OR Early Career Researchers Event:


Forging successful collaborations with industry in the public and private sector

This online event will give you an insight into how to forge connections within industry with talks from industry experts. Our speakers are Miguel Anjos (Edinburgh) Kathy Kotiadis (Kent) and Arne Strauss (WHU). Between them they have a wealth of experience working within industry across the public and private sectors and will be providing valuable insights and practical advice from their collaboration experiences.

During the event, we will also be holding a panel session where audience members can ask the speakers their own questions. For this we will be joined by Matt Butchers, the Industrial Mathematics lead at the Knowledge Transfer Network and the Mathematics in Business lead at EPSRC. You will also have the chance to network with other attendees the Q&As and panel discussion.

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What to expect

This free online event will take place over two hours for a short but full schedule, designed to make the most of your valuable time.

2:00pm Arrival of participants online
2:05pm Quick welcome from Lucy Morgan (ECR Lead Organiser & Event Facilitator) 
2:15pm Talk: Miguel Anjos (University of Edinburgh)
2:30pm Q&A with speaker
2:35pm Talk: Kathy Kotiadis (University of Kent)
2:50pm Q&A with speaker
2:55pm Talk: Arne Strauss (WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management)
3:10pm Q&A with speaker
3:15pm Introduction to the Panel Session: Forging Successful collaborations with industry in the public and private sector.
Panel members:
  • Miguel Anjos (Edinburgh University)
  • Kathy Kotiadias (University of Kent)
  • Arne Strauss (WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management)
  • Matt Butchers (Knowledge Transfer Manager - KTN)
3:45pm Opportunity to network with other attendees
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Meet our speakers

We are delighted to announce our speakers, Miguel Anjos (Edinburgh) Kathy Kotiadis (Kent) and Arne Strauss (WHU). Between them they have a wealth of experience working with industry across the public and private sectors. During the event, we will also be holding a panel session where audience members can ask the speakers their own questions. For this we will be joined by Matt Butchers, the Industrial Mathematics lead at the Knowledge Transfer Network and the Mathematics in Business lead at EPSRC.  

Arne Strauss
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

Arne is a member of the ORS Research Committee and the EPSRC’s Strategic Advisory Team for the Mathematical Sciences. With a background in mathematics and operational research, Arne has worked mostly in the domain of demand management with applications in transport working with various organisations such as Lufthansa Systems, Ocado and Eurocontrol. Having obtained a PhD from Lancaster University, he held a positions at Warwick Business School before establishing the Chair of Demand Management & Sustainable Transport at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. He has received research funding from various sources such as the Alan Turing Institute, European Commission, EPSRC, Innovate UK and the Mercator Foundation.  

Kathy Kotiadis
University of Kent

Kathy Kotiadis is an Associate Professor in Management Science/Operational Research at the Kent Business School, University of Kent. She has a PhD in Operational Research and her main interests include developing methodologies to support the improvement of health systems and the development of the simulation methodology through problem structuring methods. She has vast experience of working with groups of stakeholders including for Kent Resilience and Eurostar She is an editor in Chief of the Health Systems journal, is currently serving as an Associate Dean for Graduate Studies (Research), is a committee member for WORAN and was the co-chair for OR61.  

Miguel Anjos
Edinburgh University

Miguel is the Chair of Operational Research at the School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh, and an Inria International Chair. He is also the Schöller Senior Fellow for 2020 at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. His accolades include the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, a Canada Research Chair, the NSERC-Hydro-Quebec-Schneider Electric Industrial Research Chair, the Meritas Teaching Award, a Humboldt Research Fellowship, the title of EUROPT Fellow, and IEEE Senior Membership. Miguel is interested in the theory, algorithms and applications of mathematical optimisation. He has had research collaborations with companies such as Expretio, Hydro-Quebec, National Grid, Rio Tinto, and Schneider Electric, and his research has been funded by organisations such as IVADO, Mitacs, and NSERC.  

ECR organising committee

Lucy Morgan

Lucy Morgan

ECR Lead Organiser
& Event Facilitator
   Carol McLaughlin

Carol McLaughlin

ECR Organiser

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