International relations and cooperation

SEIO maintains an intense international activity, being a member of federations and supranational entities, with representation in their governing bodies, in addition to having bilateral agreements with societies from other countries.

SEIO has an International Relations and Cooperation Commission, including  Cooperation purposes as promoting cooperation for development actions with societies, entities and individuals from less developed countries in the areas of Statistics and Operational Research.

The members of the International Relations and Cooperation Commission can be seen on the SEIO Commissions page.

International memberships and agreements

SEIO is member of the next associations and entities:

  • EMS (European Mathematical Society)
  • IFORS (International Federation of Operational Research Societies)
  • EURO (Association of European Operational Research Societies)
  • ALIO (Asociación Latinoamericana de Investigación de Operaciones)
  • FENSTAT (The Federation of European National Statistical Societies)
  • ISI (International Statical Institute)
  • CIMPA (Centro de Investigación en Matemática Pura y Aplicada)

This last entity is devoted to promoting and developing Mathematics in low and medium development countries, and SEIO is an institutional member with a position in its Steering Committee.

SEIO also maintains bilateral agreements with the next national societies:

  • Sociedade Portuguesa de Estatística
  • Associação Portuguesa de Investigação Operacional
  • Sociedad Mexicana de Investigación de Operaciones
  • Sociedad Colombiana de Estadística
  • Asociación Colombiana de Investigación Operativa
  • Sociedad Ecuatoriana de Estadística
  • Sociedade Brasileira de Pesquisa Operacional
Cooperation for development

SEIO includes among its objectives to promote activities for the dissemination and promotion of statistics and operational research in developing countries. Initially integrated into a specific Cooperation and Development commission, related activities have been included in the International Relations and Cooperation Commission.

Specifically, among other activities that currently involve several SEIO members are:

(If you know of any other activity, do not hesitate to send the information to, as well as if you want to participate in any of the current activities).

Activities related to Cooperation for Development and Calls

Various entities offer opportunities and activities for Cooperation for Development in the academic environment. Below are the most important web pages that collect most of the information.

  • The Observatory of University Cooperation for Development (OCUD) of  CRUE, maintains on its website an updated list of resources, studies and calls to finance  cooperation for development activities of entities in Spain.
  • Among the most outstanding national resources are the MAEC-AECID scholarships for Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Philippines, which are held annually to pursue Master’s or research studies in Spain.
  • CIMPA (Centre for Research in Pure and Applied Mathematics), is an international non-profit organization (UNESCO chair) established in Nice (France) since 1978. Its objective is to promote international cooperation in higher education and research in mathematics and other related issues for the benefit of developing countries. Spain is an intitutional member of CIMPA (being MINECO a statutory member), with a representative on the Steering Committee. CIMPA regularly organizes through annual open calls, Research Schools and finances Research Training activities.
  • EMS has a commission for developing countries, which among other things supports events, finances stays for researchers from Africa in more developed countries (program financed by the Simons Foundation)…
  • Within EURO there is a working group on OR for Development EWG-ORD that develops different activities, including a workshop before the EURO conferences.
  • IFORS organizes the ICORD conferences (International Conference on OR for Development)  and announces the IFORS for OR in Development award.
  • The International Mathematical Union (IMU)  has a CDC (Commission for Developing Countries) that develops multiple activities and awards. Among them is a Volunteer Lecture Programme, through which you can stay in developing countries to teach short-term courses (or request a teacher’s visit from a developing country).

Finally, if you are thinking of organising a university development cooperation activity and requesting some funding as a  cooperation for development project, this link explains some concepts that may be useful to you (although some resources no longer exist), published in BEIO: University Cooperation for Development: challenges and opportunities.