Women in OR Panel Session 

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda: How do we weigh a tonne of feathers?


Monday 24th June 2019

17.45 – 19.00

O’Reilly Hall

We aim to continue the conversation started at EURO 2018 Women in Science. That session recognised the historical contribution of many brilliant women. At EURO 2019, we aim to conduct a constructive dialogue on how we (the OR community) can contribute to recognising the contribution of current actors within the OR discipline. The agenda for the Women in OR panel session is an open discussion on: “Thoughts on/research plans for ‘Weighing a tonne of feathers’”, i,e., how to recognise the contribution of all OR actors.


Panellists will discuss a limited number of topics and action proposals. Make your suggestions at this link (https://forms.gle/aY97zYa2dzva2afWA) Panellists (and audience) will contribute to identifying follow on actions which may include: data gathering to identify best practice/specific barriers; collaborative journal paper/journal special issue; mentor/collaboration matching; EURO task force to articulate Equality Diversity & Inclusion goals/link to Sustainable Development Goals…….



1. Prof Sally Brailsford, Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, UK;

2. Prof. Martine Labbé, Computer Science Department, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium;

3. Prof Anna Nagurney, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst, US;

4. Prof Ulrike Reisach, Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences, Bavaria, Germany;

5. Prof Daniele Vigo, Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy.


Panel Chair: Dr Paula Carroll, School of Business, University College Dublin, Ireland

Panel Facilitators: Dr Sarah Fores (EURO), Dr Frances O'Brien, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK, Dr Christina Phillips, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds.


Panel Session Schedule:

17.45   Introductions

17.55   Panel discussion

18.30  Participant - open forum

18.55   Close


Follow up Women in OR Workshop: Following on from the Women in OR main session on Monday, this session (in TD2) allows participants to discuss issues raised and ways forward. To maintain momentum on a EURO level, what networking and evaluation systems might we put in place to successfully address issues of equality and diversity in the field of OR?