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Communities

INFORMS Communities

INFORMS special-interest sections, societies, forums, geographical chapters, and student chapters give you the resources you need to stay ahead in your area of expertise and connect with others sharing your specific interests. Student members can join their first community for free.

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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. 

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All About INFORMS Communities

Members join Communities to:

  • Access specialized knowledge through Community newsletters, 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

2020 INFORMS Organization Science Winter Conference

Thursday, Mar 5 – Sunday, Mar 8
Monterey Tides Monterey , (USA) California

2020 INFORMS Optimization Society Conference

Sunday, Mar 15 – Tuesday, Mar 17
The Westin Poinsett Greenville, (USA) South Carolina

15th INFORMS Telecommunications Conference

Sunday, Mar 29 – Thursday, Apr 2
Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) Berlin,
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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.

Roundtable-community

Roundtable

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