The International Symposium on Military Operational Research



Welcome to ISMOR

ISMOR, the world's foremost international conference on defence 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.

ISMOR is officially endorsed and sponsored by the UK Ministry of Defence.  Strong support is also provided by the Defence Special Interest Group of the OR Society in the UK and by the Military Operations Research Society in the US.

Each year, at the Symposium Dinner, a distinguished guest speaker delivers the Ronnie Shephard Memorial Address.

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.

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The 35th International Symposium on Military Operational Research

will be held from

17th to 20th July 2018


Royal Holloway, University of London

Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom

35 ISMOR is now open for booking and submission of abstracts.  For full details please see the announcement and call for papers.

Papers and posters are sought on all aspects of applying analysis to defence and security issues.  Particular themes for 2018 are:

  • Making every penny count – covering issues of affordability and value-for-money.
  • Modelling for military operations – what models are needed and how do we develop them?
  • Data Analytics – covering areas such as data science, ‘Big Data’ and advanced analytics.
  • Wargaming – how can we use wargaming to support decision making?

Online booking

Click the button to access the 35 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.


Key dates

31st March

Early-bird booking rates end


30th April

Deadline for submission of abstracts



Data protection  The ISMOR Foundation Ltd will retain contact details of attendees and those expressing an interest in ISMOR in order to allow us to inform them of future ISMORs.  A copy of the company's Data Protection Policy can be downloaded here.

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