The 21st ISL is organized by the Centre for Concurrent Enterprise, Nottingham University Business School, in conjunction with the National Kaohsiung First Universityof Science & Technology, Taiwan; National Taiwan Normal University; Taiwan and National Taiwan Ocean University and the Ministry of Science & Technology, Taiwan. The event is supported by the International Academy for Marine Economy and Technology (IAMET), The University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus, China; The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, The University of Nottingham, UK; Cardiff Business School, UK; the University of Hull, UK and Heriot Watt University, UK.


The fundamental goals of good logistics are to manage the movement of materials from the point of acquisition to the point of final consumption, as well as the associated information flows, with a view to providing excellent customer service at a reasonable cost. Achieving these goals requires fast and efficient management of internal and external resources within the context of global supply chain networks. Papers will represent the latest in academic thinking and case examples of successful implementations of ideas, models and concepts. The wider audience will therefore benefit from the knowledge and experience of leading practitioners and academics in this area.

 The 21st International Symposium on Logistics aims to provide a forum for discussion between leading academics, researchers and practitioners who specialise in the area of logistics and supply chain management and to promote excellence in this field. The chosen theme for ISL2016 is“Sustainable Transport & Supply Chain Innovations”.  We welcome papers original contributions on the developments in theory and practice in the area of logistics and supply chains. The 21st ISL aims to provide a forum for both academics and practitioners to discuss the current and future research in the area of logistics and supply chain management. Papers will represent the latest in academic thinking, as well as case examples of successful logistical implementations.


This major event for international scholars in the areas of Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management will be held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and has been chosen after the successful symposia held in at the University of Bologna, Italy, Ho Chi Minh City 2014, Vienna 2013, Cape Town, 2012, Berlin, 2011, Kuala Lumpur, 2010, Istanbul, 2009, Bangkok, 2008, Budapest 2007, Beijing 2006, Lisbon 2005, Bangalore 2004, Sevilla 2003, Melbourne, 2002, Salzburg, 2001, Iwate 2000, Florence 1999, Padua 1997 and Nottingham 1995 and 1993.


Kaohsiung is a dynamic city with a cluster of maritime industries and an abundance of natural scenery, beaches, and diversified cultures. As the largest seaport in Taiwan, Kaohsiung handles 10 million containers a year. Kaohsiung is the second largest city in Taiwan housing 2.6 million residents and has dynamic and diverse industries ranging from metal-related industries to petrochemical, electronics, international fishing and ship building industries, etc. that boost the economy of Taiwan. The love river and the Chi-ching Island create scenery spots and travelling in the city is made convenient by the MRT system. 


ISL 2016 is collaborating with three premier international journals: Transportation Research Part E (TRE), International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management (IJPDLM), and International Journal of Logistics Management (IJLM). Selected manuscripts will be invited to submit to IJLM, TRE and IJPDLM respectively under the guest editor of Prof. Jim YC Wu for IJLM/TRE and Prof. Shong-Iee Ivan Su for IJPDLM.