About 60 people from business, public administration, and universities came together on March 15, 1973. They were all interested in Operations Research (OR). The Finnish Operations Research Society (FORS) was founded as a result of that meeting. Presently we have close to 260 members.

FORS was founded to promote and advance OR in our country and to serve as a link between people interested in this field. This purpose is still valid today, over 30 years later. The main activities of the society are seminars, excursions, training courses, and conferences.

This year FORS organizes an anniversary conference to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The name of the conference is FORS50. More information is found here, and information will be updated as the planning progresses.

We use our INFORS blog to inform the members of future activities. Also firms can use our channels to give information on the latest developments in our field. We also keep a mailing list through which we try to transmit the latest news concering the society. We are on Facebook and LinkedIn

The international perspective has always been central in the activities of the society. We are a member in the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS) and the Association of European Operational Research Societies within IFORS (EURO).