ELAVIO 2020 Arequipa, Perú - July 19 – 24, 2020 - EURO sponsorships available

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Call for Participation in ELAVIO XXIV, Arequipa, Perú

July 19 – 24, 2020


EURO is pleased to announce the travel-sponsorship of up to two participants to join the XXIV ELAVIO - Latin- American Summer School in Operations Research.
Participants must be studying in a EURO member country - please see http://www.euro-online.org/web/pages/1457/membersocieties.

The ELAVIOs are schools supported by ALIO (the Latin-Iberoamerican Association of Operations Research) and are mainly addressed to young researchers and postgraduate students (both at the PhD and master level) from Latin-Iberoamerican countries. However, Ph.D. students from all over the world with excellent skills and special interest in the areas of Operations Research, Informatics, and Applied Mathematics are also welcome to apply.

ELAVIO XXIV will be held in 2020 in Perú from July 19th to July 24th, in Arequipa located between Lima, the capital of Perú (1000 km) and La Paz, the capital of Bolivia (560 km). Arequipa is the capital of the Arequipa region in the south of the South American Andean state of Perú and is the political, economic and cultural center of southern Perú. Arequipa itself has a population of 55.000 people. The greater region of Arequipa is the second most populated region of Peru with an urban population of more than 1 million inhabitants.

UNESCO declared the Arequipa city center a World Heritage Site in 2000. Arequipa lies at an altitude of over 2300 m. The city is dominated by the volcanoes in the vicinity, the 5822 m high conical Misti, the 6057 m high Chachani and the smaller and more distant Picchu Picchu. Arequipa is also an important industrial and commercial center of Perú, and is considered as the second industrial city of the country.

Over the 5 day course, a range of mini-courses and tutorials on advanced topics of specific interest will all be held at the Universidad Nacional de San Agustin de Arequipa. Closing Ceremony will take place on Friday afternoon.

Research topics for the School include, but are not limited to:

  • Combinatorial optimization; linear, nonlinear and integer programming.
  • Stochastic optimization, stochastic processes and probabilistic models.
  • Metaheuristics and its applications
  • Discrete, continuous and agent based simulation
  • Big data analytics and related OR methods.
  • Applications of operational research to problem solving in areas such as sustainability, health care, logistics, sports, agroindustry, engineering, telecommunications, finance and production, big data, cutting and packing problems.

The official languages of the school are: English, Spanish and Portuguese. Talks and lectures will be either of the languages (in all cases with English slides). Candidates selected MUST be proficient in English. Knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese is advised. More details with regard to this topic will be published on the website.

Chairs of the ELAVIO XXIV Organizing Committee:

  1. ELAVIO General Chair: Alexander J. Benavides
  2. José Manuel Cárdenas Medina
  3. Julio Ramos-Quispe

Students interested in applying for travel grant must send the following documents (pdf file format) to their National OR Society (for Belgium, this information should be sent to the president of ORBEL, Kenneth Sörensen - [email protected]):

- short curriculum vitae to include evidence of language proficiency. Candidates selected MUST be proficient in English. Knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese is advised;

- a recommendation letter from an academic of the applicant's university or institute;

- summary (max. 2 pages) of a work to present at the school in case of acceptance.

After selecting the best candidate, the National OR Society will send his/her document with a short recommendation letter online to:


Please send any questions to:
Stefan Nickel
IFORS Vice President for EURO
Email: [email protected]

Important dates:
20/02/2020 deadline for applications to be sent to National OR Society;
28/02/2020 deadline for the National Society to submit the candidates to the IFORS VP;
15/03/2020 - submission of the candidates to ELAVIO organizers;
25/03/2020 - deadline for confirming participation;
19-24/07/2020 - ELAVIO XXIV.

The accepted candidates will receive the travel grant from EURO and the accommodation grant from ELAVIO.