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Journey into the Future of Logistics Science: Conclusion of the International Summer School

A successful international summer school titled “The Future of Logistics Science” occurred at our faculty from July 3rd to 8th, 2023. We organized this program for students from our partner institution, the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport in Egypt. The school offered a diverse and rich program that allowed for a deeper understanding of contemporary trends and the future of logistics science.

The first day was dedicated to an introduction to logistics as a science and the presentation of modern trends in logistics. The participants familiarized themselves with the logistics system’s fundamental concepts, critical elements, and the latest guidelines and innovations in this field. The lecture by industry expert Tadej Pojbič covered various areas such as inventory management, transportation, supply chain optimization, and the use of modern technologies in logistics.

On the second day, we organized a trip to Maribor, where the participants visited the university library. There, they learned about using bibliographic indexes, impact factors, and citations for evaluating scientific publications. This visit provided students and professionals with valuable information about resources and methods they can use in future research.

Wednesday was focused on the future of last-mile delivery. The participants listened to Kristijan Perčič, the Director of Innovations at Pošta Slovenije, who presented the latest trends and technologies in this field. Particular emphasis was given to drone deliveries, and the students had the chance to try operating drones. This was a unique opportunity to familiarize ourselves with innovative delivery methods that will significantly transform logistics activities in the future.

On the fourth day, we examined the impact of the Russo-Ukrainian war on global supply chain management. The participants gained insight into the complexity and vulnerability of the supply chain and learned about the consequences of the conflict for international trade and logistic processes. In the afternoon, we organized a guided tour of Celje.

On Friday, we went on an excursion to the Port of Koper and visited the magnificent Postojna Cave. During the port tour, the participants gained insight into the importance and operations of port terminals, as well as the processes of cargo handling and distribution. This was followed by a visit to one of the most beautiful Karst landmarks – the Postojna Cave. During the tour, we walked through stunning underground halls, admired beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, and were fascinated by the rich natural heritage. The visit to the Postojna Cave was an exceptional experience that contributed to relaxation and bonding among the participants.

On the last day of school, students presented their contributions on the topics they found most interesting throughout the week. This part of the program allowed for the exchange of ideas, discussion on current challenges, and the encouragement of further research in logistics.

The participants of the international summer school, “The Future of Logistics Science,” acquired new knowledge and experiences. We believe it was an excellent experience for all participants and look forward to future collaborations.