The Scientific Programme Committee of the 2018 Conference, jointly organised by Statistics Poland (GUS), the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) Standing Committee of Regional and Urban Statistics (SCORUS) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), has selected three themes for the GUS – SCORUS Conference “NEW SCALE – NEW NEEDS – NEW STATISTICS”, to be hosted by GUS in Warsaw, Poland in June 6-8, 2018.


We live in era of dynamic changes occurring in various fields of social and economic activity. In these circumstances the role of statistics is to


  • understand new phenomena,
  • identify information needs in dialogue with users, as well as to
  • adapt statistical production process in order to provide most relevant, timely and geographically detailed statistics.

Statistics Poland celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2018. Our history makes us think about future vision of regional and urban statistics. We hope that SCORUS 2018 will be the platform for sharing knowledge and inspiring ideas.


The deadline for submission of abstracts is 26 April 2018.  For more information please consult the websites:


If you have a LinkedIn account please join our SCORUS Interest Group:

American Statistical Association - Link Lecture Award - Call for Nominations

The ASA have created the Links Lecture Award to honor the contributions of Constance Citro, Robert Groves, and Fritz Scheuren and to contribute to advancement of work in official statistics through the statistical use of administrative records and alternative data sources. Each year, a lecturer will be chosen from among a set of nominated candidates to receive the award and to present a lecture.The ASA is now calling for nominations to present the lecture. Nominations close 1 May 2018.  More information is at

2018 IAOS Young Statistician Prize - Deadline extended to February 15, 2018



Are you interested in winning a trip to Paris in September 2018?


Will you be under the age of 35 by December 31, 2017? Do you work for an official statistical agency?

The International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) is sponsoring a competition for the best paper in the field of official statistics written by a young statistician. In addition to the monetary prize, the first-place winner will receive travel funds to present their paper at a session during the IAOS conference in Paris, France, September 19-21, 2018.

Submitters are encouraged to address and propose solutions to pressing methodological or strategic issues in official statistics at the regional, national, or international level.

Winning entries in previous years have spanned the United Kingdom, Bolivia, New Zealand, Australia, Germany and UNESCO. This year could be your countries turn.

Papers must be submitted by February 15, 2018. Details and submission instructions are available on the IAOS website.

Call for proposals for IAOS sponsored sessions - ISI Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2019


Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) for the ISI Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2019


Call for proposals for IAOS sponsored sessions

We would like to invite all IAOS members to present proposals for Invited Paper Sessions (IPS) for the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress (ISI WSC 2019), to be held on 18-23 August 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Please note that all the submissions need to be submitted by March 31st, 2018 through the portal for the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress 2019, Kuala Lumpur The submission system is open from January 1st through March 31st, 2018.


The SPC for 2019 seeks to highlight the contributions that statistics can make to the advancement of science and to human health and welfare across the globe. The WSC will host talks on a wide variety of topics, with the overall goal of presenting a balanced programme that provides a sense of the current state of the field.  


The following list of possible subjects has been compiled taking into consideration the areas of interest present in the current discussion of official statistics in international fora worldwide. Its intention is to provide IAOS members with an indicative but not limiting reference to issues that can be taken up by any of you who might be interested in organizing sessions on them:


         Governance and Innovation


  • Ethical issues in Official Statistics.
  • Modernization of statistical production and services.
  • Linkage of statistical and geographic information.
  • Quality assurance systems for statistics
  • Plans for 2020 census round.
  • Use of administrative records for statistical purposes
  • Surveys: Improvements in design and methodology
  • Open data and access to micro data.
  • The virtual revolution and statistics.
  • IT and statistics.
  • Big data and official statistics in response to current issues.
  • Training and education to enhance statistical culture.
  • Mass Media and professional communication of Official Statistics.

          Applied Statistics


  • Tools to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Official Statistics and evidence-based policy making
  • Regional and local statistics for better lives
  • Security and judicial statistics.
  • Measurement of wellbeing and quality of life
  • Measurement of social and human capital.
  • National Accounts
  • Business, entrepreneurship and globalization indicators.
  • Environmental statistics and Sustainability
  • Economic accounting
  • Governance, Security and Drug Statistics.
  • Trust in institutions
  • The measurement and impact of digitalization and globalization.


The ISI WSC 2019 will bring together about 2,500 delegates, comprising statistical researchers, academics, industry practitioners, analysts and policy makers, from all over the world to share insights on development in statistical science, and to advance application of statistics for discovery, innovation and decision making.  About 1,500 papers in various statistical disciplines and applications will be presented and discussed over a period of five days.


The SPC Program will include STS, CTS, lnvited Paper Sessions (IPS) of 70, 100 and 120 minutes time slots, and will be evaluated by the SPC from 1st April to June 30, 2018. Depending on the timeslot, general IPS can have three-four speakers and one discussant or three-four speakers and no discussant or two-three speakers and two discussants. Panel sessions are also possible. Generally speaking, a 120 min timeslot should have four speakers and one discussant, and a 100 min timeslot should have three speakers and one discussant.


        The proposals should include the following:

  • Title of the proposed session
  • Session Organizer:  Title/ Name/Email/Affiliation
  • Description of the session (150-250 words):
    This could address: Why is the proposed IPS of interest to WSC attendees? Why is the topic of importance? (e.g., to the Statistics community, to international interests and needs, to the advancement of science). It could include description of the expertise of the proposed speakers and discussants.
  • Proposer of the session (ISI, Association, Committees, other)
  • Possible collaboration with another proposer (ISI, Association, Committees, other?)
  • Proposed Chair (must not be a speaker): Title/ Name/Email/Affiliation/has the person given his/her permission to put his/her name forward)
  • Proposed Invited Speaker 1:
    Title/ Name/Email/Affiliation/has the person given his/her permission to put his/her name forward)
  • Proposed Invited Speaker 2:
    Title/ Name/Email/Affiliation/has the person given his/her permission to put his/her name forward)
  • Proposed Invited Speaker 3:
    Title/ Name/Email/Affiliation/has the person given his/her permission to put his/her name forward)
  • Proposed Invited Speaker 4 (for session with four speakers):
    Title/ Name/Email/Affiliation/has the person given his/her permission to put his/her name forward)
  • Proposed Discussant (for session with discussant):
    Title/ Name/Email/Affiliation/has the person given his/her permission to put his/her name forward)
  • Additional information: If this session is not selected as an IPS due to limitations of time slots, should this session be considered as a Special Topic Session by the LPC? (Yes / No)
  • Note:  If the names of invited speakers and the discussant are not finalized at the time of submitting the proposal, please just indicate the institution or plans for prospective speakers. IPS usually has at least one discussant. Email addresses should be a must-field everywhere.

You should also indicate if your session could be related to IAOS or more of the ISI Associations.

IAOS IPS Session proposals should be submitted at and sent to Rolando Ocampo Alcántar, IAOS representative to the SPC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., copying Mario Palma This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Ana de Lara This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 31st, 2018

Please feel free to write to us if you have any questions. I hope to hear from you and look forward to your proposals.

Rolando Ocampo
IAOS Representative to the SPC of the ISI WSC 2019.



European Statistics Day - congratulations from the IAOS


On 20 October 2017, Official statisticians across Europe will commemorate European Statistics Day.  This is an initiative of the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC) and with the support of the members of the European Statistical System and the European System of Central Banks.

European Statistics Day was established to raise awareness of European citizens to the importance and value of official statistics.

As with the five yearly World Official Statistics Day, European Statistics Day is an appropriate day to celebrate the contributions and many achievements of official statistics.  It is also an appropriate day to acknowledge the contributions of official statisticians in the European Statistical System to the broader international statistical system.  For example, a number of  the standards used by international official statisticians originate in work conducted in the European Statistical System. 

IAOS congratulates our colleagues in the European Statistical System on this important day in the work of all official statisticians. 


Mario Palma

IAOS President