Blackett Lecture 2021


The 2021 Blackett Lecture has concluded

The 2021 Blackett Memorial Lecture took place on 11 November 2021.

This prestigious annual event provides a forum for leading industry figures to bring to your attention current affairs in the areas of analytics, data science and artificial intelligence.

Awards at the Blackett Lecture

The event provided an appropriate context for celebrating excellence within the fields of operational research, and OR Society President Edmund Burke announced the winners of many of our most prestigious awards. 

Full citations can be found on our Awards pages.

Available to view: previous Blackett Lectures

Our 2021 Blackett Lecturer, Professor Anthony Finkelstein, spoke on the topic 'A Systems View of National Security'. You can view his talk, and other previous Blackett Lectures, here:

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What is the Blackett Lecture?

Our annual lecture provides a forum for leading industry figures to bring to your attention current affairs in the areas of analytics, data science and artificial intelligence.

The lecture is named in memory of Patrick Blackett, a physicist, Nobel Prize winner and one-time president of the Royal Society. Blackett was one of the pioneers of operational research (OR) during the Second World War, when he advocated the employment of scientists to advise on matters of strategy and tactics.

Find out more about Patrick Blackett in our animated video.

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