Scientific Advisory Board

By providing a scientific and research perspective, the Scientific Advisory Board supports BVL in the formulation and positioning of logistics issues in society, politics and industry as well as in the definition of recommendations for action. The members of this board are university lecturers, heads of institutes and experts responsible for research and development. They define relevant research fields and provide support during the initiation of research projects.

The Scientific Advisory Board comprises a network of scientists from different disciplines, universities and research institutions and creates a bridge between industry and science, thereby helping to establish logistics as an independent interdisciplinary field of knowledge. In June 2010, the Scientific Advisory Board published a cornerstone paper on the status of logistics as a scientific discipline.



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Furmans

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Institute for Material Handling and Logistics
Director of the Institute

Deputy Chairman

Prof. Dr. Stefan Minner

TUM School of Management, Technische Universität München
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Full Professor

Deputy Chairman

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ludger Overmeyer

Leibniz Universität Hannover
Institute for Transport and Automation Technology
Head of Institute


Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bauernhansl

Head of Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management IFF University of Stuttgart
Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, Stuttgart

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Clausen

Head of Institute of Transport Logistics, TU Dortmund University
Director, Fraunhofer-Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML, Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Alexander Eisenkopf

Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen
Vice President Teaching and ZEPPELIN Chair for Economic & Transport Policy

Prof. Dr. Ralf Elbert

TU Darmstadt
Departmental chairperson, Department of Law and Economics
Head of the Chair of Management and Logistics

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Fottner

Technical University of Munich
Institute for Materials Handling, Material Flow, Logistics
Chair of Logistics Management

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Freitag

University of Bremen
BIBA - Bremer Institut fuer Produktion und Logistik

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Hellingrath

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Department of Information Systems
Chair for Information Systems and Supply Chain Management

Prof. Dr. Kai Hoberg

Kühne Logistics University – KLU
Associate Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Strategy

Prof. Dr. Michael ten Hompel

Chair of Materials Handling and Warehousing TU Dortmund
Managing Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML, Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Alexander Hübner

TU München
Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability
Chair of Supply and Value Chain Management

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Kersten

Hamburg University of Technology
Institute of Business Logistics and General Management
Head of the Institute

Prof. Dr. ir. René de Koster

Erasmus University Rotterdam
Rotterdam School of Management
Professor of Logistics and Operations Management

Prof. Dr. Herbert Kotzab

University of Bremen
Chair of Logistics Management

Associate Prof. Dr. Anne Lange

University of Luxembourg
Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and SCM

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Thorsten Schmidt

Technische Universität Dresden
Institute of Material Handling and Industrial Engineering

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stölzle

University of St. Gallen
Chair of Logistics Management
Managing Director

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Thonemann

University of Cologne
Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences
Managing Director

Prof. Dr. Stephan Wagner

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)
Chair of Logistics Management
Director Executive MBA ETH SCM

Prof. Dr. Carl Marcus Wallenburg

WHU –Otto Beisheim School of Management
Kühne Institute for Logistics Management
Director, Chair of Logistics Management

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hartmut Zadek

University Magdeburg “Otto-von-Guericke”
Institute of Logistics and Material Handling Systems (ILM)
Department of Logistics, Faculty for Mechanical Engineering (FMB)