Making an Impact

This year’s Making an Impact at OR66 is designed to support everyone – OR professionals, academics and practitioners – in Making an Impact in their work.  

Whether it’s by learning new tools and techniques, participating in system workshops, finding new opportunities for collaboration or solving the Grand Challenges of the future, OR66 and Making an Impact helps to provide the OR community with new opportunities and approaches.

The Making an Impact sessions involve tutorials, seminars, workshops and other activities with a strong interactive and practical element.  The sessions should help those participating to Make an Impact, whether that is by introducing them to a new tool or technique, raising their awareness of OR Society initiatives, helping to identify opportunities for collaboration or allowing them to help contribute to making the world a better place through OR.

These sessions are longer than a typical conference paper and are usually between one and one and a half hours in length, with the option to make use of the online environment to allow use of specific software tools or online resources.

Past sessions have included the System Dynamics Beer Game, a session on the History of OR over the past 75 years and a tutorial on how to use the R programming language to solve OR problems.

This year’s conference will be the conclusion of the 75th anniversary celebrations that started at OR65 and we hope to have a session or several sessions examining the Future of OR, so contributions relevant to this would be very welcome.

As usual we will be having a strong contribution from the Systems Thinking community with workshops highlighting techniques and approaches that can make systems interventions more effective and more likely to Make an Impact.

A regular feature is Miles Weaver’s Grand Challenge – an opportunity to identify how OR can be used to help solve real-world problems.

If you think that you can contribute to Making an Impact at OR65 by providing one or more of the kinds of activities described below, or indeed something we have not thought of, then we look forward to hearing from you.

  • Tutorials to introduce and demonstrate new tools or techniques
  • Seminars to allow discussion of important issues in OR such as the role of Data Science
  • Workshops to resolve problems and encourage new thinking
  • Systems sessions to highlight new approaches and build consensus
  • Networking sessions to bring together OR practitioners and academics
  • Help to identify sources of opportunities for funding and work



John Medhurst, Larrainzar Consulting Solutions