Annual Conference: OR62 and COVID-19

With the recent developments around the COVID-19 pandemic, the closure of borders and the tightening lockdown of life in the UK, the OR62 organising committee had to consider the implications this would have on the conference.

Based on all the information we have at the moment, it seems unlikely that the usual face-to-face annual conference of The OR Society could be run successfully.

We are planning to offer an exciting online event to take place in the same timeframe. Preparation of this online event is underway and more information will be released soon, so stay tuned.

The University of Warwick will now host what will be OR63 in September 2021.

Thank you for your understanding.


Conference Chair: Dr Frances O’Brien FORS, University of Warwick
Conference Chair:  Prof Juergen Branke, University of Warwick
Making an Impact Chair: Mr John Medhurst FORS, Larrainzar Consulting Solutions

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From recent annual conferences:

Kernel Search: A General Heuristic Approach to MILP Problems

Professor Grazia Speranza, IFORS President, treated OR61 to a highly detailed plenary on Kernel Searches (KS), a “general and simple” heuristic framework for the solution of MILP problems.

Grazia Speranza at OR61

Optimising the Teaching of OR

OR61 began with a dynamic, uplifting and amusing opening plenary from Professor Erhan Erkut, Vice Rector of MEF University, Istanbul, on ‘Optimising the Teaching of OR’.

Erhan Erkut on education at OR61

The Transformative Discipline for the 21st Century

OR60, our Diamond Anniversary conference, was launched with a plenary from Professor Anna Nagurney, who is 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.

Anna Nagurney speaks at OR60

40 years of engagement with ‘social’ and ‘management’ science, including OR ‘hard’ and ‘soft’

Peter Checkland delivers a Parthian shot upon retiring from operational research at OR60.

Peter Checkland's message to OR60

New challenges for operational research in the age of AI and big data

At OR60, John Hopes discusses how innovation creates new disciplines, such as analytics, data science and AI which overlap with one-another and with established disciplines such as operational research, statistics and computer science.

John Hopes at OR60