***IMPORTANT UPDATE: We regret to inform our community that considering the evolution of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the potential for contagion in large gatherings, we have elected to postpone the MIT SCALE Latin America Conference until further notice.

Our approach is consistent with a new policy at MIT which constrains our ability to convene in large groups for several months. MIT CTL will be modifying all events to make them virtual or reschedule them for an appropriate time in the future when the risks have abated.

This news may not come as a surprise, but it still may cause some inconvenience. We apologize for any trouble this may cause, and hope that you can understand that this decision represents our best judgment, at this point in time for taking practical steps to reduce risk for our guests and our community while attempting to maintain our normal pursuit of our educational and research mission.***

In 2008, an alliance between the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL) and the non-profit organization LOGYCA in Colombia allowed to found the Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation (CLI), the MIT SCALE center for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). 

As a result, a network composed of many top-ranked, recognized universities was created to trigger leading research for the region in collaboration with CLI. This group of universities working for a common educational and research agenda is the MIT SCALE Latin America Network. This network aims to lead cutting-edge research, education and outreach to face and embrace socioeconomic, logistics and supply chain challenges by developing and disseminating innovative strategies to address those challenges in LAC.

The network helps companies, governments and other organizations to compete in an increasingly complex business environment and engage academia, students, and partners to collaborate on projects that have in-depth economic, societal and environmental impact.

We invite you to participate in the 2020 MIT SCALE Latin America Conference that will be hosted at the MIT Campus on March 22nd to 24th, 2020. The main goal of the conference is to provide a forum for sharing high-impact educational and research in logistics and supply chain management relevant to emerging markets with emphasis in LAC. 

The 2020 Latin America Conference takes place on the MIT campus

Conference Agenda and Schedule

The full 2020 conference agenda and schedule will be available soon.


We invite submissions and presentations in the following thematic areas. Other topics not mentioned in the list below are also welcome if they relate to applied research in transportation, logistics and supply chain management (SCM). 

  • Data-driven and emerging technologies in SCM
  • Urban logistics and last-mile operations
  • Retail operations for nanostores
  • Humanitarian logistics and relief operations
  • SCM for micro and small firms
  • Sustainability in supply chains
  • SCM for food and agri-business
  • Logistics 4.0 and Digital Transformation
  • Innovations in education-related to SCM
  • Student paper competition (graduate and undergraduate categories)

Calls for Short papers (CfSP)

All topics

Submissions of Short papers are due on December 29th, 2019 

    To increase the impact and exposure of research in logistics and supply chain management research from Latin America and the invited emerging regions, authors are required to submit short papers (5 - 7 pages), according to the Conference template. Accepted short papers will be presented in parallel sessions at the Conference and be eligible for publication.

    Authors could later submit a full paper/chapter version (in English), as the scientific committee will discuss with recognized, indexed journals to organize special refereed issues on Logistics and SCM for Latin America and other emerging regions. The scientific committee plans to edit an indexed book with ISBN/ISSN from a recognized editorial house.

    Short papers must be written in English and submitted by December 29th, 2019 using EasyChair as the submission platform. Detailed instructions are available at the PDF version of the Call for Short Papers.

    Evaluation Criteria

    All submissions will be assessed considering:

    • Regional Impact (social, economic, environmental)
    • Contribution (theoretical and practical)
    • Applicability (potential to be applied in the real world)
    • Academic rigor, originality and creativity

    Student Paper Competition

    Submissions for the Student Paper Competition are due December 29th, 2019Download PDF Student Paper competition with Complete Instructions

    We also invite submissions to be considered at the Student Paper Competition of the 2020 SCALE Latin America Conference in the undergraduate and graduate categories.


    Latin America faces complex socioeconomic challenges due to growing urbanization rates, dynamic purchasing preferences, volatile economic and political conditions. These trends typically drive the configuration of transportation, logistics operations and supply chain management. Therefore, this paper competition seeks to inspire students to embrace those emerging-market related features. it is expected that students propose innovative strategies that address the aforementioned challenges through a well-structured, original methodology to bring an applied, high-impact benefit to multiple supply chain stakeholders 

    Summary of instructions

    Students must submit their short papers (5 - 7 pages) by December 29th, 2019 in any of the aforementioned topics using EasyChair. Submissions will be evaluated using similar evaluation criteria.

    A select of student papers will be presented in a 15-to-20 minute presentation followed by a 5-to-10 minute Q&Q session from the Jury. Winner(s) of each will be announced during the closing ceremony of the conference.

    Detailed instructions are available in the PDF version of the Student Paper competition submissions.


    This conference owes it to the talented, highly committed researchers from diverse universities in Latin America. Take a look to the complete program committee!

    Conference Committees

    Scientific Committee

    Organizing Committee

    • Dr. Christopher Mejía Argueta (cmejia@mit.edu), MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, U.S.
    • Dr. Daniel Prato-Sanchez (dprato@logyca.org), Center for Latin American Logistics Innovation (CLI), LOGYCA, Colombia
    • Cesar Becerra (cbecerra@logyca.org), Center for Latin American Logistics Innovation (CLI), LOGYCA, Colombia

    Track chairs and regional leaders by Topic

    • Data-driven and emerging technologies in SCM – Dr. Jens Bürger (UPB, Bolivia) and Dr. Pablo Maya-Duque (UdeA, Colombia)
    • Urban logistics and last-mile operations – Dr. Carlos Suárez (USFQ, Ecuador) and Dr. Andrés Bronfman (UNAB, Chile)
    • Retail operations for nanostores - Dr. Christopher Mejía (MIT CTL, U.S.)
    • Humanitarian logistics and relief operations - Prof. Adriana Leiras (PUC-Rio, Brazil) and Prof. Hugo Yoshizaki (USP, Brazil)
    • SCM for micro and small firms – Dr. Cansu Tayaksi (MIT CTL, U.S.) and Dr. Josué Velázquez (MIT CTL, U.S.)
    • Sustainability in supply chains – Prof. Marcio D'Agosto (UFRJ, Brazil) and Dr. Lino Marujo (UFRJ, Brazil)
    • SCM for food and agri-business – Dr. Christopher Mejía (MIT CTL, U.S.), Prof. José Larco (UTEC, Peru) and Prof. Claudia Antonini (UTEC, Peru)
    • Logistics 4.0 and Digital Transformation - Prof. Martín Tanco (UM, Uruguay), Prof. Daniel Jurburg (UM, Uruguay) and Prof. Michelle Rodríguez (UP, Peru)
    • Innovation in education related to SCM – Dr. David Salinas (Monterrey Tech, Mexico) and Agatha da Silva (UPB, Bolivia)
    • Student Paper Competition – Dr. Christopher Mejía (MIT CTL, U.S.), Prof. Claudio Cunha (USP, Brazil), Prof. Daniel Jurburg (UM, Uruguay) and Prof. Michelle Rodríguez (UP, Peru)
    • Invited tracks - Prof. Zoila Castillo (UTP, Panama), Katie Date (MIT CTL, U.S.)


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    Getting Around

    Transportation: Boston’s public transportation system, the MBTA, known as “the T”, was the first subway in the United States and continues to be one of the easiest ways to get around Boston/Cambridge. Public transportation fares and schedules may be found at the MBTA website.

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    Restaurants: See MIT's info on where to eat on and near campus.

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