Presidents Letter

Dear INFORMS Members,

Thank you for being part of another exciting and successful year for INFORMS!

As a result of your creative energy and active involvement, the fields of operations research, management sciences and analytics continue to prosper and grow. The innovative research published in our journals is being utilized and cited all over the world - the number of INFORMS article downloads is now about 2 million annually! Our conferences continue to grow - for example, more than 5,800 attended the annual meeting in Houston. The demand for INFORMS’ professional development programs continues to expand. Our membership numbers continue to thrive, with the total number of members approaching 12,000 in 2017. An exciting upcoming development is that we are planning our first Policy Day for key decision makers in Washington in 2018.

All these INFORMS successes would be impossible without you. So on behalf of the entire INFORMS leadership team, thank you – for your work and dedication to our profession, and for your continued membership and support of INFORMS. 

For most members now is the time to renew your INFORMS 12-month membership. Your current membership will expire soon; renew today to ensure continuation of the valuable and unique resources and networking opportunities that only INFORMS provides, including:

  • INFORMS Communities: Choose from over 100 communities, including Societies, Sections, and local and student chapters providing multiple options for networking with your peers and enhancing your visibility.
  • Meetings and Conferences: Members-only savings on renowned topical, regional, national, and international meetings, conferences, and workshops where you can present, learn, and network.
  • INFORMS Connect: Access to our members-only online community that helps spur connection, discussion, and sharing.
  • INFORMS Career Center and Job Board: Access hundreds of fresh O.R. and analytics jobs and career resources combined with state of the art functionality to help you plan your next career move or find the right professional for your organization
  • Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®): Distinguish yourself and create greater opportunities to enrich your career by becoming certified.
  • Professional Education courses: Members-only savings on training courses that provide high quality instruction in key topics to help advance your career potential.
  • INFORMS Publications: Members-only discounts of up to 60% or more.
  • PubsOnLine Suite: Subscribe to all 16 INFORMS electronic journals at the reduced price of $109 per year for regular members and $55 for retired and student members.
  • Member Publications: Access the highly popular member magazine, OR/MS Today, and industry magazine Analytics.
  • Free Educational Materials:  Enrich your O.R. classroom or library with valuable resources including print, electronic, audio, video, and multimedia materials.

INFORMS looks forward to serving the needs of all its members.

We have attractive and diverse meeting locations in 2018. In April, be sure to attend the 2018 Analytics Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. In June, join the international O.R./Analytics community as we gather at the 2018 International Conference in Taipei, Taiwan. In November, we will bring our O.R. and analytics skills to the 2018 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. We also have many subdivisions offering conferences through 2018. Many local chapters will organize numerous interesting events during the year.

Your membership helps support these key activities, along with the many other programs and services that continue to help our members and the profession grow and thrive. Thank you for being part of INFORMS, and please renew your INFORMS membership today. It’s going to be a great year for INFORMS, and it will be even better with you.

Incidentally, did you know that it is now possible to renew for up to three years of membership at today’s rate? Save yourself time and money, and renew now through 2020. You can select the option to pay for multiple years. 


Nicholas Hall
  Nicholas G. Hall
The Ohio State University
24th President of INFORMS (2018)

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