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Greetings for the New Year and News on Conferences and Members


Happy 2012

Best Wishes for Old and New IASS Members
2012 promises to be an exciting years for survey statisticians. It is not yet too late for New Year’s resolutions. The International Association of Survey Statisticians aims to increase the interest in surveys and censuses among statisticians, survey researchers, governments and the public in the different countries of the world. So, if you are a member, please recruit a new member. And if you are not a member, please become a member.

Professor Sir Roger Jowell, CBE

Professor Sir Roger Jowell passed away at the age of 69 during Christmas 2011. He inspired a unique ethos that continues to this day and he will be greatly missed by many.

Roger spent his entire career in survey research. In 1969, he co-founded with Gerald Hoinville the Social and Community Planning Research, later to become the National Centre for Social Research. He started the British Social Attitudes Survey in 1983, co-founded the International Social Survey Programme in 1984, and from the mid-1990s chaired the Methodological Committee of what would become the European Social Survey. He was also Deputy Chair of the UK Statistics Authority.

Roger Jowell chaired the Committee on a Code of Ethics for Statisticians in 1979, and was a member of the Committee that drafted the revised and modernised version of the ISI Declaration on Professional Ethics that was approved by the ISI Council in July 2010 and formally presented on World Statistics Day on 20 October 2010 (see ISI website).

A tribute to Roger Jowell is published by the National Centre for Social Research.

GESIS Summer School on Survey Methodology and Data Collection

The GESIS Summer School on Survey Methodology and Data Collection is a new endeavour by the GESIS Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences. It is aimed at PhD students and junior researchers planning to run their own survey, but also at those who analyse secondary data and want to know more about how the data came about and how to assess their quality. The Summer School will be hosted in a new building at the University of Cologne.

The GESIS Summer School will not only give a broad overview of survey methods, but provide an opportunity to deeply engage with the different tasks of survey design and implementation (such as measurement, questionnaire design, sampling, nonresponse and fieldwork monitoring), with different survey modes (such as mail and web surveys), and research designs involving surveys (such as mixed methods, factorial surveys, and cross-national surveys). The courses offer engaging instruction in state-of-the-art knowledge and application oriented skills, provided by an international team of survey specialists. The instructors come from a diverse set of countries and fields, and we welcome applicants from all countries and fields.

More information on the course and how to apply can be found here.

European Conference on Quality in Official Statistics (Q2012, ) Athens, Greece, 30 May - 1 June 2012

The European Conference on Quality in Official Statistics (Q2012) will be held in the "Megaron Athens International Conference Centre" in Athens, Greece, on 30 May - 1 June 2012. On 5 and 6 December 2011, the Programme Committee met to discuss the progamme and make a selection from almost 250 proposals. This meeting was kindly hosted by ELSTAT, the Greek National Statistical Institute. Apart from working hard on the programme, the Committee was invited for lunch by ELSTAT (see picture) and was informed about the serious pressures Greek Statistics are currently facing (see here).


IASS lunch
Q2012 Programme Committee heading for lunch.
Photo: Maria Dologová, Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic