The Futures Lab is a series of workshops that aims to identify possible future changes and assess their potential impact on the logistics industry. The students who attend the course, form groups and work with different methods of futures and foresight research on the given topics. The group topics were Transparent and resilient supply chains and the Digitalization of Logistics.

The second implementation of the Futures Lab cross-border curricula was arranged via Zoom on the 30th of March. The event was open for anyone to join and listen to the keynote speakers. The speakers were professionals in the field of logistics and the future. There were 23 participants online and 24 students joined from an auditorium at Xamk’s Kotka campus.

Read more about the previous implementation and the group working: Futures Lab Workshop Day I and Futures Lab Workshop Day II.


Towards Carbon Neutral Logistics

Professor Heikki Liimatainen, D.Sc., has been managing Tampere University’s Transport Research Center Verne since 2016. He is Finland’s leading expert in the field of transport energy and climate policy. He has extensive experience in leading research projects and publishing results of scientific quality. He has also been awarded the Public Transport Person of the Year and the University Journalist Recognition Award for Active and Effective Communication.

Liimatainen gave a presentation on the topic of Towards Carbon Neutral Logistics. The presentation aimed to provide an overview on aspects of green logistics and guide the audience towards the next steps in our journey towards sustainable logistics.


Maritime Digitalization

Ulla Tapaninen, Adjunct Professor PhD, has 30 years’ experience in logistics and maritime transport research and development work. She has worked in two Finnish shipping companies, Finnlines and ESL Shipping, in three universities Aalto, University of Turku and now in Tallinn University of Technology, focusing on sustainable shipping. In addition, she has worked for City of Helsinki in maritime and cross-border transport development projects. She has written several books on logistics and maritime transport.

Tapaninen gave a presentation on the topic of Maritime Digitalization. The presentation gave an overview on the recent most important issues in maritime digitalization.


The Trends and Technologies in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Heikki Lahtinen is the Acting Executive Director of LIMOWA Logistics Cluster and the CEO of Ixtriim Oy. The LIMOWA Logistics Cluster is a Finnish network association to develop and support intelligent logistics solutions and boost the competitiveness of Finnish companies. LIMOWA works close to its member organizations supporting their business and export activities. The network has logistics professionals from various sectors. Their common desire is to see logistics as competitive advantage and they have the will to develop Finnish logistics even better. LIMOWA is nationwide, open and impartial.

The topic of the presentation was The Trends and Technologies in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. It gave an overview of how digitalization and automatization change the field of logistics and supply chain management.


The Futures Fair

The Futures Lab Logistics will end with an open event, the Futures Fair on the 27th of April at 12:00 – 14:30 (UTC+3) via Zoom. Anyone is welcome to join the audience and see the results of the workshop groups. Student groups will present their work to the audience with the chance for open discussion and questions.

Register here to join the Futures Fair

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