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World Congress on Global Optimization
WCGO 2021, Athens, Greece, July 7-10, 2021


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Welcome to WCGO 2021

The 2021 World Congress on Global Optimization (WCGO 2021) will be held on July 7-10, 2021 in Athens, Greece. WCGO 2021 continues the tradition of The World Congress on Global Optimization (WCGO) that previously took place in Changsha, China (2009), Chania, Greece (2011), Huangshang, China (2013), Gainesville, Florida (2015) , College Station, Texas (2017) , and Metz, France (2019) . This world congress will offer an excellent forum for researchers and practitioners in the field of global optimization from all over the world

A primary goal of the WCGO is to bring together scientists, engineers, mathematicians and practitioners from a variety of related disciplines, to exchange ideas and present original research results in the theory and applications of global optimization. One of the highlights of this biannual meeting is the announcement of Constantin Carathéodory Prize of the International Society of Global Optimization awarded in recognition of lifetime contributions to the field of global optimization.

The conference will be organized by the International Society of Global Optimization and the Center for Applied Optimization.

Pandemic Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, WCGO 2021 will be organized as a hybrid meeting. Participants can join physically in Athens or attend virtually.


The tentative schedule of the WCGO is now available. You can read and download the schedule here.


Selected refereed papers will be published in special issues of Journal of Global Optimization, Journal of Combinatorial Optimization, and Optimization Letters. See Paper Submission for more details.

Important dates

May 31 Deadline for Title/Abstract Submission
May 31 Registration
July 7-10 Conference


Conference Organizer:

Panos Pardalos, Center for Applied Optimization, University of Florida (USA)

Local Organizers:

  • Ilias S. Kotsireas
  • Arsenios Tsokas
  • Meserret Karaca



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