ISI President and ISI Director’s Message
The ISI has three types of governance meetings: the General Assembly (GA), an annual meeting of all members; the Council Meeting, an annual meeting; and the Executive Committee (EC) Meeting, held three to four times a year. This year these meetings took place from 16 to 19 July 2012 at the Istat Office, Rome, Italy, with thanks to Enrico Giovannini, ISI Council Member.
Meeting of the ISI Council in Rome
One of the topics on the agenda of the GA Meeting was the approval of the 2011 Annual Report. The Report was released in May and ISI members were given time to examine its content consisting of the reports on ISI/Associations' activities and the financial information including the Member Auditors’ Report. In June, the membership was asked to cast their vote regarding the Report. 256 members expressed their approval of the Report and 2 members voted against. As a result, the GA approved the 2011 Annual Report. This annual consultation process, as laid down in the ISI Statutes, gives members an opportunity to be actively involved in the ISI decision-making process.
At the meeting of the ISI Council, its members were informed about the latest developments in the preparation for the ISI WSC 2013 in Hong Kong: the scientific programme which is well underway, the IPSs that have already been agreed upon and the STS proposals that being reviewed at the moment. You may have noticed that the early bird registration for the Hong Kong WSC is now open. The EC confirmed four satellite meetings to the WSC following the proposals of IASE/IAOS, IASS and IASC as well as a satellite meeting for Young Statisticians. We were happy to learn that the programme for the short courses organized in cooperation with Hong Kong University is also in good shape. More information on these events will become available in Information Bulletin I of the Hong Kong WSC, which will arrive in your post soon. The Council also applauded the presentation by Pedro Silva about the ISI WSC 2015, which will be held at the convention centre Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro.
The Council approved a procedure for changing the ISI By-Laws as proposed by the EC.
In addition, a decision was taken to put more effort in projects related to ISI initiatives in statistical capacity building, and accreditation, and the work of the Advisory Board on Ethics. We are working on the ISI website to make it better accessible for finding information on these topics.
For those interested to learn more about the work of the General Assembly, the Council and the EC, please refer to this month’s news items on the ISI home page.
Last, but not least, we are happy to announce the launch of Stat, the new online ISI journal for the rapid dissemination of statistical research. It will be available for free to all members of the ISI and its Associations. Read more about Stat here.