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Archive: March 2016 (Features)

Thursday, 17 Mar 2016
Jeffrey Jones

What can we gain from a Europe-wide network of practitioners? What opportunities might it bring for cross-fertilising practice, cross-border implementations, larger collaborations? And why are there so many more practitioners applying optimisation on mainland Europe than in the UK?

Building on the success of ‘Making an Impact’ at EURO2015 in Glasgow, the 2016 EURO conference in Poland in July will be similarly providing activities designed to attract practitioners. And EURO2016 will be taking advantage of this gathering of practitioners to discuss how we can convert it into a more permanent European Practitioner Network.
The network's objective would be to support OR practitioners: people whose primary source of income is selling OR services (whether they call them OR, analytics, decision support, or whatever), either to their employer or to clients.

It would encourage and support the communication and exchange of ideas among practitioners in industry as well as practitioners operating as freelancers.

The participants would benefit from:
• finding out about practice across Europe, bringing in new ideas to their own practice from how things are done elsewhere;
• having access to complementary skills in various fields, e.g., transport, supply chain, cutting stock or energy; and making themselves visible to others working in complementary fields,
• having access to more people working in the same industry – particularly valuable where the UK sector is small, but the European community is larger
• the possibility of cross-country collaboration,
• and definitely from getting to know intellectually enjoyable individuals.

If you are interested in being part of the network, please email with a subject line of "PRACTITIONERS NETWORK", indicating whether you will or will not be coming to Poznan, any suggestions you have for what you would like such a network to do, and any contribution you would like to make to it.

And whether you are a practitioner or an academic, there is plenty going on at EURO2016 in Poznan: go to for more information.



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