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2011 May - IASS News


Report from IASS Scientific Secretary

IASS Short Courses at the 58th ISI WSC 2011 in Dublin


Registration for the IASS short courses is open and relevant information and material is available on the official Web site of the 58th Session of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) in Dublin, www.isi2011.ie. The courses will be lead by internationally known experts and are addressed to practitioners, researchers, and students in statistics and survey methodology. The courses present a great opportunity for professional development for survey statisticians as well as establishing a closer contact with high level international experts and other survey statisticians from around the world with similar backgrounds and interests. This is an opportunity for career advancement not to be missed. For course descriptions and instructor profiles, see http://www.isi-web.org/root/wsc2011-iass-short-courses. To register for courses please visit: http://www.isi2011.ie/content/short-courses/short-courses.html.


Funding for IASS Courses in Dublin for Statisticians from Developing Countries


IASS will, thanks to funding from the World Bank to the ISI and its sections, assist the professional development of statisticians from developing countries. IASS will support attendance for up to four such statisticians at an IASS course at the 58th ISI congress in Dublin in August this year. There are seven courses to choose among in the time period August 17-20.


Basic principles:

1. Sponsorship will go to those who would benefit most in terms of learning and subsequent application.

2. The financial support makes participation in a course feasible where it would otherwise be infeasible.


Travel and participation expenses up to 2500 US$ will be awarded for each of up to four participants from developing countries, to attend one or more short courses. The value of the sponsorship provided is less than or equal to the participants receipted costs, including course fees, accommodation, and travel.


The selection of statisticians will be based on the following criteria and information:

  • Participant must be actively working in a related area preferably in the national statistical office, or studying at post graduate level in a related area; in a developing country (ISI Developing Countries, from 1st of January 2011, http://isi-web.org/developing).
  • Participant must have two referees  to assure the IASS that he/she has the appropriate skills to benefit from the short course (each referee is a professional statistician with a degree in a statistical subject).
  • In applying, participants must fill in the form attached and provide all information requested there.


The application deadline is June 27. Please fill out the application form and submit it to Margo Tercy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please contact Margo if you have any technical problems with the form. For all other questions, contact Leyla Mohadjer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Call for Topic-Contributed Sessions, Contributed Papers, and Posters

Fourth International Conference on Establishment Surveys


The Fourth International Conference on Establishment Surveys (ICES-IV) will be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada, June 11-14, 2012.  ICES-IV will explore the current state of the art of establishment surveys.  This will build on the cross-national interdisciplinary research cooperation on the unique features of establishment surveys started at ICES-I in Buffalo, NY in 1993, and continued at ICES-II in 2000 and ICES-III in 2007.  Submission of proposals for topic-contributed sessions and abstracts for contributed papers and posters opens on June 1, 2011.  The deadline for submission is August 31, 2011. See http://www.amstat.org/meetings/ices/2012/.


The conference will include short courses, a keynote speaker, poster sessions, software demonstrations, and invited and contributed sessions.  For further information, please send an email message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..