PRO-VE 2023

24th IFIP / Socolnet Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises

Valencia, Spain

27-29 Sep 2023

Keynote Speakers

Redesigning International Manufacturing Networks for Resilience

Abstract: Much has changed since the pandemic, not least the continuing widespread disruptions in international trade and the public’s appreciation of the role of global supply chains. Manufacturing companies are reviewing their international supply, manufacturing, and distribution networks, and in doing so, more factors than ever before are being considered. For example, the perspectives of risk and resilience and the balance between global and local supply chains are included to a much greater extent than before the pandemic. Such considerations raise new questions and options for design and management of plants and networks. We will highlight various aspects of the design and redesign of international manufacturing networks, such as the relationship between plants and networks, the role of the customer order decoupling point, offshoring versus reshoring as options for manufacturing relocations, and resilience.

Jan Olhager

Professor, Supply Chain & Operations Strategy, Lund University

Short biography:

Jan Olhager is Professor in Supply Chain & Operations Strategy at Lund University, Sweden. He received an M.Eng. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from University of California at Berkeley, USA and a Ph.D. in Production Economics from Linköping University, Sweden. He was previously Professor in Operations Management at Linköping University, Sweden, and Visiting Professor in Supply Chain Management at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

He is Fellow of Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) and Honorary Fellow of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA). He is Associate Editor of Decision Sciences and IJOPM and serves on the editorial boards of IJPRand PPC. He has published more than 80 papers in international scientific journals and a couple of books. His research has received as number of awards, including the Emerald best paper award at the POM World conference in Havana, Cuba in 2016, and has accumulated over 11000 citations in Google Scholar. His research interests include international manufacturing networks, operations strategy, decoupling points, supply chain integration and operations planning and control.

He teaches Supply Chain & Operations Management in the Master programmes at Lund University and has supervised more than 150 master’s theses over the years. He has been recognized as Excellent Teaching Practitioner by the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, and his recent teaching case on “IKEA Goes Online: Implications for its Manufacturing” – co-authored with Kasra Ferdows – received the Case Centre Award for Best Case in the category Production and Operations Management in 2023. 

In his role as researcher, executive trainer, and consultant, he has worked with a broad range of companies such as ABB, Alfa Laval, AstraZeneca, Autoliv, Coca-Cola, Ericsson, GKN Aerospace, Husqvarna, IKEA, Kraft Foods, Sandvik, Scania, Toyota, and Volvo.


European Digital Infrastructure Consortium as an enabler for Collaborative Networks

Abstract: On this presentation, the new European Digital Infrastructure Consortiums (EDCIs) and their initial launch will be presented as a key enabler for Collaborative Networks. EDICs are the brand new administrative procedure by the European Commission to foster cooperation at the European Union level. Selected policy objectives will be deployed in a harmonious, inclusive, and sustainable way, through a purposely coordinated joint governance. Specifically the Smart Communities federation of data and digital services will be collaboratively co-designed for advanced digital twinning towards the citizen virtual participation (CitiVERSE).

Javier Orozco

Policy Officer at the European Comission (DG CNECT, unit C3)

Short biography:

Javier Orozco was born in Valencia (Spain) in September 1962. He is an industrial engineer from the Industrial Engineering School of the Universitat Politècnica de Valéncia (Spain) and has a  PhD in Engineering. He made a Postdoc grant in the National High Magnetic Field Lab (Florida, USA).

He has worked both in Industry (Grupo Lladró), and at the University. His work has always focused on R+D and education responsibilities. He has been a senior manager with an applied science focus for many years and has several patents. Currently, he is acting as Policy Officer at the European Commission (DG CNECT, unit C3), and his research interests are focused on Materials for Energy and Building Sustainability.

Circular manufacturing and twin transition: a must-do step for global collaborative manufacturing

Abstract: In the global complex world, manufacturing is facing relevant challenges. Like most of the human activities, manufacturing is asked to provide its contribution to the continuous evolution of our modern times, becoming more sustainable (mainly reshaping its linear model to a more circular one) and taking the leap (with all the opportunities and all the risks) of the digital transformation. This double (or twin) transition is in some way mandatory for all the manufacturing “economic actors”, from companies to single operators, from production chains to global services, from geographical territories to countries.

In this presentation, we would like: (i) to give a name to such challenges, (ii) to identify some of the paths which manufacturing should / could take, (iii) to investigate the intertwined connections of the mutual transitions currently on place (or next to be).

Presenting case studies from the practice as well as some foreground works from the research (mainly from EU research projects), we would then provide our contribution and point of view on the main discussion about the future of manufacturing.

Sergio Terzi

Professor of Industrial Technologies. Politecnico de Milano

Short biography:

Sergio Terzi is Full Professor of Industrial Technologies, Department of Economics, Management and Industrial Engineering, within the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano, Manufacturing Group. He is author of more than 130 papers, in the fields of product lifecycle management, sustainable and circular manufacturing, and Industry 4.0 digital technologies, plus 3 books. He is coordinator of several EU projects and national projects in this field. He is member of IFIP WG 5.1 and IFIP WG 5.7. He is also co-founder of Miraitek, a spin-off company of Politecnico di Milano in the context of digital solutions for manufacturing. He is also serving as Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Management of Politecnico di Milano, and Director of the Executive Program in Industry 4.0 and Director of the Master in Smart Operations.

Conference Program

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Social Program

Welcome reception

Wednesday, 27 September, 19:30 – 22:30

City Tour

Before the reception, there will be a tourist visit through the city centre with an approximate duration of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It will be a walking tour where the guides will show us the most remarkable aspects of the ancient city of Valencia. Transport to the centre will be provided from the UPV. There will be 2 buses at the UPV gate L at 19:00, which will go directly to the meeting point. The meeting point at 19:30 will be at the main door of “Ayuntamiento de Valencia” for attendees who come by their means.


The guided tour will end around 21:00 hours in the place where we will hold the reception and welcome, “La Beneficència”.

The Welcome reception will take place at Centre Cultural “La Beneficència”.

The Center Museístic La Beneficència (Calle de la Corona, nº 36, Valencia is a building that has had different uses throughout its history. It began as a convent at the beginning of the 16th century and was a House of Charity since the mid-19th century, where orphans and beggars were helped and prepared for the world of work. With the democracy, it became a museum centre that houses two of the most important museums in the city: the Museu de Prehistòria de València (founded in 1927) and the Museu Valencià Etnologia (created in 1983). Other institutions of the Diputació de València, the Alfons el Magnànim Institution and the Servici Assistència i Recursos Culturals (SARC) are also located there. The architecture of the building stands out for the old chapel, the current Alfons El Magnànim assembly hall, its patios and the maintained vegetation.

Gala Dinner

Thursday, 28 September, – 21:00

The Conference dinner will take place in Valencia’s Oceanogràfic – Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (Calle d’Eduardo Primo Yúfera, 1B 46013 València). Dinner will be served in a specially designated room within the exhibition grounds. We will be surrounded by aquariums with very colourful and attractive environments.

Important: The Oceanogràfic has a restaurant, but dinner is not in this restaurant. Dinner is inside the aquarium itself, in the oval room. At the entrance to the Oceanogràfic there will be a person who will accompany you to the room.