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Associations, Federations and Special Interest Groups

Aware of the importance of international cooperation for the advancement of science, INSTICC works closely together with several other national and international associations and is proud to welcome them as partners in its activities or to arrange initiatives in cooperation with them.

While several forms of partnership are welcome, INSTICC places special value in "Technical Co-Sponsorships", by means of which both associations support each other from a scientific perspective for their mutual benefit. Additionally, in this case, members of partner organizations benefit from the same registration conditions as INSTICC members.

Current Institutional Partners:

Associação Portuguesa de Investigação Operacional

The Portuguese OR Society (Associação Portuguesa de Investigação Operacional - APDIO) is a scientific society, which brings together the Portuguese community interested in Operational Research. APDIO was founded in 1978 by 140 founding members, including university researchers, industrial professionals and several Portuguese Institutes and Companies as institucional associates. APDIO defines as its mission to contribute for the advance of Operational Research through courses, seminars, workshops, conferences and publications (such as scientific journals, bulletins and books). Furthermore, APDIO promotes the exchange of results, experiences and OR applications by electronic means like its web page ( The Portuguese OR Society is member of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies – IFORS and International Federation of Automatic Control - IFAC, since its very beginning. It is also a member of the Association of European Operational Research Societies - EURO and founding member of the Association of Latin-Iberoamerican Operational Research Societies  - ALIO since 1982. APDIO has a reciprocity agreement with the Brazilian Society of Operations Research - SOBRAPO, since 2001.

Workflow Management Coalition

Founded in 1993, the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) is a global organization of adopters, developers, consultants, analysts, as well as university and research groups engaged in workflow and BPM.  The WfMC creates and contributes to process related standards, educates the market on related issues, and is the only standards organization that concentrates purely on process.  The WfMC created Wf-XML and XPDL, the leading process definition language used today in over 80 known solutions to store and exchange process models. XPDL is a process design format for storing the visual diagram and all design time attributes.