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NATO Operations Research and Analysis Conference

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Update:  Based upon current projections and prudent medical advice, the 2020 Programme Committee has decided to host the Operations Research and Analysis Conference in a virtual format this year from 5-6 October 2020.


Monday, 05 October 2020 until Tuesday, 06 October 2020

Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation and NATO Science and Technology Organization cordially invites you to virtually participate in the 14th NATO Operations Research and Analysis Conference on 05-06 October 2020.

The Conference will be open to representatives from all NATO Nations, NATO Organizations and Science and Technology Organization Enhanced Opportunity Partners (Australia, Finland and Sweden).

Despite the new virtual format, we remain committed to providing a profoundly valuable experience and purposeful forum for the NATO analytical community.

As part of the continuous development of the NATO Operations Research and Analysis Community of Interest, the Operations Research and Analysis Conference will bring together analysts from NATO commands and agencies, national defence analysis and research organisations, centres of excellence, academia, and industry to experience an exciting program with plenty of opportunities for discussion and debate.

The 2020 theme is “Emerging and Disruptive Technology”. The conference will focus on ways that new Emerging and Disruptive Technologies will improve decision making and how the Operations Research and Analysis community can assess the impacts of such technologies on military operations. As always, the conference will also look at best practices and new developments in Operations Research and Analysis.

Some Key Updates and Notes:

•    The Abstract submission period has closed.
•    The Programme Committee will send out abstract acceptance/rejection notifications on/around July 10th.
•    The conference program will be shortened by one day (we will eliminate the originally planned training day scheduled for 7 October).
•    There will be a required rehearsal for all presenters (to familiarize with the VTC platform and virtual procedures) to be scheduled in the weeks leading up to the conference (platform to be determined).
•    The program committee recognizes the large difference in time zones for authors/participants and will do its best in scheduling events to accommodate for this and minimize impacts.

We will release detailed guidance for presenters/authors as soon it becomes available.

If you have submitted an abstract and wish to withdraw from the conference due to the change in format, please notify Lieutenant Colonel Pierre Han at pierre.han@act.nato.int; we understand your concerns and we hope you will still choose to participate as an attendee.

Registration for the event will open in August 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the conference cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19?

Based upon current projections and prudent medical advice, the 2020 Programme Committee has decided to host the OR&A conference in a virtual format this year from 5-6 October 2020.Please monitor the STO Events conference announcement for the latest information.

How does the change to a virtual conference format affect me?

  • The conference program will be shortened by a day (we are eliminating the originally planned training day scheduled for 7 October).
  • There will be a required rehearsal for all presenters (to familiarize with the VTC platform and virtual procedures) to be scheduled in the weeks leading up to the conference (platform to be determined).
  • The program committee recognizes the large difference in time zones for authors/participants and will do its best in scheduling events to accommodate for this and minimize impacts.

We will release detailed guidance for presenters/authors as soon it becomes available. If you have submitted an abstract and wish to withdraw from the conference due to the change in format, please notify LTC Pierre Han at pierre.han@act.nato.int; we understand your concerns and we hope you will still choose to participate as an attendee.

Are there any changes to the requirements or timeline related to abstracts/presentations/papers?

The committee will review abstracts and make selections by 10 July 2020.If selected, candidates are required to submit draft papers no later than 30 August 2020.Presentations will be due closer to the date of the conference – additional guidance to follow from the program committee.

What are the requirements for presentations?

The programme committee is currently working to publish guidance on the length of presentations as well as briefing slide formats.Information will be emailed to everyone as soon as it becomes available.Material presented should not exceed classification NATO UNCLASSIFIED, RELEASABLE TO PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE NATIONS AND AUS. However, material marked PUBLIC RELEASABLE would allow widest distribution.

What are the requirements for the papers?

After Abstract review, selected authors are requested to provide their papers which should be no more than 10 pages, including annexes and tables (approximately 5000 words), and will be due one month before the conference (02 September 2020).Authors will be required to submit a Publication Release Form at the time of paper submission. Paper and Conference Proceedings publication will be managed by the NATO STO Collaboration Support Office.

What is the cost of attending the conference?

There is no registration fee to attend the conference, but attendees must cover the cost of lodging and meals.If the conference is virtual, there will be no cost to conference registrants.

Who are typical conference attendees?

Participants are typically analysts from across NATO nations, STO Enhanced Opportunity Partners (Australia, Finland and Sweden) and Partnership for Peace nations; they are typically analysts who work within NATO or within the defence industries of their respective countries.