2020 March Inside OR

This month, Ruth Kaufman looks back at a fantastic ten years of Pro Bono Operational Research, Nicola Morrill takes her post as Diversity and Inclusion Champion, Antuela Tako gives us a foretaste of what to expect at the Simulation Workshop (SW20) and Nigel Cummings looks at safety in commercial air travel - and more!

Leader: Diversity and Inclusion

This month our Diversity and Inclusion Champion, Nicola Morrill, lays out her vision for her time in post. Part of this involves you; please help us get a picture of D&I in The OR Society by answering the Diversity and Inclusion survey:

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Major funding for UK Mathematics

In a statement issued on 27 January 2020 by PM Boris Johnson, major funding of up to £300 million will be made available to more than double the current funding for the mathematical sciences, delivered by EPSRC, part of UKRI.

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Reflections on ten years of Pro Bono OR

Ruth Kaufman OBE FORS looks back at Pro Bono OR's genesis "in the margins of an OR Society conference stream" up to the great successes of the present day.

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A Flavour of SW20: the Simulation Workshop

As I am writing this article, registrations to the conference are looking very healthy and we look forward to seeing everyone at SW20 – but there are still places available! We have 31 contributed papers (including short papers), 15 posters, seven tutorials, a panel discussion and two high profile keynote speakers in the field of simulation.

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Food insecurity made better with Pro Bono OR

This issue highlights the application of Pro Bono OR expertise to problems associated with UK food poverty and some work done with Lancaster District Food Poverty Alliance Pro Bono OR was piloted by The OR Society in 2011 and fully instituted in 2013. The scheme has placed skills-based volunteers on many short term projects with third sector organisations across the UK.

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