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Call for Nominations  

Awards of the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making

The international Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making presents, at each of its international conferences, up to three awards to individuals in honor of their outstanding, long-lasting, and influential contributions to the field of MCDM.  These awards are:

The MCDM Gold Medal: This is the highest honor that the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making bestows upon a scholar who, over a distinguished career, has markedly contributed to the theory, methodology, practice and professional development of MCDM.

The MCDM Edgeworth-Pareto Award: This is the highest distinction that the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making bestows upon a researcher or practitioner of MCDM who has demonstrated a high level of creativity in developing novel areas of application of MCDM and associated methodology, markedly influencing the form of MCDM practice.

The Georg Cantor Award: This is the highest form of recognition that the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making bestows upon a researcher who has personified the spirit of independent inquiry in developing innovative ideas in the theory and methodology of MCDM, significantly expanding the tools available to MCDM practice.

The 24th International Conference takes place in Ottawa, Canada during 10-14 July 2017.  Nominations are now sought for awards to be made at this conference.  Nominations should be emailed not later than 15 March 2017 to Theodor Stewart, (alternative email

Please note the following in respect of making nominations:

  • No self-nominations will be accepted.
  • The nomination must clearly state for which award the nomination is being made.
  • Provide a short statement as to why the nominee is worthy of the award, indicating his/her contributions to the MCDM field.
  • Provide a CV for the nominee or a link to it.

Note that a condition of the awards is that the awardee attends the conference in person to receive the award and to present a plenary talk.
More information concerning the awards and past awardees may be found at the website

The members of the award committee for 2017 are as follows:

  • Theodor Stewart (Chair), University of Cape Town
  • Sarah Ben Amor (2017 Conference Convenor), University of Ottawa
  • Valerie Belton, University of Strathclyde
  • Kalyanmoy Deb, Michigan State University
  • James Dyer, University of Texas
  • Murat Köksalan (President MCDM Society), Middle East Technical University
  • Roman Slowinski, Poznan University
  • Ralph Steuer, University of Georgia
  • Jyrki Wallenius, Aalto University

The committee reserves the right to make its own nominations and/or not to make particular awards.

Call for submissions  

The 2017 Wiley Practice Prize in MCDA

John Wiley & Sons Limited, as publishers of the Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, are once more sponsoring a prize for the best paper describing a real-life application of multiple criteria decision making presented at the 24th International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making to be held in Ottawa, Canada, 10-14 July 2017.  The prize is US $1000, while the winning paper and approved finalist papers will be published in the journal.

To be eligible for the prize, a paper should describe a real-world application, or series of applications, of MCDA in which there is clear interaction between the authors and decision makers or other significant stakeholders. Papers simply proposing alternative approaches to problems taken from the literature will, for example, not be considered for the prize.

Conference delegates wishing to have their papers considered for the prize should upload the abstract to the conference submission system ( by the conference deadline, and to send a copy of the full paper not later than March 22, 2017 to Theodor Stewart (Editor in Chief of the journal) at (alternative email  A brief letter should accompany the full paper, explaining the background of the application and the practical impacts of the study.

This submission implies that the paper has not been submitted for publication to any journal.

The adjudication process will then be as follows.

  • A committee will perform a preliminary screening of submissions to select up to four finalists. The finalists will be informed by 30 April, 2017.
  • The finalists will at this point be required within two weeks to upload their papers formally on to the JMCDA on-line submission system. (Instructions will be given at that time). The papers will then be subject to a full review according to the standard procedures of the journal.
  • Finalist papers which have been submitted to the journal will be assembled into a special practice prize session at the conference, where their status as finalists will be advertised.
  • The final decision of the practice prize jury (taking into account reviews of the written papers as well as the oral presentation) will be announced at the conference banquet, on 13 July 2017.

The prize winning paper is ensured publication in the journal, although minor revisions may still be requested. Decisions on the others will be subject to reviewers’ comments, and may require revisions as a condition for publication. The intention is to group all of these papers into a single issue of the journal if at all possible.

Call for Applications

The International MCDM Doctoral Dissertation Competition

At the 24th International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making, the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making will bestow the MCDM Doctoral Dissertation Award upon a scholar who has recently obtained a doctoral degree and demonstrated excellence in her or his doctoral dissertation research in Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) or a related field. The MCDM Doctoral Dissertation Competition identifies and recognizes outstanding doctoral dissertation research, completed since the beginning of 2015, in the development of theory, methodology, and/or the application of theory or methodology to MCDM.

The MCDM Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee will evaluate the applications, identify finalists and provide recommendations to the MCDM Executive Committee for the final decision. The award will be announced at the 24th International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making, Ottawa, Canada, July 10th to July 14th, 2017. The finalists are expected to give a talk at the conference. The finalists will be exempt from paying the conference fee.

Deadline for applications: Please email the zip file of the application packet to the awards committee at by March 31st, 2017. The finalists will be informed by May 1st, 2017.

Eligibility: Those whose dissertation is in MCDM or a related field and who graduated with a doctoral degree after January 1st, 2015. Only dissertations which have been written in English are eligible.

The application packet should include the following documents (all of which must be in English, except possibly the diploma):

  • Cover letter
  • Applicant’s 2-3 page resume
  • Scanned copy of the original diploma of the Doctoral Degree
  • Electronic copy of the Doctoral Dissertation
  • Extended Abstract of the Doctoral Dissertation in English, limit of four single-spaced pages
  • Copies of publications/patents based on the Doctoral Dissertation, if any. In this case, we need a statement from the supervisor saying that the publication(s) derive from the dissertation. Also include publications accepted for a journal, accompanied with the Editor’s acceptance letter.
  • An endorsement letter from the supervisor(s), highlighting the significance of the dissertation
  • (Optional) Additional supporting letters that the applicant wishes to attach

Jyrki Wallenius
Chair of the International MCDM Doctoral Dissertation Committee