Objectives of ECoL

Through ECoL, the groundbreaking collaboration of several European research projects is made accessible to a wider audience and to extended expert groups. Additionally, content and structural perspectives of the cooperation are defined within the modern and interdisciplinary research field of logistics.

The aim of ECoL is to heighten the international visibility of participating countries as sites of innovation, especially with actors from the scientific community, with companies strong in research and with R&D investors. A special focus lies on encouraging ideas, research perspectives and the exchange of young academics.

Considering that innovations in the interdisciplinary and service-oriented field of logistics (i.e. production management, transport management, e-commerce, and new concepts in circular economy) are per se knowledge-intensive, research plays an important part for societal and economic progress as well.

  • Network formation and expansion: A network for key issues for the future in sustainable mobility and logistics will be developed from existing collaboration structures. The summer school facilitates the exchange between experts from different countries and stakeholder groups (science, industry and public sector) and with mutual international partners.
  • Institutionalisation: The fostering and expansion of scientific international cooperation and the increase of multilateral achievements in research and development. Consolidation of joint research, inclusion in academic education, intensification of visible transfer into practice and recommendations for political frameworks.
  • Introduction of Summer Schools to extended network of renowned research institutions and universities.
  • Establishment of the scientifically accentuated brand “Emerging Concepts of Logistics” (ECoL) within a European and international setting of scientific, economic and policy-driven communities: the emphasis lies on the interdisciplinary character of sustainable mobility as well as logistics in socio-economic systems and its international definition as a key area of innovation.

Benefit for participants

The ECoL Summer School targets participants from the stakeholder groups science, industry and public policy, forming the Triple Helix structure. Young academics, including PhD students and post-doc researchers, are invited to actively and interdisciplinary participate in the creation and analysis of new concepts, models and ideas in the field of sustainable mobility and logistics.

Furthermore, representatives from the business community who want to engage in the design and advancement of new logistical systems and solutions as well as policymakers, who care to proactively promote favorable conditions for new ideas and concepts, are invited to join the ECoL Summer School.