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March 7, 2009 / or4green

Green OR and OM at Upcoming Conferences

Here are a few upcoming conferences with some green operations research and operations management content. Reports from anyone who attends any of these sessions will be most appreciated.

2009 INFORMS Conference on O.R. Practice
Held April 26-28, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona, the practice-oriented conference has some “green strategies” talks this year:

Reducing Carbon Emissions in Logistics: A Solution and Lessons Learned from a Pilot Study, Kaan Katircioglu, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. Note IBM was mentioned elsewhere on this site for work done in conjunction with the US Postal Service.

Building a Smarter Planet, Grace Y. Lin, IBM Global Business Services

Green Forum at Eroski: Optimizing Logistics Activities with Environmental Criteria, Javier Faulin, Public University of Navarre, Spain

Addressing Carbon Emissions through Operational Excellence and Supply Chain Coordination, Saif Benjaafar, University of Minnesota

POMS College of Sustainable Operations Mini-Conference
This is being held as part of the 2009 POMS (Production and Operations Management Society) annual meeting in Orlando, Florida on April 30, 2009. From the conference site:

The Mini-Conference will feature talks by Charles Corbett and Luk Van Wassenhove on emerging research areas including green supply chains and humanitarian logistics. There will also be an overview of current research and future directions in closed-loop supply chains by Gil Souza, as well as a summary of the scheduled presentations in the POMS 2009 Sustainable Operations Track by track co-chairs Atalay Atasu and Ravi Subramanian.

It has some other components, described on the site. The mini-conference is being set up by the POMS College of Sustainable Operations. Here is an excerpt from their mission statement:

The mission of the College of Sustainable Operations is to create a community of researchers, educators and practitioners sharing a common interest in the application of operations management principles and tools for improving environmental, social and economic sustainability.

No direct analogue in INFORMS; ENRE would be closest.

POMS 2009
Annual meeting of POMS, May 1-4, Orlando, FL (Disney World, in fact). Has a substantial track on Sustainable Operations and Closed Loop Supply Chains. See entry above.



  1. guzinb / Mar 9 2009 1:25 am

    Not necessarily an OR/OM conference, but this came to the IE Faculty list:

    “First International Congress on Sustainability Science and Engineering, sponsored by EPA, NSF, NIST, AICHE, ASME and the University of Kentucky.
    …Congress information containing details of 10 sessions can be found at:

  2. or4green / Mar 9 2009 1:59 pm

    Thanks Güzin for the tip – looks like the Congress originates from the chemical engineering community but has a strong interdisciplinary nature. From the site:

    The purpose of the Congress is to provide a common platform to practitioners of various physical and ecological sciences, engineering fields, economics, and social sciences for exchanging emerging ideas about ways and means of protecting the environment and its resource depletion so that humans can achieve sustained economic growth and societal benefits through generations. Products, processes and systems for sustainability are among the major focus of this conference.

    Not hard to imagine a green OR analyst finding something of interest here.

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