Welcome to Berlin, Germany

The 54th ISI Session is embedded in a special historical context. The first International Statistical Congress (ISC), which is considered the precursor to ISI Sessions, took place in Brussels as early as 150 years ago. 118 years ago, in 1885, the International Statistical Institute was founded, and it became aparent that one of this organiation’s most important tasks is to organise statistical congresses, which normally take place every two years, in different locations all over the world. Exactly 100 years ago, the 9th ISI Session was held in Berlin for the very first time.

Therefore, historical aspects of statistics will be one of the focal themes of this ISI Session.
Apart from this, the Scientific Programme of the Session will reflect the entire range of subjects represented by the Sections – Bernoulli Society, IAOS, IASE, IASC, and IASS – as well as those subjects which are not represented by the Sections, in addition to several topics organised by invited ‘guest societies’. This broad range of topics will be united under the umbrella of the International Statistical Institute.

The overall aim of all ISI Sessions, viz., the development and the improvement of statistical methods and their world-wide application, will feature prominently in the papers of both the Invited Paper Programme and the Contributed Paper Programme of the 54th ISI Session.

Bearing in mind the further intent of ISI Sessions to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences among experts from all areas of statistics, and from all over the world, in order to create the conditions for global co-operation, the organisers of the 54th ISI Session have provided numerous opportunities for participants to come together both in the scientific meetings and at other events, such as the extensive exhibition which will take place in conjunction with the Session.

In addition, papers dealing with topics such as "Statistics in international banking", "Problems of global population development", and "Modern techniques in government" will be of interest not only for statisticians but also to the general public.

Finally, the Social Programme of the Session, taking place in specially selected beautiful settings and enabling participants to come face to face with monuments of the host country's history and culture, is organised with a view to creating an atmosphere which will both stimulate work in the Scientific Programme and provide participants with lasting memories of a special experience.


Hans Günther Merk

Chairman of the National Organising Committee