October 23, 2004
Dear members of EUROPT, dear friends,
sincere regards! Hopefully, you feel fine.
During EURO Summer Institute XXII "Optimization and Data
Mining" in Ankara (chairman: Bülent Karasözen; July 9-25,
2004), two of our young friends, Fernando Crespo from Santiago,
Chile,(firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sethuraman ("Sethu") Janardhanan
from Calcutta, India, (email@example.com) were among the
nice and active participants. Both and several further ones of
their ESI friends became EUROPT members. Fernando and Sethu were
sent and supported by IFORS (International Federation of
Operational Research Societies); to IFORS and EURO they are
grateful. In view of the help they got from both societies on
operational research, the European and the international one,
and in view of the difficult situations in many countries on
earth, they suggested to consider the foundation of a joint
IFORS-EURO working group or chapter "OR for the Developing
Countries", where, of course, "for" also implies "in". In fact,
this proposal aims at serving the people in the world, especially,
in the developing countries, by various OR ways. Besides of the
classical academic life of science, research and, not to be
forgotten, education, both young friends put a great emphasis
on contributions of practical and project kind, addressed
towards people in their living conditions. What is also very
important: intended help and research should be embedded
in a process of learning (including patience), giving and
taking, and of joy.
In the sequel, after the suggestion was firstly formulated,
also Gerhard-W. Weber joined the reflections, and a number of
valuable colleague from optimization and OR expressed their
interest to give advice by their scientific and life experience.
In this way, our friends Jakob Krarup (Copenhagen, Denmark),
Stefan W. Pickl (Cologne, Germany), Alexander Rubinov (Ballarat,
Australia), Maurice Shutler (London, United Kingdom) and Moshe
Sniedovich (Melbourne, Australia) became additional members of
a small advisory board.
This group of younger and (a bit) older friends is open. Every
colleague and friend who feels the hearts impulse to join, to
look how mathematical models and methods of optimization and OR
may apply to give aid in catastrophes or, generally, in building
up countries, are welcome. In this case, please, contact the
The aspect of scientific progress and its presentation remain
centrally important. For our next big EURO event, conference
EURO XXI 2006 Reykjavik, Iceland, July 2-5, 2006 (http://www.euro2006.org/)
Fernando and Sethu became invited to organize a stream
"Young People for OR in Developing Countries"
(where "young" is not limited by the biological age). Perhaps,
this stream and entire conference with its various and careful
preparations by EUROPT and other EURO working groups will be
interesting also for you.
Thank you very much for your attention.
With friendly regards
and best wishes,
Florian Jarre and Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber
PS: EUROPT supports and hosts valuable scientific impulses, and sincere
interest and engagement to serve by optimization and OR as well.