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This month’s news update covers several IAOS initiatives including the upcoming webinar ‘Misuse of Statistics: Time to Speak Out’, the 2021 Young Statisticians Prize, an update on the 2020 IAOS conference in Zambia and more.

Webinar — Misuse of Statistics: Time to Speak Out

Tuesday 6 October 2020, 14:00–16:00 CET

The webinar is organized by the IAOS, in conjunction with the ISI and supported by the World Bank Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Development. It will focus on Fundamental Principle 4: Prevention of misuse, which states that the statistical agencies are entitled to comment on erroneous interpretation and misuse of statistics. It features leading figures in the statistical world with direct personal experiences of applying Principle 4. There will be time for open discussion and reflection on future actions. More information, including registration details.

Zambia IAOS 2020 Conference

Better Lives 2030: mobilising the power of data for Africa and the world

Previously planned for May 2020, it is now expected that the conference will be held in September 2021 in Livingstone, Zambia. More information and updates.

YSP 2021 now officially launched

The IAOS is pleased to launch the Young Statistician Prize for 2021. This international prize, which is designed to encourage more young statisticians to take an active interest in official statistics, is awarded for the best paper in the field of official statistics written by a young statistician. In addition to the monetary prizes, the first-place winner will receive travel funds to present the paper at an international conference. The YSP 2021 will close on 12 February 2021. More information.

Statistical Journal of the IAOS (SJIAOS)

  • The September issue has a special theme ‘The Future of Economic and Business Statistics’, building on the work of the Friends of the Chair Group on Economic Statistics, commissioned by the UN Statistical Commission. This issue will also set the scene for the fifth discussion on the Official Statistics discussion platform.
  • The June issue contains articles from some of the sessions at the ISI World Statistics Conference 2019. Articles on pre-release access of official statistics formed the basis for the fourth discussion on the Official Statistics discussion platformwww.officialstatistcs.com . This issue is open access. Our thanks to IOS Press for their support.

SJIAOS call for papers on impact of COVID-19 on official statistics

SJIAOS welcomes papers on COVID-19 issues, e.g., monitoring, evaluation of test strategies and overall evaluation of the lockdowns, results from exit strategies and wider social and economic consequences. Applied work, using SDG Indicators, showing the effect of COVID-19 would also be very welcome. More information.

Official Statistics platform

Thee discussion on the “Pre-release access to official statistics”, based on articles in the June issue of the SJIAOS is now underway. Discussions on impact of COVID19 also continue.

UN World Data Forum 2020

The virtual World Data Forum will be held from19 – 21 October 2020. More information.

Southampton Memorial Conference and Special Issue of the Royal Statistical Society Series A in memory of Fred Smith and Chris Skinner

Submission of abstracts will close on 1 October 2020. The conference is hosted by the University of Southampton, UK in honour of Fred Smith and Chris Skinner who both died recently and will be held on 8 -10 July 2021. More information.

NTTS 2021

Brussels, Belgium 9–11 March 2021

Submission of abstracts will close on 15 October 2020. More information, including arrangements if circumstances don’t allow for on-site attendance.