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INFORMS is dedicated to promoting best practices and advances in operations research, management science, and analytics. As the field's largest professional association, INFORMS and its members work to improve operational and decision-making processes, and outcomes.


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Who we are

INFORMS (The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) is a vibrant international community. Our membership is comprised of 12,500 data science, analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) professionals and students. As an international professional society, INFORMS connects members from nearly 90 countries and from all types of organizations. These include academic, business, federal government, the military, among others, who will be driving the next generation of our profession.

INFORMS is proud to be a champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Whether you’re a leading academic researcher, a student, business leader, data scientist, or career professional building new skills. INFORMS provides access to resources that create powerful opportunities and entry points to connect, be inspired, and grow your career.

Now celebrating 25 years, INFORMS is looking ahead and inspired by future possibilities and the power of our members. Our journals, communities, and media allow thought leadership to reach key decision-makers across an array of industries. This blend of ground-breaking research and successful  applications is what makes INFORMS a professional society unlike any other.

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Timely Research on the Latest Industry Methods and Applications

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All INFORMS members receive access to a number of online publications. These include our membership magazine OR/MS Today, our open access magazine Analytics, and our student publication OR/MS Tomorrow.

INFORMS publishes 16 scholarly journals, including the flagship journals Operations Research and Management Science. Additional journals include two open-access journals Stochastic Systems and INFORMS Transactions on Education. We will be introducing the INFORMS Journal on Data Science in 2021.

The Ultimate Opportunities for Learning and Networking

INFORMS provides many opportunities for collaboration and the sharing and exchanging of information between our members. Our goal is to help inspire new ideas and research, promote best practices, and build lasting relationships with colleagues from around the world.

Services to Help Further Your Career

INFORMS professional development services are designed to support the life-long learning and career growth of operations research and analytics professionals. Regardless of where you are in your career path, INFORMS is there to help you map your professional journey forward. This includes identifying gaps in your skillset as well as providing premiere access to career opportunities.

Recognizing Excellence in All Aspects of O.R. & Analytics

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INFORMS prestigious awards program honors wide-ranging achievements, service to our profession, and contributions to the welfare of society

Fellows recognize outstanding lifetime achievement in O.R. and the management sciences

Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence and commitment to innovation and the fields of O.R. and analytics

 Become a Member

INFORMS is a vibrant community of data science, analytics, and operations research professionals. Our members are solving problems, finding solutions, and making a difference in how the world works. Join INFORMS to:

Learn new methods and approaches
Explore solutions and find best practices
Advance your career
Connect with your peers