WCGO 2023

The 2023 World Congress on Global Optimization

The 2023 World Congress on Global Optimization (WCGO 2023) will be held on July 10-14, 2023 in Athens, Greece. WCGO 2023 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) Metz, France (2019) , and Athens, Greece (2021). 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.

Pandemic Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, WCGO 2023 will be organized as a hybrid meeting. Participants can join physically in Athens or attend virtually.

Date and Location

Date: July 10-14, 2023

Location: Athens, Greece


The list of committees is available here.

Special Issues

Selected refereed papers will be published in special issues of Journal of Global OptimizationJournal of Combinatorial Optimization, and Optimization Letters.


1. Constantin Caratheodory Prize

The Constantin Caratheodory Prize of the International Society of Global Optimization is awarded bi-annually to an individual (or a group) for fundamental contributions to theory, algorithms, and applications of global optimization. The Prize named after mathematician Constantin Caratheodory is awarded for outstanding work that reflects contributions that have stood the test of time. The criteria include scientific excellence, innovation, significance, depth, and impact. The winner will receive a certificate with an award of $2,000 and deliver a plenary lecture. The Constantin Caratheodory Prize was established by the International Society of Global Optimization in 2011, and was first awarded at the Second World Congress on Global Optimization, held in Chania, Greece during July 3-7, 2011.

Past Winners

Hoai An Le Thi and Paul I. Barton

Anna Nagurney and Anatoly Zhigljanvsky

Mauricio Resende and Antanas Zilinskas

Christodoulos A. Floudas, Ignacio E. Grossmann, and Nikolaos Sahinidis

Panos M. Pardalos

Huang Tuy

Nominations should be sent via e-mail to the Chair of the Selection Committee, Dr. Pardalos (pardalos(at)ufl(dot)edu). In each nomination letter only one person can be nominated. The deadline for nominations is March, 15, 2023.

2. iSoGo Young Researchers Award (iYRA)

The Young Researcher Prize of the International Society of Global Optimization is granted to researchers demonstrating outstanding research performance. The award aims to inspire early stage researchers (received their PhD degrees within five years) to incorporate theory, algorithms, and applications of global optimization into their PhD thesis and research. The Award is granted biannually at the WCGO where the recipients will present their work.The Award consists of a Certificate and a part of the award will be monetary in the form of a travel and accommodation grant for attending the World Congress of Global Optimization. All nominations received will be considered by, and voted upon, by the iSoGO Prize Committee.

3. iSoGO Student Paper Award (iSPA)

The iSoGO Student Paper Prizes are awarded biannually to the student author(s) of the most outstanding paper(s) submitted to the WCGO. This award is based solely on the merit and content of the students contribution to the submitted paper. The purpose of the Student Paper Prizes is to recognize outstanding scholarship by students in global optimization.

Eligibility is restricted to students in good standing who do not yet hold the degree of PhD before the WCGO. Papers entered in the competition must be presented at the WCGO. Each recipient of the iSoGO Student Paper Prize shall receive a certificate and reimbursement of up to $500 toward travel expenses for attending WCGO.