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ESI 2012 - EURO Summer Institute on Maritime Logistics

This page provides information on the EURO Summer Institute 2012 on Maritime Logistics.

The final report of the ESI is available here:   

Download the flyer:
ESI-Flyer_2nd_call.pdf (905.3 KB)  vom 16.06.2011

Download program overview:
ESI-program_overview.pdf (211.9 KB)  vom 07.05.2012

Download detailed program:
ESI program.pdf (251 KB)  vom 07.05.2012

Aims and Scope

A growing demand of optimization techniques and decision support systems is observed in the maritime industry since many years. Based on advances in information and equipment technologies, maritime shipping, cargo handling and hinterland transportation yield complex logistics processes that have to be managed in increasingly competitive environments. Aim of this EURO summer institute (ESI) is to bring together young researchers with academic experts from operations research, logistics and the maritime business. Every participant will present an own research paper which is intensively discussed within a workshop, for example on ship routing, terminal design, and seaside or yard operations management in container terminals. Next to focussed workshops, tutorial lectures on selected topics and invited surveys on recent and future developments in the maritime sector complete the scientific program.

The papers presented at the ESI will be  considered for  publication in a special issue on “maritime logistics” of  the European  Journal of Operational Research (EJOR). With its orientation, the ESI offers a unique opportunity for young researchers in the field to share experience with colleagues from all over Europe and to enter the scientific community.


Participation is limited to a group of about 20 early stage  researchers, who are either PhD students or who have less than two years  research experience since completing a PhD. They must have significant  experience in maritime logistics and be author of at least one  unpublished, high-quality paper. Persons who are interested to  attend the ESI can apply for participation with an unpublished paper at  their national OR society. The national societies are entitled to  nominate up to three applicants, from which the scientific committee  selects the group of participants. Participation and accommodation is  free for selected persons. The cost of the ESI is jointly met by EURO  and other organizations with the exception of traveling cost, which are  usually met by the delegating national OR societies.

Please send  your working paper together with a curriculum vitae and a list of your  publications to the president of your national OR society.  A list of  the european OR societies and further contact information can be found here   .

Invited Speakers

Invited lectures and surveys will be given at the ESI by Kjetil  Fagerholt (Trondheim, Norway), Ulla Tapaninen (Turku, Finland), Rommert  Dekker and Albert Veenstra (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Iris Vis  (Groningen, Netherlands), Hans-Dietrich Haasis (ISL Bremen, Germany), Sha Mei (Shanghai, China) and Stefan Voß (Hamburg, Germany).

Venue, Travel and Accommodation

The summer institute will be held at the youth hostel Bremen, which  offers modern conference facilities and a metropolitan ambiance coupled  with a maritime atmosphere. The venue is located at the river Weser in  the immediate vicinity of the historical center of Bremen. The city of  Bremen is located in the northern part of Germany quite close to the  North Sea. It is one of Germanys leading logistic regions and home to a  large seaport, numerous freight centers and international trade,  transport and industrial companies.

Several Airlines (e.g. Lufthansa and Ryan Air) offer regular flights at moderate prices from many places in Eu-rope  to the airports of Bremen and Hamburg. Within Germany, Bremen is  reached most comfortably by rail. For further information see The participants of the ESI stay at the youth hostel Bremen or at the guest house of the University of Bremen. More in-formation regarding accommodation provide the web-sites and

Scientific Committee

Carlos Pestana Barros (Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal), Christian Bierwirth (University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany), Marielle Christiansen (Norwegian Technical University Trondheim, Norway), Kevin Cullinane (Edinburgh Napier University, UK), Rommert Dekker (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands), Michel Gendreau (CIRRELT Montreal, Canada), Hans-Otto Günther (Technical University of Berlin, Germany), Hans-Dietrich Haasis (ISL Bremen, Germany), Kap Hwan Kim (Busan National University, South Korea), Herbert Kopfer (University of Bremen, Germany), Frank Meisel (University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany), Luigi Moccia (ICAR CNR, Italy), Theo Notteboom (University of Antwerp, Belgium), Mikhail Postan (Maritime University Odessa, Ukraine), Harilaos Psaraftis (National Technical University of Athens, Greece), Alexander Smirnov (SPIIRAS, St. Petersburg, Russia), Ulla Tapaninen (University of Turku, Finland), Albert Veenstra (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands), Iris Vis (University of Groningen, Netherlands), Stefan Voß (University of Hamburg, Germany).

Organization Committee

The ESI is jointly organized by the Universities of Bremen and Halle-Wittenberg, represented by Christian Bierwirth (Halle), Hans-Dietrich Haasis (Bremen), Herbert Kopfer (Bremen), and Frank Meisel (Halle).

Social Events

The city of Bremen offers many opportunities for sightseeing trips, e.g. to the historical city center, the home of the Bremen Town Musicians, to Germanys oldest artificial harbor in Vegesack, and many other cultural and industrial sites. Moreover, excursions are projected to the surrounding of Bremen, including trips to Bremerhaven with its large automotive hub, to the famous art village in Worpswede, and to Hamburg, Germanys second largest metropolis, visiting, among other things, the fully automated Container Terminal in Altenwerder.

Important Dates

Deadline for application at the national OR societies: October 1st, 2011.

Deadline for nomination of participants (by the national OR societies): December 1st, 2011.

Decision on participation: February 1st,, 2012.

ESI 2012: June 3-15, 2012


Prof. Dr. Christian Bierwirth (chair of the ESI 2012)
School of Law, Economics and Business
Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
Große Steinstrasse 73
D-06108 Halle (Saale), Germany

Phone: +49 345 55-23422
Fax: +49 345 55-27198