EURO Gold Medal (Guidelines)


  • The EURO Gold Medal is the highest recognition in Europe for scientific activity in OR. It is conferred on a prominent person or team or institution, for an outstanding contribution to the development of the discipline of OR.
  • The award is officially bestowed at the opening plenary session of a EURO-k Conference, if there is a suitable candidate. Following a presentation of the competition by the chair of the jury, the laureate is invited to give a lecture. The laureate then receives the EURO Gold Medal and the diploma.


  • The laureate receives a medal in gold, a diploma, and is invited to all future EURO-k Conferences without payment of the registration fees.
  • At the EURO-k conference at which the laureate is awarded the EGM, EURO will grant the recipient's registration fee and cover travel and accommodation expenses.


  • The EURO Gold Medal shall be awarded for a body of work in OR, preferably published over a period of several years. Although recent work should not be excluded, care should be taken to allow the contribution to stand the test of time.
  • The potential prize recipient should have a recognized stature in the European OR community. Significance, innovation, depth, and scientific excellence should be stressed.
  • To emphasize the European flavour of the Award, all societies are strongly urged not to propose a candidate from their own country.
  • No currently active officer of EURO (Executive Committee member, EURO Gold Medal jury member, Organising and Programme Committee Chairs of the conference where the EURO Gold Medal will be awarded) is eligible.


  • Candidates can be nominated by EURO member national societies, previous EURO Gold Medal laureates and jury chairs, or by a group of respected academics within the European OR community.
  • Nominations must be made in confidence (i.e. the nominee should not be informed). Previously unsuccessful candidates can be nominated again.
  • Any proposal has to include a recent and detailed CV of the nominee, as well as a written motivation stating the reasons why the nominee deserves the EURO Gold Medal.
  • All nominations must be sent to the chair of the EGM jury by the due date set in the announcement.

Selection jury

  • The selection jury consists of five member of recognized stature in the OR community.
  • The jury includes a core of three members who serve normally a period of three prizes, with one member added at each prize edition. The new member is nominated by the EURO Executive Committee (suggestions will be asked to the jury core) and approved by the EURO Council. The chair is normally the member who is in the final year of service. The EURO Executive Committee then selects additionally two members serving only for the current prize edition and keeps the EURO Council informed about the decision.
  • Care should be taken to ensure the diversity of the selection committee and, especially, that it is representative of the various areas of OR. In particular, it is important that no two members come from the same major research area in OR.
  • The jury members must be members of one of the EURO member societies but not necessarily previous EURO Gold Medallists.

Selection process

  • In the year preceding each EURO Conference, the EURO Gold Medal jury should actively seek nominations of potential prize recipients from a broad selection of various OR areas.
  • Only one award may be made on each occasion.
  • One person may receive the award at most once in his/her lifetime.
  • The jury evaluates the nominees essentially on the basis of their scientific activities (papers in excellent journals, editorials, jobs, number of PhD students...). The selection jury is authorized to choose the award laureate without review or approval of the selection by the EURO Executive Committee and EURO Council. In the event that an award is made to an institution, or team, EURO will cover the registration costs, travel and accommodation expenses for one representative of the institution or team to attend the conference at which the medal is awarded. Furthermore one member of the team or institution is entitled to attend all future EURO-k conferences without payment of registration fees.

Time Line for the EURO Gold Medal

t - 2 years Nomination of the new EGM jury core member by the Executive Committee. Approval of the new EGM jury core member by the EURO Council.
t - 1,5 year Selection of additional jury members by the EURO Executive Committee.
t - 1 year EURO Executive Committee keeps EURO Council informed about the additional jury members.
Call for nominations sent by EGM jury chair.
t - 5 months Deadline for nominations.
t - 4 months Decision of the jury, the jury chair informs the EURO President who informs the EGM laureate and EURO Office.
Preparation of medal and certificate by the EURO Office.
t Presentation of the laureate and lecture during the EURO Conference. An electronic copy of the laureate's presentation handed over to the EURO Office to make it available on the EURO Web Site.

[Latest guidelines approved July 2017]

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