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

On-line Event – During the Week of 19th – 23rd July 2021

ISMOR is an annual international symposium sponsored by the UK Ministry of Defence which offers a unique opportunity to spend quality time exploring the application of analysis to practical issues in defence and security with a wide range of colleagues from across the world.

The current Coronavirus situation caused ISMOR 37 to be cancelled in 2020. However, we will hold an interim ISMOR38 event in 2021.

Our intent is to have an on-line symposium for 2021 to continue the ISMOR tradition whilst aiming for a full return to a residential event in 2022. 

We intend to run this over 2 days during the week of 19-23 July. The intended format will aimed at providing a shortened event which provides some of the essential ISMOR elements:

  • Discovering the latest defence analysis methods and techniques through
    • Presentations about analysis applied to real-world defence and security problems
    • Opportunities to discuss and question defence professionals and leading experts from across the globe
    • Other Interactive sessions
  • Presentation of your work to a respected international professional audience

As well as inspiring experienced practitioners with new approaches and providing informal testing of ideas, ISMOR offers an excellent development opportunity for early career analysts and we anticipate a large number of on-line attendees.

In January, we will announce the format and dates in more detail, the charges for the event, the themes for 2021, and we will open the call for abstracts and registration.

Meanwhile, please keep the week of 19-23 July free and start thinking about what you want to present! 

We look forward to welcoming you – virtually! - to 38 ISMOR.

Jeremy Smith - Symposium Chair

Keith Goodman - Programme Chair

FInd out more on the ISMOR website



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.

ISMOR is delivered in partnership with:


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.