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OR56 - Making an Impact

Wednesday 10 September 2014

Making An Impact: In Practice

Is it your day-job to help make organisations more effective – through analytics, decision support, business analysis, management science, O.R., or plain problem-solving common sense?

If so, whatever your job title, whether you are an external consultant or an employee, “Making an Impact” is for you.

At “Making an Impact” you can

  • See case studies showcasing important applications
  • Exchange ideas and expertise with people in similar fields
  • Explore issues of immediate relevance to practice
  • Try out new techniques – are they any good for you?
  • Meet leading academics and discover what they can do for you – and what you can do for them
  • Build your network amongst likeminded professionals

Provisional plan for the day:

Welcome and introduction

Speed networking: a fun and focused session to help you make new contacts across the O.R. spectrum.

Dr Andrew Jennings, Chief Analytics Officer at FICO and blogger extraordinaire: the analytics behind a day in the life of a credit card.

The academic-practitioner bazaar: a poster session with a difference - practitioners presenting issues they would like input to, academics presenting work they want to share, both displaying examples of successful collaboration; and everybody finding out more about what is going on ‘out there’.


President’s Medal”:  three case-studies showcasing successful practical applications, competing for the OR Society’s prestigious President’s Medal accolade.

Workshops, tutorials and technique tasters: choose two out of a range of participative sessions on subjects such as: analytics; GIS software, creative generation of solutions; managing a career in OR; optimisation; moving from OR to management; and many more. (Titles and Abstracts are available to download as a PDF or a Word Document)

Drinks reception, to cement the contacts and carry on the discussion.

“Making an Impact” is a session within the OR Society Annual Conference, OR56, held at Royal Holloway, University of London.  If you have more than one day to spare, there is plenty of interest at the whole conference (9-11 September), including a panel session on Behavioural Operational Research, an address from Ursula Brennan, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice and champion of OR in government, a debate on optimisation versus satisfaction, and talks and case studies on a host of practice areas and technical topics.

If you would like to get involved, by presenting a poster on your problem, your research solution, or your academic-practitioner collaboration, or by running a workshop, or proposing a topic you would like for a workshop, please contact Ruth Kaufman, Ramune Gedgaudaite or Aidan Cross via email to who will forward your message.