Joint IAOS-IASS webinar Thursday 5 November 12:00 pm CET

To celebrate World Statistics Day: On the importance to society of high quality public statistics.

Denise Britz do Nascimento Silva, IASS President, and John Pullinger, IAOS President, will introduce the Webinar and say a few words about the recent World Statistics Day.

Dr. Walter J. Radermacher, former Director General of Eurostat and Chief Statistician of the European Union from 2008 to 2016 will talk about the importance of official/public statistics for society.

Eric Rancourt has worked at Statistics Canada for 30 years and has occupied the role of Director General will talk about how such statistics are supported by innovations in survey methods.

Register to join the webinar here.


ISI World Statistics Conference 2021 - Invited sessions proposal is now open

Invitation to Propose Invited Sessions for WSC 2021

Proposals due: 15 November 2020

The 63rd ISI WSC 2021 will be held 11-16 July as a virtual conference. The WSC theme “Statistics and Data Science for a Better World” highlights the developments and contributions of statistics and data science in various domains of application that impact all aspects of life.

The Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC), Nalini Ravishanker, invites the statistical community to submit proposals for Invited Paper Sessions (IPS). Please use the Submission System.

The 63rd ISI WSC 2021 will host talks and presentations on a wide variety of topics, with the overall goal of presenting a balanced programme that provides a sense of the current state and future direction of statistics, data science and their applications. The programme will span sectors of practice including academia, business, industry, government and official statistics along with the breadth of ISI and Associations affiliated with ISI. Topics include but are not limited to official statistics, survey statistics, environmental statistics, business and industrial applications of statistics, mathematical statistics, probability, statistics and data science education, statistical literacy and statistical computing and data visualization.

Accepted Invited Sessions will be held either live-streamed or pre-recorded, details will be given later. The pre-recorded sessions will have a time to have live interactions with attendees. The SPC will determine which IPS will be offered in which modality, but all submissions should be willing to do either.

President's Message September 2020

President’s Message September 2020


Dear colleagues

Nominations for IAOS Executive CommitteeI am pleased to inform you that the Nominating Committee for the IAOS Executive Committee members (2021-23) has been set up with Mario Palma as Chair and Ola Awad, Oliver Chinganya, Angela Me and Shigeru Kawasaki as members. The duty of the Nominating Committee is to make nominations for the posts of President Elect and four executive members for the next term under the Presidency of Mr. Misha Belkindas.

The Executive Committee is the main leadership group for the IAOS. I have been fortunate during my term as President to be supported by a talented, committed and diverse group of colleagues. Please think hard about individuals who could make a valuable contribution to serve the IAOS in this way. The task is important but not necessarily onerous: the Executive Committee meets only a few times a year. For those who can get more deeply involved there are also plenty of opportunities through our conferences and webinars, journal, the Young Statisticians prize and other activities.

You are invited to make nominations (including self-nominations) for the IAOS Executive Committee by 20 November. Submissions should contain the CV and contact details of the proposed candidates and should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Upcoming Webinar - MISUSE OF STATISTICS: TIME TO SPEAK OUT -- Tuesday 6th October 2020, 14.00-16.00 CET 

This webinar focuses on Fundamental Principle 4: Prevention of misuse, which states that the statistical agencies are entitled to comment on erroneous interpretation and misuse of statistics. It features leading figures in the statistical world with direct personal experiences of applying Principle 4 (Ed Humpherson, Martine Durand, Pali Lehohla, Andreas Georgiou and Hernan Munoz). There will be time for open discussion and reflection on future actions.  Registration is open at 

2021 IAOS Young Statisticians Prize is now open.  The Prize is awarded for the best paper in the field of official statistics written by a young statistician. 

In addition to monetary prizes, the first-place winner will receive travel funds to present the paper at an international conference.  Due to COVID-19, details of the conference will be decided in conjunction with the winner and may include the rescheduled IAOS 2020 Conference or a 2021 ISI World Statistics Congress Satellite Conference in memory of Fred Smith and Chris Skinner being held in Southampton, UK, 8-10 July 2021.

You can find the relevant information in all UN official languages here. I would appreciate it if you would share information about the competition in your office and the wider National Statistical System in your country.  More information is available at  The closing date is 12 February 2021. 

Zambia IAOS 2020 Conference - Better Lives 2030: mobilising the power of data for Africa and the world – This conference was previously planned for May 2020. It is now expected that the conference will be held in September 2021 in Livingstone, Zambia.  Updates will be posted at  

The new world order and official statistics in Africa – a webinar on this topic is scheduled for 22 October 2020. More information is available on the website here and registration is now open via this link. 

SJIAOS - The September issue has a special theme on The Future of Economic and Business Statistics, building on the work of the Friends of the Chair Group on Economic Statistics, commissioned by the UN Statistical Commission. This issue will also set the scene for the fifth discussion on the Official Statistics discussion platform -  The June issue contains articles from some of the sessions at the ISI World Statistics Conference 2019, including articles on pre-release access of official statistics  which formed the basis for the fourth discussion on the Official Statistics discussion platform  This issue is open access. Our thanks to IOS Press for their support.

The Official Statistics platform is proving to be an important place for all parts of the official statistics community to discuss current issues. The discussion on  “Pre-release access to official statistics”, has been very active and I encourage everyone to take part in this and other discussions. 

Finally, thanks to those that were able to attend the virtual General Assembly in late August.  The minutes of that meeting are available here. 

John Pullinger

IAOS President

Promoting Statistical Literacy across the World

International Statistical Literacy Project (ISLP) 


The International Statistical Literacy Project (ISLP) is a project initiated by the International Association for Statistical Education(IASE), the education section of the ISI.  The main objective of the ISLP is to contribute to promoting statistical literacy across the world, among young and adults in all walks of life.

The project is currently led by Reija Helenius, a member of both IAOS and IASE.  Reija is also a candidate in the 2021-2025 ISI Council elections.


The ISLP is looking for new Country coordinators to promote statistical literacy all around the world, through organising different activities.   For more information, please see  


The ISLP International Poster Competition 2020-2021 is currently underway.  The competition invites school and university students from around the world to design a statistical poster. The topic is environment, biology or sustainable development.  For more details, see :   Please share information about the competition with your colleagues and networks.


Finally, the ISLP publishes a Newsletter, and welcomes articles regarding the promotion of statistical literacy.  Previous newsletters are at  The deadline for articles for the upcoming newsletter is 15 October 2020.