• to create a dynamic interdisciplinary research group within the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences with a focus on applied supply chain systems

Key areas of applied work:

  • Sustainable food supply systems
  • Sustainable use of aquatic resource systems
  • Supply chain management of perishable goods , e.g. food, plants, pharmaceuticals as examples of products depending on controlled environments and monitoring

The research focus is on interdisciplinary applied science in the area of perishable products and supply chain management for enhanced safety, quality and transparency (traceability) of products for the consumers. The priority is on the integration of food science, engineering, computer science, and natural sciences with strong emphasis on project management.

The use of resources and the sustainability of the supply chains is a concern to all stakeholders and the laboratory will work on solutions to enhance improved yields and sustainable value from production, minimize waste, efficient use of energy, and greening of processes (e.g. carbon footprint). Implementation of new technologies in the field and the associated risk assessments are seen as tools to facilitate good market potential.

The research lab will host diverse research projects that mostly are funded by external research grants, e.g. national, Nordic and European Framework Programs. The applied research outputs are to be published in scientific journals, trade journals.

One of the key impacts will be the creation of dynamic environment to foster innovative ideas to be exploited by spin off entrepreneur companies. The lab has strong collaborations with the relevant industries in various projects.


  • Create opportunities for domestic and international collaboration by employing existing expertise to secure external research funding,
  • Employ staff and students with diverse background with interest in the interdisciplinary approach of the research laboratory,
  • Provide a dynamic environment for science excellence managed by professional project management procedures and experienced staff,
  • Create and write scientific publications in form of articles, books and book chapters,
  • Create and write articles within the subject of the laboratory in local newspapers, magazines and using other media sources website and internet publications,
  • Create educational material and manage targeted graduate courses,
  • Provide the industry with an interactive gateway to applied science collaborations.