Scientific Programme

The Scientific Programme of the 59th World Statistics Congress (WSC) is developed with an aim to reach out to practitioners in the statistical community and to share and exchange the latest insights in their work. Key components of the Programme include Invited Paper Sessions (IPS), Special Topic Sessions (STS) and Contributed Paper/Poster Sessions (CPS). There will also be Short Courses and Satellite Meetings organised by the ISI Associations and Committees.

Youth is the driving force and the pillar, in today's information and knowledge based society. "Youth" is the theme of the 59th WSC. A number of sessions will be organised to address, from various statistical perspectives, topics surrounding "Youth". Participation of young statisticians in the 59th WSC is also highly encouraged.


Invited Paper Sessions (IPS)

The IPS is developed by the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) of the ISI and its Associations. A call for proposals for IPSs has been launched through an announcement on the ISI website. The ISI Associations and interest groups are asked to present their proposals directly to the SPC. An organiser will be selected for each IPS. He/she will be responsible for defining the precise nature of the IPS. IPSs usually consist of 3-4 papers and a discussant invited by the organiser of the Session, but different formats are possible in consultation with the Chair of the SPC.

Proposers of an IPS should contact a member of the SPC as early as possible. The IPS organisers will be asked to send the proposals to WSC2013-SPC@censtatd.gov.hk using a standard proposal form by 15 November 2011.

The SPC will review the proposals, and select the IPS to be included in the 59th WSC with due consideration on diversity of topics, the regional distribution of organisers, scientific quality and impacts. As a rule one individual can only organise one session.

Abstracts, papers and presentations of the IPS can be submitted through an online submission system (IPS/STS/CPS). Organisers, chairpersons, authors and discussants of approved IPS have been informed of the details.

Call for IPS proposals is now closed.

The list of IPS, including the session date and time, is available here.

Details of individual IPSs can be found at here.


Special Topic Sessions (STS)

Special Topic Sessions are an important component of the Scientific Programme of the WSC. Proposals for STS can be submitted by individual members of the ISI and Associations, Committees, or outside institutions and organisations. Proposals are submitted to the Local Programme Committee (LPC), who will keep the SPC Chair informed.

They usually consist of 4-5 papers and a discussant invited by the organiser of the Session. If you are interested in organising a STS, please submit your proposal using the standard proposal form and return to the LPC for the 59th WSC (e-mail address: WSC2013-LPC@censtatd.gov.hk) by 30 June 2012. Proposals for IPS that are not selected by the SPC may be considered again as candidates for STS.

Abstracts, papers and presentations of the STS can be submitted through an online submission system (IPS/STS/CPS). Organisers, chairpersons, authors and discussants of approved STS have been informed of the details.

Call for STS proposals is now closed.

The list of STS, including the session date and time, is available here.

Details of individual STSs can be found at here.


Contributed Paper/Poster Sessions (CPS)

Any person attending the ISI WSC may propose to present one contributed paper. For the paper to be published in the WSC proceedings, in no more than 6 pages in the final version, it must not have been published in any other conference proceedings or publications before the 59th WSC. The copyright for the abstracts and papers in the proceedings reside jointly with the authors and the ISI. Authors are free to publish expanded versions of the material elsewhere.

Once accepted, a contributed paper will be listed in the programme and presented in one of the following three modes:

(a) Oral presentation of 15 minutes – The speaker will present the paper in one of the 19 simultaneous meeting sessions during the same time-slot. A maximum of 8 papers on related topics will be presented with computer projection in a 135-minute session, 15 minutes for each paper. [Projection mode]
(b) Poster-display of one day or longer, with possible on-spot discussion – In a well-appointed hall, the author will display a summary with graphs, formulae or other visual aids on a poster-board, and may provide on-spot discussion at the poster with interested audience in some indicated periods of time if available. [Poster mode]
(c) The same as (b) plus verbal spotlight of 5 minutes – In addition to (b), the presenter will briefly highlight the poster on a platform in the same hall of poster-display for up to 5 minutes. [Poster-plus mode]

Contributed papers should be proposed by submitting an abstract through the online submission system (CPS) by 1 December 2012. The submissions will be reviewed by the LPC to ensure quality. Around the first quarter of 2013, the author who has submitted the abstract will be notified whether the paper is accepted and, if accepted, the allocated mode of presentation after taking into account both the proposer's preference and programme optimisation.

Abstracts, papers and presentations of the CPS can be submitted through an online submission system (IPS/STS/CPS). Authors of approved CPS have been informed of the details.

Call for proposed abstracts for CPS is now closed.

The list of CPS, including the session date and time, is available here.

Details of individual CPSs can be found at here.


Key dates on IPS, STS and CPS

Key dates for the IPS, STS and CPS are summarised below. Further details will be announced on this website at a later stage.

Date IPS STS CPS
1. Plans for IPS/STS submitted 15 Nov 2011 30 Jun 2012
(Extended date)
NA
2. Initial list of organisers for IPS/STS 30 Apr 2012 31 Oct 2012
3. List of chairpersons, authors and discussants submitted by organisers 30 Jun 2012 31 Dec 2012
4. Abstracts for proposed CPS submitted NA NA 1 Dec 2012
5. Final abstracts submitted 15 Jan 2013 15 Mar 2013 30 Apr 2013
6. Papers submitted 15 Apr 2013 15 Apr 2013 30 Apr 2013

Guidelines for preparing abstracts and papers

Authors of abstracts should follow the specific Abstracts Guidelines here (please make reference to the specimen of abstract). As regards the papers, please follow the Papers Guidelines here (please make reference to the specimen of paper).


Instructions on computer presentations and posters

Authors should follow the specific Instructions here when preparing the computer presentations and posters.


Guidelines for session organisers, chairs, presenters, and discussants

The Guidelines for the organisers, chairs, presenters, and discussants of the IPS, STS and CPS are available here.