INFORMS NEWS: 2013 INFORMS Combined Colloquia

The 2013 INFORMS Combined Colloquia will be held Oct. 4-5, the Friday and Saturday preceding the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. The Combined Colloquia will feature the:

  • Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium (TEC)
  • Future Academician Colloquium (FAC)
  • Future Practitioner Colloquium (FPC)

All three colloquia are sponsored by INFORMS, INFORM-ED, the INFORMS Student Affairs Committee and Omega Rho, and are designed to provide the attendees with technical material, career experiences from senior and junior OR/MS professionals, as well as an environment for networking.

The 2013 Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium will address several aspects of incorporating and assessing effective teaching techniques in any undergraduate and graduate curriculum. The colloquium will be beneficial to both seasoned and new faculty members at all levels and in all disciplines of operations research and management science.

The 2013 Future Academician Colloquium is organized with current doctoral students in mind. It will include sessions dedicated to navigating the job hunt, developing a successful research program, becoming an effective teacher and dealing with work-life balance issues.

The 2013 Future Practitioners Colloquium has been organized with current doctoral student participation in mind; however, applications will be accepted for new practitioners (those within three years of starting their first practice job) as well. This colloquium will feature sessions focusing on career paths for OR/MS professionals, challenges that new practitioners experience, discussions concerning choosing between an academic and a practice career, and more.

The colloquia will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 with a welcome dinner for all participants, and will continue on Oct. 5 all day with several sessions. Following the conclusion of the colloquia, all participants will be invited to an evening dinner.

Because of increased demand and limited capacity, consideration for participation in the colloquia is by nomination only. An academic department can nominate more than one eligible individual to each colloquium, but only a limited number of applicants will be accepted. Nominations of one person to multiple colloquia are not permitted. Companies can nominate eligible practitioners to just the Future Practitioner Colloquium.

The registration fee for each of the colloquia is $300. However, the fee will be waived for one participant from a department nominated to the combined colloquia. A second participant from a department to the combined colloquia pays $150, and each additional participant pays $300. Note: Nomination is by department, not individual professors within the department. Also note that the combined colloquia is considered as one activity for invoicing purposes. For example, if a department nominates three students (one each to TEC, FAC and FPC), the department would be invoiced for $450 (first is no charge, second is $150 and the third is $300). All Future Practitioner Colloquium attendees nominated by a company must pay $300. Invoices for the total amount will be sent directly to the sponsor units (department or company). No invoice will be sent to individual participants.

All colloquia participants are required to register for the INFORMS Annual Meeting 2013 in Minneapolis. The registration fee for the colloquia does not include the registration fee for the INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Deadline for all nomination packages is July 30. For complete nomination requirements, go to:

Matthew Drake ( chairs the Combined Colloquia Committee, joined by Patrick Noonan, Maga Khachatryan and Andrew Johnson.