Annual Conference – The OR Society – 3-5 September 2019, University of Kent – with Systems Thinking stream

following the success of the systems thinking stream at last year’s OR conference (the largest ever stream in the history of the OR Society!), this year there is a full named stream, not capped as last year at three parallel sessions. Gerald Midgley is quite inspiring in his enthusiasm for this! Abstract submissions deadline is 31 May.

And Canterbury, with its beautiful cathedral, is a notable international draw.

Info on the systems thinking at bottom and this and other relevant streams in the link.



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OR61: Annual Conference

3-5 September 2019

University of Kent
Sibson Building, Park Wood Rd, Canterbury CT2 7FS


Now in its 61st year, the conference picks up momentum from the 2018 diamond anniversary which saw a record number of delegates in attendance. Whether you work as a practitioner or an academic, OR61 is the place to come and learn about how OR and analytics are transforming the workplace through delivering productivity improvements.

This must-attend conference also promotes debate and future thinking to focus the OR profession on how it needs to evolve to deliver benefits to business, the economy and wider society. OR61 is co-chaired by Professor Said Salhi and Dr Kathy Kotiadis from the University of Kent and will feature three prominent plenary speakers:

  • Professor Erhan Erkut, Vice Rector, MEF University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Professor Grazia Speranza, IFORS President and former EURO president. Professor of OR, University of Brescia, Italy
  • Professor Panos Pardalos, Distinguished Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Florida, USA

The University of Kent is one of the country’s leading academic institutions producing world-class research, rated internationally excellent and leading the way in many fields of study. It is a forward-thinking research institution, committed to the transformative power of education and research and to the development and support of our students and staff.



Systems Thinking stream

Many OR and Systems practitioners share a common interest in systemic intervention to address highly complex organizational, social and environmental problems. This stream provides a fantastic opportunity to bring people from both the OR and Systems communities together to learn from one another, so both can be enriched. We welcome the widest possible diversity of practitioners and academics, whichever tradition of systems thinking or systemic OR you come from. We encourage the submission of abstracts discussing applications of systems thinking; methodological innovations; theoretical contributions; thoughts on the diversity, impacts and ethics of systemic OR practice; and reflections on the past, present and future of the relationship between Systems Thinking and OR.


Gerald Midgley  –
Giles Hindle  –
Angela Espinosa   –