Nov 27




Organized by the International Society for Inventory Research (ISIR) and hosted by the University KU Leuven, the 14th ISIR Summer School will be held in Leuven, Belgium from August 26th until August 30th , 2019. ISIR’s bi-annual Summer School aims to bring together PhD students and professors with a background in inventory management to discuss and improve their research. This year’s theme will revolve around “Logistics 4.0: Inventory management in a digital era”.

Industry 4.0, the Internet-of-Things or Smart Industry are only a few nicknames to describe our current digitalized economy, characterized by automation, communicating devices and the increased availability of data and computing power. New methodologies such as advanced data science and machine learning have found their way into various business applications such as self-driving cars, virtual assistants or improved fraud detection. But these techniques also have applications to improve inventory management. The impact of these (and other) innovative approaches on inventory management plays a central role in this year’s Summer School.

We welcome researchers that contribute to the development of innovative approaches within inventory management. We welcome any contribution which advances theoretical and applied inventory modelling and management.

Key research streams that will be included in the Summer School are (but not limited to):

  • Forecasting for Inventory Management
  • Inventory Management for Service Logistics
  • Interface between Inventory Management and Transport & Logistics (Synchromodal Transport, Collaborative Shipping, etc.)
  • Supply Chain Design and inventory management
  • Technological and Business Interfaces to Inventory Management
  • Inventory Management for Humanitarian Operations
  • Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Machine Learning for Inventory Management
  • Supply Chain Dynamics
  • Offshoring, Nearshoring and Dual Sourcing
  • Inventory management for perishable goods
  • Inventory management for sustainable supply chains


March 30th, 2019 Deadline to apply for accommodation in student rooms (an abstract is expected to be submitted before applying to the dormitories).
April 30th, 2019 Deadline for submission of abstracts by Ph.D. students and deadline for application by senior researchers.
May 15th, 2019 Notification of acceptance.
June 15th, 2019 Deadline for registration (with payment) for both Ph.D. students and senior researchers.
June 30th, 2019 Deadline for submission of complete working papers by the Ph.D. students.

Aug 14

Twentyfirst International Working Seminar on Production Economics

February 24-28, 2020
Innsburck, Austria

We will continue the Working Seminar on Production Economics in 2020 Innsbruck. The detailed information of the organization, paper submission, registration will come soon. For current contact, please email:

Professor Hubert Missbauer, Universität Innsbruck, Austria,

Professor, Ou Tang, Linköping University, Sweden,

Feb 22




The International Society for Inventory Research (ISIR) invites institutions/universities to host the ISIR Summer School in the non-symposium (every odd) years. The objective of the summer school is to provide an opportunity for PhD students to present their research work and discuss various aspects of it with fellow students and senior researchers.

The group in Hamburg.

So far we had summer schools in Leipzig, Germany (1993), Portoroz, Slovenia (1995), Ioannina, Greece (1997), Exeter, United Kingdom (1999), Loftahammar, Sweden (2001), Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2003), Mannheim, Germany (2005), Brescia, Italy (2007), Katowice, Poland (2009), Istanbul, Turkey (2011), Neuchâtel, Switzerland (2013), Hamburg, Germany (2015), Vienna, Austria (2017).

Now we are looking for the host of 2019 ISIR Summer school.

Online application form >>>

Date and location

The summer school is usually organized in August. The professional program takes 5 days which may include a plant visit or excursion as well.

Classes are held in the host institution’s facility, students and professors may stay in a nearby dormitory, hostel or hotel of their choice.


The summer school is primarily intended for PhD students, who can apply to participate by submitting an extended abstract about their research topic. Upon the acceptance of their application, they have to submit a working paper before a given deadline. Each paper/presentation will be reviewed by a fellow student and a tutor, who will act as discussants after the presentation at the school.

Tutors & professors

Professors/senior researchers are either invited personally or a call is embedded in the 1st announcement, so if they are willing to contribute they can contact the school secretariat directly. Costs should be covered by the professors and no tutorial fee is paid.

The ideal number of participants, including students and tutors, is max 40 persons.


The participation fee (which is usually less than EUR 200) should cover the school materials, meals and excursion. All participants pay for their own accommodation and travel.

The total budget is under the control of the host organization that may raise sponsorship to cover extra expenses.

Milestones and important dates (suggestion)

November 30               First call for papers

January 31                    Second call for papers

April 30                           Deadline for applications

May 15                            Decision on acceptance and notification of the applicants

June 15                          Registration deadline

June 30                          Deadline for submitting working papers


The ISIR Secretariat provides assistance in the communication of the event by uploading information on the ISIR website; sending out DM letters to potential participants. Certainly we are at the service of the host organization. (Naming a contact person from the host organization would ease the communication.)


The host will provide a short report about the professional content of the event for the ISIR Newsletter within a month after the event.

Submitting proposals for the coming Summer School

Those who wish to host an ISIR Summer School should fill-in the online application form before May 31, 2018.

Online application form >>>

Decision about the host will be made by the ISIR Executive Committee one month after the submission deadline. The aim is that the school can be officially announced at the ISIR Symposium in August 2018.


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