Global Supply Chain Research Forum

  • May 25, 2015
  • Zaragoza Logistics Center

ZLC is organizing the Global Supply Chain Research Forum 2015 that will take place on May 25-26 in Zaragoza, Spain. This forum will encompass two events: the Research Fest on May 25, where students will present their final thesis projects covering a range of topics focused on various supply chain aspects; and the Research Panel Discussion on May 26, where companies and researchers will have an opportunity for networking and discussing about the latest research trends in logistics and supply chain management applied to real life success cases.
By invitation only. Contact Carlos Arto, Corporate Relations Manager, for any additional information.

Global Supply Chain Research Forum 

Research Fest.Monday, May 25 
MIT-Zaragoza Master of Engineering in Logistics & SCM, Class of 2015 
During this event the MIT Zaragoza Master of Engineering in Logistics & Supply Chain Management class of 2015, will present their final thesis research to an audience of colleagues, faculty, corporate partners and esteemed jury members and will cover a range of topics focused on various supply chain aspects. Companies that participated in previous years include: Cummins, Clariant, Ericsson, Halliburton, HP, MSF, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Roche, Saica, Schlumberger, Telefónica, UNHCR among others. Presentations will be followed by an exclusive dinner. 
  • 11:00h.: Registration 
  • 11:15h.: Welcome 
  • 11:30h.: Master Thesis Presentation 
  • 12:45h.: Lunch 
  • 13:45h.: Outstanding Thesis Award Finalists 
  • 16:45h.: Research Fest Summary 
  • 20:00h.: Enjoy spring in Zaragoza with an exclusive dinner.

Research Panel Discussion. Tuesday, May 26 

This session will provide an opportunity to jointly reflect on the latest research applications in logistics and SCM. MIT-ZLC’s faculty members will present the latest research topics applied to real life success cases to a select number of special company partners and guests. Thus companies and researchers will be able to have discussions and open their minds to new ideas, trends and topics in supply chain, find new insights and at the same time provide new ground for research in those areas. Several opportunities for networking among worldwide senior managers in the field will be available. 
  • 8:45h.: Registration 
  • 9:00h.: Welcome and IntroductionsProf. Maria Jesus Saenz, Director ZLC 
  • 9:10h.: Latest Applied Research on Logistics and Supply Chain Management: 
Prof. Maria Jesus Saenz – Supply Chain Collaboration and Resilience 
Prof. Mustafa Cagri Gurbuz – Advanced Inventory Management 
Prof. Alejandro Serrano Supply Chain Finance 
Prof. Jianjun Xu Green Supply Chain and Sustainability 
Prof. Susana Val – Urban Logistics 
Prof. Luca Urciuoli Supply chain Risk Management and Security
Open discussion – Future research needs in Logistics and Supply Chain Management 
  • 10:15h.: 1st Round Table: Does Supply Chain Performance depend on Technology? 
Ericsson, Carlos Nieva, Head of Tactical Planning and Implementation 
Chep, Pedro Gabaldón, Sr. Director, Supply Chain S. Europe & MENA
Oracle, Jean-Pierre Merx, Sr. Director, Supply Chain. South Europe
ZLC, Prof. Alejandro Serrano
Other Representatives
  • 11:15h.: Coffee break and networking 
  • 11:45h.: 2nd Round Table: Is Physical Internet a New Paradigm? 
Materials Handling Institute – US, Daniel Stanton, Vice President of Education and Professional Development 
ES3 – US, Brenda Hambleton, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer
LEO Pharma A/S, Peter Broend, Project Director Operational Excellence
ZLC, Prof. María Jesús Sáenz, Director 
Other Representatives 
  • 12:45h.: Remarks and drafting ZLC future research agenda 
  • 13:15h.: Adjourn


  • Start Date:May 25, 2015
  • End Date:May 26, 2015
  • Location:Zaragoza Logistics Center