The OR Societies of Italy and the UK are pleased to announce a EURO Summer Institute (ESI) on the theme "Operational Research applied to Health in a Modern World". ESI XXXI will take place at the astonishing Fortress of Bard, Italy, from June 11 to June 20, 2014.


OR modelling for healthcare has developed with the complexities of the modern world. Health Care Systems (HCS) are often awash with data but managers are unable to benefit while concerned only with trouble-shooting. Furthermore, HCS should reflect a patient centered and societal perspective focusing on outcomes rather than only on output. ESI XXXI will bring together those issues proposing new modelling and solution techniques to aid decision makers in the fields of health and disease management, patient flow and all aspects of optimal use of scarce resources.


EURO is the "Association of European Operational Research Societies" and is a regional grouping within IFORS, the "International Federation of Operational Research Societies".
EURO Summer and Winter Institutes (ESWI) provide an excellent forum for PhD students and early career researchers to discuss their research at length with experts in the field, as well as forming links with other early stage researchers that will endure throughout their careers.

Partnership with CREATE

ESI XXXI and the CREATE HOIM Program from Canada have kindly agreed to allocate up to three seats at this event for CREATE HOIM students. CREATE students will follow the same selection procedure of EURO students. The CREATE program will provide funding for up to 3 students selected by the ESI XXXI scientific committee.

Format of ESWI

Around 25 early stage researchers will be invited to attend the ESWI. They will be very early career academics (PhD students and/or those who have less than two years research experience post PhD). Those invited will meet for about ten days and present the material of an unpublished piece of work, discussing it with others and with a handful of specially invited senior experts in the field. Social activities will complement formal proceedings. Papers will be prepared for consideration for an upcoming issue of an OR publication (TBA).

Disregarding the senior experts, no one can participate in an ESWI more than once in his or her lifetime. Participation in an ESWI should be regarded as a considerable honour. In other words, the main objective of an ESWI is to give a limited number of carefully selected representatives of the next generation a unique opportunity for establishing a personal network and for addressing an international audience and thus to create new research groups around the topic chosen. EURO provides a substantial contribution towards all the ESWI expenses “on location” (room and board, social programme, etc.); sponsorship is being sought for the remainder of these expenses. The travel costs, however, must be covered by the participant's national OR society or, if not possible, by the participants themselves.

Applicants will submit their papers to the Scientific Committee, along with a curriculum vitae. The committee will select and rank the candidates on the basis of submitted papers, and afterwards channel this information to the national OR societies for funding decisions. Candidates fulfilling the eligibility rules but exceeding the number of 25 participants may be accepted, in a limited number, in the ESWI. Such candidates should cover their expenses. Fees will be also required but their amount will be defined later.

Call For Papers

  • First Call For Papers (25th June 2013) [ PDF ]
  • Second Call For Papers (25th September 2013) [ PDF ]