Bernoulli Society Bulletin e-Briefs issue 21

September 2015


For information to be considered in the next issue, please contact Leonardo T. Rolla This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 31.


* Au revoir from a Past-President

Leo Rolla has kindly given me the opportunity to write a few words for e-Briefs 21 to mark the end of my term as Bernoulli President.

It has been a great privilege to spend two years as Bernoulli President. The overwhelming impression left by this wonderful experience is, so many people work so hard for our community in various Bernoulli Society categories: thank you all! your work has been a real inspiration. Of course I remain involved for a further two years in the consulting rôle of Bernoulli Past-President; and I look forward very much to supporting the leadership of Bernoulli President Sara van de Geer and President-Elect Susan Murphy. Meanwhile it remains to say, see you all at the IMS - Bernoulli World Congress in Toronto, July 11-15, 2016, already entered in my diary and bookmarked in my web browser at

With warmest best wishes, Wilfrid Kendall.

* New membership structure for Bernoulli Society

The Bernoulli Society is introducing new membership structure which will replace the current one from year 2016. The new membership categories include:
- Regular Member: members from developed countries;
- Reduced Rate Member: members from developing countries, first two years of postdoc, retired members, couple members;
- First Year Member: first year membership for regular members;
- Joint Member: BS-IMS and BS-IMS-ISI members;
- Student Member: free membership for PhD students;
- Life Member.

* Policy changes in Biometrika subscription for Bernoulli Society members

From now on, members of the Bernoulli Society can get the corresponding discounted price directly from the publisher webpage at Therefore, no more orders or payments should be sent to the ISI/BS office.

* Call for nominations for Doeblin Prize

The Bernoulli Society welcomes nominations for the third Wolfgang Doeblin Prize for Outstanding Research in Probability, to be awarded at the 9th World Congress of Probability and Statistics, Toronto 2016. Each nomination should offer a brief case in support and should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 30.

Founded in 2011, the prize is awarded bi-annually to a single individual for outstanding research in the field of probability theory, and who is at the beginning of their mathematical career.

* Call for bids for European Meeting of Statisticians in 2019

The European Regional Committee of the Bernoulli Society invites bids to host the European Meeting of Statisticians in 2019. Each bid should be set to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 31.


* Spinoza prize for Aad van der Vaart

Aart van der Vaart is one of the four winners of the Spinoza Award from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. The Award of 2.5 million euros is to be used to continue his scientific research and will be given during a ceremony on 14 September.


3.1 - Events sponsored and co-sponsored by Bernoulli Society

* UK Easter Probability Meeting 2016, Lancaster, April 04-08

The UK Easter Probability Meeting is a long-standing tradition and is used to bring together the UK probability community. The aim is to discuss recent developments, to speak about future research and also to give PhD students an opportunity to become part of the UK probability community.

Minicourses: Alice Guionnet, Michel Ledoux, Jason Miller, Vladas Sidoravicius. Confirmed speakers: Dmitry Belyaev, Noam Berger, Natasha Blitvic Erwin Bolthausen, Jon Keating, Kay Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth Meckes, Anatoly Vershik, Fredrik Viklund.

Registration to open soon.

* 4th Institute of Mathematical Statistics Asia Pacific Rim Meeting, Hong Kong, June 27-30

The fourth meeting of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics meeting series, IMS Asia Pacific Rim Meeting, will take place in Hong Kong during June 27-30, 2016. It will provide an excellent forum for scientific communications and collaborations for the researchers in Asia and Pacific Rim, and promote communications and collaborations between the researchers in this area and those from other parts of the world.

Deadline for session proposals: October 31.

* 9th World Congress of Probability and Statistics, Toronto, July 11-15

The 9th World Congress of Probability and Statistics is the latest in a series organized jointly by the Bernoulli Society and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Held every four years, the it is a worldwide event covering all branches of statistics and probability. This includes theoretical, methodological, applied and computational statistics and probability, as well as stochastic processes. The latest scientific developments in all of these fields are showcased. It will take place in Toronto, during the week July 11-15, 2016.

* Pre-meeting to the WCPS for Young Researchers, Toronto, July 7-8

A meeting preceding the The 9th World Congress of Probability and Statistics will be hosted at the Fields Institute and will offer special lectures for young researchers with overarching theme  "Big Data: Statistical, Computational and Mathematical Issues". Funding will be available for young researchers from developing countries to attend.

* 61st World Statistics Congress, Marrakech, July 16-21, 2017

The 61st World Statistics Congress will take place in Marrakech, during the week July 16-21, 2017.

* 39th Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Moscow, July 24-28, 2017

The 39th Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications will take place in Moscow, during the week July 24-28, 2017.

* 31st European Meeting of Statisticians, Helsinki, July 24-28, 2017

The 31st European Meeting of Statisticians will take place in Helsinki, during the week July 24-28, 2017.

3.2 - Other events

* CRiSM Workshop Models and Inference in Population Genetics, Warwick, September 14–16

The aims of this workshop are to bring together researchers at the frontiers of probability and statistical inference in population genetics. The workshop is an expanded 2nd edition of a successful one-day event organised in 2012.

Confirmed speakers: Ellen Baake, Mark Beaumont, Matthias Birkner, Jochen Blath, Maria De Iorio, Steve Evans, Bob Griffiths, Asger Hobolth, Carolin Kosiol, Noemi Kurt, Gerton Lunter, Simon Myers, Yun Song, Yee Whye Teh.

* Junior Female Researchers in Probability, Berlin, October 22-23

The goal of the workshop is to offer junior female researchers in stochastics a platform to talk about their own research work and to get acquainted with important research topics presented by well-established female researchers.

Keynote Speakers: Kavita Ramanan, Nadia Sidorova. Invited Speakers: Christa Cuchiero, Hanna Döring, Zorana Grbac, Hao Wu.

Deadline for registration: September 15.

* Analytical Methods in Statistics - AMISTAT 2015, Prague, November 10-13

The workshop is an opportunity to meet, exchange ideas, and to discuss topics on solved and unsolved problems of mathematical statistics, concerning the following subjects: Fisher information; parameter and function estimation; characterization problems; sufficiency, ancillarity and exponential families; generalized linear models; signal plus noise models; stochastic inequalities; asymptotics versus non-asymptotics; other related subjects of your recent interest.

Main speakers: Abram M. Kagan, Ildar Ibragimov, Hira L. Koul, Sakhanenko Aleksandr Ivanovich, Winfried Stute, Alexander Goldenshluger. No conference fee is collected, but prior registration is desired.

* 21st Intl Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Queensland, November 29 - December 04

The Biannual MODSIM2015 congress of the Modelling and Simulations Society of Australia and New Zealand is to be held with the theme "partnering with industry and the community for innovation and impact through modelling". Expressions of Interest should include a title and summary for those who intend to submit a full paper or extended abstract for presentation at the conference. List of sessions available at the webpage.

* 9th Conference of the Asian Regional Section of the IASC, Singapore, December 17-19

The IASC-ARS conference is the main conference organized by the Asian Regional Section of the International Association for Statistical Computing. It is organized every two to four years for attendees to exchange and learn about the latest information in Statistical Computing with applications. The conference topic for 2015 is "Statistical Computing: Challenges and Opportunities in Big Data Era".

* 12th German Probability and Statistics Days, Bochum, March 01-04

The DMV-Fachgruppe Stochastik organizes jointly with the Ruhr-Universität Bochum the 12th German Probability and Statistics Days 2016 Bochumer Stochastik-Tage. this meeting provides an international forum for presentation and discussion of new results in the area of probability and statistics. Contributed talks will be given in 12 sections devoted to specific topics; the highlight of each section will be one invited main talk.

Plenary speakers: Sandrine Dudoit, Laszlo Erdös, Martin Hairer, Iain Johnstone, Walter Schachermayer.

Deadline for abstract submission: November 30.


Job offers can range from graduate scholarships to full Professor positions, in Probability, Mathematical Statistics, and related areas. Those who are aware of public calls for applications may send a contribution directly to the e-Briefs Editor.

* Associate and Assistant Professor (tenure track), the University of Hong Kong

Applications are invited for a tenure-track appointment as Associate Professor and Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, to commence on September 1, 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. These posts are tenure-track positions with consideration for tenure during the second three-year appointment. A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered.

Deadline: December 31.

* Senior Lecturer, University of Liverpool, at London

The Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics of the University of Liverpool is seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer in the area of Actuarial and Financial Mathematics based at their London campus to lead on the development, recruitment and delivery of a taught postgraduate degree programme in Actuarial and Financial Mathematics. Commencing salary around 50,000 to 62,000 GBP plus London weighting.

Deadline: September 16.


* Recent issues of official publications of the Bernoulli Society

Stochastic Processes and their Applications


* Co-sponsored publications

Have a look at for the latest articles in Electronic Communications in Probability, Electronic Journal of Probability, Electronic Journal of Statistics, Probability Surveys and Statistics Surveys, as well as International Statistical Review.

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