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Archive: October 2017 (Features)

Wednesday, 25 Oct 2017
Cara Quinton

The Operational Research Group ( within the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), invites applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to work on a project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

The successful candidate will pursue a course of research investigating the application of computational search methods, such as evolutionary computation and meta/hyper-heuristics, to software engineering problems with a focus on real-world applications.

Candidates are expected to have a first class honors degree or Masters in Computer Science, Mathematics, Operations Research or related discipline, from a UK University or an equivalent standard from an overseas university. The successful candidate must have a strong programming background, as well as good analytical and communication skills. An understanding of mathematical optimization techniques, heuristic and hyper-heuristic search is highly desirable although not mandatory. The studentship is for three years, and covers UK/EU student fees as well as a tax-free stipend of around £16,500 per annum.

Informal enquiries can be made by email to Dr. John Drake ( who will supervise the project alongside Dr. John Woodward and Prof. Edmund K. Burke. Informal enquiries are strongly encouraged before a candidate submits an application. This studentship is advertised to start in September 2018, however an earlier start date is possible in the case of excellent candidates. More information is available at:

The closing date for the applications is 12th January 2018.

Interviews are expected to take place shortly after.

Monday, 23 Oct 2017
ORinSchools (ORiS)

ORin Schools have loads of events happening in 2018 and it’s shaping up to be a VERY BUSY year! We will need many volunteers to attend events with us to get the word out about education and careers related to operational research. We’re giving you tons of notice about future events so you can get them in your diary now. We've already booked a mixture of university and school visits, career talks and workshops.

Get in touch at for more information or to let us know if you'll be able to help us at any of these events:

Thursday 11 January 2018
Windsor, Maths Workshop  

Tuesday 16 January 2018
Middlesex University, Careers Talk
Monday 22 January 2018
Event and location to be announced  

Wednesday 24 January 2018
Northampton, FMSP Maths Workshop

Wednesday 31 January 2018
Manchester University, Careers Talk

Friday 23 February 2018
Big Bang Hampshire, Exhibitor

Wednesday 28th February 2018
Exeter Outreach Day

Wednesday 28th February 2018
Northampton (at Silverstone Circuit), Exhibition

Wednesday 14 March until Saturday 17 March
The Big Bang Fair, Birmingham

Wednesday 18 April 2018
South Wales, Maths Workshop  

Wednesday 2 May 2018
London Sixth Form Visit  

Monday 25 June 2018
The Big Bang Fair, Buckinghamshire  

Tuesday 26 June 2018
The Big Bang Fair, Yorkshire and Humberside  

Monday 2 July 2018 until Friday 6 July 2018
The Big Bang Fair, London

The best bit? Volunteering with us is a fun, free way to build your network, develop your skills and enhance your CV. Timings vary, so whether you’ve got just an hour or an entire day to give, we hope you’ll sign up for a volunteer opportunity close to your home or office in the list above.

P.S. Need a reminder of why volunteers like you are so important to the future of operational research? Check out OR in Schools on our website.

Tuesday, 10 Oct 2017
Amy Patrick

The  EURO Winter Institute on Lot Sizing and Related Topics is for 25 advanced PhDs and young Post-Docs to meet and learn from senior experts, to study various special topics in the context of lot sizing, and present relevant papers to peers.

The Institute will be held at the university campus of the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. The closing date for applications is 31st October 2017 and notification of acceptance will be in December 2017.

There is no registration fee. The EURO Winter Institute will cover the accommodation in a single room, meals (breakfast and lunches) and social activities. Travelling expenses are not included. However, Scholarships for travel to (and from) the Institute are available from the OR Society.  Applications for Scholarships are being accepted from now until the deadline of Wednesday 31st January 2018 for any candidates who have already applied or intend to apply to the EURO Winter Institute. Applications should include a detailed CV, names and contact details of two independent referees (who must be members of the Operational Research Society), and a previously unpublished paper written by the candidate and which they intend to present at the Institute. Please send applications to the OR Society’s Research and Publications Officer at

Thursday, 5 Oct 2017
Amy Patrick

EURO is pleased to announce the travel-sponsorship of up to two participants to join the XXII ELAVIO - Latin- American Summer School in Operations Research ( Please find the Call for Participation at Participants must be studying in a EURO member country - see Please note that talks and lectures will be either in English, Spanish or Portuguese (in all the cases with English slides). Candidates selected MUST be proficient in English and either Spanish or Portuguese. Also please note that the deadline for students to apply to their National Society is 30th October 2017.


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