The Finnish Operations Research Society (FORS) (in Finnish, Suomen Operaatiotutkimusseura ry) is a professional non-profit society for the scientific field of Operations Research in Finland. The society is recognized by the International Federation of Operational Research Societies and its subgrouping, the Association of European Operational Research Societies, as the main national society for Operations Research in its country. About 60 people from business, public administration, and universities came together on March 15, 1973. They were all interested in Operations Research (OR).
The Finnish Operations Research Society (FORS) was founded as a result of that meeting. Presently we have close to 180 members. FORS was founded to promote and advance OR in the country and to serve as a link between people interested in this field. This purpose is still valid today, over 30 years later. The main activities of the society are seminars, excursions, training courses, and conferences. The international perspective has always been central in the activities of the society. Ms. Tuula Kinnunen acted as the second vice-president of EURO from 1993 to 1997.
The management of the society is overseen by a board of 6 members, including chairman, secretary and four other members and 6 deputy members. The board is elected annually. Honorary presidents of FORS include Christer Carlsson, Pekka Korhonen, Raimo Hämäläinen and Jyrki Wallenius. The society has about 210 members - individuals and institutions from academia, industry and administration. FORS publishes a newsletter, which is aimed at members of the society. The content includes topical OR related news, announcements of events, conference trip stories and summaries of theses published in Finland. Most of the content is in Finnish language. The society organizes one to two seminars per year. The size ranges. Smaller events can have about 20 participants and larger events even 100.