The scheduling research field has been active and expanding for over forty years. In that time, the field has attracted a wealth of international interest from a variety of academic disciplines. This field has been a truly inter-disciplinary research area. Significant scientific advances have come from the disciplines of Information Technology and Computer Science, Mathematics and Operational Research, Manufacturing, Management, Business, Engineering, Psychology and Statistics. The recent launch of the Journal of Scheduling is one major indication of an international movement from researchers in this field to adopt an interdisciplinary approach and allow ideas from differing fields to cross-fertilise across the disciplines to the benefit of the scheduling research community at large.