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International Association of Survey Statisticians
Message from the IASS President
The IASS aims to promote the study and practice of sample surveys and censuses, and to increase interest in the issues of survey taking amongst our fellow statisticians, government and the public. The 2009 ISI Session in Durban was a wonderful opportunity to pursue this objective through the general Scientific Programme, the programme of meetings sponsored by IASS and the seven IASS Short Courses conducted before the Session. I thank John Kovar, Leyla Mohadjer and Steve Heeringa for their substantial contributions to this.
At the Durban Session, I took over the presidency of the IASS from Pedro Luis do Nascimento Silva, and I thank him for his work over the last two years. One of the initiatives set up by Pedro was a report, prepared by Geoff Lee, Sarah Nusser, and Don Royce (convenor): 'Improving IASS Services to Members'. This report is available on the website http://isi.cbs.nl/iass, together with a summary of the Executive Council discussion of it. An agreed priority is to develop the functionality and content of the IASS website to support mail out services to members, easier development of an electronic version of Survey Statistician, and a moderated 'ask the experts' forum. A review of functionality and costs for upgrading the website will be undertaken jointly by the new Executive Director Catherine Meunier, and Webmaster Eric Rancourt.
Finally, I would like to encourage anyone wanting to become involved in the activities of the IASS, particularly furthering new directions for the web, for the newsletter or with regard to young statistician membership and activities, to contact me.
Message from the IASS Scientific Secretary
I am delighted to be given this opportunity to
serve the IASS as the Scientific Secretary for the next two years. My sincere
thanks to my predecessor, Steven Heeringa, for his outstanding efforts in
arranging the seven IASS Short Courses offered before the formal opening of the
ISI Durban Session. I am also very grateful for all his support and expert
advice during the transition period.
• Course title and subject area description.