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Join us for the 2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting

October 24-27, 2021

A Flexible Conference: In Person & Virtual

The 2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting is a unique opportunity to connect and network with the more than 5,000 INFORMS members, students, prospective employers and employees, and academic and industry experts who compose the INFORMS community. We look forward to seeing you in-person in Anaheim, CA, OR participating virtually via our online meeting platform, October 24-27, 2021!

Welcome to the 2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Anaheim

Anaheim, CA. Home to endless sun, soaring palm trees, and one of the most magical places on earth — and we aren’t just talking about Disneyland. In 2021, Anaheim will be the host city for the first INFORMS conference to offer in-person meeting options since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic! Though we will continue to enjoy connecting with attendees virtually from around the world, we also look forward to providing you with a location to meet face-to-face, along with new opportunities to learn and network. Stay tuned for more updates and info!

Introducing Brad Weaber, 2021 Annual Meeting Host

Why Attend the 2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting?

Thousands of cutting-edge presentations, including daily plenary and keynote sessions, presented live to both in-person and virtual audiences, and covering topics relating to the advancement of urban analytics (all available online for 3 full months following the meeting)

An in-person and virtual Career Fair with excellent opportunities to connect with employers and interview for O.R., analytics, and data science positions with top organizations in academia and industry

Technology Tutorials showcasing the latest software developments that are revolutionizing fields like optimization, linear programming, machine learning, and more

Specially-selected sessions highlighting the breadth of the meeting tracks (presented in person and available via livestream for virtual attendees)

Robust, fully-integrated virtual networking and chat options for both in-person and virtual attendees 

Explore all the features of the in-person and virtual attendance options to learn more!

Get ready for #INFORMS2021

Let us answer your questions as you get ready for this year’s Annual Meeting.

1 How can I stay safe from covid?

The Annual Meeting will be a vaccine-mandated conference. To learn more about this and its requirements, visit the Health & Safety page.

You are also welcome to attend the meeting virtually. Enjoy sessions and networking opportunities from the comfort of your home or office.

2 What is a “flexible” meeting?

This uniquely flexible conference format signals a return to in-person meetings and face-to-face interaction, while prioritizing attendee safety. Plus, a fully virtual attendee option ensures inclusivity and enables you to craft a meeting experience that fits your schedule, interests, and personal comfort.

3What networking opportunities are available?

There will be daily in-person networking sessions and lunches, an exhibit hall on Monday and Tuesday, and a Career Fair on Sunday.

Virtually, there will be virtual networking lounges available throughout the Annual Meeting. Additionally, there is a Virtual Career Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

4 Can I still Exhibit or become a sponsor?

Yes! Learn more about exhibiting here and about our sponsorship opportunities here. We’d love to help you build your organization’s profile.

Have more questions about #INFORMS2021? Here are our Frequently Asked Questions.


Types of Presentations at #INFORMS2021

Technical Sessions

Our technical sessions cover the latest research and best practices from the global O.R. and analytics community across all of our tracks, followed by Q&A.


Poster presentations capture the Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, and Literature Cited for a complex problem.

Keynote and Plenary Sessions

Presented daily throughout the meeting by leading experts in their fields, these talks cover topics relating to the advancement of urban analytics and other fascinating topic areas. These sessions include Q&A.

Technology Showcases

New at the 2021 Annual Meeting, these 30-minute virtual sessions have been introduced to compliment the in-person Exhibit Hall experience. Session attendees will have the opportunity to learn about a broad range of vendor products and services at a high level, and participate in Q&A.

Technology Tutorials

These 45-minute, theater-style sessions will provide educational information and case studies on relevant analytics concepts and vendor products and services.


These sessions share an introduction to emerging and classical subfields of operations research and management science, which are published annually in TutORials in Operations Research and explored at the Annual Meeting.



Watch all of the plenaries, keynotes, and sessions live, and participate in interactive content!

On Demand

Enhance your meeting experience with media-rich resources that you can browse at your own pace before, during, and after the meeting.

Digital Experience

Experience #INFORMS2021 at your own pace. On-demand content will be available to access for three months following the meeting.

Preview of the
Virtual Meeting Lobby

To help you get excited about attending the 2021 Annual Meeting, here is a screenshot of the virtual meeting lobby. Similar to last year, the virtual platform will provide options for accessing on-demand and live-streamed sessions, virtual networking, e-posters, technology showcases, and special events like award ceremonies and the Career Fair. 


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