The International Symposium on Military Operational Research



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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 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

The announcement and call for papers is now available for downloading and online booking is open.

Key date

30th Apr

Deadline for submission of abstracts

Online booking

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

This year, our online booking and payment system has been set up 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.


The 2017 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 and shed light on our most important issues.

This year we are particularly encouraging papers to support the overarching theme of Keeping Analysis Fit for Purpose, examining the conduct of high-impact analysis in a complex and resource-constrained world.  Please see the announcement and call for papers for more details, including specfic topics of particular interest.

The themed sessions will be complemented by further sessions addressing all aspects of defence and security, and 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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