Department News

Faculty invited lectures in 2020 move online or postponed

SSC Annual Meeting Canceled

  • David Donoho, Presidential Lecture

The Statistical Society of Canada announced with great regret that their 2020 Annual Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario (May 31–June 3), would need to be canceled due to the rapidly deteriorating situation with COVID-19. They are exploring some alternatives, for example, streaming the scheduled plenary sessions in June. Details will be announced at a later date.

IBC 2020 will not proceed in July 2020

  • David Donoho, Keynote Address

The International Biometric Society has determined that their conference cannot be held as scheduled in Seoul, Korea. In a joint statement, IBS President Geert Verbeke and IBC Organizing President Louise Ryan wrote: "In consideration of extensive travel restrictions being imposed by countries all over the world and with the health of our IBS community in mind, the board decided that the International Biometric Conference should not proceed as planned.... We are actively discussing alternatives, including online offerings as well as in-person meeting options, most likely for July and August 2021."

JSM 2020 Is going virtual

  • Susan Holmes, IMS Medallion Lecture

For 2020, the Joint Statistical Meetings were to convene in Philadelphia over August 1–6. After considering the options available for holding one of the largest statistical events in the world, and given that so little is known about what the COVID-19 pandemic will look like in August, the ASA staff and JSM program committee are working hard to transition the Meetings to a virtual event. Information about how to access the wide variety of sessions and networking options will be communicated as soon as it is available.

Bernoulli-IMS World Congress postponed to July 19–23, 2021

  • Andrea Montanari, IMS Medallion Lecture
  • Persi Diaconis, Bernoulli Society Kolmogorov Lecture

The 10th World Congress in Probability and Statistics was originally scheduled for August 17–21 in Seoul, South Korea. IMS President Susan Murphy announced, "After extensive discussions with the local organizing committee and program committee, both IMS and the Bernoulli Society leadership have determined that it must be postponed to ensure the safety of everyone in our community. This, combined with the travel restrictions imposed by countries around the world, make this delay necessary."


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