
EffizienzCluster & Fraunhofer IML organise ECITL 2014 

EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr and the Fraunhofer-Institute for Material Flow and Logistics are hosts of the 7th European Conference for ICT in Logistics which will be held in Dortmund. READ MORE

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At the 14th  Management International Conference in Koper, Slovenia, organised by the University of Primorska, Faculty of Management, Michael Plasch (Logistikum Steyr) presents : 

"Trans-Regional Logistics in Carinthia– Perspectives and Visions on Transport Infrastructure Development on Businesses and Public Level"

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CALL for PAPERS for the INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS SCIENCE CONFERENCE in Dortmund - deadline January 2013!

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The first LOG4GREEN regional Joint Action Plan Workshop was held during the 4th International Conference on Transport Logistics InterTRANSLOG 2012 from 22.09 to 30.09. in Ukraine (Odessa), Bulgaria (Varna), Rumania (Constance), Greece (Salonika).

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Metin Turkay from Koc University, Istanbul,  was invited to give a talk about LOG4GREEN from the Istanbul perspective at the WIRE 2012. The meeting  is organized by the European Union Committee on Regions.

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