IASS News November 2020

October 2020 Newsletter: International Association of Survey Statisticians

In this newsletter we thank presenters of recent two IASS sponsored webinars, announce that nominations are sought for the 2022 Waksberg Award, and list upcoming conferences.

Links to more information:

  • The July 2020 issue of The Survey Statistician (TSS) is available. The TSS is an open access journal. If you would like to contribute an article to the Ask the Experts, New and Emerging Methods, and Book and Software Review sections please approach the editors or James Chipperfield (email below)
  • 2020 Newsletters are available
  • The calendar of events is available
  • IASS Twitter account @iass_isi

The IASS Executive Committee encourage members to subscribe and contribute articles to the Statistics Journal of the International Association of Official Statistics. Website: https://officialstatistics.com/aims-scope .

Please feel free to send items to publish in future IASS newsletters to James Chipperfield james.chipperfield@abs.gov.au  

Call for Invited Paper Session Proposals for the 2021 WSC

The call for Invited Paper Session (IPS) proposals for the 2021 WSC has already been published. Proposals should be submitted using the form available on the WSC website: https://www.isi2021.org/invited-sessions.html

Invited Paper Sessions constitute great opportunities to place survey statistics subjects in the spotlight of the conference and IASS counts on your ideas and inputs to make it happen. When submitting a proposal, you should indicate that your proposed IPS is related to the IASS in the field (association aligned with your proposal).  If you submit a proposal, please inform Monica Pratesi (monica.pratesi@unipi.it ), IASS representative in the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) for the 63rd WSC, and James Chipperfield (james.chipperfield@abs.gov.au) .  

Webinar to Celebrate World Statistics Day 2020

A big thank you to Eric Rancourt and Walter Radermacher for their presentations on the 4th November webinar, jointly organised by IASS and IAOS, about the importance of official statistics to society. The presentations were forward-focused and based within frameworks that I found insightful. There was plenty of time for Q & A with the audience. A recording of the webinar will appear on the ISI and IASS websites soon.

Webinar 3 Survey and Big data interactions (during the COVID emergency)
A big thank you Piet Daas and Marco Puts for their presentations on identifying innovative companies from text on their websites and estimating the development of Covid based on symptom mentions in social media. There was plenty of time for Q & A with the audience. A recording of the webinar will appear on the IASS website soon.

Nominations Sought for the 2022 Waksberg Award

The journal Survey Methodology has established an annual invited paper series in honor of the late Joseph Waksberg to recognize his outstanding contributions to survey statistics and methodology. Each year a prominent survey statistician is chosen to write a paper that reviews the development and current state of an important topic in the field of survey statistics and methodology. The paper reflects the mixture of theory and practice that characterized Joseph Waksberg’s work.

The recipient of the Waksberg Award will receive an honorarium and give the 2022 Waksberg Invited Address at the Statistics Canada Symposium, expected to be held in the autumn of 2022. The paper will be published in an upcoming issue of Survey Methodology (Targeted for December 2022).

The author of the 2022 Waksberg paper will be selected by a four-person committee appointed by Survey Methodology and the American Statistical Association. Nomination of individuals to be considered as authors or suggestions for topics should be sent before February 28, 2021 to the chair of the committee, Jean Opsomer, email: JeanOpsomer@westat.com.

For more information see https://unstats.un.org/iswghs/task-forces/covid-19-and-household-surveys/


Upcoming IASS-Supported Conferences

ICES VI – The International Conference on Establishment Statistics will take place 14-17 June 2021 in New Orleans, U.S. Website: https://ww2.amstat.org/meetings/ices/2020/conferenceinfo.cfm/   

SAE2021- BigSmall – Conference on Small Area Estimation, with the theme “Big Data for Small Areas”, will be held 5-7 July in Naples, Italy, as a satellite conference to the World Statistics Conference in 2021. Website: https://sae2020.org/ 

Summer School on Survey Statistics 2020 was planned to be held 24–28 August in Minsk, Belarus but it has been postponed to 2021. Details to be announced. Website: https://wiki.helsinki.fi/display/BNU/Events.

11e Colloque International Francophone sur les Sondages – 11th International Francophone Conference on Surveys will take place 6-8 October 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. Website: http://sondages2020.sciencesconf.org.

Other Conferences on survey statistics and related areas

BigSurv20 – Big Data Meets Survey Science will be held virtually during November and December. Website: https://www.bigsurv20.org

American Statistical Association Conference on Statistical Practice is planned to take place 18-20 February 2021 in Nashville, USA. Website: https://ww2.amstat.org/meetings/csp/2020/index.cfm

Statistics in the Big Data Era will take place 2 – 4 June 2021 in Berkeley, USA. Website: https://simons.berkeley.edu/workshops/statistics-big-data-era

Symposium on Data Science & Statistics is planned to take placeJune 2-5, 2021 in Missouri, USA–. Website: https://ww2.amstat.org/meetings/sdss/2021/ 

ANZSC 2021 – Australian Statistical Society and New Zealand Statistical Association Conference will take place 5 – 9 July 5, Gold Coast, Australia.  Website: https://anzsc2021.com.au/

Conference and Special Issue of Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A in memory of Fred Smith and Chris Skinner will be held in Southampton, UK, 8‐10 July 2021. See the August 2020 IASS Newsletter for full details.

63rd ISI World Statistics Congress will take place 11-15 July 2021 and will be virtual.  Website: https://www.isi2021.org/

Joint Statistical Meetings 2021 will take place 7 -12 August in Seattle, USA. Website: https://www.amstat.org/ASA/Meetings/Joint-Statistical-Meetings.aspx

2021 Women in Statistics and Data Science Conference will take place 7-9 October in Pittsburgh, USA. Website: https://ww2.amstat.org/meetings/wsds/2021/

The Survey Research Methods Section (SRMS) of the ASA Information on activities of the Survey Research Methods Section of the American Statistical Association (ASA) are available at: https://community.amstat.org/surveyresearchmethodssection/home