Announcement: IAOS Executive Committe 2019-2021




Following the IAOS Statutes, the 2018 Nominating Committee, in charge of selecting the candidates for posts of President-elect and four EXCO members, having one candidate for each position and taking into account a proper regional representation and gender balance as much as possible, has come up with the following list:


Members of the EXCO:


President: Mr. John Pullinger (UK);

President-elect: Mr. Misha Belkindas (USA);

Member: Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin (Asia, second term);

Member: Mr. Peter Popoola (Africa, first term);

Member: Ms. Hasnae Fdhil (Arab Region, second term);

Member: Ms. Gemma Van Halderen (Oceania, second term, EXCO lead on 2022 Conference).

Member (ex-officio): Ms. Ada Van Krimpen (Director of the Permanent Office of the ISI).


Co-opted Members:


Mr. Rolando Ocampo Alcantar (Latin America and the Caribbean);

Mr. Jan Robert Suesser (Europe, IAOS representative to the ISI WSC);

Ms. Ayush Ariunzaya (Conference Advisor for the IAOS 2020 Conference in Zambia).


Special Invitees:


Dr. Kirsten West (Editor in Chief, SJIAOS, until August 2019);

Mr. Pieter Everaers (Editor in Chief, SJIAOS, from August 2019);

Ms. Teodora Brandmueller (SCORUS Chair);

Ms. Nancy McBeth (Special Advisor to the President);

Mr. Ronald Jansen (UNSD);

Mr. Oliver Chinganya (Programme Chair of the IAOS 2020 Conference in Zambia);

Mr. Kees Zeelenberg (Former Programme Chair of the IAOS-OECD 2018 Conference in Paris).


I would like to thank the Nominating Committee members for their work and wish the new EXCO for 2019-2021 the best of luck and success.


Mario Palma

IAOS President 2017-2019



Symposium on Data Sciencie and Official Statistics



UN Statistics Division (UNSD) Symposium on Data Science and Official Statistics

jointly organized with UNESCAP and UN Global Working Group on Big Data

for Official Statistics (GWG)


15-17 August, 2019 


Symposium offers insights into activities at the nexus of Data Science and Official Statistics. 


One of the satellite seminars to the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 18-23 August 2019).


Registration closes 15 July 2019


See for more information.


ISI WSC 2019 Short Courses Programme - Registration is open!


The 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress (ISI WSC 2019) will be held on 18-23 August 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Following the tradition of the previous WSCs, ISI, in cooperation with its Associations and with support of the host organization, is organizing a pre-WSC programme of short courses to take place on 16-17 August 2019 at Sasana Kijang of Bank Negara Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.


ISI WSC 2019 Short Course Programme, 16-17 August 2019


Bayesian Biopharmaceutical Applications Using SAS® 
    Instructors: Fang Chen and G. Frank Liu

Deep Learning in the Environmental Sciences
    Instructors: Nathaniel Newlands and Etienne Lord

Mining electronic health record (EHR) data: the past, presence, and future
    Instructor: Shuangge (Steve) Ma

Statistical Methods for Fraud Assessment
    Instructor: Tahir Ekin

High-dimensional time series analysis
    Instructors: Rob J Hyndman and Earo Wang

Imputation methods for the treatment of item nonresponse in surveys
    Instructor: David Haziza

Diagnostics and Robust Parameter Estimation of Nonlinear Regression with Application Using R
    Instructors: Hossein Riazoshams and Habshah Midi

Data Analytics - Providing Solutions to Real Problems with Industry Evidence
    Instructors: Peter Ho Chiung and Choo-Yee Ting

Analyzing text for content and sentiment
    Instructors: Peter Ho Chiung and Choo-Yee Ting

Integrity of official statistics. Independence of official statisticians
    Instructor: Jean-Louis Bodin

Developing statistical literacy in civic statistics contexts
    Instructors: Joachim Engel, Pedro Campos, Jim Ridgway

What does it mean to deal with Sustainable Development Goal indicators?
    Instructor: Manuel Cuéllar-Río


The registration for the short courses programme is now open. If you are planning to attend the ISI WSC 2019, please do not postpone and register for the course of your choice now! Registration information and further details can be found at .


UNWDF Webinar on "Trust in Data and Statistics" - 25 April 2019


  Dear IAOS colleagues,


  We would like to share with you the United

  World Data Forum (UNWDF) invitation to its upcoming

  webinar on “Trust in Data and Statistics”

  on Thursday, 25 April 2019 at 10:00 am   (EDT).


  Please visit the UN World Data Forum webinar page 

  for more details.


  The webinars are open to all!


  Best regards,


  IAOS Team







Thursday, April 25 2019

10:00 am (EDT)






Francesca Perucci

Chief, Development Data and Outreach Branch

UN Statistics Division


Shaida Badiee

 Managing Director, Open Data Watch


Pádraig Dalton

 Director General, Central Statistics Office of Ireland 




International Program in Survey and Data Science - Apply now!



The International Program in Survey and Data Science (IPSDS)


The online graduate degree program jointly offered by the University of Mannheim and the Joint Program in Survey Methodology is ideally suited for the working professional.


IPSDS combines classical statistical and social sciences (sampling, weighting, imputation, data collection, etc.) along with courses covering new developments beyond traditional surveys (linking data, big data, machine learning, non-probability sampling, etc).  This unique combination quickly closes the knowledge gap for new government employees through a multidisciplinary curriculum that specializes in survey methodology and data science.


The application process to join the 4th cohort of the International Program in Survey and Data Science (IPSDS) is now open. All relevant information about the admission process can be found at:


If you have any questions you can also sign up for th online Question & Answer session on January 16, 2019 (6:00 PM-7:00 PM CET) by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.