About the OR Society
Founded over 50 years ago in succession to the Operational Research Club which
was set up in 1948, The OR Society is the world's oldest-established learned
society catering to the Operational Research (O.R.) profession, and one of
the largest in the world, with 2500 members in 53 countries (see How
the world of O.R. societies began).
The Society's principal activities are:
- Fostering higher standards in O.R. by providing the world's
most extensive training programme
- Enabling members of the profession to keep up to date by
publishing journals of international repute to disseminate the latest developments
in O.R., and by organising national, international and specialist conferences in
- Enabling members to find the information they need in
their work by making available to members in searchable form the International
Abstracts in OR, which catalogues papers from every reputable O.R. journal
world wide. The Society also maintains a library which
is housed at Brunel University.
- Enabling members to share their work through the Document
which enables conference presentations, case studies, lecture notes and many
other types of document to be quickly uploaded to the web.
Sharing of work, knowledge and expertise is further fostered by the Society's special
interest groups and regional
societies, which organise regular meetings open to all.
- Demonstrating to the wider community the
benefits, in terms of greater efficiency, improved service or otherwise,
that O.R. can bring to society.
- Sponsoring educational
activities such as summer schools for researchers and research
projects on, for example, investigating the potential contribution
of O.R. to environmental planning, the use of O.R. by community groups
such as housing associations, and the factors making for successful O.R.
- Preserving, developing and managing the historical record of the subject
by establishing and supporting the world's only official O.R.
sponsoring the world's first official history
- Supporting conferences,
the aims of which are to further knowledge in, or about, O.R.
The OR Society Equality Statement:
The Society aims to be non-discriminatory amongst its members, staff and customers,
and in performing all its roles and activities, with particular reference to
age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religious belief, and sexual orientation.