PhD Summer School

Call for Abstracts

PhD Summer School is an opportunity for PhD students to improve their research proposals by presenting their work and receiving feedback from a panel of senior Lean Construction academics.

The program will also include a summer school for the postgraduate students who are working on lean construction-related theses. The deans of the school will be Dr. Cristina Toca Pérez, Dr. Marzia Bolpagni, and Dr. Samer BuHamdan

Saturday and Sunday July 01-02, 2023

The detailed program is available for download

Why attend?

The IGLC31 International Doctoral Summer School is a two-day event that supports in-depth discussion of current research in the field of Lean Construction, including research into Lean & BIM, and Lean & Sustainability.

This program offers students an opportunity to

The Summer School is organized to foster discussion. Students have 15 minutes to talk about their work, and then there will be 25 minutes for discussion. Students report this is one of the most valuable parts of the conference since it offers them an opportunity to improve their research proposals. The Summer School will also offer instruction on problem statements and research methodology formation to help students make relevant and original contributions within the Lean Construction domain.

Who can attend?

All PhD candidates who conduct research in Lean Construction are welcome to attend the Summer School.

PhD candidates can participate as presenters or listeners.

Student presenters will share their work with peers and a panel of Lean Construction experts. Presenters should not be at the early stage of their research journey as their topic needs to be clear to have a valuable discussion. They also should not be at the end of their PhD as they are too far in the process to integrate the feedback in the thesis. Acceptance as a student presenter is subject to the availability of slots in the schedule.

Students who are not selected to present have the opportunity to participate as listeners. Also, students who are in the early stages of their PhD are welcome as listeners if space is available. If you want to be a listener and didn’t apply for Summer School, please send an email to the Deans of the Summer School. Student listeners are welcome to attend the presentations, but the discussion's focus is on the feedback offered by the faculty.

Submission Instructions

If you want to attend the IGLC31 Summer School, use the template for the extended abstract (maximum of 1,200 words).

Submissions can be sent to the following email:

The deadline to submit is March 24th, 2023.

Registration for Summer School

The Summer School Deans will process all applications for Summer School presenters and listeners.

After approval, accepted Summer School student presenters and listeners will be able to participate in the Summer School.

Venue and Financial information

The summer school will be held in Lille. Participation is free of charge.

The IGLC will also arrange and pay for accommodations for all presenters.

Preliminary Program

Student presentations, faculty feedback, and keynote speakers will be the focus of this 2-day event.

Details will be finalized once presenters have been selected. Additional program details are forthcoming.


March 10, 2023 – Deadline for submission of extended abstracts.

April 10, 2023 – Selection of student presenters and decision regarding acceptance of extended abstracts and feedback from reviewers.

May 30, 2023 – Submission of the final version of presentations and extended abstracts (if any changes were made). Final extended abstracts will be shared among Summer School participants.

July 01-02, 2023 – IGLC31 PhD Summer School in Lille France.

IGLC31 Summer School Deans

Dr. Cristina Toca Pérez

Dra. Cristina Toca Pérez currently works as a post-doc researcher at Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Aarhus University (AU), Denmark. Cristina holds a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Brazil (2020). Dr. Pérez received her MSc in Environmental and Urban Engineering from UFBA, Brazil (2015). She obtained her BS in Public Works Engineering, Civil Construction specialty from the University of Cantabria (UC), Santander - Spain (2011). Cristina got the title of Specialist in Construction Management and Specialist in Structures and Pathologies of Buildings from the International masters in technology, Rehabilitation, and Construction Management from the Building Technology Group (GTED) of the UC (2011).

With more than eight years of experience as an Assistant Researcher at the Research and Extension Group in Construction Technology and Management (GETEC) located at the Department of Structural and Construction Engineering at the School of Engineering at UFBA, Brazil, Dr. Pérez is adept in construction management and innovation. Pérez had opportunities to work as visiting researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology - USA (2018-2019) and at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil (2014). Cristina’s research focuses on improving Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) Industry performance by adopting construction management tools and Information Technologies (IT). Her doctoral research, in 2018, was recognized in a Brazilian competition with the Academic Innovation Award by the Association of Owners of Real Estate Companies in Bahia - Brazil (ADEMI-BA) to reward the best research project applied in the Construction Industry.

Cristina worked as Assistant Professor for different undergraduate and graduate courses related to Construction Management, Lean Construction, Building systems, 4D Building Information Modeling (BIM), Design and Planning Construction Sites, Construction Cost Management, and Construction Estimates among other courses. Her previous experience as a professor was at SENAI CIMATEC Manufacturing and Technology Integrated Campus, where she worked from 2017 to 2020. 

Dr. Marzia Bolpagni

Head of Building Information Modelling (BIM) International at Mace where she develops and implements Digital Construction Strategies for international clients in five different hubs using Digital Engineering. Passionate about Digital Transformation for the Built Environment and dedicated in filling the gap between academia and industry to inspire the next generation of professionals.

She is lead author of EN 17412-1, the European standard on Level of Information Need. and she is  TEDx Speaker.

Selected Awards:

2017 'Woman Ingenious'

2019 Star Award for Innovation and Service Excellence

2021 Young Engineer of the Year by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Sir George Macfarlane Medal as overall winner.

2021 Emerging Professional of the Year

2021 InspiringFifty

2021 Women of the Future winner

2022 InspiringFifty Europe

2022 Rising Star Award in Infrastructure Transport & Logistics

She worked in Finland, Italy, USA, UK and Iceland. I have presented my work at both national and international fora in 25 countries.

Dr. Samer BuHamdan

Samer BuHamdan, Ph.D., P.Eng, is a BIM expert, seasoned researcher, and construction management professional with extensive experience in both academia and the construction industry. Expertise includes BIM implementation, standards development, Digital Twins, Artificial Intelligence, value management, and process improvement. Dr.BuHamdan is also the CEO and Co-Founder of Amb.AI, a Canadian company that provides artificial intelligence solutions to support infrastructure maintenance activities. Prior to starting Amb.AI Dr. BuHamdan worked at several academic institutions in North America and Europe, researching several topics spanning digital twins, artificial intelligence, and smart cities.

Mr. Wassim AL BALKHY

Mr. Wassim AL BALKHY is a doctoral candidate at Centrale Lille, France. His thesis covers the integration of lean thinking and Construction 4.0 in the built environment. Wassim has a master’s degree in engineering project management and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He was the first graduate in his master’s program and he has participated in more than 30 publications in the fields of lean construction, construction management, project management, Construction 4.0, supply chain management, and international development projects of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

Wassim has an experience of 13 years in the construction industry. He worked as a civil engineer with a group of governmental and private organizations. He also had several experiences working with international NGOs and research institutes as a research assistant, teaching assistant, research tutor, project management and proposal writing trainer and consultant, project coordinator, and monitoring and evaluation consultant. 

Wassim is now a member of the board of directors of the French Lean Construction Institute. He is also a reviewer in a number of international scientific journals and conferences. In 2020, Wassim got a certificate of appreciation and acknowledgment for his research efforts during the “Excellent Researchers Award” ceremony at the University of Jordan for the years (2014-2019). 

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Lille, France