Recent Advances in Supply Chain Forecasting: A workshop in memory of Professor John E. Boylan

Thursday 13 June 2024, 9:00am to Friday 14 June 2024, 1:00pm


Lancaster University Management School, West Pavilion, Lecture Theatre 16, Lancaster, United Kingdom, LA1 4YW

Open to

External Organisations, Postgraduates, Staff


Cost to attend - booking required

Registration Info

You can submit an abstract. The deadline is 15th April 2024. Abstract submission form

If you are not submitting an abstract, you can just attend the event. The registration will open on 26th April 2024.

Ticket Price

The registration fee for attendees is £50.

Event Details

This workshop is dedicated to the memory of our dearest friend, colleague and mentor, John Boylan, and explores the development and future of the field of supply chain forecasting through John's work.

The workshop comprises a series of talks from academics and practitioners who worked with John over the years, but also others who have been and are heavily influenced by John's work and ideas. Where appropriate, we encourage and include reflection upon collaboration with him: from the early days of his work on inventory service level measures, through to the period exploring intermittent demand forecasting and on to his more recent work on state space formulations.

John always emphasised the importance of working and supporting Early Career Researchers (ECRs). We want to reflect on this important aspect of John’s work in the workshop, and we invite PhD students and other ECRs to present their ongoing research and receive feedback.

As well as reflecting on the development of our research field through the course of John's work, we will also consider the future direction of travel. We intend that our time is informative and inspiring; and we will all have the opportunity to jointly remember John.

Structure of the event

This is a 1.5-day workshop, taking place on 13th - 14th June 2024 at Lancaster University.

We welcome submissions from a wide range of methodologies and application areas. Topics include:

· Time series forecasting and state space formulation

· Intermittent demand and categorisation

· Judgement and information sharing

· Inventory control and service level measures

· System dynamics and soft systems modelling

· Network design models

· Circular economy

· Supply chain management

We plan to have conference dinner on Thursday evening.

Important dates

Deadline for abstract submissions: 15th April 2024

Abstract and bursary decision: 26th April 2024

Deadline for booking on-campus accommodation: 1st May 2024

Deadline for registration: 15th May 2024

Abstract submission and registration

We welcome submissions in the fields above, particularly by PhD students/ECRs. Please submit your abstracts (up to 250 words) using our abstract submission form.

PhD students can apply for a travel bursary of up to £500. Please upload a letter of support from your PhD supervisor to be considered for the bursary when submitting the abstract.

Due to the nature of the event, feel free to register and join even if you do not plan to present.

The registration will open on 26th April 2024.

Venue, travel, and accommodation

Lancaster University Management School, West Pavilion, Lecture Theatre 16 ('MAN' on campus map)

Lancaster and Lancaster University

There are two universities in Lancaster, so please make sure you go to Lancaster University, whose campus is in Bailrigg, approx 3 miles south of Lancaster.

How to arrive/depart

The different ways to get to Lancaster University are explained in detail on our website's 'Maps and Travel' page.


There are several options on campus and in town:

· Lancaster House Hotel:

Call +44 330 4040 527 to reserve a room and stating “Lancaster Uni” to book at the preferential rate of £112 per night (including breakfast).

· Accommodation on campus: Booking - Lancaster Conferences (

Use the link above and quote code LUMS24 to reserve a room. Note that the number of rooms available is limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

· Lancaster The Sun Hotel and Bar:

What to do in any spare time

If you come earlier or stay longer in Lancaster, you can visit Lancaster Castle, Lancaster Brewery, several churches and museums; walk in Williamson Park or along Lancaster Canal; or enjoy a performance at The Grand Theatre. You will find excellent food and atmosphere in The Meeting House, The Borough, Merchants 1688 and The White Cross pubs/restaurants; get the typical English breakfast in The Sun Bar. Further away, visit Morecambe beach or the Lake District.


The event is made possible with financial support from the International Institute of Forecasters (


Contact Details

Name Centre for Marketing Analytics and Forecasting