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Venue: Royal Hollway Univerdity of London
Speaker: Various
Date: Tuesday, 17 July 2018 at 09:00 - 20 July 2018 - 13:00

35th International Symposium on Military Operational Research (35 ISMOR) 

ISMOR is an annual international symposium sponsored by the UK Ministry of Defence and strongly supported by the Defence Special Interest Group of the UK OR Society.  ISMOR offers a unique opportunity to spend four days exploring the application of analysis to practical issues in defence and security with a wide range of colleagues from across the world. 

  • · Network with defence professionals from across the globe
  • · Discover the latest defence analysis techniques through 

o Presentations about analysis applied to real-world defence and security problems 

o Multiple masterclasses and workshops from leading experts 

o A dynamic poster session! Present your work in front of a respected audience 

As well as inspiring experienced practitioners with new approaches and providing informal testing of ideas, ISMOR offers excellent development for early career analysts. 

Themes for 2018 will include: 

‘Making every penny count’ – covering issues of affordability and value-for-money 

‘Modelling for military operations’ – what models are needed and how do we develop them? 

‘Data Analytics’ – covering areas such as data science, ‘Big Data’ and advanced analytics 

‘Wargaming’ – how can we use wargaming to support decision making? 

Submit you abstract NOW for a paper or poster on any aspect of the application of analysis to defence and security, particularly those relating to the symposium themes.

Who should come to 35 ISMOR? 

 Customers, practitioners and researchers from :

  • · Government departments
  • · The Armed Forces
  • · Industry
  • · Academia 

To book your place and submit your abstract, please use the online registration facility at A range of pricing options including daily rates are available and have been held at 2015 levels with discounts available for early career analysts. 

Key Dates 

End March 2018 Deadline for early bird reduced rate. Book now to secure your place at the reduced rate. 

End April 2018 Deadline for abstracts. 

For help with your registration, contact the Royal Holloway conference office at [email protected].

Please bring this notice to the attention of any colleagues who might be interested in attending

Reclaiming MCDA for Operational Analysis

Venue: The Hub, 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol
Speaker: representatives from Dstl and Atkins
Date: Wednesday, 21 February 2018 at 14:00

The meeting will consider two perspectives of decision making within the MoD:           

  • Atkins will provide an industry view and case studies on the use of MCDA, dashboards and scorecards to support Decision making within the defence community, specifically in the context of cross DLoD (Defence Lines of Development) analysis

  • Dstl will provide a perspective on how MCDA and the structured approach it utilises have been adapted to support a broad range of problems, both for internal programme design, and to address wider defence and government requirements

The presentations will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting of the Defence Special Interest Group 

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A period where the topics raised can be explored in more depth, with an opportunity to continue discussions and networking over tea and biscuits. 

The event is free, but it is essential that you register to attend to ensure admittance.

Please arrive allowing plenty of time to book in and remember to bring some form of Photo ID with you.

To register, or to get further details of the meeting and/or the venue, please contact:

Stuart Nicholas, Tel 07920 802 740, Email: [email protected]
Noel Corrigan, Tel 0330 046 4968, Email: [email protected]

Directions to the Venue


Bristol Parkway - 3 miles.


From Bristol Parkway to Aztec West the Wessex Station Shuttle (service 3b) operates every 30 minutes during peak times, departing from Bus Stop A and then stopping directly outside The Hub. 

 Car parking

The Hub is a low carbon building and visitors are asked to use sustainable means of transport wherever possible.  Parking at The Hub is for Hub permit holders only and all spaces are pre-booked. Visitor parking must be booked in advance. Offsite parking is available in the public car parks at the nearby Aztec or Hilton Hotels.

 Local taxi services

Stean Cars - +44 7836 59953

Euro Taxi - +44 1454 32010



Venue: Kings College London
Speaker: Various
Date: Tuesday, 05 September 2017 TBC - 07 September 2017 

Connections UK is an annual conference that brings together multi-national professionals to ‘advance, and sustain, the art, science and application of wargaming.’ The event is organised by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the Defence Academy and King’s College London. The event is strongly supported by the Defence SIG.

Within UK Defence, wargaming is undergoing a major resurgence as exemplified this year by the UK MOD Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS) launching a wargaming initiative to “explore what would be required to reinvigorate our approach to wargaming with the aim of improving our decision making at all levels in Defence”.

Connections UK 2017 will focus on sharing wargaming best practice. It will explore how practitioners can continue to make effective use of wargaming techniques to deliver key benefits for business (public and private), security, emergency services and military organisations.

On day one, the attendees will have the opportunity to develop their wargame design skills and participate in a Megagame, whilst the main conference on days two and three will involve a mixture of plenary discussions and extensive hands-on experience.

This year’s conference will be covering topics such as ‘UK military Tri-Service and FCO wargaming’; ‘Updates on UK and US military wargaming initiatives’; ‘Current design ideas in hobby gaming’; ‘Wargaming in Education’; ‘Matrix gaming’; ‘Wargame design and analysis’, and ‘Simulating the intangible’. 

This is in addition to the keynote address and a Games Fair.

The cost of the main conference is only £135.

To find out more about Connections UK and the 2017 conference, including details on how to register, see:


Venue: Royal Holloway University, Egham
Speaker: Various
Date: Tuesday, 18 July 2017 at 08:30 - 21 July 2017 - 13:00

ISMOR is the annual symposium that fosters excellence in analysis and its application to defence and security. The event is strongly supported by the Defence SIG, sponsored by the UK MOD, and backed by US Military Operations Research.

We have an exciting provisional programme with thirty papers from nearly a dozen countries, all aimed at keeping analysis fit for purpose”.  The papers cover: Making every penny count; Dealing with the complex contemporary operating environment; Harnessing advances in technology for the benefit of analysis; As well as more general papers.

Wednesday will be dedicated to workshops, a poster session and tutorials covering a diverse range of techniques, professional practice and case studies visualisation, training for analysts, handling implicit and explicit assumptions, engaging with decision makers, and how much evidence-is enough?

We are pleased to announce that the keynote address will be given by Dr Dai Morris, the UK MOD’s Head of Capability and Complex Weapons Senior Responsible Officer, Weapons, Evaluations and Capability Assurance.

We are further pleased to announce that the Ronnie Shepherd memorial address will be delivered by Tony O’Connor CBE, Chief Analyst: Ministry of Defence.

For further details on the venue, the programme, and the pricing packages (including early career and academic rates) contact:

Email: [email protected]


Trends and opportunities in simulation for Defence

Venue: Cranfield University, Shrivenham
Speaker: Various
Date: Wednesday, 16 November 2016 at 10:00 - 16:00

Joint meeting of the

Defence and Simulation Special Interest Groups

This joint session between the UK Operational Research Society Defence Special Interest Group and Simulation Special Interest Group will review current trends and challenges in Defence Simulation, and discuss the impact of the rapidly emerging areas of hybrid simulation and (big) simulation analytics.  Presentations in these areas will be followed by a panel discussion which will capture near and far term trends and challenges.  This is a great opportunity to find out what’s going on in these areas and to join and exciting debate.

The day will run as follows:

10.00      Registration and coffee

10.30      Welcome and intros

10.40      Hybrid simulation: sliced bread, or toast?; Prof Sally Brailsford, Southampton

11.10      Trends and challenges in defence simulation; Matt Moore, NSC

11.40      Coffee

11.50      Big simulation analytics; Dr Simon Taylor, Brunel

12.20      Tour of the Cranfield Sim Lab       (Depending on numbers, may be split with a visit to the Defence Capability Centre)

13.00      Lunch

13.30      Simulation for training warfare in the information age; Jon Lloyd, Dstl

14.00      Designing complex systems by combining simulation with optimisation; Juergen Branke, Warwick

14.30      Panel session

15.15      Tour of DCC/Sim Lab

16.00      Depart

The panel will consist of the five presenters, plus Martin Kunc from Warwick, Anastasia Anagnostou from Brunel and Alan Robinson from Dstl.

Lunch and Refreshments will be available.

The meeting is free, but spaces are strictly limited: if you would like to attend please register as soon as possible and no later than 11th November. Note that Photo ID will be required for entry to the Shrivenham Campus. To register, please contact [email protected]


Venue: Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham
Date: Tuesday, 26 July 2016 at 09:00 - 29 July 2016 

The 33rd International Symposium on Military Operational Research 26th to 29th July 2016

Royal Holloway, University of London

ISMOR is the world's foremost international conference on defence operational research.  ISMOR is officially endorsed by the UK Ministry of Defence, and strongly supported by the Defence Special Interest Group of the OR Society.

ISMOR fosters excellence in analysis and its application to defence and security through providing a forum for staff in government departments and agencies, international organisations, academia and industry.  Participants from all nations are welcome; recent symposia have included delegates from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Korea, Norway, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and USA.

The symposium will begin on Tuesday 26th July and will end after lunch on Friday 29th July.

The Symposium starts on Tuesday morning with a keynote address by a senior member of the defence scientific community.  The rest of Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning consist of sessions with papers delivered in Plenary.  Wednesday has workshops, a dedicated poster session, and tutorials covering techniques, professional practice and case studies. 

There is an excellent programme of practice-based papers, workshops, tutorials and posters offering value to all, whether experienced practitioners, those in the early stages of their careers or users of analysis.  ISMOR is an excellent opportunity to keep up to date, find new approaches to problems, seek informal peer review, and engage across the national and international community.

Delegates may choose to attend the whole symposium, or to attend on specific days.  The cost of attendance will be £1145.  This fully inclusive fee covers the symposium, accommodation and all meals including the Symposium Dinner.

Early career analysts (under 30 years of age and in the first 3 years of an analysis career), undergraduate and postgraduate students, and postdocs will be able to attend the full event for a heavily discounted price of just £600 including all meals and accommodation, or just £100 for an individual day without accommodation.

There is a full programme of social activities, including a BBQ, informal evening presentations in the bar and the conference dinner. Full programme details will be available on line.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN and places are available so book online now at