Southern OR Group (SORG)


This regional society meets regularly to enable members to network with other operational researchers in their local area and to expand their knowledge of OR in breadth and depth.

We put on meetings, works visits and other events, which are generally free admission and open to all, giving members the freedom to invite clients and others outside OR who are interested in the subject.

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You can find the latest news of this group’s activities as well as dates and details of upcoming and past events. You can also join this group’s email distribution list and get in direct touch with the group’s organisers through the ‘get in touch’ form. Any documents, such as presentation slides and promotional leaflets, are available through the ‘related documents’ box below.

Committee details

Djamila Ouelhadj Chair
Alain Zemkoho Secretary
Tolga Bektas Treasurer
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WORAN's joint meeting with Southern OR Group: “Serendipity: Reflections on my weird career” and “WORAN in the time of COVID”

Join us on Thursday 24th June 2021, 3:30pm for the first ever joint meeting between a Regional Group and the Women in OR and Analytics Network

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About The Event

We are very delighted to welcome Professor Sally Brailsford and Ruth Kaufman to speak at the event. The presentations will be followed by Q&A session.

Speaker 1: Professor Sally Brailsford
Serendipity: Reflections on my weird career

The dictionary definition of serendipity is ‘the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way’. I never set out to have a career in OR: indeed, I had never even heard of OR until my late thirties. In this very personal talk, I shall reflect on the way that chance events have shaped my own career. I will discuss whether this phenomenon is more common for women than for men, whether it is perhaps less common today than for women of my generation, and how we can all (regardless of gender) try to spot serendipitous opportunities. I will describe the role of serendipity in some of the projects I have worked on over the years, and reflect on how my general life experience (including my experience as a mother of three children) has benefited my academic career.

Speaker 2: Ruth Kaufman
WORAN in the time of COVID

The Women in OR and Analytics Network was founded two-three years ago, in response to analysis that (i) showed significant under-representation of women at all senior levels in our community, and (ii) highlighted the value of networks, amongst other interventions, in addressing some of the challenges faced by women. Since then, of course, COVID-19 has changed almost everything about our working and home lives. In this talk, I will revisit some of the rationale for establishing WORAN, review what it has been doing over the last year or so, and consider what might happen next.

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