15th IAOS conference comes to an end

After a busy three days where a range of topics , under the theme of The Spirit of Official Statistics: Partnership and Continuous Innovation, were vigorously discussed,  friendships renewed and made, the IAOS 2016 drew to a close in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  The IAOS wants to again thank and acknowledge the great hospitality and friendship extended by the hosts - the Statistical Centre Abu Dhabi, supported by the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, UAE.  The leadership of the Program Committee, Mr Eric Rancourt, HE Butti Al Qubaisi, Chairman of the High- Level Organising Committee, and Ms Raba'a Baniyas, Chair of the Local Organising Committee, and their teams were pivotal to the successful event.


Our special thanks to Mr Eric Rancourt , chair of the Program Committee and the  speakers, chairs, discussants, who provided the rich content; and the sponsors and exhibitors who supported the conference.

 IAOS 2016 Conference Officially open

The IAOS 2016 opened with a flourish in Abu Dhabi, UAE earlier today. Over 700 people joined with UAE and Abu Dhabi dignitaries. The official opening started with a warm welcome by HE Butti Al Qubaisi (Director General, Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi. Enforcing the conference theme, HE Reem Al Hashmi, UAE Minister of State, requested delegates to take innovation as a way of life.


IAOS President Ola Awad also welcomed all VIPs and delegates and encouraged delegates to be challenged, inspired and engaged by the discussions throughout the conference.


The technical program was launched in an innovative manner, by Ola Rosling from Gapminder, who emphasised through clever use of visualisation and audience interaction the importance of building a fact based framework that can provide statistics to help see the world.


And with that, the IAOS 2016 was officially underway.


IAOS 2016 General Assembly

The IAOS held the 2016 General Assembly on Tuesday 6 December, as part of the 15th Conference of the IAOS, held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. 


The General Assembly began by acknowledging Dr Fritz Scheuren, Emiritus Editor of the SJIAOS. The Assembly recognised the significant efforts of Dr Scheuren (Fritz) in reinvigorating the Journal, which is now published quarterly, with papers on a wide range of topics. Tribute was also paid  to  Fritz's efforts to use the SJIAOS as a way of  increasing awareness of the IAOS, and so increasing membership.  The  Assembly also wished Fritz all the best in his retirement.


Led by the IAOS President, Ola Awad, the Assembly also reviewed the significant progress against the IAOS strategic plan, including the increase in membership, new website and greater engagement with stakeholders.  These highlights are described in the Annual report (click here to download the annual report.) which were endorsed by the Assembly.


Finally Dr Kirsten West, Editor of the SJIAOS, provided an overview of the 4 issues of the SJIAOS  published in 2016.  The Assembly noted the considerable progress in the Journal and extended its thanks to the  Editor and her team, the team at IOS Press, authors and readers. 



1- IAOS 2016 General Assembly - Ms. Ola Awad.

2- SJIAOS Status Report for Volume 32- Ms. Kirsten West.


IAOS 2016 Annual Report

On behalf of the IAOS Executive Committee, I am pleased to present the IAOS 2016 annual report. This report sheds the light on major achievements the EXCO committee was able to attain, as well as the advancement it could reach. I appreciate all the outstanding contributions made and I would like to thank everyone in the IAOS family who took part in the progress that the IAOS has accomplished during this year. Last but not least, special gratitude to IAOS' partners who have immensely contributed to the strengthening of the IAOS presence and visibility in the international arena.


The report constitutes of six chapters that correspond to six major topics:

1.      IAOS Strategy Progress (2015-2017).

2.      Delivering Conferences and Workshops.

3.      Developing and Supporting IAOS Membership.

4.      IAOS Communications.

5.      SCORUS Activities.

6.      Conclusion.



Ola Awad       

IAOS President

Download the IAOS 2016 Annual Report