What was your term as »President Elect« like – did you initiate things that you can now push forward as President of the Association?
First and foremost, I learned a lot during my tenure. My predecessor, Prof. Marc Seveaux, who is now »Past President«, took me everywhere with him, virtually and in real life, so that I got a good impression of what tasks arise over the year.
I have also already initialized two things: In 2025, the EURO will be 50 years old, and we want to honor that, among other things with a collection of scientific articles. We plan to publish articles by renowned experts on topics such as »50 years of OR in healthcare«, »50 years of robust optimization«, and »50 years of OR in mobility«. We also want to present the diversity of our society in a magazine.
What would you like to achieve during your term of office? And how are you going about it?
My goal is to make the field of »Operations Research« and both EURO and our national societies more visible: in other disciplines, in society, in politics and in business. Our methods support many highly relevant questions: How to distribute energy? We also tackle challenges in medicine, logistics, planning future mobility, just to name a few. Collaboration with other disciplines can also be strengthened. There are interfaces with algorithmics, numerics, discrete mathematics, or many areas of economics, among others.