IAOS Members newsletter

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

24 May 2017

Dear IAOS members and supporters

Thank you again for your strong support for IAOS activities.  This newsletter focuses on the key IAOS related activities that will take place during the World Statistical Congress (http://payment.isi2017.org/)  in Marrakech in July.

Administrative Meetings

The IAOS General Assembly will be held on Monday 17 July, from  12.30 - 2pm .  The papers for the meeting, including the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan will be available on the IAOS website in June.  Check the conference program for the venue.

ISI & Association Awards Ceremony - which includes Awards for the IAOS  2017 Young Statistician Prize winners will be held on Friday 21 July between 4  and  4.45 pm (16:00-16:45)

Scientific Programme

IAOS sponsored ISPs

The IAOS has sponsored a large number of ISPs.  The list as at 24 May is listed below.  (For details of time and venue, see the conference programme.)



Session Organiser


IAOS Presidential Address - The transformation of IAOS 1985-2015: the past, the current and the future

Ola Awad, IAOS President 2015- 2017


Session of the Statistical Journal of the IAOS (SJIAOS)

Fritz Scheuren, SJIAOS
Kirsten West, SJIAOS


Peace, Justice and strong Institutions: Measuring SDG16

Mr Mario Palma, National Institute of Statistics and Geography, Mexico


Looking for the Holy Grail: measuring income, consumption, and wealth simultaneously at the household level

Perez-Duarte, Sebastian. ISI


Synthetic Datasets for Statistical Disclosure Control ? Research and Applications Around the World

Dr Jörg DRECHSLER, Institute for Employment Research, Germany


Challenges and Lessons Learned: Implementing Changing Methodologies and Technologies in the 2020 Round of World Censuses

Ms Arona PISTINER, US Census Bureau IAOS


How to Geo-Enable Official Statistics? - the global Statistical Geospatial Framework.

Mr Ekkehard PETRI, Eurostat


Mission completed? Delivery and deployment of modernisation results in official statistics

Martina Hahn, Eurostat


Global, regional, national and thematic monitoring of the SDGs

Tiina Luige, UNECE


The Future of the Social Sciences and Statistics

Dr Gentry WHITE, Queensland University of Technology ISI-IAOS-IASE-IASS


Does the production of official statistics need to be a separate branch of government or should it remain within the executive branch of government?

Dr Andreas Georgiou Vasilios, Official Statistics Consulting, Greece  ISI-IAOS


The renewed/modernised institutional framework of the National Statistical Systems in the enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries

Claudia Junker, Eurostat


New challenges to disseminate statistical literacy and problem-solving skills among people by Statistics Bureaus of Governments in "Open Data and Big Data" era

Dr Hiroe TSUBAKI, The National Statistics Center of Japan


Policy use of macroeconomic indicators

Mr John VERRINDER, Eurostat IAOS


Innovative Approaches to Addressing (or Avoiding) Survey Non-Response

Dr Linda YOUNG, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service US,
IAOS-IASS-ISI Committee on Agricultural Statistics


Global Value Chain measurement and its importance for developing countries

Mr Houssain OULJOUR, Dir Stat Department, Office d'Echanges, Morocco.


Sub-national Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs): Different Methods of Estimation and Application to China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam

Prof Luigi BIGGERI, Univ of Florence, Italy


Developing Composite Indicators: from academics to practice

Prof Stefan SPERLICH Univ Geneva


Using web scraping for data collection in official statistics ? challenges and opportunities

Bernd  Stoerzbach ISI-IAOS


UN Sustainable Development Goals: The Implications for Statistics at a Sub-National Level

Mr. Jagdev VIRDEE, VCS Ltd UK


Improvements of the quality of population and housing censuses in the 2020 round

Mrs Francoise DUPONT, INSEE France


Do modern statistical institutes need modern legislation?



Measurement of decent work, quality of employment and job quality: Comparisons of international frameworks and national experiences.  An IAOS Invited Paper Session

Ms Monica Castillo, International Labour Organization IAOS


GDP and beyond: recent developments in measuring and analyzing well-being

Albert Braakmann, Bernd Stoerzbach  ISI-IAOS


Modernisation of official statistics: how developing and transition countries can benefit of the existing initiatives

Mr José CERVERA-FERRI, DevStat Spain


Development and Application of International Guidelines for Statistical Business Registers

Mr. John MICHAEL, Michael Colledge Statistical Consulting, Australia IAOS


Disability Statistics and Measurement in the Context of the SDGs and the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme

Dr. Margaret MBOGONI, UNSD


Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based Violence in Selected Nigerian Universities

Adedayo Adepoju


Recent Advances on stochastic differential equations

Prof. Mamadou DIOP, Université Gaston Berger, Senegal

Co-sponsors are also shown in the table.

Lunchtime Roundtable Sessions (asat 24 May)

The following sessions are sponsored by IAOS , or concern topics related to Official Statistics.  Remember to separately register for these.





*Monday 17 July


The Global Statistical Geospatial Framework and the importance of Integration

Rolando Ocampo

Tuesday 18 July


How Do We Reshape a Post-Truth World?

Jim Ridgway

Tuesday 18 July


The Scope for South-South partnerships for advancement of statistical capacity

Bhaswati Ganguli

Tuesday 18 July


Why should a Statistical Agency engage its Experts in Providing Training for External Users of Statistical Information?

Petteri Baer

Wednesday 19 July


Microdata for counterfactual impact Evaluation

Numo Crato

Wednesday 19 July


Big Data from Electronic Health Record systems: challenges and opportunities for statisticians

Ling Li

Wednesday 19 July


Empowering Women in Statistics and Data Sciences

Shil Lin

Wednesday 19 July


Misinterpretation of agricultural research due to communication gap between agricultural scientists and statisticians

Muhammad Amim

Thursday 20 July


Official Statistics - How do we ensure their future

Nancy McBeth

Thursday 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

Thursday 20 July


Social Media Presence and blogging among statistical experts; how to convince the audience

Ari Tykko

Friday 21 July


Role of official statistics in fragile countries, regions  and sectors of economy

Jozef Olenski


Friday 21 July


Open-plan office: new opportunities and challenges for the organization of work?

Ari Tykko

Friday 21 July


Training the Trainers: How to build institutional

capacity for statistics capacity building?

Eric Vance

Friday 21 July


Do we need to revise the ISI Declaration on Professional Ethics

Stephen Penneck

* Clash with the IAOS General Assembly.

IASE-IAOS Satellite Conference

Reminder too that the 2016 Satellite Conference will be held in Rabat, Morocco from July 11-14, 2017, just before the  WSC.  The theme is Teaching Statistics in a Data Rich World. See http://iase-web.org/conference/satellite17/.

WSC Registration

A reminder too that Registration  for the WSC is still open - see http://payment.isi2017.org/register/


We look forward to seeing you in Marrakech



Ola Awad, President 2015-2017

Mario Palma, President Elect

Contact names and email addresses:

Ola Awad (President)                                                              This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mario Palma (President Elect)                                               This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kirsten West (Editor-in-Chief,  SJIAOS)                                   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rolando Ocampo (IAOS representative on the 2017 WSC)   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nancy McBeth (IAOS Website Editor)                                                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


IAOS - OECD 2018 Conference Scientific Programme Committee

The IAOS and OECD are very pleased to welcome the IAOS-OECD 2018 Conference Scientific Programme Committee


Kees Zeelenberg                               Chief Methodologist, Statistics Netherlands (Chair)

Emanuele Baldacci                            Director of Methodology, IT and Corporate Statistical Services, Eurostat

Lisa Bersales                                     National Statistician of the Philippines

Cynthia Clark                                     Senior executive leader and manager of statistical programs in the U.S. and  the U.K. (Retired) USA

Jean-Pierre Cling                                Head of the Department of Statistical and International Coordination, INSEE, France

Gary Dunnet                                      Senior Manager of National Accounts, Statistics New Zealand

Philomen Harrison                              Project Director, Regional Statistics, Caribbean Community (CARICOM)  Secretariat

Ronald Jansen                                   Chief of the Trade Statistics Branch, United Nations Statistics Division  (UNSD)

Jean-Pierre Le Gléau                          French Statistical Society (SFdS), France

Yusuf Murangwa                                Director General, National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda

Enrique Ordaz                                    General Director on Research and Analysis National Institute of Statistics and Geography, Mexico

Peter Van De Ven                              Head of National Accounts , Statistics Directorate (STD), OECD

Sybille von Oppeln- Bronikowski      Director of Strategy and Planning, International Relations, and Research and Communications,

                                                        German Federal Statistical  Office

IAOS Executive 2017-2019

Following the successful elections for the IAOS Executive 2017-19, incoming President, Mario Palma is pleased to advise members that the full IAOS Executive for the 2017-19 period, will be:

Mr. Mario Palma, Mexico, President

Mr. John Pullinger, United Kingdom, President Elect

Ms. Hasnae Fdhil, Executive Member, Morocco

Ms. Gemma Van Halderen, Executive Member, Australia

Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin, Executive Member,  Malaysia 

Mr. Oliver Chinganya, Executive Member, Zambia

Ms. Nancy McBeth, Special Advisor to the President, New Zealand

Dr. Kisten West, Editor in Chief, SJIAOS, USA

Mr. Kees Zeelenberg, chair of Programme Committee IAOS-OECD 2018, Netherlands

Mr. Rolando Ocampo, representative to the ISI WSC , Mexico

Ms. Ada van Krimpen, ISI Director, ex-officio

In addition, SCORUS will nominate a representative.


The new Executive will take up their responsibilities after the 2017 General Assembly to be held in Marrakech, Morocco during the 2017 World Statistical Congress.  Members will be able to meet the incoming Executive at the General Assembly.


Ms. Ola Awad President, 2015 -17 and Mr. Mario Palma President 2017-19 would like to thank the IAOS nominations committee chaired by Ms. Irena Krizman, for their efforts

2017 IAOS Young Statistician Prize Results

2017  IAOS Young Statistician Prize Results


The IAOS is pleased to announce that the international Selection Committee has completed its review and rating of the papers submitted for the 2017 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians. The Selection Committee was favorably impressed by the general quality of the papers submitted and judging them was a demanding process.


The IAOS would like to express gratitude to the Selection Committee members for their considerable contribution.


The results of the 2017 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians are as follows:


First Prize: The Dissemination Game: How to communicate official statistics to non-expert users by: Hannah Thomas (United Kingdom)

Second Prize: Telematics Data for Official Statistics: An Experience with Big Data by: Nicholas Husek (Australia)

Third Prize: Improving Seasonal Adjustment by Accounting for Sample Error Correlation Using State Space Models by: Andreas Mayer (Australia)


The IAOS congratulates the winners and commends all the candidates for the effort that went into preparing their papers. 

Abstracts can be accessed by through the links above.