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Tuesday 29th March 2022 to Thursday 31st March 2022

This three-day virtual study group is developed  and run by V-KEMS on behalf of the RAMP Continuity Network, the follow on to the Royal Society’s Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic (RAMP) initiative. The study group aims to bring mathematical scientists and other disciplines together to solve end user defined challenges with the aim of mitigating the impact of COVID-19, climate change and the change of regulations on the shipping and supply chain network.


Increased border restrictions, a reduction in the availability of workers and the increased demand for home delivery over the past 2 years has meant that the freight transport network has had to drastically adapt its operations. The consequent impact on the supply chain has been substantial, and can be observed by simply looking at supermarket shelves.

Various stages of the shipping and supply chain network have had to deal with the effects of COVID-19, climate change and the change of regulations. These include:

  • Transport from farmers/suppliers to shippers
  • Shipping into the country (boats)
  • Ports
  • Transport from ports to supermarkets
  • Transport from supermarkets to customers

The particular issues faced by the network include:

  • Staff shortages
  • Restricted use of port facilities
  • Risk of infection when moving goods/goods contamination
  • Increased online ordering during lockdowns


  • The direct effect of climate on the water ways
  • The impact of sea levels rising
  • Increase of storms etc. (these are bound to affect shipping)
  • Pollution issues
  • The change in usage due to people’s changed habits
    • People are less keen to buy things from across the globe leading to an increase on local sourcing
    • Reduction in meat consumption
  • Reduction in fossil fuels - less oil consumption, so less oil will be transported.

Impact of change of regulations on shipping

  • Staff shortages
  • Fuel crisis


Aims and Objectives

The aim of this event is to bring those working in mathematical modelling, statistics, operations research, logistics and supply chain management and other disciplines together to solve end user defined challenges in transport logistics.
Some of the questions that may be addressed during this study group include:

  • Shipping/transport changes
    • What adaptions are needed to efficiently transport goods into/across the country?
    • How is the freight transport industry coping with the post-pandemic demand of goods?
    • How transport logistics affects supply chain and the ability to transport goods into and around the country?


  • Effects on the climate
    • What effect did reduced transportation have on the environment? Can this be quantified and can we learn from it?
    • Given an individual’s/an industry’s transport choices, can we model the impact on the climate?
    • What alternatives are being used to pre-pandemic transportation, and what impact are these having?

Delegate Information

This event will be delivered virtually as part of a Programme of activity by V-KEMS. Please note that the names and affiliations of registered delegates will be shared with ICMS and the KTN.


Registrations for this event are now open. Please follow the registration link in the left-hand panel.