• Introduction •

The GREEN-AgriChains Project (FP7-REGPOT-2012-2013-1) is organizing the 1st International Conference of Agrifood Supply Chain Management and Green Logistics. The scope of the conference is to address SCM and Logistics issues on the Agrifood sector under a sustainability perspective. All aspects of supply chain design and planning that support green image will be tackled, including sustainable farming, green supply chain management, green procurement and sourcing, waste management and packaging reuse, transportation, reverse logistics, energy consumption efficiency, green marketing, green accounting, and corporate social responsibility.

• Welcoming Address •

It is a real privilege and a pleasure to welcome you at the 1st International Conference on Agrifood Supply Chain Management and Green Logistics, the seminal event of the GREEN-AgriChains project (2012-2016), coordinated by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.Th.). Green-AgriChains with its 12 elite European partners aims towards establishing A.U.Th. as a prominent stakeholder of innovation in the areas of Green Supply Chain Management and Logistics focused on the Agrifood sector. Up-to-date, the Project has been met with outstanding success as we have already exceeded all targets that were initially set for the various KPIs, while we have further worked methodically and diligently towards ensuring the future sustainability of the Project.

It is envisaged that our Conference would provide a comprehensive, interdisciplinary platform for disseminating research results and victories achieved, while further soliciting the input of academia, industry, society and governance, towards the future sustainability of the Project.

Summing up, we are grateful for the support of the European Commission and we are confident that the Conference would act catalytically as the stepping-stone for establishing the foundations for a policy-relevant knowledge base throughout Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean Basin while integrating and harmonizing with EU research networks in the Agrifood domain.

I look forward welcoming you all and hosting you in beautiful Chalkidiki!


Professor Eleftherios Iakovou
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,

Chairman of the Organizing Committee,
Green-AgriChains Coordinator.



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Clausen

TU Dortmund University

Prof. Jacqueline Bloemhof-Ruwaard

University of Wageningen

Prof. Grit Walther

RWTH Aachen University

Prof. Rommert Dekker

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Prof. Gerhard Schiefer

Intern. Center for Food Chain and Network Research, University of Bonn

Prof. Klaus Schäfer

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Prof. Rüdiger Grote

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Prof. Gyöngyi Kovács

Hanken School of Economics

Ajit Maru

Senior Knowledge Officer, GFAR Secretariat, Rome

Iver Thysen

Innovation Fund Denmark

Thorsten Huelsmann

CEO, EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr and Head of International Affairs, Fraunhofer-Institute of Material Flow and Logistics

Patric Pütz

Deutsche Post DHL and GLEC network

Dr. Kerstin Dobers

Fraunhofer IML