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


Prof. Dr. Stefan Minner
Full Professor
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
TUM School of Management, Technische Universität München


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ludger Overmeyer
Head of Institute
Institute for Transport and Automation Technology
Leibniz Universität Hannover / Fakultät Maschinenbau


Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bauernhansl
Head of Fraunhofer Institute Manufacturing Engineering and Automation and Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management (IFF)
University of Stuttgart

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Clausen
Managing Director
Institute of Transport Logistics
TU Dortmund University
Director, Fraunhofer-Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML

Prof. Dr. Alexander Eisenkopf
Vice President Teaching and ZEPPELIN Chair for Economic & Transport Policy

Prof. Dr. Ralf Elbert
Departmental chairperson of the department of Law and Economics

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Fottner
Chair of Logistics Management
Institute for Materials Handling, Material Flow, Logistics
Technische Universität München

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Freitag
BIBA - Bremer Institut fuer Produktion und Logistik
University of Bremen

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Hellingrath
Chair for Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Prof. Dr. Kai Hoberg
Associate Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Strategy
Kühne Logistics University

Prof. Dr. Michael ten Hompel
Managing Director
Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics, Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Kersten
Head of the Institute of Business Logistics and General Management
Hamburg University of Technology

Prof. Dr. ir. René de Koster
Professor of Logistics and Operations Management
Rotterdam School of Management
Erasmus University Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anne Lange
Assistant Professor
Chair for Multimodality and Logistics Technologies
TU Darmstadt

Prof. Dr. Herbert Kotzab
Chair of Logistics Management
University of Bremen

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil.
Prof. E. h. Dr. h. c. mult. Michael Schenk

Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF
Managing Director, Institute of Logistics and Material Handling Systems, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Thorsten Schmidt
Institute Director
Institute of Material Handling and Industrial Engineering
Technische Universität Dresden

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stölzle
Managing Director
Chair of Logistics Management
University of St. Gallen

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Thonemann
Managing Director
Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences
University of Cologne

Prof. Dr. Stephan M. Wagner
Chair of Logistics Management
Director Executive MBA ETH SCM
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)
Zurich, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Carl Marcus Wallenburg
Chairholder, Chair of Logistics Management
Director of the Kühne Institute for Logistics Management at WHU –Otto Beisheim School of Management, Wallendar/Dusseldorf

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katja Windt
President, Professor of Global Production Logistics
Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hartmut Zadek
Institute of Logistics and Material Handling Systems (ILM)
Department of Logistics, Faculty for Mechanical Engineering (FMB)
University Magdeburg “Otto-von-Guericke”





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