Let’s be optimistic. We believe we’ll meet in person.

That’s why we are happy to announce that the event will take place in Celje from 5 – 11 September 2021.

About Summer School

The Faculty of Logistics at the University of Maribor is organizing the

8th International Summer School on Logistics.

We promise you a unique experience. We’ll follow a case study approach to learn about latest practices that will lead logistics and supply chain management in the future.
You’ll work in groups and our distinguished professors and representatives from the business environment will lead you through new ideas.

We all know that gone are the days when employees where isolated in booths, heads down with little social interaction. For many businesses, in which logistics and supply chain management are no exception, office design has shifted towards flexible working spaces to suit different needs, such as co-working and collaboration, socializing and private research. Transformation of work places and especially new technologies and new practices leads to adaptation of  a logistician. New competencies, new knowledge and integration of different fields is needed.

This are all topics that needs to be addressed and new ideas are welcome. That is why we entitled this years’ summer school »Designing future workplaces: Endless possibilities«, is aimed at graduate and postgraduate students and all others interested in deepening their knowledge from the field new technologies and practices that will lead logistics and supply chain management in the future.


At the Faculty of Logistics at the University of Maribor.

Celje, Slovenia.


5 – 11 September 2021


Earn 4 ECTS while having fun.


The two courses will address the topics of »Designing future workplaces: Endless possibilities«.


A key priority of the European Union’s employment strategy and Europe 2020 is to create more jobs in Europe, while improving their quality and ensuring better working conditions. Maintaining adequate working ability of workers is of considerable importance for society; especially in sectors burdened with high prevalence of work-related diseases and health-issues. Improvements are additionally necessary due to an aging population and the high costs of absenteeism. In the most critical position are jobs that require a large amount of physical work, constant repetition of certain movements and harmful postures. Due to the still relatively cheap workforce, there are many such work environments and they represent a great potential for urgent renewal, based on both productivity considerations and considerations of employee well-being and health.

In the last decade, we have witnessed tremendous advances in the fields of computer science, robotics, sensors and other fields that enable digitization, automation and robotization. However, work space planning is never a black or white story, or a dilemma between manual or automated work environments. Between these two extremes, there is a wide range of possibilities, not only presenting them as different technical or technological solutions, but also considering the organization, computerization, infrastructure and, last but not least, the competencies of employees. This, however, requires an integrated approach to the design of the work environments of the future and the associated methodology and tools. The content of the course is to learn about and use the latter.


Competencies can be described as skills, abilities and knowledge that are needed for successful work. Workplaces are changing rapidly in last decades. With development of new technologies and their implementation in work environment the competencies in modern workplaces are changing as well.

Production processes are changing. They are influenced by computer science, automation and robotics. Which changes drastically organising work and ways of working in these working environments. This is why knowledge, skills and characteristics of people working in such environments are changing.

We will discuss different types of competencies and typical competencies for some specific working areas. We will discuss competences from “concept map of job satisfaction” point of view, which includes:

  • factors affecting job satisfaction,
  • ethical, economic and behavioural view of job satisfaction and
  • Improvement of job satisfaction.


This is a very wide concept that can be very well connected to competencies and modern workplaces. Concept can also be used for workplaces development and competencies of the future.


Interesting lectures, seminars and workshops will be given by the acclaimed lecturers.

People are the one making the industry better.

Sonja Mlaker Kač studied Communication sciences at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and as an exchange student also at University of Salzburg, Austria. She finished PhD in logistics in 2014. She works as university teacher and researcher at Faculty of logistics University of Maribor since 2009. She is a head of Career center at Faculty of logistics and she was a head at Laboratory for supply chain management between 2017 and 2019. Since 2019 she is a member of the Senate at the University of Maribor. Assist. prof. dr. Mlaker Kač was also a leader of several national student research projects. Her research field is connected to the topics of collaborative behavior in supply chains, competencies in logistics and organizational culture, social responsibility in logistics. She has been attending many international conferences across Europe and she has been a visiting professor at the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland, at SibSAU in Karsnoyarsk, Russia and at University of Rijeka, Croatia.
Assist. prof. Sonja Mlaker Kač, PhD - Professor at the Faculty of Logistics, University of Maribor

Intralogistics 4.0 is essential for today's industry

Brigita Gajšek is a professor of Planing of logistics systems and Project Management University of Maribor in Slovenia. Her scientific work is based on her multi-annual work in the business sector and current developmental needs. She enjoys the improvement challenges for different workspaces and intralogistics systems, which she solves holistically, from an organizational, process, information, ergonomic and technological-technical point of view. She and her students experiment team work, stimulate creative thinking and thinking outside the established framework. Her great role models include Willy Wijnands, Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Michel Baudin. She is a member of Slovenian Logistics Society and a member of the executive board at Slovenian Association for Project Management.
Assist. prof. Brigita Gajšek, PhD - Professor at the Faculty of Logistics at the University of Maribor


The official programme consists of a set of individual full time courses in English. Although our primary concern is providing education, we want to ensure that our students make the most of the time spent with us. So we'll organize a wide range of social activities.

8:45 - 9:00 AM

Badge pick-up

Let's meet in the lobby of the Faculty of Logistics.

prof. Maja Fošner
Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs

Meet and greet.

Our headmaster of the Summer School prof. dr. Maja Fošner will welcome you all at our faculty and present you the program.

9:30 AM

Fee and Payment

The Fee includes half board accommodation, tuition and study materials for all courses, access to the faculty library and computer rooms, company visit and some social events

Fee: 395 €

Early bird payment:

if you register and pay by 30 July 2021: 300 €


Student rate: 90 € (for students who are currently enrolled at the Faculty of Logistics).

Student rate does not include half board accommodation.

All the payments should be transferred after we’ll be 100 % sure that the summer school will take place. We’ll send you a proforma invoice.

After completing the online registration students will receive a letter of acceptance. Payments are accepted in Euro by international bank transfer. All data for bank transfer will be sent together with the letter of acceptance.

Note: For the best experience, the minimum of participants is 15. In case less people will register, we will return all the payments.


Payment details

Payments should be addressed to the institution: University of Maribor, Faculty of Logistics, Mariborska cesta 7, SI-3000 Celje,

Bank name: UJP Žalec

Bank address: Šlandrov trg 22, 3310 Žalec

IBAN: SI56011006000010887


with a postscript ‘forISSL2021’ followed by the participant’s surname, for example ‘forISSL2021SMITH’.

As a reference please quote: 0705.

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