38th International Symposium on Military Operational Research (38 ISMOR)

20 – 21 July 2021 | Online 

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ISMOR is an annual international symposium sponsored by the UK Ministry of Defence. Following the necessary cancellation of last year, ISMOR will return for 2021 with an online opportunity to spend two days exploring the application of analysis to practical issues in defence and security with a wide range of colleagues from across the world.

  • Network with defence professionals from across the globe
  • Discover the latest defence analysis techniques and approaches
  • Present your work to a respected audience

As well as inspiring experienced practitioners with new approaches and providing informal testing of ideas, ISMOR offers excellent development for early career analysts. Themes for 2021 will include:

OR under lockdown: the impact of Covid-19. An opportunity to discuss both the OR provided to support the rapid decision-making that’s been necessary in the Defence and Security sectors in reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the adapted approaches to plan, undertake, deliver and exploit OR whilst working under such changed conditions.

OR support to Military Operations. Providing analytical capability to support operational decision-makers in making evidence-based decisions to plan and conduct military and security operations.

Emerging technology and OR. An opportunity to discuss both analysis to improve the representation of new and emerging technology in OR studies to support decisions about future capabilities; and the impact and opportunities of emerging and accelerating technology such as machine learning and artificial intelligence on the OR toolset.

OR in the Sub-threshold/Grey-zone. Applying the OR discipline to activities below the threshold of conventional combat, as the grey-zone becomes an increasingly important consideration for defence and security decision-makers.

Submit your abstract NOW for a presentation or poster on any aspect of the application of analysis to defence and security, particularly those relating to these symposium themes.

Who should come to ISMOR?

  • Customers, practitioners and researchers from
    • Government departments
    • The Armed Forces
    • Industry
    • Academia

To submit your abstract, please email it to [email protected]

Registration is through the OR Society online registration facility. This year’s online format means a revised pricing structure, but the team have worked to ensure that the cost to delegates is kept to a minimum.

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We look forward to welcoming you to 38 ISMOR.

Jeremy Smith
Symposium Chair

Keith Goodman
Programme Chair



Here are five good reasons why you should attend:

  • Analysis of real-world defence and security problems explored in engaging presentations
  • Multiple masterclasses and workshops from leading experts
  • A dynamic poster session
  • The chance to present your work in front of a respected audience
  • A unique opportunity to network with global defence professionals.


Ticket type Price
Member £100 +VAT
Non-member £140 +VAT

Sponsored by: Sirius Analysis



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As well as inspiring experienced practitioners with new approaches and providing informal testing of ideas, ISMOR offers excellent development for early career analysts.

ISMOR is being managed by The OR Society with the Defence Special Interest Group of the society playing a key role.