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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:

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.

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.

French Association for Constraint Programming

The French Association for Constraint Programming (AFPC) aims at promoting constraint programming in every aspect of the scientific world, by encouraging its theoretical and practical developments, its teaching in the academic institutions, its adoption in the industrial world, and its use in the the application fields. AFPC is a non-profit association, which uses the profit of the organized events to support future events or activities.

German Operations Research Society

The Gesellschaft für Operations Research (GOR) promotes the spread and use of operations research in science and practice.
It has been pursuing these goals with working groups, conferences, specialist publications and support for young scientific minds since 1998.
The society promotes the development and spread of operations research (OR). Operations research is the science of shaping and controlling economic, technical and social systems in all sectors of the economy and in administration, including the corresponding methods in mathematics, economics and IT.
The society ensures and supports interdisciplinary cooperation among these areas of science as well as cooperation between universities, enterprises and administrations. The GOR is represented within the Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO) and the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS), and it has close partnership ties with the OR societies of Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Slovenia, Turkey and Hungary.

The OR Society

Fifty years on, the OR Society continues to be an innovator and leader in its field. Today the Society has around 2,500 members in 53 countries who receive a wide range of services and benefits. The Society's training programme is the most comprehensive O.R. training programme on offer anywhere in the world. Its annual conference is the largest national conference outside the USA, and its series of Young OR conferences, inaugurated in 1980, is the world's leading conference for young O.R. workers.