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Our Conferences / Events

Careers Open Day
Millennium Point in Birmingham
15 November 2017

Blackett Lecture
IET London
23 November 2017

Beale Lecture
The Royal Society, London
22 February 2018

SW18 Simulation Workshop
Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford
19 - 21 Mar 2018

OR60 Annual Conference
Lancaster University
11 - 13 September 2018

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OR60 - Plenary Speakers

John Hopes

EY’s Global Head of Business Modelling, a practice of over 700 professionals across over 30 countries. John has over 35 years’ experience of delivering OR and analytics solutions across a wide range of industry sectors. In his capacity as President of The OR Society from January 2018, he will give his presidential address at OR60

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John was Vice President of the Operational Research Society from 2011-2016, President Elect in 2017, has chaired the Society’s Analytics Development Group and has also been a member of the Heads of OR Forum. He started his career in Operational Research at Shell where he also worked in Business Strategy and Production Economics for North Sea oil and gas fields. He then moved into professional services, first at KPMG where he became lead partner for Business Modelling and Customer Management consulting, before moving to lead Business Modelling at EY 16 years ago.

Anna Nagurney

The John F. Smith Memorial Professor in the Department of Operations and Information Management in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (see

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Anna is also the Founding Director of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks and the Supernetworks Laboratory for Computation and Visualization at UMass Amherst. She is an Affiliated Faculty Member of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at UMass Amherst. Anna received her AB, ScB, ScM, and PhD degrees from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and devotes her career to education and research that combines operations research / management science, engineering, and economics. Her focus is the applied and theoretical aspects of network systems, particularly in the areas of transportation and logistics, critical infrastructure, and in economics and finance.

Peter Checkland

Emeritus Professor of Systems at Lancaster University and developer of Soft Systems Methodology

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Peter Checkland gained a First in Chemistry at St. John’s College, Oxford, where he was a Casberd Scholar, before leaving to join what was then a new science-based industry; making wholly synthetic fibres – nylon, polyester and polypropylene. He joined ICI, then the UK’s largest industrial company, and spent 15 years there, working in Research and Development. When he left the company he was manager of a 100 strong group engaged in process and product development. He joined the new university at Lancaster in 1969 and was appointed second Professor in the postgraduate Department of Systems Engineering started by the statistician Professor Gwilym Jenkins. Gwilym Jenkins asked Peter Checkland to establish a research programme for the Department. They both believed strongly in practical ‘action research’ in real world situations outside the University and Peter led the research programme which ran for 30 years at Lancaster. The programme capitalised on the fact that the average age of students on the one year masters course was around 30, making work possible in outside organisations which could not have been done with fresh graduates.