IFORS 2020 – First Announcement and Call for Papers

The Organizing and Program Committees for IFORS 2020 welcomes all operations researchers to attend the 22nd Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS).

The IFORS 2020 conference will highlight global developments in Operations Research and show how the tools of Operations Research are expanding their impact on society, health, science and industry. IFORS conferences, held only once every three years, provide a platform for experts from around the world to showcase the diverse potential of state-of-the-art Operations Research techniques and technologies. IFORS 2020 offers a unique opportunity to network with Operations Research analysts, industrial users of Operations Research, and academic and industry experts from all parts of the globe.

This is the first IFORS conference to be held in Asia since the 15th conference in China 20 years ago. It is thus an exciting opportunity to bring together Operations Researchers from the field in Asia, where it has experienced vigorous and rapid growth, with colleagues from all regions of the world.

The conference includes a Wednesday-afternoon social event where you can choose among a variety of tours, such as the Demilitarized Zone tour, where you can witness the history of Korea’s division, the Industrial Tour to Korea’s leading ICT companies, as well as other programs that will explore K-POP and Hallyu, K-Beauty and KCulture, and show you the most historic buildings and markets in the city.

The timing of the meeting in late June assures that it will be warm and sunny.

Four plenary speakers headline the scientific program:

  • Gang Yu, who is co-founder and CEO of 111, Inc and previously head of world-wide supply chain for Amazon, VP for worldwide procurement for Dell Inc and CEO of Yihaodian, a leading e-commerce company in China;
  • Robin Keller, Professor at UC Irvine and former editor-in-chief of the Journal Decision Analysis, her research spans the areas of multiple attribute decision making, fairness, perceived risk, and planning protections against terrorism, environmental, health, and safety risks;
  • Luk Van Wassenhove, Professor at INSEAD whose research focuses on business models and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, he co-edited several special issues on humanitarian operations for leading international journals; and
  • Maria Conceição Andrade Silva (EURO Plenary), Professor at Católica Porto Business School, Portugal, who is a world expert in Data Envelopment Analysis, and in the field of efficiency and productivity measurement, having applied it in many contexts, including bank branches, schools, retail outlets, water companies, general practice units, hospitals and courts.

The abstract submission system is available online, via

Abstract Submission Deadline – January 17, 2020
Abstracts Accepted/Rejected Deadline – January 31, 2020
Early-bird Registration Deadline – February 28, 2020
Speakers Registration Deadline – March 1, 2020

IFORS, and the IFORS Conference Organizing Committee and Program Committee are looking forward to greeting you in Seoul in 2020!