Students from Heriot-Watt’s MSc programmes in Logistics and Supply Management received a special guest lecture from one of the key players at Europe’s busiest industrial Port, gaining invaluable insights into the subjects of Port planning and management.

The guest lecture was delivered by Jan-Christoph Maass, a Project Manager at Duisburger Hafen AG, the largest inland port in the world and the largest international hub in Europe.

Speaking to students from MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management with Shipping and Port Operations, and MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Jan-Christoph demonstrated some of the key benefits the port brings to supply chains all over Europe. He also outlined how the Port has managed to grow throughout the last 300 years through various projects with a global footprint.

Jan-Christoph took the chance to chat with students after his presentation about the key challenges facing the industry at the moment and how they themselves could be successful logisticians after they graduate.

Dr Stavros Karamperidis, Director of MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management with Shipping and Port Operations who coordinated the lively discussion, was pleased with how engaged the students were, saying.

“They generated questions on the most current issues and both Jan-Christoph and our students seemed to enjoy the fruitful conversation generated during the guest lecture.”

Dr Karamperidis, Director of MSc Logistics with Shipping and Port Operations

 One student reflected on what they’d gained from the guest lecture, saying.

“We had an amazing opportunity during the guest lecture to hear about industry needs/issues and how we could help the industry to overcome some emerging challenges.  We have got some real inputs to our class thanks to the deep knowledge and experience which Jan-Christoph Maass has”.

MSc Logistics Student, Heriot-Watt University

After the lecture, Dr. Stavros Karamperidis took Jan-Christoph on a tour of Heriot-Watt’s campus along with former MSc student, Linn Dierkes (2016-17), who now works with Jan-Christop at Duisport.