FORS50: Main info

Dear colleagues, 

We invite you to participate in the FORS50 Conference on Operations Research (OR), which will be held on September 23-24 at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, in honor of the Finnish Operations Research Society’s 50-year anniversary. The conference will feature invited keynote talks and contributed talks in parallel sessions, providing a platform for researchers, practitioners, and students to share their ideas and contributions on the latest developments in OR. 

The event will cover a range of topics, including, but not limited to: 

  • Humans in OR: How do people and organizations use operations research to improve decision-making? How can we incorporate human factors into OR models and methods to better reflect real-world complexities? 
  • How OR has changed the world: What are some recent applications of OR in industry, government, and society? How has OR contributed to solving complex problems and making better decisions? 
  • The future of OR: What are some of the emerging trends and challenges in operations research? How can we innovate and adapt to meet the evolving needs of stakeholders, decision makers, and society at large? 

We welcome submissions of contributed talks on these and related topics. Submissions should include an abstract of no more than 300 words, title of talk, and a list of authors and their affiliations. Accepted talks will be allocated to appropriate parallel sessions. The abstract will be made available in a collection of abstracts after the event. 

In addition, we have invited keynote talks from distinguished researchers and practitioners from the field of OR. More details will be made available eventually.

We look forward to your participation in the FORS50 Conference on Operations Research and to celebrating the Finnish Operations Research Society’s 50-year anniversary together!


The board of the Finnish Operations Research Society 

PS. Stay tuned for the updates regarding the opening of the abstaract submission and the opening of the registeration for the conference.

Keynote speakers giving talk at FORS50

  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Sendhoff
    • Global Network Honda Research Institutes
  • Prof. Dr. Anders Forsgren 
    • KTH Royal Institute of Technology 
  • Dr. Jukka Ruusunen 
    • Fingrid
  • Prof. Dr. Emeritus Jyrki Wallenius 
    • Aalto University School of Business 

Important dates and key info

Time: September 23-24, 2023

Location: Faculty of Information Technology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Venue: Agora building, Mattilanniemi 2. 

Registration fee: 160 euros (includes lunch and coffee on both days, and the anniversary banquet) 

Important dates: 

  • Abstract submission closes: 12th of May 2023 
  • Abstract acceptance notification: 17th of May 2023 
  • Registration to the event closes: 28th of June 2023

For further inquiries, contact

Useful resources for participants 

We have reserved rooms in hotel Alba, which is located under 50 meters (by foot) from the conference venue. When making a reservation, you can give the campaign code FORS50 to be able to reserve rooms for reduced prices. To be eligible for the campaign prices, the reservation must be made one month prior to the stay at the hotel. The prices are the following: 

  • single room standard, 100.00 euros a night 
  • single economy, 95.0 euros a night 
  • single superior, 111.00 euros a night 
  • single suite with sauna, 153,00 euros a night 
  • double room standard, 122.00 euros a night 
  • double suite with sauna, 173.00 euros a night 
Aerial picture of the Mattilanniemi campus in Jyväskylä