Call for Applications for IFORS-EURO Scholar to the EURO Winter Institute in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, March 5-16, 2018

The office of the IFORS Vice President for EURO is pleased to announce the sponsorship of a participant to join the 2018 EURO Winter Institute on “Lot Sizing and Related Topics” to be held at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt(Oder), Germany, March 5 -16, 2018.
The Euro Summer and Winter Institutes (ESWI) are organized to encourage good social and working relationships among promising young OR scientists.

The selected IFORS‐EURO scholar will receive joint sponsorship from IFORS and EURO. IFORS will sponsor the travel costs of the delegate coming from non‐EURO member society. EURO will shoulder expenses related to the registration, accommodation, meals, and social activities to the IFORS fellow. Applicants from developing countries will be given preferential treatment for the slot. Those who have joined EURO Institutes in the past need not apply.

The ESIs and EWIs aim is to facilitate the establishment of a network of promising early stage researchers (with less than 10 years’ experience in OR), thereby encouraging future collaborative work. EWI 2018 seeks to involve about 20 participants. While featuring lectures by invited speakers, the participants are expected to present and discuss their papers. A special issue of an international journal will be produced, based on the papers presented during the EWI. The varied social program prepared for the participants is one of the unique features that enhance the learning activities. The applications should be sent by email to:

Professor Jacek Blazewicz
IFORS Vice President for EURO
Poznan University of Technology
Institute of Computing Science
60-965 Poznan, Poland
Tel: +48-61-8790 790
Fax: +48-61-8771 525

Applications should include: (1) a complete CV with a list of papers, (2) a paper proposal (complete text or 3-5 pages long extended abstract) and (3) a letter of recommendation from one referee (preferably the thesis advisor or head of department).

Important dates
Deadline for applications: November 30, 2017
Notification of acceptance: December 15, 2017
EWI: March 5 -16, 2018

About EWI 2018
Theme. Main topics of interest are OR methods, mathematical models and computation algorithms related to lot sizing. The planned tutorials will cover the following topics:
– (Historic) overview on lot sizing
– Exact solution approaches
– Heuristic solution methods
– Stochastic lot sizing problems
– Lot sizing and scheduling / routing / …
– Applications of lot sizing
– Stochastic Optimization
– Metaheuristics

Location. The Institute will be held at the university campus of the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. The university is located directly at the border of Germany and Poland and can be reached easily by a 70 minutes train ride from Berlin. 

Background. 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 to form links with other early stage researchers.

Format. Around twenty early stage researchers (PhD students and/or those who have less than two years research experience post PhD) from EURO member societies will be invited to participate at the EWI. Each participant is expected to present an unpublished work and discuss it with colleagues and invited senior experts in the field. The EWI will also present a series of lectures by the invited senior experts. After the EWI, the papers can be submitted to a special issue of an OR publication to be announced later.

With the main objective of providing a limited number of carefully selected representatives the unique opportunity of establishing a personal network, addressing an international audience, and eventually creating new research groups around the chosen topic, the ESWI accepts only those who have not participated in any ESWI in the past.

EWI Website: