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EURO Working Group on Behavioural O.R.

Spring Workshop 2022

11-12th April 2022

Special theme: BOR contributions to the Energy Transition

Department of Mathematics - University of Coimbra, Portugal

This workshop of the EURO Working Group on Behavioural O.R., to be held in Coimbra next Spring, aims at bringing together researchers, students and practitioners to share recent research, new developments and best practices on the special theme of behavioural OR contributions to the energy transition, as well as providing guidance for developing effective behavioural OR-supported interventions in a vast range of domains.

The programme includes keynote lectures from experts from academia and industry, practical sessions, short presentations by participants, and discussions. Topics range from state-of-the-art methods and applications, including multidisciplinary approaches, modelling and decision support tools. Although the energy transition is the special theme in this workshop, we encourage participants working in all fields to submit their work. General BOR submissions are also welcome.

A two-day in-person workshop is envisaged. Recommendations of the Health Authority will be followed at all times.

We look forward to an enriching workshop in Coimbra!


MONDAY, April 11

09.00 – 9.45Registration
09.45 – 10.00

Welcome Session

Carlos Henggeler Antunes, INESC Coimbra, University of Coimbra

José Fernando Oliveira, Portuguese Association of Operational Research

Marta Lopes, INESC Coimbra

10.00 – 11.00

Keynote session: Methodological and behavioural challenges in scenario analysis and policy assessment  - Ahti Salo, Aalto University School of Science, Systems Analysis Laboratory, Finland

Chair: Carlos Henggeler Antunes

11.00 – 11.30Coffee-break
11.30 – 12.30

Pitch session 1

eeRIS - Analysis on washing behaviours of Greek householdsIoanna-Mirto Chatzigeorgiou, Georgios T. Andreou*

Meeting the preconditions for demand response engagement. Fouad El Gohary

Is loss aversion bias relevant also to spatial decisions? Insights from a behavioural experiment. Linda Migliorati*, Valentina Ferretti

A BOR contribution to understanding end-users’ adoption of time-differentiated tariffs. Marta Lopes*, Inês Reis and Carlos Henggeler Antunes 

On the use of a combined value focused thinking-soft systems methodology approach for structuring decision support for energy performance evaluation of school buildings. Hermano Bernardo*, Adélio Gaspar and Carlos Henggeler Antunes

Chair: Ana Soares

12.30 – 14.00Lunch
14.00 – 15.30Interactive sessionA multicriteria assessment of energy policy measures for EU - Luis M. C. Dias, University of Coimbra, Centre for Business and Economics Research (CeBER)
15.30 – 16.00Coffee-break
16.00 – 17.30

Pitch session 2

How vulnerable to oil are net oil importing countries in Europe? Carla O. Henriques*, Maria E. Neves, Alexandre Lima and Duc K. Nguyen

Employing value-based DEA in the eco-efficiency assessment of the electricity sector. C.O. Henriques, C.M. Gouveia, M. Tenente* and P.P. da Silva

An optimization model to characterize the aggregated flexibility responsiveness of residential end-users. Vahid Rasouli*, Álvaro Gomes and Carlos Henggeler Antunes

The role of operational research to address water and energy integration in water supply systems. Ana Reis*, Marta Lopes, A. Andrade-Campos and Carlos Henggeler Antunes

Optimization of electric vehicle charging for sustainable energy systems. Mahla Shariatzadeh*, Marta Lopes and Carlos Henggeler Antunes

Renewable energy communities: how regulatory changes impact on RES prosumers in Europe. Nasrin Aliyari

Chair: Marta Lopes

19.30 Dinner

TUESDAY, April 12

09.30 – 10.30

Keynote session: Customer Insights: from science to action - Rui Cabral, SonaeMC

Chair: Maria Antónia Carravilla

10.30 – 11.00Coffee-break
11.00 – 12.30

Keynote session:

Cost vs. comfort demand response optimization in face of dynamic tariffs - Carlos Henggeler Antunes, University of Coimbra, INESC Coimbra

Energy and Behaviour: A multi-faceted perspective towards a low carbon future - Marta Lopes, IPCoimbra, INESC Coimbra

Chair: José Fernando Oliveira

12.30 - 13.00

Closing session

Carlos Henggeler Antunes, INESC Coimbra, University of Coimbra

José Fernando Oliveira, Portuguese Association of Operational Research

Marta Lopes, INESC Coimbra

13.00 – 14.30Lunch

Important dates

Abstract submission22 March 2022 8 March 2022
Notification of acceptance25 March 2022 15 March 2022
Deadline registration & payment31 March 2022

Abstract submission

Works addressing potential contributions to the special theme of energy transition. All disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches of methodological and application nature are welcome. Abstracts should have maximum 500 words and follow the template.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically via e-mail (please send the word .doc or .docx file) to till March 22.


Marta Lopes, Polythecnic of Coimbra & INESC Coimbra

Carlos Henggeler Antunes, University of Coimbra & INESC Coimbra

Ana Soares, INESC Coimbra

EURO BOR Working Group

For further information, please contact Marta Lopes (