New to OR 2019

Less than Ten Years in OR? Here’s your custom-made conference.

‘New to OR’ is a biennial conference purposely designed to relate not to age, but to experience – your experience! This is the conference for academics and practitioners whose careers in operational research span 10 years or fewer.

Here are five good reasons why delegates attended to present a paper or run a stream:

  • Streams included Analytics, AI, Big Data, Sustainability in OR and a range of more conventional hard OR and soft OR methods. Application-oriented presentations and case studies in areas such as health and defence are also welcomed.
  • Promote their skills and organisation – give a case study presentation. Discuss recent projects with those who use OR techniques in practice.
  • Expand their OR toolkit – learn new techniques for career development.
  • Improve their OR network – meet like-minded professionals in a perfect environment.
  • To be inspired – make links between techniques and applications and apply them to their everyday work!


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Conference highlights

Speed networking

Coming on your own? No worries; this session at the start of the first day will break the ice and help you get to know other delegates. A great way to increase your contacts and get chatting with your peers. Don’t miss it.  

Four excellent plenary speakers

  • Nira Chamberlain – The Power of Mathematical Modelling
  • Paul Harper – OR Saves Lives
  • Tony O’Connor – Making A Difference – OR in Government
  • Frances Sneddon – The digital transformation of OR

Elsie Cropper Award

Enter your paper for the Elsie Cropper shield for Best Paper!

Great Presentations

There is a variety of streams which include Analytics, AI and Big Data, Consultancy, Metaheuristics through to Sustainable Development, to name just a few.

Join our exciting Workshops

  • Extreme Programming Game
  • Education in OR
  • Ensure Success with a SIMUL8 project.

Careers Panel

This session brings together elite members of the OR community who can help you get further in your career.  Bring some your questions and don't hold back - grasp this chance to meet the people who can answer them!

Download the full programme

New to OR 2019 Schedule

Key dates and other important information

Streams at New to OR

Browse the range of streams at New to OR

Read about streams

Elsie Cropper Shield at New to OR

The shield is awarded for the best paper at the New to OR conference in memory of Elsie Cropper, a senior member of the Operational Research Executive of British Coal, who had always been a strong supporter of young and trainee OR staff, especially in their further development.

Find out more

Meet our main speakers

Get to know the names, faces and expertise of our rosta of speakers at New to OR

Meet our main speakers

Sponsors and Exhibitors

The OR Society gratefully acknowledges the support of these sponsors and exhibitors:

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Organising Committee

New to OR 2019 would not exist without the work of these hardworking people

Organising Committee


Based on Aston University campus close to Aston Business School, Conference Aston is situated in Birmingham City Centre. The campus is easily accessible by road, has three car parks and is just a ten-minute walk from Birmingham's three main railway stations, New Street (Grand Central), Snow Hill and Moor Street. All travel information and an interactive walking map is available on the Conference Aston website.

As well as a purpose-built conference facility, the venue provides four-star quality bedroom accommodation and a sports centre including a swimming pool, gym and squash courts.

View of the lake at Aston University