3rd European Operations Management Association Central and Eastern European Research Network Workshop in co-operation with EPIEM

Date: Wednesday, 1.6.2022 (Arrival until 7 p.m. CET) – Saturday, 4.6.2022 (Farewell at 1 p.m. CET)

Impressions from 3rd EurOMA CEE Research Network Workshop in co-operation with
EPIEM can be found HERE.

Venue: Graz University of Technology, Rechbauerstrasse 12, 8010 Graz (AUT)


This 3rd EurOMA CEE Research Network Workshop is organised and hosted by

  • Bernd Markus Zunk, Graz University of Technology (AUT)
  • Amila Omazic, Graz University of Technology (AUT)

in co-operation with (in alphabetical order)

  • Marco Formentini, University of Trentino (ITA)
  • George Onofrei, Letterkenny Institute of Technology Ireland (IRE)
  • Iztok Palcic, University of Maribor (SLO)
  • Jasna Prester, University of Zagreb (CRO)

3rd EurOMA CEE Research Network Workshop Topic

“Shaping successful research proposals at the intersection of Innovation – Digitalisation – Sustainability”


First, the initiative will feature a face-to-face workshop event, i.e. the 3rd EurOMA CEE Research Network Workshop (note: in accordance with the Covid-19 regulations in force at that time), which brings together enthusiastic OM and/or IEM researchers (e. g. instructors, lecturers, researchers at all levels, PhD students, postdocs, professors) and practitioners from the CEE region (as well as all other European countries). This workshop will be moderated by Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) as the host organization and supported by research funding experts from the Research & Technology Department of Graz University of Technology. This event will help participants to

  1. get an overview of current calls for proposals and research funding programmes at EU level presented by experts in the field of competitive research funding.
  2. generate research ideas for potential OM/IEM research funding projects/proposals.
  3. form research teams (focusing on a specific idea/topic developed in the workshop).
  4. develop research ideas into precise concepts which ultimately resulting e. g. in a declaration of intent accepted by all research team members (note: to ensure sustainability after the workshop and to continue work on the projects back home.)
  5. prepare a competitive research proposal “ready for submission” to a research funding institution (e. g. on EU level).
  6. learn from the experience of a project group that successfully submitted a competitive EU project (http://eu-periscope.essca.fr/).

Second, the workshop participants are invited to initially present their research proposal ideas and concepts at the 15th EPIEM Conference. This provides workshops participants immediately and promptly the great opportunity to

  1. receive qualitative feedback on their newly-developed collaborative research projects,
  2. challenge their research concept at an early stage of the development and,
  3. create and initiate (associated) partnerships with, e.g. researcher and practitioners from the IEM network.

Third, the 3rd EurOMA CEE Research Network Workshop participants are also invited to submit a conference paper to the 15th EPIEM Conference. This is an additional opportunity for the workshop participants to

  1. present their latest research (note: as the 3rd EurOMA CEE research network workshop will be an integrative part of the 15th EPIEM conference program and therefore free from additional costs!),
  2. publish in the EPIEM Conference proceedings (free of charge) and to
  3. extend their network by meeting members (researchers and practitioners) from the European and German-speaking IEM community.

Important note: If you register for the 3rd EurOMA CEE Research Network Workshop you are automatically registered as participant for the 15th EPIEM conference and vice versa. BUT if you may also want to submit a research paper to the 15th EPIEM Conference – to which you are cordially invited – you may find more information HERE).

Registration for the 3rd EurOMA CEE Research Network Workshop:

  • Registration is open from now until Mai 4th 2022.
  • The number of on-site workshop participants is limited to the max. of 40 persons.
  • The „first registration – first serve“ principle will be applied, as long as the participants fit into the target group (Note: Preference will be given to applications from the CEE region. Of course, registrations from other regions are also possible!).
  • The workshop fee (incl. all coffee and lunch breaks during the workshop as well as the welcome reception on the 2.6.2022, the gala dinner on the 3.6.2022 and the historic city tour on the 4.6.2022) is 95 Euro per person.
  • Registration is only valid if the workshop fee has been transferred to the account indicated in the registration link by 4th of Mai 2022. A refund in case of non-participation is not possible. We kindly ask for your understanding. The invoice for the workshop fee will be handed over to you on site in Graz.
  • Please register HERE.

Remarks regarding traveling and accommodation:

  • Covid-19: Please keep yourself informed in this regard and observe the Covid-19 regulations applicable in each case! We currently (as of January 2022) assume that at Graz University of Technology the 2G regulation (fully vaccinated or recovered) AND a FFP 2 mask obligation must be observed when conducting the workshop and the 15th EPIEM Conference. Important & up-to-date information on travelling to Austria in COVID-19 times you may find here: https://www.oesterreich.gv.at/en/themen/coronavirus_in_oesterreich/pre-travel-clearance.html
  • Arrival in Graz: It is strongly recommended to arrive on the 1st of June as the workshop starts already early on the 2nd of June 2022.
  • Travelling: You can reach Graz pleasantly either directly by plane (https://www.flughafen-graz.at/en/home.html depending on your departure airport/airline) or via Vienna International Airport (https://www.viennaairport.com/en/passengers) from where there is a direct train connection (note: takes you approx. 3 hours) to Graz (Details via https://www.oebb.at/en/).
  • Hotel recommendations: We arranged special prices for our guests in the hotels listed below (Attention: Limited contingent and ONLY valid for bookings until the 3rd of May 2022. Furthermore, the “first come – first serve” principle will be applied! To benefit from the special conditions, please mention the code word “IEM22” when booking and mention that you are attending a conference/workshop at TU Graz.):

Detailed Program:* (Preliminary as of June 2022)
Please note: The times given below refer to CET.

Wednesday, 1st of June 2022: Arriving in Graz.

7.00 p.m. Welcome! Casual meeting at “Kaiser-Josef-Market” in the city centre of Graz. (https://www.graztourismus.at/en/see-and-do/sightseeing/sights/kaiser-josef-market_sh-1245)

Thursday, 2nd of June 2022:

8.00 a.m. to 8.30 a.m. Registration

8.30 a.m. to 8.45 a.m. Greetings from the Rectorate Vice Rector Stefan Vorbach, Graz University of Technology. Introduction and Setup of the Workshop Bernd M. Zunk, Amila Omazic, Corina Pacher, Graz University of Technology.

8.45 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. EU Funding Schemes / Programs / Ways to get your research funded on a EU Level (Research & Technology Department TU Graz & Dr. Imre Gombkötő, University of Miskolc, Hungary) incl. Q&A

10.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. Coffee break 30 min.

10.30 a.m. to 10.35 a.m. Digitalization of Food Loss and Waste Management in Agri-Food Supply Chains, Marco Formentini

10.36 a.m. to 10.41 a.m. Creating CEE-Networks for Resilient and Sustainable Value Chains, Rudolf Pichler & Erwin Rauch

10.42 a.m. to 10.47 a.m. Long-term Evaluation of Industrial Exoskeletons, Matthias Wolf

10.48 a.m. to 10.53 a.m. Digital Innovation(s) in Supply Chains, Peter Trkman

10.54 a.m. to 10.59 a.m. Measuring Smart Cities and Communities as a Path to a Sustainable Future, Kristina Nagode

11.00 a.m. to 11.05 a.m. Business Models for Inter-firm Cooperation Projects, Jabier Retegi Albisua

11.06 a.m. to 11.11 a.m. Industry 4.0 Readiness & Maturity Models, Iztok Palčič

11.12 a.m. to 11.17 a.m. Environmental Performance Reporting for SMEs (EPR4SMEs), Robert Minovski & Atanas Kochov & Bojan Jovanoski & Aleksandar Argilovski

11.18 a.m. to 11.23 a.m. Digital Solution for Optimised Industrial Systems and Lines (OptSim), Robert Minovski & Atanas Kochov & Bojan Jovanoski & Aleksandar Argilovski

11.24 a.m. to 11.29 a.m. Towards greener, more digital and sustainable SEE SMEs (DigiSMEs), Robert Minovski & Atanas Kochov & Bojan Jovanoski & Aleksandar Argilovski

11.30 a.m. to 11.35 a.m. Evaluation of different circular interventions in the metal industry value chain, exploring the likely environmental, social and economic outcomes on a global level from this different approaches (CE_SME), Robert Minovski & Atanas Kochov & Bojan Jovanoski & Aleksandar Argilovski

11.36 a.m. to 11.41 a.m. Sustainable Engineering Education – Development of a model for European IEM study programs, Mariaelena Murphy & Corina Pacher & Amila Omazic

11.42 a.m. to 11.47 a.m. Logistics Systems Engineering, Manuel Woschank

11.47 a.m. to 11.52 a.m. Data Driven Sustainable Industrial Business Management, Miroslav Žilka

11.52 a.m. to 11.55 a.m. Nonlinear Dynamic Response of the Jointed Structure – Multifold Industrial Issue, Strain Posavljak & Miroslav Malinovic

11.56 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. Organisational Information for Afternoon Sessions

*The “Project Elevator Pitch” of the research idea (note: which should be an 5-8 minute short presentation consisting of max. 3-5 ppt slides) should be prepared by each participant prior to the 3rd EurOMA CEE Research Network Workshop. This “Project Elevator Pitch” should consist of the following four parts: (1) topic/idea/work title, (2) background and relevance (in industry and academia) of the OM/IEM topic in the EU context, (3) guiding research question and intended outcome(s), and (4) an answer to the “technical”/”formal” question(s): what kind of academic partners are you looking for? and/or: what complementary competences would you integrate in your future research project? etc.

12.00 a.m. to 1.15 p.m. Lunch break @Bar28

1.15 p.m. to 1.30 p.m. Teaming-up in “5-6 EurOMA/EPIEM research proposal writing teams” (which are moderated by topic leaders e. g. from the EurOMA/EPIEM network)

1.30 p.m. to 3.15 p.m. Session 1: Forming the team, discussion & agreement on one precise topic per team; coming up with the narrative; design and write an abstract

3.15 p.m. to 3.45 p.m. Coffee break 30 min.

3.45 p.m. to 5.45 p.m. Session 2: Finalizing a “One Pager” and a 10 min. presentation of the regarding research proposal that should be presented on the 3rd of June during the 15th EPIEM Conference in order to challenge the idea, open doors for collaborators and new ideas

5.45 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. Chill out in the City of Graz with our local (student) guides

7.00 p.m. – open. Welcome reception @ “Grazer Burg – Weisser Saal” (Official invitation of the Governor of Styria. Dress code recommendation: Business casual to elegant, as the welcome reception will be held in an elegant atmosphere): Meet academics and practitioners of the “European OM & IEM Family” together with Austrian Association of Industrial Engineering and Management (Note: Please be very punctual)!

Friday, 3rd of June 2022:

8.30 a.m. to 8.45 a.m. Warm-up: Connecting the PERISCOPE Group to the EurOMA research network group as well as to the participants of the 15th EPIEM Conference (voluntarily)

8.45 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. The best-practice example “EU Project PERISCOPE”: Connecting the Workshop Participants to the PERISCOPE Multiplier Event (Presentation of a successful funded EU Project)

9.00 a.m. to 9.50 a.m. PERISCOPE Part 1 – Introduction: Idea, Concept, Process, Plan, Do`s & Don’ts

9.50 a.m. to 10.40 a.m. PERISCOPE Part 2 – Content & Deliverables

10.40 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Coffee break 30 min.

11.00 a.m. to 12.15 a.m. ”PERISCOPE“ keynote speech(es) from academia and/or industry (to point out the importance of considering the “relevance concept” in research proposals

12.15 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Lunch break @ TU Graz together with the Austrian Association of Industrial Engineering and Management (WING)

1.00 p.m. to 1.15 p.m. EPIEM Conference: Official welcome speech (Vice Rector Prof. Vorbach, Graz University of Technology and and Prof. Bernd M. Zunk, President of EPIEM)

1.15 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. Key note speeches: IEM – Paths in research and teaching to the future: Which path should we take? (Prof. Joseph Sarkis, Professor of Management within Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Business School, USA and Dr. Javier Retegi Albisua, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Production, Mondragon University, Spain)

2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. EPIEM Conference Session 1: Challenging the 5-6 EU Proposals of the EurOMA Workshop: Looking for feedback, further project-related ideas, potential associated project partners

3.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Coffee break 30 min.

3.30 p.m. to 3.45 p.m. “Industry 4.0 – Between Vision and Reality”, Gerhard Banse, Berliner Zentrum Technik & Kultur, Germany

3.45 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. “Lean Thinking, Society 5.0 and Industry 5.0 Synergies”, Anabela Carvalho Alves, Algoritmi R&D center, University of Minho, Portugal

4.00 p.m. to 4.15 p.m. “Industry 4.0 Technologies as Organizational Capability for Environmental Sustainability in Supply Chains: An Empirical Study”, Mariana Trujillo-Gallego Castro & William Ariel Sarache Castro, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia

4.15 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. “Being efficient or being innovative – does one hinder the other”, Ajay Das, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, USA

4.30 p.m. to 4.45 p.m. “Industry 4.0 for more competitive SMEs: Review of existing Industry 4.0 Maturity Models”, Aleksandar Argilovski & Bojan Jovanovski & Atanas Kochov & Robert Minovski, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, North Macedonia

4.45 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. “Industry 4.0 Readiness & Maturity Models”, Klemen Kovič & Iztok Palčič, University of Maribor, Slovenia

5.00 p.m. to 5.15 p.m. “Data Fitting as the Next Level in the Management of Chances and Risk”, Markus Kummer & Christian Hofstadler, Graz University of Technology, Austria

5.15 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. “Inter-firm Cooperation: Basis of a Course in Industrial Engineering”, Jabier Retegi Albisua & Juan Ignacio Igartua, Mondragon University, Spain

5.30 p.m. to 5.45 p.m. “ERP and Digital Planning in Learning Factories for Increasing Digital Resilience”, Tanel Aruväli and Erwin Rauch, Free University of Bolzano, Italy

5.45 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. “Resilience and Synchronicity in a Dutch Food Supply Chain”, Harun Demirci, Frederik G.S. Vos, Petra Hoffmann, University of Twente, the Netherlands

6.00 p.m. to 6.15 p.m. “Digitalisation of a Bottling Process of a Hyperthermal Mineral Water Plant”, Hilda Rousserie & Evangelina Alejandro & Camila Montero de la Vega & Sergio Salimbeni, Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos & Universidad del Salvador, Argentina

6.15 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. EPIEM Conference and EurOMA Research Network Workshop closing incl. group photo in front of TU Graz

6.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Time to get prepared for the Gala Dinner @ “Schloßberg Graz” (Note: Dress code recommendation: Business casual to elegant, as the dinner will be held in an elegant and relaxed atmosphere)

7.15 p.m. – open end. Final networking and Gala Dinner @ “Schloßberg Graz”; open for all participants of the 3rd EurOMA CEE Research Network Workshop and the 15th EPIEM Conference incl. ESTIEM, IEM Caring Foundation members as well as all participants of the PERSICOPE Multiplier event

Saturday, 4th of June 2022:

10.00 a.m. Historic city tour in Graz (Note: Meeting point in front of the town hall on the main square in the city centre of Graz; please be very punctual!)

1.00 p.m. Official farewell