Like many of you, I received a survey this morning about a proposed change to the schedule for future INFORMS annual meetings, shifting the schedule to Saturday through Tuesday (from the current Sunday through Wednesday).
I was surprised that the survey did not include a question like: "Would this change make it more or less likely for you to attend the INFORMS Annual Meeting?" or "Do you think that, on balance, this proposed change is a good idea?" If the survey included such a question, it would have made it easier for me to vote resoundingly against this proposed idea.
Perhaps some believe that by holding a 4-day conference that ends on a Tuesday that more people would be likely to participate on the final day. In my view this is not likely. Many busy people likely believe that a large, general conference that last 4 days is simply too long and changing the start day does not help.
I just wanted to post to say that I am personally not interested in ever having a multi-day conference begin on a Saturday. This is certainly not a family-friendly idea in my opinion. Since the survey did not ask explicitly, I will therefore use this forum instead to vote against this proposed change.
Thanks for listening, and see you (not on Saturday) in Seattle!Alan================================Alan EreraPresident, INFORMS TSL SocietyProfessor, ISyE, Georgia Tech
Dear All,I'd like to encourage everyone to take the survey about the timing of our Annual Meeting.This is an important issue. We all would love to have, as much as possible, everyone to participate the Annual Meetingfor all the fours days. You most probably remember the returning efforts "to make Wednesday great".
As we are learning every year, Wednesday participation is much lower than the other days, many colleagues requestnot to schedule their presentation to Wednesday, and the most frequent reasoning is: "I teach and cannot afford to miss 2 classes in a week".This information was confirmed by a survey a few years ago.Of course this is valid for friends from academia, but the fact is that the vast majority of the Annual meeting is from academia,while the ratio is other way around for the Business Analytics meeting in the Spring.A Saturday-Tuesday schedule would allow most of us to enjoy the full Annual Meeting.Thanks for all who share your opinion by filling the survey, posting your opinion, or by emailing me.Thanks for your support of INFOMRS!Tamás TerlakyVP Meetings of INFORMSGeorge N. and Soteria Kledaras Endowed Chair ProfessorDepartment of Industrial and Systems EngineeringLehigh University
Just for those who might have missed the original mail, or it got caught in a spam filter,the original call to fill the survey is enclosed here. Please take two minutes to complete this surveyon a proposed Annual Meeting date change for future meetings.Thanks you!Tamás Terlaky, V.P. Meetings
As a past conference attendee, please take two minutes to complete this survey on a proposed future Annual Meeting date change.
Tamás Terlaky, V.P. Meetings
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I totally agree with you. I have separately voiced my opposition to this proposal in private emails to Ron Askin, the previous VP of Meetings who asked the question of exhibitors 2 years ago, and to the current VP of Meetings, Tamas Terlaky, after receiving the present survey.The questions that you stated should have been included in the survey.As a practitioner, and a person who previously managed people responsible for a booth in the Exhibit Hall, I can tell you that asking people to "work" on Saturdays and Sundays does not always get received well.I understand that there are many people in the academic community who cannot commit to attending the entire meeting if it is held during the week because of their teaching duties. Maybe it is time to consider structuring the meeting around a "theme per day" idea. For example, you could have optimization talks on Monday and Tuesday and talks on queueing on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Most people wouldn't need to attend talks in both of those areas, so they'd only come for the days related to their area of interest.
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