Women in OR & Analytics Network

The Women in OR & Analytics Network is a newly-established network for female OR practitioners and academics.

The gender imbalance in OR and STEM in general still presents many challenges both for academics and practitioners.

Whilst there is a lot of literature about the low proportions of women in STEM careers, no work had specifically been undertaken on the UK OR profession until 2018 when The OR Society sponsored three MSc research projects on the theme of women in OR.

Key findings from the three projects concluded that The OR Society should establish a network for women at work in OR and analytics to build strong, encouraging connections.

We need you

We need your voice, your knowledge and your experience in this group. Help us to build a strong, self-supporting network and to set better conditions for the next cohort of young women launching into their careers in OR and analytics.

Committee details

Network Committee

Person Role

Katherine Kent

Maria Sofia Alul Secretary

Events Subcommittee

Person Role
Ruth Kaufman Chair
Beth Tinsley Member
Jana Ries Member
Sheema Noorain Member
Stephen Maher Member
Sumitra Sri Bhashyam Member

PR & Media Subcommittee

Person Role
Hugo Herrera Chair
Annunziata Esposito Amideo Member
Maria Sofia Alul Member
Seda Sucu Member

Mentoring Subcommittee

Nadia Papamichail Chair
Antuela Tako Member
Büsra Atamer Balkan Member
Kathy Kotiadis Member
Sonya Crowe Member

Related Documents

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Joint WORAN and People Analytics SIG event on gender pay gap Sheema Noorain 08/06/2022 1.10  
Imposter Syndrome: WORAN event slides Ruth Kaufman 25/02/2021 1.00  
Survive and Thrive: WORAN July Event Slides Frances O'Brien 16/07/2020 1.00  

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WORAN Land Lecture, with Professor Carole Mundell  

Date: 11 October 2022, 16.00 - 18.00

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Please hold the date for this, the most important event in the WORAN year. Our Annual Networking Event was first held in 2019 in our last physical meeting before the pandemic. It has now been renamed the WORAN Land Lecture, in honour of Professor Ailsa Land, pioneer of branch-and-bound and computational OR, role model and mentor. The date is Ada Lovelace Day, a day founded to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM.

We are delighted to welcome as our guest Professor Carole Mundell.  Carole was the UK’s first ever Chief International Science Envoy, and the first female Chief Scientific Adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; was named FDM ‘Everywoman in Technology Woman of the Year’ in 2016; and has been active in campaigning and whistleblowing about sexual harassment in higher education. She is currently Professor of Extra-Galactic Astronomy and founding Head of Astrophysics at the University of Bath, and President of the Science Council, the grouping of scientific learned societies of which the ORS is a member.   The event will take the form of a ‘fireside chat’. Prof Sally Brailsford will be exploring Carole’s views and experiences on issues such as forging a career in a male-dominated discipline, the contrast in culture and working conditions between academia, government and elsewhere, and how we respond to bullying, harassment or discrimination in the workplace; and encouraging the audience to do likewise.

The discussion will be followed by break-out groups to follow up on the themes raised, and enable further networking.

In the interests of maximising inclusion and accessibility, we will be holding this event online.

Book your place here

WORAN meetings aim to make women visible as role models and contributors to OR, to explore issues affecting women, to help build and consolidate professional interaction and networking, to make sure that women’s voices are heard, and to be an enjoyable opportunity to ‘get out and about’. These goals and issues are relevant to the whole community, not just to women, so the meetings are open to everybody.

To keep up-to-date with WORAN developments and be sure of receiving our emails, please register as a member, on bit.ly/WORAN.



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