Doctoral Colloquium Call for Contributions

Call for Contributions Open!

On the 14th of June, one day prior to IPIC 2021, the fourth edition of the IPIC Doctoral Colloquium will take place.

Students who want to attend the Physical Internet Doctoral Colloquium are invited to submit a paper or a detailed research proposal. Prior to the colloquium, submissions are reviewed by senior researchers and fellow PhD students who will provide feedback and engage actively in the discussions during the event. For this reason, students submitting their work are asked to review papers of fellow students. On the day of the colloquium, you will present your paper in a targeted session with ample time for feedback and discussion. Additionally, there will be plenty of time available to exchange and connect with fellow PhD students and academics during the coffee breaks, a lunch, and a dinner.

And this year, best papers will be invited to be presented in the main conference!


The program allows for a limited number of presentations; if you are interested in presenting your work, please submit a paper by following the submission guidelines. Submissions will be selected by the colloquium committee based on their quality and fit.

Doctorall Colloquium Contributions* must be made on-line via

Select the Track: IPIC 2021 Doctoral Colloquium

Please note that you must first register for an EasyChair account to be able to access the above link. First-time users, please visit EasyChair's "How to make a new submission" for an overview of the submission system.

*All submitted papers will be evaluated with regards to their suitability for the conference, originality and technical soundness.


Timetable and Deadline

  • Application for Doctoral Colloquium

 May 15th, 2021

Download the Call



We warmly invite PhD and master students to submit their work, which can be at any stage of the research process (proposal, middle stages, or completion). Contributions from all application areas, directly or indirectly related to the Physical Internet, are welcomed.

Themes and topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. Urban logistics (Last-Mile delivery, Urban Network Design, E-Commerce Logistics)
  2. Transportation (Synchromodality, Vehicle Routing, Fleet Management)
  3. Intra-hub Logistics (Warehousing, PI hub design, Cross-docking, Cross Chain Control Centers)
  4. Information Technology (Blockchain, Protocols and Certificates, Track and Trace)
  5. Policy (Legal issues, Role of Governments, Stakeholder Management)
  6. Business Models and Supply Chain Management (Supply Network Coordination, Supply Chain Relationships, PI-adoption, Inventory Management, Change Management)

You may also consider other IPIC Topics.

We accept all types of research methodologies from applied and theoretical research, such as mathematical modelling, optimization, simulation, case studies, pilot studies, and surveys.

Previous Conferences

IPIC 2020 | IPIC 2019 | IPIC 2018
IPIC 2017 | IPIC 2016 | IPIC 2015
IPIC 2014

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