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One of the most important benefits of an INFORMS membership is the ability to network and collaborate with a community of your peers who are concerned with the same special interest areas as you.



INFORMS Communities

Opportunities to network with your professional peers.
Connect with people who share your interests. You can belong to any of the special-interest sections and societies, geographical chapters, and student chapters at a highly discounted rate. Students select one section or society for free. INFORMS Communities help you stay current, share experiences, and broaden your work-related and personal horizons.

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are the flagship of the INFORMS communities. INFORMS Societies are significantly larger than the sections, chapters, or fora, and focus on a common theme.

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are technical interest groups devoted to advancing the professional interests of members in specialized and technical aspects of our profession. Sections are smaller, focused bodies of INFORMS that offer you the chance to meet and work with other professionals.

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unite colleagues in particular geographical areas, offer the opportunity to gain immediate access to advances in the field, and establish a personal networking system. INFORMS has chartered over 120 chapters internationally.

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bring together colleagues with professional interests that are neither disciplinary nor geographic. Fora facilitate interaction among members with common interests and provide a medium for formal reporting of topics.

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All About INFORMS Communities

Members join Communities to:

  • Access specialized knowledge through Community newsletters, Listservs, discussion boards, and meetings
  • Learn about specific tools of the trade
  • Access sometimes hidden research opportunities
  • Receive discounts on registration rates for special interest conferences
  • Help shape INFORMS Annual and Regional Meetings through Community-sponsored and -presented tracks of learning
  • Receive discounts on selected journals
  • Compete for specialized prizes
  • Access sometimes hidden job opportunities
  • Volunteer for leadership opportunities
  • Make a positive contribution to the most salient part of the profession

INFORMS Communities make it happen

Community members are the grassroots of our organization. Volunteers at the community level often become leaders of INFORMS — the people who will shape our national policy, carry out new initiatives, and set goals for the future.

Your energy, talents, and knowledge are the key to our success.

INFORMS Community Prizes & Awards

View all the Prizes, Awards, and Scholarships sponsored by the INFORMS Societies, Sections, Chapters, and Fora.

Prizes & Awards by Community

INFORMS Communities recognize meritorious achievement in all areas of OR/MS. Access recent and historical information about all Community awards including award purpose, recent winners, eligibility, application deadlines, and more.

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Community Meetings & Conferences

Many INFORMS Communities, including societies and sections, hold their own meetings and conferences that feature the ability to focus on specialized technical areas or methodologies to keep you on the cutting edge.

Participate in Community Meetings

Access the full list of upcoming and past INFORMS Sections, Societies, and Chapter meetings. Be a part of these meetings by presenting, attending, or organizing.

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Upcoming Community Events

2018 INFORMS MSOM Conference

Sunday, Jul 1 – Tuesday, Jul 3
Dallas, (USA) Texas

2019 Advances in Decision Analysis

Wednesday, Jun 19 – Friday, Jun 21

2019 INFORMS Marketing Science Conference

Thursday, Jun 20 – Saturday, Jun 22
University of Roma Tre, Rome
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Community Resource Center

The Resource Center contains information to help subdivision officers, councils, and committees with their leadership responsibilities and effective communication. You can find important information about how to join or form a subdivision and learn about all the benefits of membership.

Would you like to set up a chapter in your area? All the resources you need are listed here.

Special Groups

Omega Rho

Omega Rho

Omega Rho® is the International Honor Society for Operations Research and Management Science – The Honor Society of INFORMS.



The INFORMS Roundtable addresses the needs of practitioners of OR/MS.