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.


Feb 13

20th International Symposium on Inventories

20th International Symposium on Inventories
20-24 August 2018 – Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget,
Budapest, Hungary

The International Society for Inventory Research (ISIR) organizes its 20th International Symposium on Inventories, the only scholarly forum in the world focusing directly on inventories in August 2018.

The professional objective of organizing this event is to provide a forum for an international exchange of ideas on various aspects of inventories.

The main streams of the symposium are organized around the four sections of ISIR:

  • Economics of Inventories
  • Inventory Management
  • Mathematical Models of Inventories
  • Forecasting Inventories

Besides the regular paper presentations there will be special sessions on

  • Maintenance Service Logistics
  • Modelling and Managing Inventories of Perishable Products
  • Empirical Evidence for Inventory Theories
  • Inventory and Warehouse Management within Digital Supply Chains
  • Teaching Inventory Management and Control

Papers on macro- and microeconomics, econometrics, economic policy, business, management and operational research aspects of inventory problems and related fields (production, logistics, etc.) are invited.

The deadline for submitting abstracts and apply for bursary (available for participants arriving from non-European countries) is:

30 March 2018

Further details about the Symposium are available at the website:


Feb 13

New Industry Projects on Inventory Forecasting

Logistics Systems Dynamics Group (LSDG), and
Panalpina Centre for Maufacturing and Logistics Research at Cardiff University

Cardiff Business School has partnered with Yeo Valley, the largest organic dairy producer in the UK, on a project to streamline the company’s forecasting, planning and replenishment systems. The £220,000 two-year collaborative project is being led by Dr Laura Purvis, Professor Stephen Disney and Professor Aris Syntetos, from the School’s Logistics and Operations Management section. This new project and partnership enables the School and Yeo Valley to conduct research into flexible and resilient operations and supply chain management strategies. The project runs with the contribution of one postdoctoral research assistant, Xia Meng.

The School has also partnered with Hilti on a project co-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK) to elevate the company’s inventory forecasting performance. Hilti is a multinational company that develops, manufactures, and markets products for the construction, building maintenance, and mining industries. Dr Qinyun Li will be working for the first half of 2018 with Hilti’s global statistical forecasting team, after having been awarded an early career research fellowship grant from ESRC.



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