The International Symposium on
Military Operational Research




36 ISMOR : Latest information

Joining instructions for 36 ISMOR were emailed (by Royal Holloway) to all participants on Friday 12th July.  If you are attending the Symposium and have not received your copy, please contact

Keynote speakers announced!

The opening keynote address will be delivered by Air Marshal Richard Knighton, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Military Capability), UK MoD.

Dr Simon Goerger, incoming President of the Military Operations Research Society (MORS), will give the Ronnie Shephard Memorial Address at the Symposium Dinner.


There is still space for a few more posters – submit your abstract now via


The Big Debate

This year's topic for the Big Debate will be: Is the Customer always right?  How much evidence is enough?  Who should set the question?

Deadline for conference registration

The latest date for registration is 15th July.

Further information

For further information on the schedule, themes and workshops, please see this update.

Welcome to ISMOR

ISMOR, the world's foremost international conference on defence and security operational research, was founded in 1984 by the late Professor Ronnie Shephard, who at that time held the chair of operational research (OR) at the UK's Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham.   It has been held annually ever since.

With effect from the 2019 Symposium, ISMOR is being managed by the Operational Research Society, with the Defence Special Interest Group of the Society playing a key role.

ISMOR is officially endorsed and sponsored by the UK Ministry of Defence and strong support is also provided by the Military Operations Research Society in the US.

Papers and presentations from earlier symposia are available online.

The ISMOR website also hosts other online resources likely to be of interest to the defence and security analysis community.

Contact us

If you would like to know more about ISMOR, then please e-mail us at

Outline conference programme

Tue 23rd


Welcome, keynote address and papers

Wed 24th


Papers, lunchtime poster session, workshops (afternoon)

Thu 25th


The Big Debate and papers

Fri 26th


Papers and close



The 36th International Symposium on Military Operational Research

will be held from

23rd to 26th July 2019


Royal Holloway, University of London

Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX
United Kingdom

Themes for 2019 include:

  • Expanding OR - hard situations requiring soft analysis (such as the Grey Zone).  Taking uncertainty to a new level – and providing insights to tackle it.
  • Efficiency and value for money.  How can we help decision makers do more with less?
  • Modelling and Simulation for military operations.  What models do we need and how do we develop and use them?

For full details, please see the announcement and call for papers.

Guidelines for authors

Guidelines, including key dates, for those presenting papers and posters at 36 ISMOR can be found here.

The deadline for submission of abstracts for new papers has now passed, but abstracts for posters can still be accepted via

Book online

Click the button to access the 36 ISMOR online booking system.


Our online booking and payment system is run by Royal Holloway's Conference Office, who will deal with all booking and payment enquiries; their email address is

To help you choose among the options available, you might like to download this summary of options and associated charges.


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