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    International Lecture Series 2022-23



    Come and join our new International Lecture Series:

    Energy and Food Crises –
    Grounded Perspectives on Key Developments

    In close cooperation with our key international partners,
    we have organised a joint international lecture series that advances shared interests and collaborative efforts. 

    Students and lecturers from different countries all take part at the same time! 
    Everybody is cordially invited to participate and discuss.



    Overview over this year's ILS

    In close cooperation with our key international partners, we are now holding our second International Lecture Series. Similarly to last year’s pilot program, it aims at bringing together a rich blend of expertise and interests at the interface of industrial engineering, economics, and management. Against the backdrop of rapid global transformations and geopolitical changes, expert scholars from each participating university will offer selected online lectures that touch upon salient aspects of the ongoing (and prospective) energy and food crises by discussing themes such as:

    • Energy Infrastructures, shortages and dependencies
    • Food Security Crises – regional and global
    • Managing risks of Volatile Food/Energy Markets
    • Disruptions of Global Supply Chains
    • Decoupling and Reshoring strategies
    • Government and industry Responses

    The central objective is to initiate a fruitful dialogue and showcase ongoing teaching and research activities across different disciplinary and regional contexts. By inviting audiences (especially students) from all participating universities, this lecture series will serve to interconnect like-minded scholars and educators across Asia and Europe. While we encourage global perspectives, we explicitly ask speakers to also include their nationally or regionally “grounded” perspectives in their talks to document how even a global crisis might look very differently through different cultural “lenses”. For audiences to gain some appreciation of how value systems influence national policies and governmental communication would be a particularly rich outcome.

    Against the backdrop of rapid global transformations, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, the Asian Studies programmes and counterparts from several partner universities are contributing the following online / hybrid lectures:

    Monday, 12/12/2022,
    09:45 - 11:15 *
    Konstantin Hassemer
    (HTWG Konstanz, Germany)

    Food Supply Issues in Germany 2022 

    (click to download the slides)

    The lecture will cover the following aspects: (1) food shortage in Germany, (2) state responses and protective measures, (3) household reactions, (4) the aspect of food self-sufficiency.

    The vulnerability of global supply chains is most apparent in the case of commodities. The experience of food shortages is a new one for an affluent society such as Germany's. This aspect brings to the fore the question of how economic actors deal with the issue of food security.

    Monday, 19/12/2022,
    09:45 - 11:15 *
    Jothi Basu Ramanathan
    (Presidency University Bengaluru, India)

    Food Security in India:
    Will Supply Chain
    Digitization make a

    According to the latest report (2022) by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, nearly 10.3% of the world population are hungry, in which 15.3% of Indians are included. As a globally interconnected system, food and agricultural supply chains are now rapidly changing shape. To achieve the improved performance of the agricultural-supply chain, it is critical to integrate the broken links such as production, supply chain, processing and marketing. On these lines, a lot of research is going on to build a suitable and effective supply chain, thus potentially contributing to food security. This talk is mostly in the Indian context and will address the measures and initiatives at various levels, categorically on supply chain digitization to improve food security.

    Monday, 09/01/2022,
    09:45 - 11:15 *
    Suvi Leinonen
    (University of Oulu, Finland)

    Supply Chain Resilience in Supplier Management in the Finnish Energy Sector

    (click to download the slides)

    Recent years, industrial companies have faced various unexpected and exceptional global crises which challenged businesses and supply chains. These crises have shown that companies need to identify threats proactively, implement responsive actions agilely and adapt to ensure business continuity. It is is critical to build supply chain resilience (SCRes) into companies to maintain competitiveness in a continuously changing business environment.

    During my lecture you will understand 1) the definition of supply chain resilience (SCRes) and its role in risk management, 2) what kinds of capabilities develop supply chain resilience (SCRes) and 3) understand how supply chain resilience is promoted in supplier relationship management (SRM).

    Monday, 16/01/2023,
    09:45 - 11:15 *

    Kanagi Kanapathy
    (University of Malaya, Malaysia)

    Supply Chain Risks
    and Sustainable
    Competitiveness in
    Malaysian Freight
    Logistics Services

    (click to download the slides)

    The global supply chain management has become more complex due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and economic crises worldwide and the pressure of effective management of space, information, & time.  Around 80 per cent of global trade by volume and over 70 per cent of global trade by value are carried by sea and are handled by ports worldwide. This indicates the global industries’ and supply chain’s heavy reliance on freight logistics.

    The role of supply chain risk management to prevent and manage supply chain disruptions from the perspective of freight logistics services companies is significant. The impacts of supply chain recurrent and disruptive risks on the sustainability competitiveness in the freight logistics sector will be discussed in this guest lecture.

    Monday, 23/01/2023,
    09:45 - 11:15 *
    Ratih Dyah Kusumastuti
    (Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia)

    Digitalization of the staple foods supply chain to minimize the impacts of disruption

    Disruptions to the supply chain of staple foods significantly impact food security and the goal of zero hunger. Potentially disruptive characteristics of the agricultural food supply chain include perishability, seasonality, long supply lead time, and uncertainty of the crop yield. In addition, disaster conditions such as the COVID-19 pandemic with various forms of social restrictions can also cause disruptions. The length of the staple foods supply chain and the many parties involved (often across countries) also cause price fluctuations and periodic scarcity. Staple food supply chains must be resilient to prepare for, respond to and recover from disruption to minimize impacts on society. The resilience of the staple food supply chain can be improved by implementing digital technology that can increase visibility/transparency and traceability to prevent fraud and hoarding of staple foods.

    * Time Conversion

    Each lecture will take place on Monday at

    • 09:45 - 11:15 CET Time in Germany and Finland
    • 14:15 - 15:45 in India
    • 15:45 - 17:15 in Indonesia
    • 16:45 - 18:15 in Taiwan
    • 16:45 - 18:15 in Malaysia

    Information for Students (UPDATED)

    If you are an HTWG Bachelor or Master student, interested in ongoing teaching and research activities across different disciplinary and regional contexts, join us in person in room M002 for December and in F109 in January for the hybrid lectures.

    If you are an international Bachelor or Master student, interested in ongoing teaching and research activities across different disciplinary and regional contexts, please join the online lecture at

    Webex Meeting Link:


    If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Dr. Felix Girke

    Participate in our
    International Lecture Series
    to connect with
    like-minded scholars, educators, and students
    across Europe and Asia!