CILT conference showcases logistics research

LRN Conference

Ethical practice in logistics shared at LRN Conference: (l-r) CILT chairman Professor Richard Wilding, Dean of Hull University Business School, Professor Kathryn Haynes, Professor David Menachof, Professor David Grant, keynote speaker, Chris Clay, and Professor Chandra Lalwani.

The logistics of the Queen’s parachute jump with Daniel Craig at the London Olympics was just one of the memorable moments shared with delegates at the LRN conference at the University of Hull.

Keynote speaker, Chris Clay, drew upon his instrumental roles in the delivery of high-profile events, including the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics opening and closing ceremonies, to entertain and emphasise the importance of planning and collaboration for successful delivery.

While her majesty’s helicopter jump at the opening ceremony involved a stunt double, the reality of logistics planning came down to communication efficiency, building in sufficient contingency time, and enhancements  to reduce the environmental impact.

‘Using one transport supplier for all the pick-ups from different suppliers means there are fewer empty trucks and  less road miles – and that is an important consideration now,’ said Chris.

As technical & operations director for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Chris also gave insight into the complexity of delivering 365 days of culture in the city next year.

Chris was just one of the leading speakers at the Logistics Research Network Annual Conference which was organised and run by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and hosted by the University, with support from Hull University Business School and the University’s Logistics Institute.

The event brought together experts in supply chain management from academia and industry at the conference, a high-profile showcase for logistics-related research in Europe.

Conference Chair, Professor David Menachof, holder of the Peter Thompson Chair in Port Logistics at the Logistics Institute (pictured below), said:

From ethical supply chains to sustainable city logistics, researchers came from as far afield as Africa, the US and Mexico to share their research with a wider audience.

'The theme of the conference was Doing the Right Thing – Ethical Issues in Logistics and Supply Chain and with 186 authors from 35 countries represented across the 90 papers – this showcased academic knowledge in a diverse range of specialist areas.

‘The theme of the conference enabled participants to promote the work they do that makes a positive difference to society at large.

‘It also reflects the ethos of the University and our commitment to advance the causes of sustainability and ethical practice in logistics.’

Professor David Menachof

Kevin Richardson, Chief Executive, CILT said:

‘The conference offered delegates an insight into logistics issues from all over the globe. The opportunity to advance knowledge and understanding amongst the logistics and transport sector is invaluable.

Significant challenges, trends and opportunities have been addressed in order to explore new research directions for both the research community and practitioners.’

Professor Amar Ramudhin, Director of the Logistics Institute, said:

‘The conference provided a high-profile forum for the sharing and promotion of best-practice, offering insights and solutions that will help companies manage their logistics responsibly and sustainably.

We were delighted to host the conference for CILT. Like us, they are committed to bringing ethics and sustainability to the fore in modern, logistic, supply chain and transport issues. They care about the environment and society (as well as the economy) and are an influential voice in the world of logistics.’

Conference delegate, Dr Ted Farris, Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of North Texas , said:  ‘I was excited to attend the LRN conference to extend awareness of my research projects as well as to closely interact and absorb the leading-edge research of the participants from 35 countries.  There is great value in promoting interaction among the researchers as it strengthens and tests what we do.’

The conference also included an awards dinner at The Deep submarium in Hull and the awards were announced as follows:

  • Best conference paper was awarded to Henrik Pålsson and Henrik Sternberg on the environmental effects of high capacity vehicles, road transport and modal shift.
  • University of Hull graduate Dr Siriwan Chaisurayakarn won the prestigious James Cooper Memorial Cup presented by CILT for best PhD thesis in the field of logistics and supply chain management: Exploring Green and Logistics Service Quality of Thai Logistics Service Providers
  • BSc Dissertation of the Year was awarded to James Whiteside, University of Huddersfield, for his paper Port-centric Logistics and Competitive Advantage: A study of UK Ports
  • MSc Dissertation of the Year was awarded to Helene Solvang, Heriot Watt University, for her paper Container Shipping on the Northern Sea Route – A Norwegian Perspective

Special thanks to our other leading speakers at the conference, including:

  • Professor Karen Spens, Rector at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki and co-founder of the Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute (HUMLOG), a global focal point for researchers in humanitarian logistics.
  • David Heath, Head of Logistics at Clugston Distribution, based in Scunthorpe, who highlighted some of the initiatives that are making Clugston a better company by ‘doing the right thing.’
  • Gary Forster, Managing Director of Transaid, an international transportation development charity founded by CILT and Save the Children, who discussed some of the initiatives that they are involved with in improving healthcare provision through simple but effective logistics innovations.


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