EURO Gold Medal

The EURO Gold Medal (EGM) is the highest distinction within OR in Europe and it was introduced as a EURO instrument in 1983. It was first awarded to Hans-Jürgen Zimmermann (Germany) at the EURO-k conference in Bologna in 1985. In the year preceding a EURO-k conference nominations are made to a jury consisting of five scholars of recognized stature in the OR community. The award is conferred on a prominent person or team or institution, for an outstanding contribution to the OR science. The award is officially bestowed in conjunction with a EURO-k Conference, if there is a suitable candidate. Only one award may be made on each occasion.

The 2021 EURO Gold Medal is posthumously awarded to:

Ailsa Land


There was a special session to recognise her extraordinary talents at the Opening Session of the hybrid EURO-k conference (a video will be uploaded shortly). The session featured excellent online talks by Doug Shier, Gilbert Laporte and Laurence Wolsey. We were also privileged to hear directly from Panagiotis Miliotis. We thank them all for their contributions.

Also we are pleased to announce an obituary which is available in EJOR

With many thanks to Professor Doug Shier for this wonderful memory.

The EGM 2021 jury consisted of Marielle Christiansen (chair), Matthias Ehrgott, Mirjam Duer, Ramón Álvarez-Valdés, Dick den Hertog

The presentation was made at the opening session of the EURO 2021 Hybrid Conference in Athens (Greece).

The period for nominations for the 2022 EGM is closed.

The period for nominations for the 2024 EGM is not yet open. It will be announced in October 2023.

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