Education: EURO PhD School and NATCOR

Posted by: Bernard FORTZ
Contact:[email protected]

Dear Presidents and Representatives

  Please note that we will have a EURO PhD School on MCDA/MCDM. July 23 -
August 3, 2018, Chania, Greece. The website is at:
I would be grateful if you could distribute the call (below) to your
student members.

In addition we will also advertise the EURO support for NATCOR courses.
This can also be found below and at:
Please also distribute this as it is an excellent opportunity for students
to get some financial support for these established courses.

With best wishes.


Dr Sarah Fores
Manager of EURO

*EURO PhD School*

Multiple criteria decision aiding/making (MCDA/M) has evolved as a major
area in operations research and management science (OR/MS), which is
devoted on the development and implementation of systematic approaches to
decision problems that require the consideration of multiple criteria,
objectives, goals, and points of view.

The advances in the theory and practice of MCDA/M have been rapid over the
years, covering a wide range of issues, including cognitive and problem
structuring issues, modeling aspects, computational procedures, software
developments, as well as various innovative applications in established and
emerging fields in management and engineering.The Summer School is a joint
event of the Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO),
the International Society on MCDM, and the EURO Working Group on
Multicriteria Decision Aiding, that aims to promote the ideas, philosophy
and practices of MCDA/M to doctoral students. The School provides
participants with a unique opportunity to get a comprehensive and in-depth
view of the state-of-the-art in MCDA/M approaches and methodologies, their
applications in various areas, the relevant software decision support
tools, and the interconnections of MCDA/M with other closely related
theoretical and applied disciplines from OR/MS, computer science,
engineering, and social sciences. Thus, the Summer School provides a
detailed coverage of all established and emerging areas in MCDA/M and
further emphasizes the interdisciplinary character of the field, which is
fundamental for addressing the challenges that complex decision problems
pose, in an effective manner.

Finally, the Summer School constitutes a forum through which PhD students
can exchange knowledge, ideas and experiences, discuss open problems and
get feedback from leading scholars in MCDA/M, and build fruitful

Target audience

The Summer School's audience involves PhD students who are interested in
theoretical and applied aspects of MCDA/M and seek to get an in-depth
undestanding of the field and related topics.


The official language of the School is English.


In order to submit your application, please email the following information
to mcdaschool18 [at]

*your detailed curriculum with photo

*an abstract describing your PhD

*a letter from supervisor specifying in clear terms the motivations to
attend the summer school

*the application form (
 filled with your information

The deadline for the submission of applications is January 15, 2018. The
results of the selection process will be communicated by January 31, 2018.
If accepted, you will receive an e-mail with instructions for registration.

The number of participants will be limited to 50.

*EURO Support for NATCOR Bursaries*

NATCOR, a National Taught Course Centre in Operational Research, delivers
taught courses in the UK to PhD students on a number of different topics in
OR. Please see the NATCOR website for more details:

EURO is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of
bursaries for PhD students to attend NATCOR courses.

*Heuristics & Approximation Algorithms, University of Nottingham, 9th -
13th April 2018
*Convex Optimisaton, University of Edinburgh, 4th - 8th June 2018
*System Dynamics, University of Warwick, 2nd - 4th July 2018
*Forecasting and Predictive Analytics, Lancaster University, 24th - 26th
September 2018

The NATCOR course fees and accommodation (typically bed and breakfast) will
be funded by EURO for successful candidates.

Applicants must be PhD students, from one of the EURO member countries or
studying in one of the EURO member countries (see
Applicants must have good English Language skills as all NATCOR courses
will be in English. Preference will be given to students in their first or
second years but all are welcome to apply. Preference will also be given to
applicants who have not previously received support from EURO for NATCOR or
other PhD schools.

To apply for a bursary, candidates from a EURO member society country, or
studying in a EURO member society country, should submit a zip file
containing the application form, their curriculum vitae (including their
academic track record), a letter outlining their motivation to attend, and
a letter of recommendation from their supervisor to Applicants
should declare on their application if they are receiving any additional
support from their PhD funding body or other sponsor.

Important Dates
Deadline for applications: January 15, 2018
Notification of acceptance: January 31, 2018