IAOS 2016 General Assembly

The IAOS held the 2016 General Assembly on Tuesday 6 December, as part of the 15th Conference of the IAOS, held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. 


The General Assembly began by acknowledging Dr Fritz Scheuren, Emiritus Editor of the SJIAOS. The Assembly recognised the significant efforts of Dr Scheuren (Fritz) in reinvigorating the Journal, which is now published quarterly, with papers on a wide range of topics. Tribute was also paid  to  Fritz's efforts to use the SJIAOS as a way of  increasing awareness of the IAOS, and so increasing membership.  The  Assembly also wished Fritz all the best in his retirement.


Led by the IAOS President, Ola Awad, the Assembly also reviewed the significant progress against the IAOS strategic plan, including the increase in membership, new website and greater engagement with stakeholders.  These highlights are described in the Annual report (click here to download the annual report.) which were endorsed by the Assembly.


Finally Dr Kirsten West, Editor of the SJIAOS, provided an overview of the 4 issues of the SJIAOS  published in 2016.  The Assembly noted the considerable progress in the Journal and extended its thanks to the  Editor and her team, the team at IOS Press, authors and readers. 



1- IAOS 2016 General Assembly - Ms. Ola Awad.

2- SJIAOS Status Report for Volume 32- Ms. Kirsten West.


 IAOS 2016 Conference Officially open

The IAOS 2016 opened with a flourish in Abu Dhabi, UAE earlier today. Over 700 people joined with UAE and Abu Dhabi dignitaries. The official opening started with a warm welcome by HE Butti Al Qubaisi (Director General, Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi. Enforcing the conference theme, HE Reem Al Hashmi, UAE Minister of State, requested delegates to take innovation as a way of life.


IAOS President Ola Awad also welcomed all VIPs and delegates and encouraged delegates to be challenged, inspired and engaged by the discussions throughout the conference.


The technical program was launched in an innovative manner, by Ola Rosling from Gapminder, who emphasised through clever use of visualisation and audience interaction the importance of building a fact based framework that can provide statistics to help see the world.


And with that, the IAOS 2016 was officially underway.


IASE 2017 Satellite Conference - Rabat, Morocco, July 11 - 14, 2017

The International Association for Statistical Education (IASE) is pleased to announce that its 10th Satellite Conference will take place July 11-14 in Rabat, Morocco, just before the 61st World Statistics Congress (WSC61; July 16-21 in Marrakesh in Morocco). IASE Satellites bring 80-120 participants from around the world and the host country to share their passion, expertise and experiences in statistics education. Many delegates continue to the larger WSC which has numerous sessions related to statistics education, but many come just for the Satellite meeting.


The 2017 Satellite conference will be organized around the broad theme *Teaching Statistics in a Data Rich World*. It is co-organized by IASE and IAOS (Int'l Association for Official Statistics) and will be hosted by the Faculty of Sciences at the campus of the University Mohammad V in the city of Rabat.


We invite you to participate at the Satellite, join us for sharing knowledge, questions, and ideas that can help to advance statistics education, and learn from the work of esteemed colleagues from around the world. The conference will mix plenary talks, paper and poster sessions, and pre-conference hands-on workshops in English, Arabic, and French.

The conference language is English, but we will accept a limited number of presentations in Arabic and French (preferably where slides are translated to English), to contribute to capacity-building.


Call for papers: (see also http://bit.ly/IASE2017Call)

The International Program Committee (IPC) is calling for contributions of papers and posters that fit with the theme listed above, and/or that address the sub-topics:


Topic 1. Big data era, what does it mean for us statistics educators?

Topic 2: Creating socially responsible societies with statistics,

Topic 3: Statistics for social scientists, researchers and workers,

Topic 4: Employability skills for statistics graduates,

Topic 5: Special Session on Statistics Education in Africa.


You are invited to send an abstract by *January 14, 2017*.


Interested? Visit the conference website: http://bit.ly/IASE2017  for more and up-to-date information. Send questions about the program and submissions to IPC Chair Ayse Bilgin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


We look forward to seeing you in Rabat!


Andrej Blejec (IASE president, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Ayse Bilgin (IASE2017 IPC Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)



Conference web links:

http://bit.ly/IASE2017 or


IAOS 2016 Annual Report

On behalf of the IAOS Executive Committee, I am pleased to present the IAOS 2016 annual report. This report sheds the light on major achievements the EXCO committee was able to attain, as well as the advancement it could reach. I appreciate all the outstanding contributions made and I would like to thank everyone in the IAOS family who took part in the progress that the IAOS has accomplished during this year. Last but not least, special gratitude to IAOS' partners who have immensely contributed to the strengthening of the IAOS presence and visibility in the international arena.


The report constitutes of six chapters that correspond to six major topics:

1.      IAOS Strategy Progress (2015-2017).

2.      Delivering Conferences and Workshops.

3.      Developing and Supporting IAOS Membership.

4.      IAOS Communications.

5.      SCORUS Activities.

6.      Conclusion.



Ola Awad       

IAOS President

Download the IAOS 2016 Annual Report