Invitation to Propose Invited Sessions for WSC 2021

Proposals due: 7 December 2020 via the Submission System

The 63rd ISI WSC 2021 will be held 11-16 July as a virtual conference. The WSC theme “Statistics and Data Science for a Better World” highlights the developments and contributions of statistics and data science in various domains of application that impact all aspects of life.

The Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC), Nalini Ravishanker, invites the statistical community to submit proposals for Invited Paper Sessions (IPS). Please use the Submission System.

The 63rd ISI WSC 2021 will host talks and presentations on a wide variety of topics, with the overall goal of presenting a balanced programme that provides a sense of the current state and future direction of statistics, data science and their applications. The programme will span sectors of practice including academia, business, industry, government and official statistics along with the breadth of ISI and Associations affiliated with ISI. Topics include, but are not limited to official statistics, survey statistics, environmental statistics, business and industrial applications of statistics, mathematical statistics, probability, statistics and data science education, statistical literacy and statistical computing and data visualization.

The ISI reviewed different models for virtual conferences. It is of course possible to use the standard approach for invited sessions with three 25-minutes talks and a brief time for questions. However, the talks will need to be recorded in advance, since the time zone for a session may not suit all of the speakers.

Organisers may consider a different approach: have pre-recorded talks available in advance of the WSC, then the session during the WSC will consist of brief (5-10 minutes) summaries of the talks, followed by discussion with speakers, session chair and audience. With this approach, the audience should feel more involved in the session. The idea comes from the pedagogic approach of the inverted classroom.

The sessions will last 2.5 hours from 14:00 to 16:30 in different time zones each day in order to make it possible for as many participants as possible to be involved in the WSC:

Day Time Time Zone
Monday 14:00-16:30 Amsterdam UTC+2
Tuesday 14:00-16:30 Rio de Janeiro UTC-3
Tuesday 14:00-16:30 Tashkent UTC+5
Wednesday 14:00-16:30 Amsterdam UTC+2
Thursday 14:00-16:30 Rio de Janeiro UTC-3
Thursday 14:00-16:30 Tashkent UTC+5
Friday 14:00-16:30 Amsterdam UTC+2

We leave the format (full length talks or short summaries and discussion) of each session up to the organiser. If an invited session has speakers that are unable to participate at the allotted time zone, it may be possible to repeat the session at a time where other session participants can discuss. This is particularly useful for the “inverted” invited sessions.

Invited Paper Sessions

IPS proposals must meet the following requirements. Proposals require the following information:

  • Session Title - description
  • Connection to ISI, Associations or Committees
  • Organiser – name, affiliation, contact information
  • Session Chair – name, affiliation, contact information
  • For each speaker,
    • Name, affiliation, contact information
    • Title of talk (if appropriate – not needed for panel)

The best proposals will include participants that reflect the diversity of ISI including age, gender and country/region. Strong proposals will have speakers confirming their willingness to participate should the programme be accepted. Note that speakers can only speak in one session.

When submitting a proposal, you should indicate to which of the ISI Associations your session is related:

  • If you specify more than one Association, choose a primary one and your proposal will be first reviewed by that Association under the guidance of its representative on the SPC.
  • If you think that your proposal does not relate to any ISI Association, you may choose ISI as the primary association.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by the SPC on a competitive basis.

Just a quick reminder: each proposal should include a brief description and justification for the proposed session and a list of presenters and discussants who have agreed to participate. The selection criteria will take into account scientific quality, impact, and overall diversity.

The SPC will select IPS to ensure that the WSC programme:

  • is interesting, of high quality, with sessions that emphasize innovative ideas, approaches and/or applications to problems of importance;
  • reflects a balance of Organisers / Presenters / Discussants from around the world and a diversity of participants with respect to age, gender and statistical interests.

Invited Papers historically have been and will continue to be a key feature of a successful WSC. We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Please read the Guidelines for Session Organisers before submitting your proposal. Please submit your IPS proposal before 7 December 2020.

General enquiries about the Scientific Programme should be directed to Nalini Ravishanker at

John Bailer

John Bailer

International Statistical Institute President
Nalini Ravishanker

Nalini Ravishanker

Scientific Programme Committee Chair