President's midterm report on ISBA activities
I would like to describe, very briefly, ISBA recent achievements and future
plans (more details can be found in bayesian.org).
- The recent ISBA 2012 in Kyoto has been the largest ISBA World Meeting ever
and it has been very appreciated for both organization and scientific
- 150 young people were partially funded to attend ISBA 2012, thanks to
the ISBA funds and support from sponsors that the organisers were able
- ISBA 2014 will be held in Cancun, Mexico, in mid July 2014 (14-18 almost
surely): please mark your calendar!
- ISBA has two new sections (Finance and Business, Industrial Statistics),
two others will be ready soon (Biostatistics and Pharma, Environmental
Sciences), along with j-ISBA (the young Bayesian section). Other two
(Astrophysics/Cosmology, Statistical computing) are currently under
discussion. They join the two "old" sections (Bayesian nonparametrics,
- A Finance Committee has been appointed to provide suggestions on
better investment of ISBA funds.
- Bayesian Analysis, the ISBA journal with Impact Factor 1.650, will move
soon under the same systems used by the IMS journals, remaining free to
both readers and authors.
- A new Continuing Education committee has been appointed to promote and
coordinate courses (after/before meetings, by themselves), webinars (in
various languages): expect more on its activity in the next few months.
- After the recent meetings of the Chilean and Brazilian chapters, the
Indian, South African and Australasian ones will have theirs in the next
- The "old" sections (Bayesian nonparametrics, Objective Bayes) will have
their meetings in 2013 and, probably, also some of the new ones will
have their own.
- ISBA will organise sessions at other conferences (SPA, ENAR, EMS, ICSA).
- ISBA will endorse meetings, like BISP.
- ISBA is discussing about regular North American meetings, and one-time
meetings in Northern Africa and Vietnam.
- The first Latin American Summer School will be in Costa Rica in 2013,
followed by one in Mexico before ISBA 2014 and then in Medellin,
Colombia, in 2015.
- ISBA will become JSM partner from 2013.
- ISBA has launched successful fundraising campaigns to increase the
endowments used to finance the awards (Savage, Lindley, De Groot,
Mitchell) it is responsible for. Further contributions are welcome, also
for the Pilar Iglesias Fund to support young people travel.
- ISBA can provide, for a modest nominal fee, a web-based system for
registration and fee payment for Bayesian conferences.
- ISBA is now the major source of information of what's going on in the
Bayesian world (through the Forum and the website).
- ISBA is collecting videos on Bayesian statistics and producing its
own, like the ISBA Lectures on Bayesian Foundations given at ISBA
2012 (to be posted shortly on the web).
- ISBA has reached its maximum number of members ever (almost 1,000). We
count on the renewal of your membership or the application for a new one!
Members will receive discounts on most activities whereas fees and
donations will support all of them, especially the ones free to all.
If you have comments, concerns, ideas to share about ISBA, please feel free
to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
ISBA President 2012
Fabrizio Ruggeri fabrizio AT mi.imati.cnr.it
CNR IMATI tel +39 0223699532
Via Bassini 15 fax +39 0223699538
I-20133 Milano (Italy) www.mi.imati.cnr.it/~fabrizio
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