Oct 28, 2022

Third ALICE Logistics Innovation Award & Launch of Cloud Report on Logistics Nodes

Friday, October 21st, 2022

Join us to hear stories from innovation practitioners – how to bring R&I project outcomes to make logistics nodes efficient and sustainable  

Logistics Nodes are centres of freight transport where a large activity of cargo logistics and related services are concentrated with different degree of added value. Located at strategic points of interconnection along the main supply chain routes, logistics nodes cover maritime, river, inland ports, airports, intermodal terminals as well as other hubs such as distribution centres or warehouses.

In order to optimise European investments in R&I projects in the field of transport and logistics, the BOOSTLOG project carries out a thorough evaluation process of concluded Research and Innovation (R&I) projects financed with EU-funds. This evaluation is conducted from the perspective of different key domains of transport and logistics (defined by BOOSTLOG as clouds) to identify R&I gaps and prioritise the needs to be addressed in future research programmes, thus contributing to develop an innovation ecosystem for the logistics sector that also contributes to the EU policy objectives.

This cloud report focuses on logistics nodes, showing the main results and impacts derived from European-funded projects on this area. More specifically, the evaluation of more than 160 concluded EUfunded R&D projects – from the 5th Framework Programme up to H2020 – has resulted in the selection of 21 projects (see Figure 1), as these are considered key projects with important contributions to the progress and evolution of the logistics nodes.

To acknowledge the achievements and inspire the R&I community of the logistics sector, ALICE launched the Innovation Awards. The 3rd award has been focused on successful implementation cases stemming from R& I projects in improving efficiency and sustainability of logistics nodes.

 Implement Cases are concrete examples in which causal links between public R&I funding and technology, organizational or process innovation in a specific logistics area can be established.

The ALICE Logistics Innovation Award evaluates all collected Implementation Cases. The evaluation is done by the selection based on three criteria: Impact on Nodes, Society and Market; Scalability and Potential Growth; and Innovation.

The Award Selection Committee consists of five experts from the ALICE membership:

  • Salvador Furió Pruñonosa, Valencia port foundation (Chair)
  • Lamia Kerdjoudj, FEPORT
  • Elvina Nowak, ALICE
  • Giuseppe Dall’Asta, Interporto
  • Kris Neyens, VIL


9:00 – 9:05 Get connected

9:05 – 9:20 Welcome and Introduction. BOOSTLOG – Boosting impact of research and innovation in logistics, by Fernando Liesa, ALICE Secretary General & Coordinator of BOOSTLOG (BOOSTLOG presentation)

9:20 – 9:40 Logistics Nodes – The Cloud Report: Importance of the Topic & Achievements by Alicia Enríquez Manilla, Valencia Port Foundation (Cloud Report presentation)

9:40 – 10:05 Panel Discussion on importance of logistics nodes, chaired by Elvina Nowak, ALICE, with the Selection Committee members on:

  • Challenges logistics nodes face
  • Driving sustainable transition of logistics nodes including increase modal shifts
  • Use of innovative technologies and solutions to improve efficiency of logistics nodes

10:05 – 10:20 Announcement of Winners by the Selection Committee (ALICE Logistics Innovation Awards presentation)

10:20 – 10:30 Summary and closing remark


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Activities performed in the frame of BOOSTLOG Project, “Boosting impact generation from research and innovation on integrated freight transport and Logistics system”, that has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation

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