The PhD Summer Academy for PhD students is a 2 weeks intense period of learning for PhD students, debating, and discovering the fundamental concepts and recent trends in supply chain management, in addition to meeting future colleagues and having a great time in Zaragoza, Spain. Learn more!
In this 14th Edition will have a group of distinguished professors to teach different topics within the SCM field:
Auburn University, Alabama, USA
What is theory, and why is it important for SCM research?
MIT Sloan School of Management, USA
Northeastern University, USA
Humanitarian and Emergency Response Logistics
Technical University of Munich, Germany
Professors from past editions of the PhD Summer Academy added the following:
"I was asked to join the PhD summer academy at ZLC and offer a course on Competition and Cooperation in Supply Chains. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to interact with such a diverse group of students, coming from very different countries and very different backgrounds. My favorite part was doing an in-person experiment, where the students had a chance to interact with each other and got to know their colleagues better, while at the same time learning about cooperation, negotiation, and stable outcomes. The class was full of positive energy"
Morgan Stanley Chair in Business Administration
Department Chair and Professor, DSO Department
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California
The aim of the summer academy school is to create a strong knowledge discussion forum to boost research results and advances in supply chain management. Learn more!
The full program comprises 4 modules, participants can take individual modules (250€ early bird or 300€ from April 15 onwards)
Titles of the modules:
Professor: Elisabeth Davis-Sramek, Harbert College of Business Auburn University, Alabama.
Dates: 5, 6 June
A significant challenge that virtually all PhD students must tackle is understanding theory. An important aspect of scholarship is being able to differentiate between theory building, theory testing, theory elaboration, and other aspects of what constitutes a “good” theory. This course addresses several fundamental questions: What is theory? As a discipline, why should we care about theory? How are different research traditions and their underlying assumptions reflected in theory? What does it mean to make a theoretical contribution? Finally, this course offers insight on best practices for publishing research in SCM journals that require a high level of theoretical rigor.
Professor: Nikos Trichakis, MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge.
Dates: 5, 6, 7 June
Robust optimization (RO) is a relatively young methodology, developed mainly in the course of the last 20 years to analyze and optimize the performance of complex systems that are subject to uncertainty. The goal of this short course, which will comprise three lectures, would be to expose students to the basic RO methodology in order to illustrate how it can be used as an alternative approach for modeling uncertain phenomena. We will explore how RO leverages existing efficient optimization methods to deal with high dimensional problems subject to uncertainty, a key feature that distinguishes it from other solution approaches. Finally, we will discuss various applications of RO in the fields of operations research and operations management.
Professor: Ozlem Ergun, Northeastern University College of Engineering.
Dates: 13, 14, 15 June
Meeting demand in a timely and cost-effective manner is important both in public and private supply chains, and heavily depend on the design and operation of these supply chains. Demand is affected by ongoing factors such as local economy, infrastructure, and geographic location, as well as unexpected events such as natural or manmade disasters or other large-scale disruptions. Designing and operating responsive supply chains requires the consideration of uncertainty in timing, scope, scale, and understanding of various topics such as distribution network design and the role of human behavior. This course will examine methods and models for making supply chain design and operational decisions and explore the significant value that is obtained through informed decision-making in advance of an unpredictable event or long-term strategy for meeting the need of customers and beneficiaries.
Class sessions will combine lectures, interactive exercises, and case studies.
Professor: Stefan Minner, Technical University of Munich.
Dates: 13, 14, 15 June
Data is a core ingredient of an optimization problem. The increasing availability of data for practical decision-making offers many new opportunities for improving decisions, but at the same time poses new methodological challenges. Traditionally, parameter estimation and forecasting as well as optimization for decision-making have been treated sequentially. Recent data-driven optimization facilitates integrated, simultaneous treatment of these two tasks.
This seminar consisting of lectures and hands-on exercises will give an overview of different approaches to data-driven optimization. Applications covered range from simple newsvendor-type to complex multi-product and multi-echelon inventory problems, commodity procurement, transportation, quality control and maintenance, and queuing models. The cases are supplemented by theoretical considerations of data processing, feature selection, and convergence properties.
In addition to being introduced to different topics in the field by a group of distinguished professors, it is a great opportunity to meet doctoral students from different institutions and exchange ideas. Although we expect applicants to come from different institutions, countries and backgrounds, the one common denominator is excellence. Applicants are selected to be part of a discussion forum made up of outstanding scholars in the area of logistics and supply chain management.
The PhD Summer Academy program is administered under the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program, one of the select MIT educational and research partnerships. Upon completion of all courses to which you have enrolled, you will be awarded a certificate stating that you have completed a PhD summer course under the MIT- Zaragoza Program.
Who should apply
Every summer, a group of selected students and scholars from different institutions, countries and backgrounds get together to participate in an intense period of learning, debating, and discovering the fundamental concepts and recent trends in supply chain management. Learn more!
When to apply
Zaragoza Logistics Center will host the 14th PhD Summer Academy from June 5 to June 15 in Zaragoza (Spain). Contact us to be kept informed!
Ready to apply?
To apply for the Summer Academy you must submit the following documents to [email protected]:
- Current resume including academic degree, a brief list of the related courses taken so far (in the field of OR/IE/OM/Statistics), areas of research interest, specialization or competence, dissertation: the title and short description of your thesis, relevant work experience
- One recommendation letter from people capable of judging applicant´s professional and/or academic promise (i.e., supervisor, professor)
- Statement of interest for applying for the PhD Summer Academy. Please explain your specific area of academic interest (research topic you want to work on), how your education has prepared you to be successful in this program, what do you hope to achieve in this program. The statement should be no longer than 500 words
PhD Summer Academy Team
Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) will host the 14th PhD Summer Academy in Zaragoza (Spain) next June 5-15, 2023. Download the brochure for further information or contact us to be kept informed!
Tuition and Fees
Early bird registration (ends April 15): 875 € (include 4 modules)
- Fee per Module (early bird registration): 250 €
Tuition Fee (after deadline early bird): 975 € (include 4 modules)
- Fee per Module: 300 €
- University of Zaragoza students: 500 €
- Students from Professors of the PhD Summer Academy: 500 €
- Students from Professors of ZLC: 500 €
- Alumni PhD Summer Academy: 700 €
- MIT students: 700 €
- Students coming from universities that have an agreement with ZLC: 700 €
- ZLC Alumni students: 780€
- Two students coming from same university: 780 €
Participants will have to make their own arrangements for their accommodation, meals, visa and transportation and must provide evidence of health insurance coverage while in Spain. The organization will be happy to help applicants with the travel and paperwork requirements.