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The OR Society is hosting webinars each month, designed to help you to;

  • hear from a range of OR professionals on a wide variety of important topics,
  • continue your professional development,
  • network with the OR community from the comfort and convenience of your home or office.

Our webinars are for an hour and will feature expert speakers from a variety of OR fields, sharing their case studies, successes and learning outcomes, providing you with a wealth of unique knowledge, insight, and experience.

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We value our members greatly and wanted to make sure that these webinars were free for anyone registered with us. For those not yet a member, there will be a small attendance fee of £20. 

To access the webinar you will be sent a link to our events platform before the event.
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Anastasia Anagnostou

Agent-Based and Discrete-Event Microsimulation for Health Economic Evaluation
Anastasia Anagnostou of Brunel University London

24 November 2021 at 1pm

This month’s webinar will be hosted by Anastasia Anagnostou. In this presentation, she will address the ageing population, the modern lifestyle and the emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and how they have put a strain on healthcare services worldwide. She will consider the challenges of healthcare professionals and policy-makers and the difficult decisions they are now having to make and how health economic evaluation supports this process by measuring the cost and effectiveness of healthcare interventions.

This webinar will give an overview of modelling and simulation for health economic evaluation. Through three representative examples, you will learn about applying agent-based and discrete event microsimulation for health economic evaluation and you will gain an understanding in modelling clinical pathways, physical activity behaviour and the long-term effect of Covid-19. No prior knowledge is needed. Just join us for an introduction to microsimulation modelling in healthcare.



Learning outcome:

  • Learn how and when to use microsimulation for health economic evaluation
  • Learn about applying agent-based and discrete event microsimulation in healthcare
  • Gain understanding in modelling: -clinical pathways, -physical activity behaviour, and -the long-term effect of Covid-19.

Anastasia Anagnostou is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London and the co-lead of the Modelling and Simulation Group. Her research interests lie in the areas of Advanced Computing Infrastructures for Modelling and Simulation, Open Science for Simulation and Hybrid Distributed Simulation. She has been involved in several interdisciplinary research projects with stakeholders from industry and academia across manufacturing, healthcare, defence and food supply chains. She has also worked in Africa helping to develop digital infrastructures and collaborative services enabling open science. She is the principal investigator of the STAMINA project (grant number: 883441) where she leads the development of seven predictive models for pandemic crisis management and the health technology assessment of the STAMINA toolset. She is Program Chair of the 2025 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC). She was also Conference Co-Chair for the 10th OR Society Simulation Workshop (SW21), Chair of the 2018 WSC PhD Colloquium and organising committee member of several prestigious conferences in the area of Modelling & Simulation.


Anastasia Anagnostou

Empowering organisations to embrace United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a Post-Covid-19 Scotland
Ana Paula Fonseca of Edinburgh Napier University

15 December 2021 at 1pm

This months webinar will cover how the Scottish Government’s research project is informing SME’s on how to engage with the UN’s sustainable development goals. Fifteen SME’s both profit and non-profit collaborated with the Scottish Government’s research project which utilised action research as a methodological approach enabled the project to follow a recurring spiral of observing, planning, actions that supported the SME’s and allowed for owner-managers to tackle SDG’s. This in turn led to re-thinking the usage of the SDG’s Action Manager tool and producing a clear structure for SME’s.

SMEs need support from policymakers, academics, and government bodies to “build back better” from the Covid-19 pandemic. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, 2020) suggests that overcoming the social and economic issues caused by the pandemic is only possible when environmental responses, plans, and policies are given the importance they deserve.

Learning outcome:

  • Explore the meaning of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within a Scottish business context – learning about sustainable organisations. How the construction of knowledge intervenes.
  • Examine how the action research could be used to support participants to learn and implement the SDG Action Manager tool in their organisations. How and why the real context (SDGs in SMEs can be implemented).  

Dr Ana Paula Fonseca is a Lecturer in Strategy and Sustainability and Programme leader MBA Strategic Project Management at Edinburgh Napier University. Ana Paula is leading the Employability Skills Programme and co-investigator of the research project – Business for Good: Empowering SMEs to embrace de SDGs in a Post-COVID Scotland. Ana Paula worked in large organisations and small businesses, and also started two small enterprises in Brasilia and Porto Alegre, Brazil.


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