The International Symposium on Military Operational Research



The final programme and joining instructions for 33 ISMOR have now been sent to all registered participants.  If you have not received yours, please contact

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.

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The 33rd International Symposium on Military Operational Research

will be held from

26th to 29th July 2016


Royal Holloway, University of London

Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom

An updated announcement and call for papers (6th June) is now available.

Authors' guidelines for those preparing presentations, papers and posters are now available.

Deadline for receipt of final versions of presentations and papers: 11th July.  See authors' guidelines for details.

Online booking

Click the button to access the 33 ISMOR online booking system.

This year, we have increased the number of options that are directly selectable via the online system.  To help you choose, you might like to download this summary of options and associated charges.


The 2016 programme

Papers and posters are sought on all aspects of the application of analysis to defence and security.  We welcome practice-based papers that explore case studies, demonstrate new techniques, shed light on our most important issues or that bring a multi-disciplinary approach to solving today’s problems (complementing OR with disciplines such as management science, risk, economics and human sciences).

On the Wednesday there will be workshops, a dedicated poster session and tutorials covering techniques, professional practice and case studies.  Posters will be especially welcome from early-career analysts, who are able to attend the symposium at a specially reduced rate.


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