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May 16, 2008 / or4green

Green OR at Upcoming Conferences

This is the 50th anniversary conference of the UK-based OR society. It is being held in York, England from September 9 – 11, 2008. Plans include a plenary debate on sustainability and OR within the conference’s “Agriculture and Natural Resources” stream. That stream is being coordinated by Daniel Sandars and Lluis Pla, both mentioned elsewhere on this site in conjunction with EURO 2007. I have supplied some points to this debate effort. For more information, see the “operational research for the natural resource industriesblog.
Update: The program for or50 (pdf) has been posted.

The April 2008 issue of ORMS Today included a list of 21st century engineering challenges to which OR could contribute. The list included developing a self-sufficient sustainable energy program. (Some of the other entries were improving healthcare in developing countries and in the United States; developing effective counter-terrorism strategies; and using the Internet to improve education in emerging countries. See the article for the complete list.) The report the list is based on, authored by current and former INFORMS presidents, talks about how OR is well suited to handle the sustainable energy challenge, because of its experience with networks, and analysis of trade-offs, to put it briefly. The ORMS Today piece goes on to mention plans for sessions at the 2008 INFORMS meeting, focusing on these challenges.

Note, the following are among the possible subjects to classify one’s abstract submission to the conference: sustainable operations; environment, natural resources and energy; sustainable development; and green design/buildings. The INFORMS meeting will be in Washington, DC from October 12-15, 2008.

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