Research institutes

Brightlands Institute for Supply Chain Innovation

The Brightlands Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (BISCI) develops smart and sustainable innovations in supply chain management. Set up by Maastricht University and the Province of Limburg in early 2019, BISCI seeks to apply the latest results of logistics research to address the challenges of service providers in the region and beyond. In addition, the institute trains the next generation of professionals who can contribute to supply chain innovation in the industry. BISCI derives its strength from closely collaborating with partners in the public, private and community sectors.

The BISCI expertise and innovation centre is to start operations this summer. It will be part of the 'ecosystem' of Brightlands Greenport Campus Venlo, in which the business community, academics, students and representatives from various governments work together through open innovation and co-creation.

In this way, BISCI contributes directly to the innovation and competitiveness of individual companies and organisations in various sectors and helps strengthen the region’s economic infrastructure.

BISCI was set up by UM and Limburg province to help boost the regional economy.

BISCI has an opening for an Assistant Professor Supply Chain Management (tenure track)

A Brightlands institute

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Brightlands is an open innovation community in a global context, connecting four campuses in the province of Limburg: in Maastricht, Heerlen, Sittard-Geleen and Venlo. The campuses provide entrepreneurs, scientists and students state-of-the-art facilities to support development, education, innovation and growth. Naturally, there are close links between all four Brightlands campuses, and together they enable Limburg to serve as an innovation region where researchers and entrepreneurs take on the major challenges in the areas of materials, health, food and smart services.

Research themes

BISCI is closely connected to the department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management of the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. The department offers an established team of scholars and an existing infrastructure that facilitates high-quality research relevant to industry.

The “triple bottom line” is a key concept within smart and sustainable supply chain management. It holds that organisations should commit to focus on social and environmental concerns, just as they do on economic gains. For every company, there should be a harmonious balance between "profit, people, and the planet" to obtain long term value creation and corporate social responsibility.

Research at BISCI is driven by new technological developments, the use of digitalisation and big data, the scarcity of resources and the role of people within the supply chain.


Currently, BISCI is connected to two MSc programmes in Supply Chain Management:

  • Global Supply Chain Management and Change (in Venlo)
  • International Business / Supply Chain Management (in Maastricht)

Exemplary research topics include:

  • Augmented reality (AR) in warehouses
  • Autonomous vehicles and platooning
  • Smart sensors in containers
  • Drones for last-mile delivery
  • Developing stronger but lighter packaging
  • Supplier-enabled logistics services innovation
  • Traceability of CO2 emissions throughout supply chain
  • Digital technologies in logistics activities


  • Dr Kars Mennens

    Kars Mennens to join BISCI research team

    Friday, June 14, 2019

    Kars Mennens will help expand BISCI, build up a network of supply chain industry partners, develop training and education, and work on sustainable innovations in the sector.

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  • ITS Conference

    Smart mobility and the human factor

    Thursday, June 13, 2019

    Self-driving cars, truck platooning, robots running distribution centres. Developments in automated traffic and transport are going very fast, but where does this leave human beings?

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  • inNOWvate banner

    BISCI endorses the need to innovate in the digital era

    Friday, May 24, 2019

    BISCI shares the vision expressed at the inNOWvate event to innovate the supply chain in the digital era.

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  • Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

    Gartner’s 2019 Supply Chain Top 25 is out

    Friday, May 24, 2019

    Dutch chemical company Akzo Nobel has entered the Supply Chain Top 25 for the first time. Unilever has moved to the "Masters" category.

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  • TNO BISCI brainstorm

    TNO and BISCI – natural partners joining forces

    Monday, May 20, 2019

    High-level delegations from Maastricht University and TNO's Traffic and Transport team met with regional industry representatives on 17 May to explore ways of working together.

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  • BISCI workshop with Fontys and LIOF

    Friday, May 10, 2019

    Video-report on the highly interactive workshop with participants from Fontys and LIOF.

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  • Professor Bart Vos

    Bart Vos joins Brightlands Institute for Supply Chain Innovation

    Monday, May 6, 2019

    Professor Bart Vos of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management will join BISCI after the summer.

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  • bisci

    BISCI is for every entrepreneur

    Friday, April 26, 2019 Read more
  • BISCI at Topsector Logistiek Conference

    BISCI welcomes call for innovation and collaboration in logistics

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019

    BISCI is happy to contribute to the ambitions expressed by the Netherlands infrastructure minister at a major logistics conference in Rotterdam.

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  • Topsector Logistiek Congres

    BISCI to join Topsector Logistiek Conference

    Thursday, April 11, 2019

    The new Brightlands Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (BISCI) will be represented at this year’s Topsector Logistiek conference.

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We're open to collaboration

BISCI is a transparent institute, open to collaboration and looking for complementarities with other knowledge institutions and parties who share the ambition of smart and sustainable supply chain solutions.

If you’re interested in working with us, please give us a call or drop us a line.