Conferences & Happenings

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The Foresight Practitioner Conference
Worst Practices in Forecasting: Today’s Mistakes to Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs

Date: 5-6 October 2016
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

We focus on worst practices because eliminating harmful forecasting practices can bring breakthroughs in your forecasting function that dwarf the gains you’d get from squeezing an extra trickle of accuracy from forecasting methods and procedures. The speakers – experienced practitioners, scholars, and consultants – will show how to uncover these bad habits and enable strategies to mitigate the policies, behaviors, and procedures that chronically hinder forecasting performance. Co-sponsored by Foresight and North Carolina State University Institute for Advanced Analytics.  For more information and to register, visit the conference website.


2nd Annual International Conference on Foresight
Date: 20-23 June 2016
Location: Athens, Greece

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), a world association of academics and researchers, organizes the 2nd Annual International Conference on Foresight. Please submit a 300-word abstract before 22 February 2016, by email Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER,

2016 ITS Biennial Conference –  Interconnecting Everything: Harnessing Business, Policy and Smart Societies
Date: 26-29 June
Location: Taipei, Taiwan – Regent Taipei Hotel
Abstract Submission deadline: 1 February

The Conference will be hosted by four leading universities and institutes: Yuan Ze University, National Chengchi University, Shih Hsin University and the Taiwan Communications Society. Full details on the Call for Papers and guidelines for abstract submission are available at http://www.its2016taiwan.comOutstanding papers will be considered for publication in an edited book or special issue of Telecommunications PolicyThe local organizer will provide pre- and post-conference tours to a number of special tourist attractions. Lunches and dinners will also be provided at attractive hotels. 

Finally, please note that the 11th ITS Ph.D. Seminar will be held on June 29, 2016 immediately following the close of the 21st ITS Biennial Conference in Taipei. Access to the Biennial Conference will be free of charge for Ph.D. Seminar participants. A number of distinguished international scholars from within the ITS community will participate as discussants.  Successful student participants will receive a certificate from the International Telecommunications Society. Ph.D. students whose paper has been selected for presentation will receive a subsidy of 500€ to cover accommodation and travel expenses. Further details about the Ph.D. Seminar, including full particulars on the Call for Papers, are available on the main Taiwan Conference web site at 

10th International Conference on Optimization: Techniques and Applications (ICOTA 10)
Date: 23-26 July 2016
Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

ICOTA 10 will be held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, at the Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel. The conference aims to provide a forum for scientists, researchers, software developers, and practitioners to exchange ideas and approaches, to present research findings and state-of-the-art solutions, to share experiences on potentials and limits, and to open new avenues of research and developments, on all issues and topics related to optimization and its applications. All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by referees. Papers accepted for presentation in the Conference will be included in the conference proceedings, while outstanding papers will be invited for publications in special issues of several prestigious international journals. For more information:

International Symposium on Inventories Research
Date: 22-26 August 2016
Location: Budapest, Hungary

The ‘Forecasting for Inventories’ stream of the conference invites submissions in all areas of inventory and supply chain forecasting.  Call for Papers deadline is 16 March 2016.