The opportunities to travel and visit collaborators is surely one of the nicer aspects of our work in academia. And few would say No to an invitation to give a seminar talk in Montpellier. I certainly didn’t.

The University of Montpellier, founded in 1160, is one of the oldest in the world and is now home to some excellent research, in particular in robust optimisation. We are currently working on the concept of K-adaptability, where the decision maker selects a set of solutions with fixed cardinality, and once the scenario is revealed, he/she can choose one of the solutions from the set. These problems are more general than classic min-max approaches, but more restrictive than what is done in adjustable robustness.

It’s unfortunate if there is a call deadline at the same time – but now our application for a Newton Fund Institutional Link grant with Indonesian partners for disaster management has been submitted.