IFORS Conferences have been held every 3 years since 1957 in Oxford (http://ifors.org/history/). It has since gone around the world, the latest one, the 20th, having been held in Barcelona, Spain in 2014. We are now gearing up for the 2017 conference to be held in Quebec, Canada.
Member societies have taken turns hosting the event. Last year, the AC committee reviewed various proposals from members and presented two options for the site of IFORS 2020: Istanbul, Turkey presented by the Operational Research Society of Turkey (ORST) and Seoul, Korea presented by the Korean Operations Research and Management Science Society (KORMS).
The membership of IFORS have now voted and it was a very close vote. IFORS 2020 will be hosted by the Korean Operations Research and Management Science Society. This will be the fourth IFORS conference in the Asia-Pacific region.
On behalf of the Administrative Committee, I thank both societies for the effort they have put in the preparation of their bids and we enjoin KORMS to live up to the tradition of great IFORS conferences!