Announcement of the IAOS 2020 General Assembly in virtual format





The 2020 IAOS General Assembly will be held on Thursday 20th August at 12.00 - 13:00 (CEST) in virtual format.

If you wish to attend please email Jo Green ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) who will send you a link to join the meeting.

The agenda for the meeting will be:

  1. Minutes of 2019 General Assembly: for agreement
  2. IAOS Annual Report: for agreement
  3. Amendment to the statutes of the IAOS: for agreement (see note below)
  4. Nominations for the IAOS Executive Committee: for consideration
  5. Future topics for SJIAOS: for consideration
  6. Other business


John Pullinger



Note on amendment to the statutes for the IAOS

The statutes of the IAOS are in line with Dutch law and the statutes of the ISI.

The statutes do not permit the General Assembly to be held in virtual format. Accordingly, the IAOS Executive Committee had intended to find an opportunity to hold a meeting in physical format during 2020. At a meeting of the Executive Committee on 7th August the Executive Committee concluded that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic this would not be possible.

The Dutch authorities have recognised the COVID-19 pandemic currently makes it difficult for organisations to hold General Assemblies in physical format and has made provision for General Assemblies to be held in virtual format so long as this is done before 1st September 2020. This does not allow us the usual 2 months notice period for General Assemblies.

In order to avoid this situation recurring the General Assembly will be invited to agree a change to the IAOS statutes as follows. To insert the words:

The General Assembly meeting may be held virtually. In the case of a virtual meeting, members are given the opportunity to participate online and vote.



Southampton Conference, July 2021, Call for Abstracts

Conference and Special Issue of Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A in memory of Fred Smith and Chris Skinner, Southampton, UK, 8‐10 July 2021

Abstract submissions are invited for presentation at a conference in memory of Fred (TMF) Smith and Chris Skinner, who both passed away during winter 2019/20. The conference will be based around the themes that interested Fred and Chris during their research careers, including (but not limited to)
 analysis and modelling of complex survey data
 time series methods in the analysis of survey data
 statistical disclosure control
 official statistics

Call for Abstracts - submission deadline: 1 October 2020 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Further details can be found here.

Kenza Sallier present her winning YSP paper to an ONS audience

Congratulations to Ms Kenza Sallier from Statistics Canada for winning first place with her paper “Toward More User-Centric Data Access Solutions: Producing Synthetic Data of High Analytical Value by Data Synthesis”. Kenza presented her paper to the UK Office of National Statistics in June 2020.
Read more.

An opportunity to join virtual Town Hall discussions

A series of open town hall discussion opportunities


American Statistical Association (ASA), International Statistical Institute (ISI) and the National institute for Statistical Sciences (NISS) will host a series of open town hall discussions starting Friday 17 July.



The purpose of these discussions is to understand the breadth of the statistics community involvement at their local, state or national level in Covid-19 public health efforts. The first town hall will focus on sampling and registries


You can find further details and registration instructions here -

New international statistical snapshot on impact of Covid-19 released

New international statistical snapshot on impact of Covid-19 released


Throughout the current crisis, the international statistics community has continued to work together, in partnership with national statistical offices and systems around the world to ensure that the best quality data and statistics are available to support decision making during and after the crisis.



How Covid-19 is changing the world: a statistical perspective, a report compiled jointly by 36 international organisations, and coordinated by the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) - gives a small flavour of that cooperation.


It provides a snapshot of some of the latest information available on how COVID-19 is affecting different aspects of public and private life, from economic and environmental fluctuations to changes that affect individuals in terms of income, education, employment and violence and changes affecting public services such as civil aviation and postal services. It also puts a spotlight on the affects for some sub-population groups like women and children as well as geographical regions.


The report is available at