The International Symposium on
Military Operational Research




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.

ISMOR is now managed by the Operational Research Society, with the Society's Defence Special Interest Group 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.

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The 37th International Symposium on Military Operational Research

21st to 24th July 2020

Royal Holloway, University of London

Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX
United Kingdom

It is with great regret that we have taken the difficult decision to cancel 37 ISMOR.

The current Coronavirus situation and the uncertainty which we all face over the next few months would undoubtedly have impacted the planning and preparation for both the ISMOR committee and delegates. The ability of potential delegates to commit to attending during the current uncertainties coupled with the risk of late cancellation were considered too great.

Hopefully making an early decision means any inconvenience is minimised. Anyone that has already booked a place for 37 ISMOR will receive a full refund.

We look forward to seeing you when ISMOR returns in the summer of 2021. The provisional date for 38 ISMOR is 20-23 July 2021

Meanwhile, we at ISMOR and the OR Society are considering what opportunities there may be to keep in touch with Military OR studies and colleagues over the next year.

Jeremy Smith         
Symposium Chair 

Keith Goodman
Programme Chair  


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