Event description

May 17, 2016 Update – All spots at the IGLC 2016 Summer School have been filled. Students may still apply to attend as observers and/or be placed on the waitlist in case another accepted student cancels their attendance.


There are a few spots left to present at the IGLC 2016 Summer School!*

The deadline has been extended and remaining slots will be allocated to qualified applicants on a first-come first-served basis until 12:00 midnight May 14, 2016. The 2016 IGLC International Postgraduate Summer School (July 23-24, 2016) will provide an opportunity for postgraduate students to present their work and receive feedback from a panel of senior Lean Construction academics. Scholarships are available for Student Presenters!

I look forward to receiving your application!

Zofia K. Rybkowski, PhD Dean, 2016 IGLC Summer School

* If you have already submitted your application, you should have received confirmation of receipt. Those who have already submitted their application will be sent a decision of acceptance by April 29.

Download the updated Summer School application form (updated on April 20, 2016)


International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC)

24th Annual Conference

IGLC 24 – Boston, USA 2016

On the Brink of the Lean Revolution

  • Monday, July 18, 2016 – IGLC 24 Gemba Walks / Unconference
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 – IGLC 24 Innovation Highlight Day
  • Wed-Fri, July 20-22, 2016 – IGLC 24 Research Conference
  • Sat-Sun, July 23-24, 2016 – IGLC 24 Summer School

July 23-24, 2016

The Tree House Residence Hall
at Massachusetts College of Art and Design
578 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

THEME: Defining the Right Problem and Research Method in Lean Construction Studies

The 2016 IGLC International Postgraduate Summer School will provide an opportunity for postgraduate students to present their work and receive feedback from a panel of senior Lean Construction academics. This two-day event supports in-depth discussion of current research in the field of Lean Construction and offers students an opportunity to: (1) collect feedback on their research and presentation styles, (2) engage in discussion with leaders in the Lean Construction community, and (3) meet their peer students researching similar topics and develop new connections that may lead to future research collaborations.

The Summer School is organized to foster discussion – student presenters have 15 minutes to present their work, followed by 25 minutes of 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 statement and research methodology formation to help students make relevant and original contributions within the Lean Construction domain.

Who can attend?

All postgraduate students who conduct research in Lean Construction are welcome to apply to become a presenter or a listener in the Summer School. Student presenters will present their work to their peers and a panel of Lean Construction experts. Student listeners are more likely to be at an early stage of research development, so they will primarily participate in the discussion of their peers’ research. However, time and space permitting, Lean Construction experts may meet with student listeners in a separate room to provide individual guidance on an as-needed basis. Acceptance as a student presenter or listener is subject to availability.

Registration for Summer School

The Dean of IGLC 2016’s Summer School is Dr. Zofia Rybkowski of Texas A&M University (summer-school@iglc2016.com). Dr. Rybkowski will process all applications for Summer School presenters and listeners. After approval, the Summer School is FREE of charge for student presenters and listeners (including breakfast, lunch, and refreshments during breaks).

Scholarships for Student Presenters

Students accepted as presenters may select ONE of the following scholarships:

  • * 50% discount off the 3-day (worth $325), 4-day (worth $375), or 5-day (worth $425) registration fee for IGLC 2016.
  • * Complimentary shared-bedroom stay in the Tree House Residence Hall (worth $400). The student will share their bedroom with one other roommate for up to 7 nights total (July 17-24, 2016).

Scholarships are primarily for Student Presenters who are PhD students, but Student Listeners, Masters students, researchers, and other academics may also apply.

Those interested in applying for the scholarship need to write a letter justifying the need of the scholarship and to submit this together with the extended abstract.

Timetable for Submission

  • Friday, 15th April 2016 – Submission of extended abstracts
  • Friday, 29th April 2016 – Acceptance of extended abstracts and feedback from reviewers
  • Friday, 06th May 2016 – Submission of final version of abstracts (if any changes were made). Final abstracts will be shared among Summer School participants.
  • Friday, 15th July 2016 – Submission of PowerPoint presentation


07:00 AM – 08:00 AM            Breakfast and registration check-in
08:00 AM – 08:20 AM            Welcome and Introductions
08:20 AM – 09:10 AM            Presentation about Research Methods
09:10 AM – 09:50 AM            Student presentation #1
09:50 AM – 10:00 AM            Coffee Break (10 minutes)
10:00 AM – 10:40 AM            Student presentation #2
10:40 AM – 11:20 AM            Student presentation #3
11:20 AM – 12:00 PM            Student presentation #4
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM            Lunch
12:45 PM – 01:25 PM            Student presentation #5
01:25 PM – 02:05 PM            Student presentation #6
02:05 PM – 02:45 PM            Student presentation #7
02:45 PM – 03:15 PM            Small Group Review
03:15 PM – 03:30 PM            Closing and Meeting Plus/Deltas
03:30 PM                                Adjourn

Submission Instructions

If you are interested in participating in the Summer School, please download the Summer School application and send an extended abstract (maximum 1200 words) to Dr. Zofia K. Rybkowski (summer-school@iglc2016.com) based on the guidelines within the Summer School application.