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The series of EURO Summer and Winter Institutes (ESWIs) was launched in 1984 at the initiative of J.P. Brans. Scarcely any other EURO instrument has had such impact upon future generations of OR people. Each ESWI, organized by a national society, focuses upon a particular subject.
The basic idea is that around 25 early stage researchers, who are either PhD students or who have less than two years research experience since completing a PhD, all having an unpublished paper within the theme announced, can meet for about two weeks, present their material, discuss it with others and with a handful of specially invited senior experts in the field, and finally prepare a paper to be considered for inclusion in a feature issue of an OR publication. Up to two ESWIs may be approved in any year.
Disregarding the senior experts, no one else can participate more than once in his or her lifetime. Participation in an ESWI should be regarded as a considerable honour. In other words, the main objective of an ESWI is to give a limited number of carefully selected representatives of the next generation a unique opportunity for establishing a personal network and for addressing an international audience and thus to create new research groups around the topic chosen.
EURO regularly solicits proposals from the national societies to host an ESWI. Proposals are then reviewed by the EURO Council. If approved, EURO provides a substantial contribution towards all expenses (room and board, social programme, etc.) "on location"; the rest is supposed to be provided by the host society itself or by gifts solicited by the host society. The travel costs, however, must be covered by the participant's national society or, if not possible, by the participants themselves. Guidelines for the organization of ESWI are available on the EURO website.
Each ESWI is announced on the EURO website, other similar websites, newsletters or journals. Applications are submitted to the Scientific Committee, that selects and ranks the candidates on the basis of submitted papers, and afterwards channels this information to the national societies for funding decisions.
[Latest guidelines approved January 2015 (updated frequency to permit up to 2 per year instead of 3 every 2 years).]
[Further update approved in January 2016 (updated method of allocating funds).]