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Tuesday, 10 Jul 2018
Amy Patrick

 A keynote presentation from OR59 is now available on our YouTube channelA Model Simulator: The lives of Jay Forrester from Prof David Lane’s (FORS) keynote presentation. Note that the original presentation involved two other videos. The first of these is not included in the film of the talk, whilst the second appears as a ‘film of a film’. Those wishing to watch these films can use the details below:

Edward Murrow's See It Now—Jay Forrester and Whirlwind (1951) (Excerpt)
Forrester on Courage

The journal article associated with the talk is: Lane, D. C. & Sterman, J. D. (2018). A Model Simulator: The lives of Jay W Forrester. Journal of Simulation, 12(2): 90-97.This article can be accessed on the Taylor and Francis Online website. A more detailed biography of Forrester may be found in System Dynamics Review. Additional information about Jay Forrester, including further publications, honors and awards, and obituaries from around the world, can be accessed on the  System Dynamics Society’s website.



Monday, 18 Jun 2018
ORinSchools (ORiS)

If you're interested and available in any of the dates below and want to volunteer for the careers fair, please email us with the date you want to help out at and we'll get you signed up.


Events Volunteering Opportunities:

  • The Big Bang Fair Buckinghamshire, Monday 25 June 2018 and Tuesday 26 June 
  • The Big Bang Fair Yorkshire and Humberside, Tuesday 26 June 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair South East, Wednesday 27th June & Thursday 28th June
  • The Big Bang Fair Derby, Thursday 28 June 2018
  • Buckingham Maths Conference, Maths Visit, Friday 29 June 2018
  • Cambridge School Careers Fair, Thursday 5 July 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair London, Wednesday 4 July to Friday 6 July 2018
  • Family Maths Fun Day, York Saturday 7 July 2018
  • Summer School at Aston University, Monday 9 July 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair North West, Tuesday 10 July 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair Brighton, Wednesday 11 July 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair London (Additional days), Friday 13 July and Saturday 14 July 

University Career Fairs Volunteering Opportunities:
  • Buckingham Skills Show, 12-13 October 2018
  • University of Bristol, Careers Fair, Wednesday 10 October 2018
  • Surrey University, Wednesday 10 October 2018
  • University of Kent, Careers Fair, Tuesday 16 October 2018
  • Leicester University, Careers Fair, Wednesday 17 October and Thursday 18 October
  • Cambridge Careers Event, Wednesday 24 October (Evening event)
  • Royal Holloway University, Careers Fair, Wednesday 24 October
  • University of Reading, Careers Fair, Wednesday 24 October
  • Teeside Uni, Careers Fair, Friday 2 November
  • Exeter Uni, Careers Fair, Tuesday 6 November
  • Plymouth Uni, Careers Fair, Wednesday 7 November
  • Warwick University, STEM Careers Fair, Tuesday 13 October

We also have New Scientist Live running which is a large scale event in September and we're after volunteers. There's a specific form for sign ups - fill out the form here.

 
If you want to get involved in any of the above events, drop us a line with the event name and date (schools@theorsociety.com) and we'll sign you up. Alternatively, email us to be added to the volunteers list so you'll find out all the latest news and info. 

 



If you're interested and available in any of the dates below and want to volunteer for the careers fair, please email us with the date you want to help out at and we'll get you signed up.


Events Volunteering Opportunities:

  • The Big Bang Fair Buckinghamshire, Monday 25 June 2018 and Tuesday 26 June 
  • The Big Bang Fair Yorkshire and Humberside, Tuesday 26 June 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair South East, Wednesday 27th June & Thursday 28th June
  • The Big Bang Fair Derby, Thursday 28 June 2018
  • Buckingham Maths Conference, Maths Visit, Friday 29 June 2018
  • Cambridge School Careers Fair, Thursday 5 July 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair London, Wednesday 4 July to Friday 6 July 2018
  • Family Maths Fun Day, York Saturday 7 July 2018
  • Summer School at Aston University, Monday 9 July 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair North West, Tuesday 10 July 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair Brighton, Wednesday 11 July 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair London (Additional days), Friday 13 July and Saturday 14 July 

University Career Fairs Volunteering Opportunities:
  • Buckingham Skills Show, 12-13 October 2018
  • University of Bristol, Careers Fair, Wednesday 10 October 2018
  • Surrey University, Wednesday 10 October 2018
  • University of Kent, Careers Fair, Tuesday 16 October 2018
  • Leicester University, Careers Fair, Wednesday 17 October and Thursday 18 October
  • Cambridge Careers Event, Wednesday 24 October (Evening event)
  • Royal Holloway University, Careers Fair, Wednesday 24 October
  • University of Reading, Careers Fair, Wednesday 24 October
  • Teeside Uni, Careers Fair, Friday 2 November
  • Exeter Uni, Careers Fair, Tuesday 6 November
  • Plymouth Uni, Careers Fair, Wednesday 7 November
  • Warwick University, STEM Careers Fair, Tuesday 13 October

We also have New Scientist Live running which is a large scale event in September and we're after volunteers. There's a specific form for sign ups - fill out the form here.

 
If you want to get involved in any of the above events, drop us a line with the event name and date (schools@theorsociety.com) and we'll sign you up. Alternatively, email us to be added to the volunteers list so you'll find out all the latest news and info. 

 



Friday, 15 Jun 2018
Amy Patrick

Cardiff University School of Mathematics
19 June 2018


Our AGM will take place at Cardiff University School of Mathematics on Tuesday 19 June 2018. Details of the agenda, together with the supporting papers, can be found at www.theorsociety.com/AGM2018.

Members who are eligible will be able to vote for the various resolutions online or by printing, completing and posting the ballot form. Completed ballot forms can also be submitted at the AGM in person. You will need to log in to The OR Society's website to be able to view the ballot and vote electronically. Many thanks to those who have already taken the time to vote.
 
Please note that Corporate Affiliates are not eligible to vote, but of course are still welcome to read the documents for their information and interest.

Details of the speakers and agenda are below. Members (and indeed non-members) are encouraged to attend this FREE meeting, but please register online to attend.

Presentations by:

John Boulton, Aneurin Bevan Health Board 

John will talk on successes, impact and opportunities of OR applied to healthcare from one half of the largest university OR/NHS collaboration in the UK. See bio.

Tom Smith, Managing Director of the ONS's Data Science Campus

The Data ScienceCampus at the UK’s Office for National Statistics in Newport works at the frontier ofdata science and AI – building skills and applying tools, methods and practices– to create new understanding and improve decision-making for public good. Its goals are to investigate the use of new data sources, including administrative data and big data, for public good and to help build data science capability forthe benefit of the UK. Tom will talk about the work of the Campus, examples of how data science is being used across government to support policy-making, operations, public services andstatistics, and also compare/contrast the roles of data scientists,operational researchers, and statisticians. Tom Smith is Managing Director at the Data Science Campus. See bio.

Event Schedule

14.45 Registration

15.00 Introduction and Welcome from SWORDS and Cardiff University

15.05 Speakers + Q&A

16.05 Formal Business:

  • The Society Year in Review from The OR Society's President, John Hopes, and Board Members
  • Formal presentation of accounts and resolutions for voting
  • The OR Society Future Directions Q&A

17.15 Networking, nibbles and refreshments

18.00 Close

Location & Parking

Cardiff University School of Mathematics
Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, CF24 4AG 
Email thompsonjm1@cf.ac.uk to reserve parking.
 

REGISTER TO ATTEND THE AGM



Friday, 25 May 2018
Amy Patrick

This session invites academics and industry practitioners to display posters and to give a two-minute pitch highlighting their research and practice contributions and aims to provide a forum for academia and industry to exchange ideas. It can help deliver your work to a wide audience enabling you to gain valuable feedback from industry and academic audiences. It is also a good chance for participants to start conversations and build networks for future collaborations.
The content of posters is expected to be beyond the idea or proposal stage and objective. The methodology and preliminary/expected results should also be included. Posters arriving in time, will be displayed over all three days of the conference.

Submission Requirements:

• Please submit a title and abstract (x150 words max.) through the link below to the
Healthcare Applications Poster stream, by no later than 14 July 2018.
(Please note: the reduced registration rate is only available up to 30 June 2018.)
http://www.theorsociety.com/Pages/Conferences/OR60/OR60Abstract.aspx
• There is no requirement to submit a paper in order to present your poster.
• Posters should be A1 size in Portrait style i.e. 841mm across x 594 mm down.
• Select text size and pictures/charts readable from a distance of 3 feet.
• Prepare a 2-minute pitch with slides, to present in the poster session.
• Bring fasteners (i.e. Velcro or similar) and something to carry the poster home.
• Presenters must register and register and pay to attend the conference.

Full guidelines for all poster presenters can be found on the OR60 website at
http://www.theorsociety.com/Pages/Conferences/OR60/OR60streamorgan.aspx



Tuesday, 22 May 2018
Amy Patrick

At OR60 we invite contributions from researchers and practitioners on issues related to the application of OR in areas other than healthcare (there is a separate stream for those). Presenters will be asked to give a two minute slide presentation of their poster. There will be a prize awarded for the best judged poster.

This session invites academics and industry practitioners to display posters and to give a two minute pitch highlighting their research and practice contributions and aims to provide a forum for academia and industry to exchange ideas. It can help deliver your work to a wide audience, enabling you to gain valuable feedback from industry and academic audiences. It is also a good chance for participants to start conversations and build networks for future collaborations.
The content of posters is expected to be beyond the idea or proposal stage and objective. The methodology and preliminary/expected results should also be included. Posters arriving in time, will be displayed over all three days of the conference.

Submission Requirements:
• Please submit a title and abstract (150 words max.) through the link below to Posters Non-Healthcare Topics stream, by no later than 14 July 2018.
(Please note: the reduced registration rate is only available up to 30 June 2018.)
http://www.theorsociety.com/Pages/Conferences/OR60/OR60Abstract.aspx 
• There is no requirement to submit a paper in order to present your poster.
• Posters should be A1 size in Portrait style i.e. 841mm across x 594 mm down.
• Select text size and pictures/charts readable from a distance of 3 feet.
• Prepare a 2-minute pitch with slides, to present in the poster session.
• Bring fasteners (i.e. Velcro or similar) and something to carry the poster home.
• Presenters must register and pay to attend the conference.

Full guidelines for all poster presenters can be found on the OR60 website at:
http://www.theorsociety.com/Pages/Conferences/OR60/OR60streamorgan.aspx

For further information on Non-Healthcare posters please contact Graham Rand.



Monday, 30 Apr 2018
Amy Patrick

The Era of Mathematics reportThe Era of Mathematics: An Independent Review of Knowledge Exchange in the Mathematical Sciences, published on 27 April 2018, is the report of an independent review of knowledge exchange in mathematical sciences, led by Professor Philip Bond. Many operational research (OR) professionals, and The OR Society itself, contributed to the review, and OR Professors Paul Harper (Cardiff University) and Joerg Fliege (University of Southampton) were part of the expert review committee. The report notes the crucial importance of mathematical sciences (including OR) to the economy and to improving the public good, and makes a number of significant recommendations for increasing investment and improving resources and infrastructure to support mathematical research and its conversion into practical benefit.

The OR Society is a member of the Council for Mathematical Sciences, which has issued this statement of support for the review:

The mathematical sciences community welcomes this report which clearly demonstrates the importance of mathematics and its impact across an exceptionally wide range of disciplines, technologies and industries.

The review has recognised the need to develop a sustainable people pipeline of top-level mathematical sciences talent within academia, nurturing individuals keen to engage with government, industry and wider research challenges. The report highlights the current shortage of such individuals and makes a strong case for increased investment in the discipline.

It also recognises the need to establish infrastructure to facilitate effective and timely communication and interaction between mathematicians and potential users.

The mathematics community will consider the detailed recommendations of the report and welcomes the contribution the review makes in taking the policy debate forward.

See the full report and recommendations.



Monday, 23 Apr 2018
Amy Patrick

John Hopes President of The OR SocietyPresident of The OR Society, John Hopes, will deliver his presidential address at our annual conference,OR60, which will be held 11-13 September 2018 at Lancaster University. This talk will consider the rapidly changing environment of operational research (OR), look at its recent successes and growth, and explore how OR can raise its profile to take its rightful place at the heart of AI and big data.

The diversity of The OR Society’s research publications, events, training and other activities reflects 60 years of expansion and development in the field of OR, all of which will be highlighted during our annual conference, OR60.  But the world is changing rapidly and OR must continue to adapt accordingly.

In an era of fake news, it has never been more important to base decisions on sound evidence from high quality modelling and analytics.  Also, with the rapid growth in computer power and the explosion in available data, the ability to provide such decision support has never been greater.  Indeed, the UK Government has recognised that it is essential to our future productivity and competitiveness. It has also highlighted the importance of AI and big data in its industrial strategy along with the need to address an ongoing shortage of skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

OR has a key role to play in all of this, being central to effective modelling and analytics.  The challenges for OR and The OR Society are to ensure that this key role is recognised, to keep OR in the vanguard of research and innovation flowing from technology-driven change, to differentiate itself through the techniques it has brought to the world over the past 60+ years, to demonstrate the value of the OR approach in the world of AI and big data, and to play a full part in meeting the skills needs of the 21st century.  Are we in the OR community doing our best to pave the way for the next generation?

See full OR60 information and register to attend. 



Thursday, 12 Apr 2018
ORinSchools (ORiS)

OR in Schools (ORiS) promotes operational research (OR) in schools, colleges and universities to raise awareness of the importance of its real world applications and highlight potential careers.

We need OR people like YOU to get involved to help us raise the profile of operational research by telling students why it's a great career. A full list of events can be seen on our blog, with different locations across the country, different age groups and different timings etc. 

Below is a list of the type of activities we get involved in and the things we need volunteers for:

  • Careers Talk - this involves talking to a group of school, college or university students about your experience. This is formal(ish) event and you are likely to have somewhere between 10 minutes to 40 minutes to talk about what you do. We have PPT templates, example talks and assistance to help you prepare for these events.
  • Maths workshop - This is where you would run an interactive exercise, demonstrating a real life application of OR (which has been simplified for student use). We have all the resources for this – including interactive exercises, complete instructions and worksheets.
  • Careers fairs - these involve attending a local school or university and being an exhibitor. The idea here is to man a stand and chat to interested students about what you do / where you work / how you got into OR. We will provide you with all the equipment such as tablecloth, banners, flyers, pens and keyrings etc.
  • Big Bang Fairs - A cross between a careers fair and maths workshops. You will be exhibiting and talking to students but also providing them with interactive exercises to have a go out. Always great fun! We provide you with all materials for this.

Interested?

If you've got an hour (or more) to give, get in touch. Email schools@theorsociety.com and we'll add you to our mailing list. 



OR in Schools (ORiS) promotes operational research (OR) in schools, colleges and universities to raise awareness of the importance of its real world applications and highlight potential careers.

We need OR people like YOU to get involved to help us raise the profile of operational research by telling students why it's a great career. A full list of events can be seen on our blog, with different locations across the country, different age groups and different timings etc. 

Below is a list of the type of activities we get involved in and the things we need volunteers for:

  • Careers Talk - this involves talking to a group of school, college or university students about your experience. This is formal(ish) event and you are likely to have somewhere between 10 minutes to 40 minutes to talk about what you do. We have PPT templates, example talks and assistance to help you prepare for these events.
  • Maths workshop - This is where you would run an interactive exercise, demonstrating a real life application of OR (which has been simplified for student use). We have all the resources for this – including interactive exercises, complete instructions and worksheets.
  • Careers fairs - these involve attending a local school or university and being an exhibitor. The idea here is to man a stand and chat to interested students about what you do / where you work / how you got into OR. We will provide you with all the equipment such as tablecloth, banners, flyers, pens and keyrings etc.
  • Big Bang Fairs - A cross between a careers fair and maths workshops. You will be exhibiting and talking to students but also providing them with interactive exercises to have a go out. Always great fun! We provide you with all materials for this.

Interested?

If you've got an hour (or more) to give, get in touch. Email schools@theorsociety.com and we'll add you to our mailing list. 



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