IFORS 2017 brings 1,600 operational research specialists to Québec City

Events

From July 16 to 21, the Québec City Convention Centre is hosting a major event: the 21st Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS), which brings together 1,600 operational research specialists from over 65 countries. The theme of this conference held jointly with the 59th annual Conference of the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS-SCRO) is “OR/Analytics for a better world.”

This international conference should generate spinoffs estimated at over $4.5 million for Québec City, not including the outstanding visibility such an event brings the destination.

Québec City Ambassadors

IFORS brings together national research societies from over 45 countries and has been holding its conference every three years since 1957. The event we are hosting this week was confirmed in 2011 after an application was submitted in Melbourne, Australia, by professors Angel Ruiz and Irène Abi-Zeid, both from Université Laval’s Operations and Decision Systems Department, as well as Professor Bernard Gendron, from the Université de Montréal Computer Science and Operational Research Department. Professor Abi-Zeid is the chair of the event organizing committee.

Irène Abi-Zeid
Angel Ruiz

Program

Throughout the five-day conference, participants will attend talks by speakers from various universities, including Université Laval rector Sophie D’Amours, who will be presenting on Friday, July 21, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

In the afternoon of Wednesday, July 19, attendees will explore Québec City through a social program that includes such activities as a guided walking tour of the city, a tour of Côte-de-Beaupré, and a visit to Wendake. During their stay in Québec’s capital, they can also take part in the festivities surrounding the tall ships docked at Québec City’s Old Port as part of RDV 2017.

Click here for the full IFORS program (pdf).

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