41st Annual ORSNZ Conference
Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December, 2006
Pre-Conference Social Function Wednesday evening 29 November
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Registration and Fees Paper Submission and Abstracts Speaker Guidelines Young Practitioners' Prize Student Grants-In-Aid


CRA International Transpower Electricity Commission ORION Hoare

We are most grateful for the financial support we have received from CRA, Transpower, the Electricity Commission, Orion New Zealand Limited and Hoare Research Software. We also acknowledge the generous support we received from the Department of Management and College of Business and Economics, University of Canterbury.

Canterbury Reunion

As an annexation to the Conference, the Management Science Group at Canterbury will be holding a reunion on the evening of Friday Decmeber 1. This is at the Sign of the Kiwi and will cost around $30-$35 pp. Contact Shane Dye or the conference organisers to register your interest.

Grant Read informs me that the event will run from 7pm and the College of Business and Economics are providing some support for the event. I have still not managed to get a fixed price for the event.

The Hosts

The Canterbury Branch of the ORSNZ are pleased to host the 41st Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society of New Zealand, ORSNZ06, on Thursday 30 November and Friday 1 December 2006 (with a pre-conference social on the evening of Wednesday 29 November and Banquet on Thursday 30 November at the historic Mona Vale homestead).

Registration and Fees

The conference fee includes breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon tea, a copy of the proceedings volume and a banquet ticket. (The student registration does not include a banquet ticket unless the student is speaking at the conference.) Refund of paid fees is only possible by notice in writing or by email before 15 November. Conference fees are as follows:

  • ORSNZ member NZ$300 (student NZ$85)
  • Non-member NZ$350 (student NZ$110)
  • Discount for registration before 31st October NZ$50 (student NZ$10)
Membership fees for the society are currently NZ$70 (student NZ$15) per annum.

Abstract and Paper Submission

Abstracts should be 200 words or fewer and are to be submitted by email to the conference organisers at [email protected]. See the Call for Papers.

Following acceptance of your abstract, we shall invite you to submit a full length paper or extended abstract and presentation slides for publication in the conference proceedings. A CD of the presentation slides is planned for distribution with the printed proceedings.

Guidelines for preparation of the final papers are available for both Word and Latex. There is a 10 page limit for full papers. Please download the Word Guidelines Document if you want to prepare your paper using Word. For Latex users we have prepared a style file and sample document. It is in this Latex Guidelines archive, which includes some necessary style files. Please refer to the README.txt file for installation instructions. There is also a simpler sample LaTeX file available that does not require installing style files.

Extended abstracts should follow a similar style to the full papers but with a 3 page limit. You may find Fritz Raffensperger's excellent Powerpoint guidelines useful in preparing your presentation slides.

Presentation slides will be required as a PowerPoint presentation or in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. Full papers and extended abstracts will be required in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format (Visit http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/ or http://www.ps2pdf.com/ for free PDF creation services.)

Submission deadline for Abstracts: Now closed
Submission deadline for Papers: Now closed

Speaker Guidelines

Presenters for the contributed sessions are allocated 20 minutes, which includes questions and time for the change-over of speakers. The Young Practitioner Prize entrants have 15 minutes for their talk, and then there will be three minutes available between talks for questions and speaker change-over.

Windows XP computers with the latest versions of PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat Reader will be available for presentations (as will overhead projectors). Speakers can email their presentations to [email protected] before the conference or bring them along. Please make a time before your talk to ensure your talk is set-up ready to go. It is possible to accommodate laptops if needed.

Young Practitioners' Prize (YPP)

OR practitioners and students who will be under 30 years of age on 30 November 2006 are invited to compete for the ORSNZ Young Practitioners' Prize. Condition for entry is the presentation of a paper at the 41st Annual Conference of the ORSNZ. When registering for the conference, competitors should request that their paper be scheduled in the YPP session and must provide proof of their eligibility. The total prize money awarded will be $1,000, split between the authors of the best papers at the judges' discretion.

Entry to the YPP has also closed.

Student Grants-In-Aid

Full-time students, who are members of ORSNZ, and plan to present a paper at the ORSNZ conference, are eligible for travel assistance from ORSNZ to attend the conference. Applications should be made on this application form and should be signed by the student's supervisor or Head of Department to confirm that the applicant is enrolled in a full-time university course. You must apply for this grant before 31st October 2006. Grants will be payable at the conference upon production of a GST receipt for the travel expenses.

Conference Committee

Shane Dye, John Giffin, Terri Green, Ross James, Don McNickle, Nicola Petty, E. Grant Read, Pulakanam Venkateswarlu, John Raffensperger, John George.