We are moving close to the point where to conferenceÂ database will be polled for titles and authors to use in the invitational program.Â Â The call for papers remains up untilÂ at least the end of June.Â We currently have 14 submissions in our stream and a few that we know are in the pipe line. We probably represent around 7-10% of the conference activity at this stage.
Lluis Pla and myself are leading two plenary debates where we raise issues from agriculture and set them into a wider OR debate, each lasting around 90minutes.Â The deabtes will be transcribed by the OR society for publication in OR INSIGHT, the society’s magazine. The titles are:
1) Sustainability! Cometh the hour, cometh the Operational Researcher?
2) Strategic Applied OR: Wither Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, etc or wither not?
Within the setting of the conference we will also be holding meeting for EWG-ORAFM and for the UK Special Interest Group
Â Agriculture and natural resources stream
This is both a call for papers for a stream at OR50 (see attached) and an invitation to help relaunch this OR society special interest group.
An initiative is underway to rejuvenate interest in this topical area which also involves prominent Operational Research professionals Eric Audsley (Cranfield University) and Tahir Rehman (Reading University). In this endeavour we are strategically collaborating with Lluis PlÃ (University of Lleida), the coordinator of EWG-ORAFM (EURO working group on Operational Research in Agriculture and Forest Management)
Our scope aims to encapsulate the management of all of the biotic primary production industries (agriculture, forestry, fisheries, etc) and their underpinning natural resources (soils, water, ecosystems, etc), at policy, strategic and tactical levels. This definition includes the production of goods and [ecosystem] services as well as their related chains or webs of secondary industries and logistics. It is application orientated and not restricted to any particular method. Some of these methods will, of necessity, have been applied in a very innovative manner.Additionally, the governance and management of these industries place this area at the vanguard of operational research’s contribution to sustainability. We offer a platform for those working on such issues.
Papers can be accepted for presentation at any stage before the conference, but bear in mind these dates to obtain maximum impact and publicity.
As Soon As Possible submit a working title and authors
By 25th April submit a finalized title and authors for inclusion in the invitational programme
By 1st July submit a finalized 250 word abstract for the conference handbook
Abstracts are submitted via the OR society’s websiteÂ http://www.theorsociety.com
Attendence fees are discuounted to members of the Operational Research society and to the affiliated societies within EURO
In addition to meeting at OR50 a relaunch event is planned for February 2009. Send expressions of interest in this special interest group to Daniel Sandars, Cranfield University, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org