The 8th International Conference on
Variable Neighborhood Search

March 15-19 21-25, 2021, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

Registration is open!!!


About the conference

The 8th International Conference on Variable Neighborhood Search (initially called ICVNS2020) will be co-organized by the EURO Working Group on Metaheuristics (EWG EU/ME). The main goal of the 8th ICVNS conference is to provide a stimulating environment in which researchers coming from various scientific fields can share and discuss their knowledge, expertise and ideas related to the VNS Metaheuristic and its applications. The aim of the 8th International Conference on VNS is to allow specialists and practitioners on Variable Neighborhood Search to effectively screen papers and participate in lively debates.

Call For Papers (download)

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Khalifa University,
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.


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Selected papers that were presented in 8th ICVNS will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.

Each paper will be peer-reviewed according to the editorial policy of Springer LNCS series.

Special issues

These confirmed special issues will be dedicated to significantly extended and improved versions of the papers presented at the 8th ICVNS conference. All papers will be, peer reviewed, according to the journal standards.

Submissions (either full papers in .pdf format or abstracts in plain text) should be uploaded using the
    Springer Online Conference Service (OCS).
Please, note that you will need to create an account in the OCS manuscript submission system, if you have not already done so.

Submissions can consist of:
  • A full paper (12 - 15 pages).
    The paper is required to be formatted using the template provided by the LNCS instructions that can be found here.
  • A short abstract (up to half page).
    Accepted abstracts will appear in the book of abstracts (without ISBN). In order to include your abstract in the book of abstracts of the conference, it must be carefully checked to avoid any English mistake. Additionally, abstract length must be set to a number of words between 150 and 200. A short acknowledgement is welcome under your abstract, if necessary. Finally, we encourage you to carefully review the affiliations and names of the authors.

Conference Schedule

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: July 15, 2020
Notification to authors: September 25, 2020
Extended deadline for Abstract submission:   JanuaryFebruary 15, 2021
Early registration deadline: JanuaryFebruary 28, 2021
Preliminary program schedule notice:   February 28, 2021
Conference dates: March 15 - March 20March 21 - March 25, 2021

Plennary Speakers

Prof. Panos Pardalos

Prof. Panos Pardalos

University of Florida, USA

Prof. Yury Kochetov

Prof. Yury Kochetov

Sobolev Institute of Mathematics, Russia

Prof. Bassem Jarboui

Prof. Bassem Jarboui

Higher Colleges of Technology, U.A.E.

Conference Venue

Abu Dhabi

Exact conference location will be updated later.

Travel info

The conference organizers will prebook some hotels closer to the registration date

Arriving to Abu Dhabi

There are two large aiports (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) that have direct connections to most of the large cities in the world. The conference venue can be reached by taxi for about $25-$30 (from Abu Dhabi airport) or $90-$100 (from Dubai). The organizers can also arrange shuttle transporation from the airport if multiple participants arrive at the same time.

Hotels in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has a large number of hotels starting from $50 per night. Organizers will arrange corporate tarifs in the hotels near the conference venue, when the registration date approaches.

Supporting Organizations