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Pharmaceutical Supply Chains I

A Training School on "Medicines Shortages" (COST Action CA15105) addressing Pharmaceutical Supply Chains (SC) is to be held at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisboa, Portugal, 26-28 of April-2017, to discuss topics relevant to Pharmaceutical SC within the COST Action "Medicines Shortages" (CA15105) , European Medicines Shortages Research Network - addressing supply problems to patients.

The PROGRAM considers a SEMINAR open to the general public in the very first day (26-April-2017). The seminar will introduce the Action, its main goals, methodology and workplan; the participants in the Seminar-day are also gaining a complete overview of the Training School, since the main topics of the technical sessions in the following days are also presented.


 Technical sessions on Pharmaceutical SC:
Design, planning, and scheduling; Uncertainty and risk;
(2) Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM), Suppliers Selection, supplies and shortages;
(3) Decision Support Systems (DSS) and computational issues.
LAB-sessions: "hands-on" training using specific computational tools and case studies.


A fully follow up of the 3-days is strongly recommended for those participants interested in "Medicines Shortages" and in Pharmaceutical SC. However, attending either the seminar-day, the workshop, or only one of the technical sessions can be allowed upon registration.



More advanced topics
will be presented on
Pharmaceutical SC (II),
in preparation.


Wednesday, 26-April


Helena Jenzer (Univ. of Bern CH): The European Medicines Shortages Research Network

Ana Póvoa (IST, Lisboa, PT): On the design and planning, of Pharmaceutical SC.

Elfi De Weerdt (KU Leuven, BE): Qualitative methodologies in the research towards drug shortages

Giuseppe Bruno (UNINA, Naples, IT): MCDM for Pharmaceutical SC

* lunch-break
Vincent Hargaden (IE): Risk and Resilience on SC

Henrique Matos (IST, Lisboa, PT): Design, supercritical extraction, co-crystallization.

Maurizio Battistini (EIPG, CH): Shortages of Medicines originating from manufacturing

Andrea Genovese (Univ. of Sheffield, UK): Introduction to the Suppliers Selection Problem



Thursday, 27-April


Giuseppe Bruno (UNINA, Naples, IT): MCDM, supplies and shortages

* lunch-break

Andrea Genovese (US, Sheffield, UK): Suppliers Selection, supplies and shortages



Friday, 28-April


Ana Amaro (ISCAC, Coimbra, PT): Design, planning, and scheduling; Uncertainty and risk.

. * lunch-break

Miguel Casquilho , João Miranda (PT): DSS and computational issues.

Jorge Soares, Roy Cecil (IBM): Watson, Cognitive Computing, AI, Machine Learning

Invited Speakers



LAB-Sessions: The agenda and the hardware requirements will be made available in due time.


Due to several restrictions, the maximum recommended number of participants for the computational practice is 30 (thirty), the places being allocated following a regularized inscription order.


The supporting grants and the enrolment prices correspond to the usual procedures in courses and training schools organized by IPP and on behalf of the COST Actions (COST Participate):




















This Training School (TS) provides an opportunity either for PhD/MSc. students or post-doctoral researchers to get together and attend high level courses in Pharmaceutical SC, within the most importante topics of the COST Action "Medicines Shortages".




(1) Applicants from countries/institutions associated to the Action 15105,
"Medicines Shortages":

The expenses are supported on behalf of COST rules, namely, the travel, accommodation, and subsistence costs (Number of Grants: 18, eighteen, COST Vademecum ).


However a confirmation procedure will require a pre-payment, due to the centralized organization of some TS activities: this amount will then be reimbursed following the COST usual procedures!



REGISTRATION >>> click here for the e-form



(2) Members of Action CA15105, "Medicines Shortages":
20 /day to support lunches and coffee-breaks provided by the organization;
documentation and certificate are provided too.



(3) External Participants:
the payment for the Seminar (Wednesday, 26-April) includes the lunch, 2 (two) coffee-breaks, documentation, and certificate.


REGISTRATION >>> e-mailing the Portuguese Coordinator !

until 20-April-2017 !!!




* Applicants from other COST countries/institutions:

Applicants from other COST countries/ institutions are welcome and a few number of places is reserved.

This number can be increased if the applicants from the associated countries/institutions do not fulfill their quota (18, eighteen). However, the number of participants is limited and priority will be given to the applicants from the associated countries/institutions.

Beyond the applicant′s CV and his motivation, we suggest that the application includes two presentation letters.

If selected, the applicant from the non-associated COST country can be partially supported (accommodation and/or subsistence).


Applicants either from non-associated COST countries/institutions or other countries (Near Neighbour Countries and International Partner Countries ) shall contact the Portuguese Coordinator for further informations.


REGISTRATION >>> e-mailing the Portuguese Coordinator !




Hotel Holiday Inn Lisboa (4 stars)

Av. de António José de Almeida 28,
1000-021 Lisboa

Phone: +351-21 004 4000



Hotel Canada (3 stars)

Av. Defensores de Chaves, 35

1000-111 Lisboa

Phone: +351 213 513 480


 IO2015, XVII Portuguese Operational Research Congress

João Luís de Miranda

Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão

Campus Politécnico N. 10

7300-555 Portalegre



CERENA-Centro de Recursos Naturais
Instituto Superior Técnico
Av. Rovisco Pais
1049-001 Lisboa


Phone: +351-245.300.284

Fax: +351-245.300.230


Medicines Shortages (COST ACTION CA15105)
Training School

Lisboa, Portugal, 26-28 April-2017




Centro de Congressos


LTI, South Tower (Chemical Eng.), 5th floor



Caixa de texto: PharmSC II
2nd Edition 
03-07 July-2017
Portalegre, PT
Caixa de texto: (Click here...)




Member of CA15105 Action(1)

COST rules:
travel, accommodation,


Student, researcher, staff of Public Institution associated to the CA15105 Action(2)

20 /day


Practitioner, Managerial Staff of company or private stakeholder associated to the CA15105

20 /day


External Participant(3)































Technical sessions
Technical sessions WG2

Technical sessions WG3