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INESC TEC organises event on the future supply chains

The mechanisms that companies need to prepare for the future supply chains were debated in the workshop entitled “Preparing for the Future Supply Chains”, which was held on 11 July at INESC TEC.

Luís Carneiro, Member of the Executive Board of INESC TEC, and Rosanna Fornasiero, researcher at STIIMA-CNR and Coordinator of NEXT-NET project, opened the workshop.

The workshop, which was oriented towards experts from industry, academia and public policies, had three presentations: Celeste Varum, Professor at the University of Aveiro and Member of the Strategic Forum for Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI), António Almeida, Senior Product Owner at Farfetch, and Paulo Calçada, Member of the Executive Board at Porto Digital.

During the second part of the workshop, the participants had the opportunity to discuss important issues of the future supply chains, such as harmonization of standards and legislation in Europe, supply chains monitoring, data privacy and security, skills gap in supply chains, and European funding mechanisms.

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“The NEXT-NET project defined six scenarios for supply chains in 2030 and ten different strategies that companies can adopt depending on their context. These strategies were in exhibition today at the entrance of the workshop. During the workshop, the participants were divided in seven groups to discuss supply chain problems that are transversal to several industry sectors and to give some recommendations for the future”, commented Ana Barros, a senior researcher of INESC TEC’s Centre for Enterprise Systems Engineering (CESE).

At the end of the event, the participants also had the opportunity to visit iiLab – Industry and Innovation Laboratory, the new laboratory of INESC TEC dedicated to the Advanced Production Technologies.

The workshop was organized by Ana Barros and Pedro Senna from CESE and by Pedro Campos and Patrícia Gonçalves of INESC TEC’s Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support (LIAAD), as part of the NEXT-NET (Next generation technologies for networked Europe) project. NEXT-NET intends to develop a strategic European research agenda and an action plan for the supply chains in 2030.


The researchers mentioned in this news piece are associated with INESC TEC and UP-FEP.