EURO HOpe Mini Conference 2020

The European Working Group on Humanitarian Logistics (EURO HOpe) and the HUMLOG Institute at Hanken School of Economics are organizing the fifth EURO HOpe mini conference in Helsinki, Finland.

Main theme 2020: Financial, Cash and Voucher Assistance in Humanitarian Supply Chains

Due to the coronavirus situation, EURO HOpe is unfortunately POSTPONED. The registration is temporarily closed. More information will follow later.

We welcome researchers’ and practitioners’ submissions focusing on the technologies, OR methods, models, simulations and tools that can be used to improve humanitarian response in an increasingly complex and dynamic world. Contributions on the broad topics of humanitarian supply chains including refugees, health, conflicts, natural disasters, preparedness as well as creative and critical reflections are welcome. We are especially looking for contributions that discuss cash, vouchers, financial assistance for beneficiaries, as well as work that compare different modalities (cash vs in-kind).  

REGISTRATION deadline is September 30. There is no registration fee. Limited financial aid is available for practitioners’ travel costs.

Call for papers

Submission Guidelines

Authors, who would like to present their work at the conference, are invited to submit a 250-word abstract for consideration by the scientific committee. This can include both completed work and ongoing research. Presentations of results from empirical work and “Insights from the Field” are especially welcome. 

Abstracts must be submitted online at: EASYCHAIR and received by 1 July, 23:59 Finnish time.

When you access the EasyChair site, you will need to log-in (or register, if you do not have an account). Once logged in, please follow the on-screen prompts, and click on the “New Submission” tab to start the process. Make sure to provide all the required information during the submission.

All authors will be informed by 15 July 2020 whether their research has been accepted for presentation at the conference. The email will consist of information for presentation preparation. For accepted abstracts, at least one of the authors need to attend the conference.

Topics including, but not limited to 

  • Factors that influence modality selection
  • Technology-based solutions for cash and voucher assistance
  • Local procurement in humanitarian supply chains
  • Market assessment and resilience of local supply chains and infrastructure
  • The business models of preparedness and prevention for sustainable operations

Organizing committee

  • Professor Wojciech Piotrowicz, Director of Humlog institute, Hanken 
  • Kristjana Adalgeirsdottir, Project Coordinator, Humlog Institute, Hanken
  • Virva Tuomala, PhD Researcher, Humlog Institute, Hanken

Location and traveling 

The EURO Hope mini-conference 2020 will be held at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland. 

Helsinki is a vibrant and lively city on the Southern coast of Finland. October shows the city in its fall foliage and autumn at its best. If the weather is unpredictable, there are plenty of cultural and culinary attractions that can be enjoyed indoors. Helsinki has about 650 000 inhabitants and is the capital and largest city of Finland. The metropolitan area is home to 1,5 million people. 

See more at:

Helsinki centre from the sea


The weather can indeed be unpredictable in October. The average maximum temperature is 9 degrees Celsius, so bring a coat! 

How to get here?

Helsinki is most easily reached by air. Helsinki airport has been chosen as the best airport in the world a few times and is well connected to major airports globally. More info: Helsinki Airport

There are some alternatives to flying. Ferries operate from Tallinn and Stockholm daily and from St. Petersburg you can take the train. Because of its location, Finland is tough to reach by land or sea but not impossible! 

Ferry companies: Eckerö Line (Tallinn-Helsinki) TallinkSilja (Stockholm-Åland-Helsinki, Tallinn-Helsinki) Viking Line (Stockholm-Åland-Helsinki, Tallinn-Helsinki)

Info on trains: VR Group