About the Bernoulli Society

- Introduction
- Our Publications
- Our Meetings
- Our History


The Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability was founded in 1975 as a Section of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). Established in 1885, the ISI is one of the oldest scientific associations operating in the modern world.

The objectives of the Bernoulli Society are the advancement of the sciences of probability (including stochastic processes) and mathematical statistics and of their applications to all those aspects of human endeavour which are directed towards the increase of natural knowledge and the welfare of mankind.

The Bernoulli Society has a membership of more than 1000 representing nearly 70 countries from all the continents. The Society has partnered with some societies to offer joint membership with reduction in dues by joining both organizations at the same time. These include the ISI and the IMS.
There are many benefits of a Bernoulli Society membership and we offer different kinds of memberships.

The Bernoulli Society sponsors several scientific high level standards publications on its own or in strategic association with commercial publishers and other scientific societies. It is continually seeking for negotiations and decisions for favorable and reasonable commercial conditions for its publications and reduced rates in related publications for its members.

As one of its main activities, the Bernoulli Society organizes or sponsors several international meetings which have prominent relevance and strong traditions in mathematical statistics, probability and stochastic processes and their applications. The meetings are often held in conjunction with the Bernoulli Society regional and subject committees and other professional societies. Bernoulli Society members have reduced registration fees to these meetings.

The Bernoulli Society is led by an Executive Committee and a Council. In addition there are several standing committees for specific administrative functions, the development and advancement of specific subject areas in mathematical statistics, probability theory and stochastic processes and their applications, and the support of activities that promote the cooperation within geographical regions. Please look at the detailed descriptions of the organization and the Who is Who in the Bernoulli Society for further details.

Our Publications

The two official scientific publications are Bernoulli Journal and Stochastic Processes and their Applications (SPA, an Elsevier journal). The editorial boards of both journals are appointed by the Bernoulli Society.

Published twice a year, Bernoulli News is a magazine that provides detailed information about activities and initiatives of the Society. In addition, the BS contributes to the ISI Newsletter where a broad overview of ISI activities and additional information of interest to statisticians can be found.

In addition, the Bernoulli Society co-sponsors, on equal footing with the IMS, the following open-access online scientific publications: Electronic Communications in Probability, Electronic Journal of Probability, Electronic Journal of Statistics, Probability Surveys and Statistics Surveys. The editorial boards of the co-sponsored journals are jointly selected and appointed by the BS and the IMS and both societies share the cost of maintaining and operating these publications.  Statistics Surveys is also co-sponsored by the American Statistical Association and the Statistical Society of Canada.

Bernoulli E-Briefs, is an electronic information bulletin that summarizes and draws the attention of relevant information to the membership.

Our Meetings

Some of the Bernoulli Society meetings with a proud tradition are:

  • The World Congress of the Bernoulli Society every four years since 1986.
  • The Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications organized every year (except the year of the BS World Congress) since 1971 by the Committee for Conferences on Stochastic Processes.
  • The biennial ISI World Statistics Congress (formerly ISI Session) since 1853, where the BS organizes Special Invited Sessions.
  • The annual European Meeting of Statisticians (EMS) since 1962 and the biennial European Young Statisticians Meeting (EYSM) since 1978, organized by the European Regional Committee.
  • The Latin American Congress in Probability and Mathematical Statistics (CLAPEM) organized every two or three years since 1980 by the Latin American Regional Committee - SLAPEM

We maintain an extensive list of upcoming conferences and meetings.


Former Bernoulli Society Presidents are:

  • 1975             David G Kendall
  • 1975-1977    David Blackwell
  • 1977-1979    Klaus Krickeberg
  • 1979-1981    David R Cox
  • 1981-1983    Pál Révész
  • 1983-1985    Elizabeth Scott
  • 1985-1987    Chris Heyde
  • 1987-1989    Willem van Zwet
  • 1989-1991    Albert N Shiryaev
  • 1991-1993    Peter J Bickel
  • 1993-1995    Ole Barndorff-Nielsen
  • 1995-1997    Jef L Teugels
  • 1997-1999    Louis Chen
  • 1999-2001    David Siegmund
  • 2001-2003    Peter G Hall
  • 2003-2005    Don Dawson
  • 2005-2007    Peter Jagers
  • 2007-2009    Jean Jacod
  • 2009-2011    Victor Perez-Abreu
  • 2011-2013    Ed Waymire
  • 2013-2015    Wilfrid S Kendall
  • 2015-2017    Sara van de Geer
  • 2017-2019    Susan Murphy
  • 2019-2021    Claudia Klüppelberg

A list of non-presidential officeholders of the Bernoulli Society Executive Committee.
For a detailed history of the Bernoulli Society please click here.

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