The International Symposium on Military Operational Research



An initial outline programme for 34 ISMOR is now available

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.

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 34th International Symposium on Military Operational Research

will be held from

18th to 21st July 2017


Royal Holloway, University of London

Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom

Papers and posters are sought on all aspects of applying analysis to defence and security.

Particularly encouraged are papers relevant to the overarching theme of Keeping Analysis Fit for Purpose.  Please see the announcement and call for papers for more details, including specfic topics of particular interest.

Online booking

Click the button to access the 34 ISMOR online booking system.

Our online booking and payment system is being 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 when booking opens, you might like to download this summary of options and associated charges.


2017 keynote speakers

This year's opening keynote address will be given by Dr Dai Morris, Head of Capability for Weapons, Evaluation and Capability Assurance within the UK Ministry of Defence.  Dai's biography can be found here.

The Ronnie Shephard Memorial Address, at the Symposium Dinner, will be given by Mr Tony O'Connor, Chief Analyst of the UK Ministry of Defence and Chair of the UK Government Operational Research Service.  Tony's biography can be found here.


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