On this page we tell more about the Netherlands Society for Statistics and Operations Research (VVSOR in Dutch), our activities, the sections, the history and our daily board.

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The goal of the VVSOR is to promote the application and study of statistics and operational research, serving both science and society. In order to achieve this goal many events are organized by the VVSOR, such as the two-day Annual Meeting in Spring. Speakers with varying backgrounds tell their vision on the disciplines of statistics and/or operations research. Each year during the Annual Meeting two prices are awarded for the best Master’s thesis and the best PhD thesis and every five years the Van Dantzig price is awarded. Furthermore, the VVSOR publishes two journals, the scientific journal Statistica Neerlandica and the society’s journal STAtOR. Our expert group advises institutes and news media on new developments and difficult issues regarding statistics and OR.


The various areas within statistics and operations research have resulted in our seven sections, who also organize events and meetings on a regular basis.


The Netherlands Society for Statistics and Operations Research (VVSOR) has been founded on August 15, 1945 and currently has approximately 800 members.

The VVSOR has the following honorary members:

Mevr. Prof. dr. C. (Constance) van Eeden (1927 – 2021)
Dhr. Dr. J.P.M. (Jos) de Kroon
Dhr. Prof. dr. W.R. (Willem) van Zwet (1934 – 2020)
Dhr. Prof. dr. I.W. (Ivo) Molenaar (1935 – 2018)
Dhr. Prof. dr. J.C. (Hans) van Houwelingen
Dhr. Prof. dr. W. (Willem) Schaafsma
Dhr. G.J. (Gerrit) Stemerdink
Dhr. Prof. dr. F.W. (Fred) Steutel (1931-2017)
Dhr. Prof. dr. R. (Richard) D. Gill
Mevr. Prof. dr. J.J. (Jacqueline) Meulman


The daily board of VVSOR currently consists of Casper Albers, Pieter Jongsma, Marianne Jonker and Rebecca Kuiper. For more information and contact details of the daily board of the VVSOR, please refer to this page.