North Western OR Group (NWORG)

Operational Research within the Northern Powerhouse

The NWORG is your regional society – our aim is to provide a focus for operational researchers and to reach out to anyone interested in finding out about operational research here in the North West. The NWORG is run by OR Society members, encompassing both OR practitioners and academics alike, who share a passion for the practice and application of OR. We take our inspiration from the OR community in the region and put on a selection of events throughout the year to support OR activities: Our meetings provide opportunities to expand your network and engage with organisations utilising OR with impact.

NWORG meetings have covered a range of topical areas including pro bono OR, emergency planning, logistics, OR in government and a special joint meeting with the Simulation Special Interest Group (SIG). We have had site visits to Amazon's Manchester Facility and to Hartree at Daresbury Science Park.

Invited speakers to our meetings include OR experts from IBM, HMRC, The OR Society, Lancaster University, Manchester University, Liverpool University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Amazon Plc, Hartree, Sellafield Ltd and United Utilities. 

Our events are held across the North West to create more opportunities for people to get involved, with meetings held in Manchester, Liverpool and Warrington.

The NWORG is looking to expand the type of meetings held in the future, in addition to our topical meetings we are looking to include networking events, socials and company visits.

If you would like to be part of a vibrant organising team get in touch or speak to one of our NWORG Committee when you attend our meetings.

What do you want from the NWORG?

We work best with ideas from the OR community and we take our lead from you. Attending meetings shows fantastic support for the regional society. But what activities would you like the NWORG to put on? We welcome any contribution from topics for meetings, contributing or speaking at meetings or even getting on board with the NWORG committee itself – we are a diverse group that are looking to expand!

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Upcoming Events: 


Thursday 14th Dec 2023 (14:00-15:30) via Zoom 

We are pleased to invite you to the Annual General Meeting of the North West Operational Research Group, which will be held on Thursday, 14th December, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. 

Thank you for being a part of NWORG and we would like to see as many NWORG members as possible at the AGM when we can share some exciting plans for 2024.

After the formalities of the AGM we have a presentation entitled Turning Pages, Turning Minds and if there is time we will also have a short quiz to test your knowledge of operational research. So, we look forward to seeing you on Thursday December 14th at 2pm.

Turning Pages, Turning Minds

Join us for an enlightening talk as our speaker takes us on a journey through the pages of four transformative books that have significantly influenced their thinking over the past year.

In this session, you will:

  • Discover the power of reading to shape our perspectives and drive change.
  • Four books that are shaping world-views.
  • Explore the common themes and contrasting viewpoints across the books.
  • Understand how insights from reading influence and shape our thinking.

This talk is an exploration of ideas, a celebration of the written word, and a testament to the profound impact that books can have on our lives. It may even give you some ideas for your Christmas and Post Christmas reading.

To register, please follow the link below: 

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Committee Details

Tony Hines Chair
Alison Gaskill Secretary
Chris Kirkbride Regional Representative on General Council
Barry Daniels Committee
Debra Charnley Committee
Oliver Kayas Committee
Rebecca Wilson Committee

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