Anita Schöbel Awarded GOR 2023 Science Prize

At this year’s annual meeting of the Society for Operations Research (GOR) on August 30, 2023, Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel received the GOR Science Award. The award is the most important prize awarded by the society and recognizes a scientist every two years for exceptional achievements in developing the focus of »Operations Research«. Schöbel is director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM and professor at the Rhineland-Palatinate Technical University Kaiserslautern-Landau RPTU.

In Hamburg, Anita Schöbel received the prize from Prof. Dr. Alexander Martin. The business mathematician is director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. The prize honours the mathematician’s complete work in the field of »Operations Research« and is currently endowed with 8,000 euros.

»Operations Research is great!« – In a personal acknowledgement and speech, Schöbel again emphasised how relevant OR has been to her research and career so far. »It is wonderful to advance the field in dedicated teams on so many levels. The award confirms to me that this is perceived in the same way in the community. Even though the award actually honours a life’s work, my work here is of course far from over,« says the mathematician.

»Making Operations Research More Visible«

In addition to her scientific work, Anita Schöbel has also been President of the »Association of European Operational Research Societies« (EURO) since 1 January and is thus an ambassador for Operations Research at the international level – most recently, for example, in Chile at the IFORS23 conference (International Federation of Operational Research Societies).

»My goal is to make the field of Operations Research more visible: in other disciplines, in society, in politics and in business,« emphasises Schöbel. »Our methods support many current questions: How do we distribute energy? What challenges do we solve in medicine, logistics or in planning future mobility, to name just a few areas.« Both in her work as a professor and at the Fraunhofer ITWM – the world’s largest institute for applied industrial mathematics – this is reflected in many different fields of application.

The complete press release and more impressions of the award ceremony can be found on our website:

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