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

Volunteers sought to help our colleagues in the Caribbean

As we all know the countries and territories of the Caribbean were hit by a series of Hurricanes in September.  Since then, a small team from the IAOS, the  ISI and Statistics without Borders (SwB) have been  working with regional partners such as Caricom and the Inter-American Statistical Institute (IASI) to identify areas where the NSOs may need help.

There is an urgent need to help with  mapping of many of the critical disaster hit areas, assess the current status of the statistical offices/agencies worst affected by the disasters, as well as more general support to help the region reduce its data vulnerability.

We are seeking calls of interest from statisticians who can assist.  Please contact SwB (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or IAOS (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

The June,2017 issue of the SJIAOS

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Dear Colleague, The June 2017 issue of the SJIAOS is now available. In this issue, you will find a plethora of manuscripts on topics such as data quality, confidentiality of data, fabrication, nonresponse and the monitoring of adherence to the UN Fundamental Principles of Statistics. The issue opens with “*An International Perspective on the Undercount of Young Children in the US Census by William O’Hare*” followed by inputs from official statisticians in the U.S., Canada and France. The manuscripts and comments support the theme of this issue: “Counting the Youngest Among Us.” This theme was chosen to shine a light on the undercount of young children in censuses and surveys worldwide and the efforts to understand the possible reasons for missing young children. Lessons learned from coverage evaluation research in countries where the number of children is captured by well-established birth registration systems might provide useful insight for counting children everywhere. The June issue also pays tribute to Dr. Fritz Scheuren, SJIAOS editor-in-chief emeritus. As always, the views and opinions expressed in the interviews and conversations are those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the Journal, IAOS nor IOS Press.

Ola Fritz

Dr. Fritz Scheuren received a trophy from IAOS President Ola Award during the 2016 General Assembly in Abu Dhabi in recognition of his genuine contribution and support towards developing the Statistical Journal of the IAOS


Featured Articles

West, Kirsten
Interview with Fritz J. Scheuren: Statistical Mentsch
Condon, Katherine M.
Remembering Hans Rosling (1948-2017)
West, Kirsten | Awad, Ola
An international perspective on the undercount of young children in the U.S. Census
O'Hare, William P.

To get full access to the contents in all issues of the Journal all that is needed is to join the IAOS. It is easy and inexpensive to become an individual member of the IAOS. The cost of membership is modest at EUR 35 for members from developed countries and EUR 15 for members from developing countries.

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2018 IAOS Young Statisticians Prize - closes December 31, 2017

Calling all Young Statisticians - Win a trip to Paris in 2018

The International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 IAOS Young Statisticians Prize. This international prize, is awarded for the best paper in the field of official statistics written by a young statistician.  

The first place winner will receive monetary prizes and travel funds to present the paper at the 16th IAOS Conference being jointly organized with the OECD in Paris from 19-21 September 2018. We encourage submitters to address, and propose solutions to, pressing methodological or strategic issues in the area of official statistics at the regional, national or international level. The paper must be ten or fewer pages in length, be submitted in English, and should not have been previously presented in a public forum or published.

Papers must be submitted before 11:59pm on December 31, 2017 according to (GMT) timing.  More information is available here.

IAOS events at World Statistical Congress, Marrakech, Morocco 16 - 21 July 2017

International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) events at World Statistical Congress, Marrakech, Morocco 16 - 21 July 2017


20 June 2017

Dear IAOS members and supporters,

A reminder of the key IAOS events at the World Statistical Congress, Marrakech, Morocco, July 2017.


IAOS General Assembly - Monday July 17th, 12.30 – 2:00 pm

Items include:


  • IAOS' progress  - 2015 - 2017 - Ola Awad, President

  • SJIAOS  - update on achievements for 2015 -17 and goals for the future - Dr Kirsten West, SJIAOS Editor in Chief

  • IAOS Strategic Plan, 2017 -2019 - Mario Palma, President Elect 2017 -2019

  • IAOS 2018 Conference update -  Mario Palma, President Elect 2017 -2019


Please feel free to explore, the IAOS Strategy (2015-2017) & the IAOS 2016 Annual Report from the below links

IPS 148 - IAOS Presidential Address - The transformation of IAOS 1985-2015: the past, the current and the future  - Tuesday July 18th,  9:00-10:10

Speakers will be:

  • Stephen Penneck, IAOS President 2011 - 2013, Recent History of IAOS

  • Ola Awad, IAOS President, 2015 -2017, Current State of IAOS

  • Mario Palma, IAOS President Elect 2017-2019, Future of IAOS

Lunchtime Roundtable Sessions  - Still time to Register for these






Mon17 July


The Global Statistical Geospatial Framework and the importance of Integration

Rolando Ocampo

Thurs 20 July


Official Statistics - How do we ensure their future

Nancy McBeth

Thurs 20 July


Leave no one behind? How to make the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators relevant for people living in urban and rural areas?

Teodora Brandmuller

Fri 21 July


Do we need to revise the ISI Declaration on Professional Ethics

Stephen Penneck



We look forward to seeing you in Marrakech,



Ola Awad, President 2015-2017

Mario Palma, President Elect, 2017-2019