It was agreed that there are huge opportunities for OR research in meeting major contemporary challenges in industry and society. However, there was also a recognition that there continues to be a shortage of the skills that OR provides in both academe and practice and that there was an urgent need for the community, the Society and the Research Councils to give attention to sustaining a vibrant and valued OR research presence.
As part of the Society’s response, its Board agreed to set up a new Research Panel with the goal of working to improve the health of OR research in the UK. This will certainly cover monitoring and building the research people pipeline; securing stronger engagement with research funders, including the research councils; enabling more successful applications for research funding and the encouragement of research collaboration both within academe and with end users. Draft aims and objectives are overleaf; one of the first tasks of the panel will be to finalise these.
The new Panel consists of 10 academics, appointed on the basis of their skills and experience. They are people with knowledge of how research funding works, a successful track record of obtaining funding, a can-do attitude and a non-partisan commitment to meet the strategic challenges faced by UK OR. In addition to Prof. Hart, the panel consists of members from a range of UK Universities: Lancaster, Strathclyde, Edinburgh, Queen Mary, Southampton, Loughborough, Cardiff, and Warwick.