We are delighted to announce the fourteenth

Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL)

hosted by the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and invite you to participate on the

23, 24 & 25 September 2020
and an additional Ph.D. seminar on the 22 September 2020

The way we live and work is subject to continuous change. The causes of this transformation are manifold and omnipresent. One example is the digital transformation of society, which generates an enormous amount of data and information. Science and practice have recognized that data-based business are a must-have for the future success. Supply Chain Analytics, Blockchain, Advanced Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 are just a few examples of the disruptive changes we are facing now and in the future. HICL 2020 focuses on research concepts and ideas that foster a new way of value creation and will give us insights into the future of Supply Chain Management and Logistics.

Submit for HICL 2020, be part of the disruptive transformation, and contribute towards this year’s topic:

New Ways of Creating Value in Supply Chains and Logistics

We invite empirical, theoretical, methodological, and practical contributions addressing topics in SCM and Logistics related to one of the following tracks:

  • Innovation and Technology Management
  • Risk and Security Management
  • Sustainability and City Logistics
  • Maritime and Port Logistics
  • Supply Chain Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Advanced Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and Blockchain
  • Platform Economy and innovative Business Models
  • Business Analytics

It is our understanding that many of tomorrow’s goals can only be achieved by a constant exchange of ideas within the scientific community. HICL seeks to create an inspiring environment for researchers and professionals to discuss solutions, challenges, and responsibilities companies face in logistics and SCM. We provide a multidisciplinary network, and welcome scientific and practical contributions from different disciplines, including Business Administration, Economics, Engineering, Computer Science, Law, and Mathematics. All accepted contributions will be published open access in the HICL book series.

Important Dates

13th of March 2020         Abstract Submission closes

15th of May 2020            Paper Submission closes

16th of Sep  2020            Conference Registration Deadline for Authors

Conference Chairs

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Wolfgang Kersten (Institute of Business Logistics and General Management, TUHH)

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Blecker (Institute of Business Logistics and General Management, TUHH)

Prof. Dr. Christian M. Ringle (Institute for Human Resource Management and Organizations, TUHH)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carlos Jahn (Institute of Maritime Logistics, TUHH)

Submission Instructions

Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished research results or best practices that have not been submitted for publication elsewhere. The official conference language for abstracts, papers, and presentations is English.

HICL 2020 uses a user-friendly online conference management software. The submission process can be carried out using the following link:  https://hicl2020.exordo.com/.

The submission of a structured abstract precedes the submission of a paper. Authors must provide an abstract structured in four sections, mandatorily addressing the purpose, methodology, findings as well as originality. After a short review process, all authors will be notified and will receive instructions on the paper submission. Paper submissions require an abstract that has been accepted in the process mentioned above.


The Conference Committee will evaluate each submission concerning contribution to theory and accessibility to the HICL audience. Refereeing is double-blind.

The abstract should clearly describe the nature and relevance of the problem(s), research methodology, and work-in-progress or final research results. The papers will also be evaluated concerning significance, originality, relevance, novelty, correctness, and clarity.

22 September 2020 Ph.D. seminar
23 September 2020 Conference Day 1
24 September 2020 Conference Day 2
25 September 2020 Conference Day 3
13 March 2020 Abstract Submission closes
15 May 2020 Paper Submission closes
16 Sep 2020 Conference Registration Deadline for Authors