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Associations, Federations and Special Interest Groups

Aware of the importance of international cooperation for the advancement of science, INSTICC works closely together with several other national and international associations and is proud to welcome them as partners in its activities or to arrange initiatives in cooperation with them.

While several forms of partnership are welcome, INSTICC places special value in "Technical Co-Sponsorships", by means of which both associations support each other from a scientific perspective for their mutual benefit. Additionally, in this case, members of partner organizations benefit from the same registration conditions as INSTICC members.

Current Institutional Partners:

Object Management Group

The Object Management Group (OMG®) is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry standards consortium. Founded in 1989, OMG standards are driven by vendors, end-users, academic institutions and government agencies.


Workflow Management Coalition

Founded in 1993, the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) is a global organization of adopters, developers, consultants, analysts, as well as university and research groups engaged in workflow and BPM.  The WfMC creates and contributes to process related standards, educates the market on related issues, and is the only standards organization that concentrates purely on process.  The WfMC created Wf-XML and XPDL, the leading process definition language used today in over 80 known solutions to store and exchange process models. XPDL is a process design format for storing the visual diagram and all design time attributes.


Associação Portuguesa de Investigação Operacional

The Portuguese OR Society (Associação Portuguesa de Investigação Operacional - APDIO) is a scientific society, which brings together the Portuguese community interested in Operational Research. APDIO was founded in 1978 by 140 founding members, including university researchers, industrial professionals and several Portuguese Institutes and Companies as institucional associates. APDIO defines as its mission to contribute for the advance of Operational Research through courses, seminars, workshops, conferences and publications (such as scientific journals, bulletins and books). Furthermore, APDIO promotes the exchange of results, experiences and OR applications by electronic means like its web page (http://apdio.pt/home). The Portuguese OR Society is member of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies – IFORS and International Federation of Automatic Control - IFAC, since its very beginning. It is also a member of the Association of European Operational Research Societies - EURO and founding member of the Association of Latin-Iberoamerican Operational Research Societies  - ALIO since 1982. APDIO has a reciprocity agreement with the Brazilian Society of Operations Research - SOBRAPO, since 2001.



MIMOS has been created from an initiative of a group of Italian operators in the simulation field; during an informal meeting held in February 2000 in Turin, they agreed on the opportunity to increase the knowledge on Modelling and Simulation in Italy by exchanging reciprocal experiences. The idea was to proceed with the creation of a National Association on Modelling and Simulation acting as a reference point for all Companies, Organisations and Users involved, in any way and form, in such a field.


Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)

The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) is the largest Artificial Intelligence Society in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1964, the society has an international membership drawn from both academia and industry. It is a member of the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence.
AISB is a thriving learned society which invites membership from people with a serious interest in Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science and related areas. There are six types of membership: student, ordinary, benefactor, patron, corporate and institutional. The society hosts an annual convention. Members of the Society receive a quarterly newsletter AISBQ which includes short reports on current AI and Cognitive Science research. Members are also entitled to discounts to the ECAI conference.


EUROSIM - Federation of European Simulation Societies

EUROSIM, the Federation of European Simulation Societies, was set up in 1989. The purpose of EUROSIM is to provide a European forum for regional and national simulation societies to promote the advancement of modelling and simulation in industry, research and development.


Liophant Simulation

Liophant is a non-profit association born in order to be a trait-d'union among simulation developers and users; Liophant is devoted to promote and diffuse the simulation techniques and methodologies; the Association promotes exchange of students, sabbatical years, organization of International Conferences, organization of courses and stages in companies to apply the simulation to real problems.


Simulation Team

The Simulation Team was established in early third millenium for Leading a Pool of HiTech Institutions active in Modelling & Simulation. The Simulation Team represents an Excellence Network involving top quality international institutions and Simulation Team members are able to guarantee an unique capability to develop multidisciplinary models for complex systems. Simulation Team is active in involved in the organization of several among the Major World Conferences in M&S such as I3M.


Latvian Simulation Society

The Latvian Simulation Society (LSS) has been found in 1990 as the first professional simulation organization in the field of modeling and simulation in the post-Soviet area. Its members represent the main simulation centres in Latvia, including both academic and industrial sectors, in particular, operating at Riga Technical University, Latvian University, the Latvian University of Agriculture, Transport and Telecommunication Institute, as well as at industrial companies DATI Exigen Group and Solvers, Ltd.


Federation of Asia Simulation Societies

ASIASIM, the Federation of Asia Simulation Societies, is a union of simulation societies in Asia.  At present, simulation societies of China, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia are its members.


Japan Society for Simulation Technology

JSST (Japan Society for Simulation Technology) is the oldest academic society of computer science and engineering in Japan.


International Association for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation

The International Association for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation (IMACS) has the goal to establish means of communication between researchers on simulation. It is incorporated in the United States and Belgium, with affiliates in other countries. IMACS organizes conferences, and publishes scientific journals and books in affiliation with Elsevier publishing company.


European Council for Modeling and Simulation

ECMS, The European Council for Modelling and Simulation is an independent forum of European academics and practitioners dedicated to research, development, and applications of modelling and simulation.


Bulgarian Modeling and Simulation Association

Bulgarian M&S Association – BULSIM is a non-profit organization for public benefit, dedicated to dissemination and recognition of Modeling, Simulation and Training in Bulgaria, Europe and all over the world. BULSIM strives for excellence, high professional standards, lofty moral and loyalty of the specialists in this domain. The Association provides professional environment for collaboration among industry, academia and government. All BULSIM members endorse the Code of Professional Ethics for Simulationists.




ACM SIGSIM mission is to promote and disseminate the advancement of high quality state-of-the-art in Modeling and Simulation (M&S) across a broad range of interests and disciplines.



SIGMAS is a formal entity of the Association for Information Systems (AIS). SIGMAS is an International community of professionals from a broad spectrum of disciplines who want to share the benefits of their knowledge and expertise regarding Modeling and Simulation.


European Training and Simulation Association

ETSA has established itself as "The European Voice" of the MS&T community.
ETSA represents the European training and simulation community.  It provides a non-partisan environment for government bodies, academia, users and suppliers within Europe to network, exchange opportunities, ideas, information and strategies on education, training and simulation technology & methodology.
ETSA undergoes, and co-ordinates, research, development and innovation work to promote and help instigate, improve and extend the widespread use and efficacy of modelling and simulation technologies (including virtual, augmented and mixed reality) and practices for training and other applications throughout the European community.
ETSA organises seminars, workshops, visits and interest groups. It runs an informative website, publishes regular Members' Newsletters and provides Member discounts/benefits at many major training & simulation exhibitions, conferences and events World-wide.
If you have a professional interest in education, training, modelling and simulation in Europe, join Europe's premier Association.


The Society for Modeling & Simulation International

The Society for Modeling & Simulation International (SCS) was established in 1952 as a nonprofit, volunteer-driven corporation called Simulation Councils, Inc. Simulation Councils, Inc. became The Society for Computer Simulation which is where we derived the acronym SCS.
SCS is the premier technical Society dedicated to advancing the use of modeling & simulation to solve real-world problems; devoted to the advancement of simulation and allied computer arts in all fields; and committed to facilitating communication among professionals in the field of simulation.