Lester Mackey (Stanford University and Microsoft Research New England) has become the fifth Ethel Newbold Prize Winner. The Ethel Newbold Prize is awarded biennially to an outstanding statistical scientist in early or mid-career for a body of work that represents excellence in research in mathematical statistics, and/or excellence in research that links developments in a substantive field to new advances in statistics. The Prize Committee consisted of Gesine Reinert (Chair), Adrian Röllin and Susan Murphy. During the 63th ISI WSC in Ottawa, on July 20th, 2023, Lester Mackey gave a lecture entitled Advances in Distribution Compression.
Some news from 64th ISI World Statistics Congress - Ottawa, Canada
1. The transfer of the Bernoulli Book
During the General Assembly on July 18th, 2023, Adam Jakubowski formally handed over the presidency. The Bernoulli Book, symbolizing the presidency, was presented to Victor Panaretos, who officially assumed the position of president of Bernoulli Society for the years 2023–2025.
2. A Lecture on History of Probability Theory
At the Bernoulli Society Presidents Invited Session on July 19th, 2023, Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze (University of Agder, Norway) presented Dispute and Agreement between Two Pioneers of Modern Probability and Mathematical Statistics: Andrey Kolmogorov and Richard Von Mises in 1932.
3. Bernoulli Journal Lecture
On July 18th, 2023, Alexandra Carpentier (University of Potsdam, Germany) delivered via zoom a lecture entitled Tight concentration inequalities for weakly dependent fields, and applications to the mixing bandit problem.
New President-Elect and Council Members
The Nomination Committee, chaired by the President-Elect Victor Panaretos, sent their report to the Scientific Secretary in September 2022 with the following list of candidates:
President-Elect: Nancy Reid (University of Toronto, Canada), commencing in August 2025 in succession to the next President Victor Panaretos.
Six ordinary members of the Council for a four-year term from August 2023 to July 2027:
David Croydon (University of Kyoto, Japan)
Holger Dette (University of Bochum, Germany)
Thomas Mikosch (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Giovanni Peccatti (University of Luxemburg, Luxemburg)
Maria-Eulalia Vares (University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Andrew Wood (Australian National University, Australia)
The Scientific Secretary Song Xi Chen submitted the report of the Nomination Committee to the ordinary members of the Council for additional suggestions. No further nominations were made. The Executive Committee and the Council approved the above nominations in October 2022. According to Section 9 of the Statutes, these candidates are declared elected without vote, pending final approval at the next General Assembly in July 2023.
2023 Kendall Award Call for Nominations
The Award Committee invites nominations for the Bernoulli Society-Royal Statistical Society David G. Kendall Award for Young Researchers. This biennial award aims to recognize excellent research in Mathematical Statistics and in Probability Theory. The award is in honor of David G. Kendall, who was the first president of the Bernoulli Society, and was awarded the Guy Medal in Silver (1955) and in Gold (1981) of the RSS.
The 2023 edition of the award is organized for young researchers in Mathematical Statistics. The award consists of the prize amount of 2000€ together with an award certificate. The winner will deliver the Kendall Lecture during the RSS International Conference 2024. The award should be used to cover the expenses of attendance at this conference. Nominees should be researchers with significant achievements and great potential in their research field, who obtained their PhD after January 1 st , 2015 (up to a year’s credit will be given for each year taken out due to parental circumstances since receiving the PhD at the committee’s discretion). Nominees must be members of either the Bernoulli Society or the Royal Statistical Society. Nominations should be communicated to the Award Committee by sending an email to
and be signed by two members of the BS or the RSS. They must include the name, affiliation, and brief curriculum vitae (including a list of publications) of the nominee, a statement of no more than 100 words summarising the case for nomination, a list of the best three articles, and a review of no more than two pages of the nominee's research contributions. The members of the 2023 Award Committee are
Aad van der Vaart (BS, Chair) Sara van de Geer (BS) Charles Taylor (RSS) Almut Veraart (RSS)
The nomination process is open from 1 April 2023 and closes on 30 June 2023. The award recipient will be announced in December 2023.
43rd SPA in Lisbon: Extended deadline
The deadline for submission of contributed papers for the Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications 2023 to take place July 24-28 in Lisbon, Portugal has been prolonged till April 30th, 2023. See https://www.spa2023.org/abstractsubmission .
34th EMS in Warsaw: Extended deadlines
The deadlines for submission of contributed papers and early bird payment for the European Meeting of Statisticians 2023 to take place July 3-7 in Warsaw, Poland, have been prolonged (till March 31st and May 5th, 2023, respectively). See https://ems2023.org/important_dates .
Bernoulli Society New Researcher Award 2024
The Bernoulli Society welcomes applications to the New Researcher Award 2024. Each awardee shall deliver a talk at a special invited session during the Bernoulli-IMS 11th World Congress in Probability and Statistics to be held in Bochum, Germany, August 12 – 16, 2024, and will receive a funding up to 1000e to offset travel and other expenses. Bernoulli News will publish their pictures and a paragraph about their work.
Eligible candidates are active researchers in Probability Theory who obtained the PhD degree on or after April 30th, 2018, and who are regular members of the Bernoulli Society. An extension may be given to those having had disruptions after receiving the PhD, such as parenthood. Diversity among the awardees is one of the Society’s goals, and therefore women and members of under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
The annual meeting of officials of the Bernoulli Society and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics was organized on September 6th, 2022, on zoom platform and with kind support of Elyse Gustafson. The IMS was represented by Peter Bühlman (President) and Krzysztof Burdzy (Past President). The author of this note was the only representative of the BS, as Victor Panaretos (President-Elect) had to chair an ad-hoc celebration organized by his mother institution (Institute of Mathematics, EPFL) to honor Maryna Viazovska, the Fields Medalist 2022.
During the discussion we exchanged impressions on recent conferences organized in person, not in hybrid or online modes. Among several topics one was particularly dominating and the Presidents decided to give a special wording to it.
The World Congress itself should be held in person. Keynote speakers are expected to give their lectures in person. If a keynote speaker cannot attend in person, the lecture will be rescheduled.
Call for hosting World Congress 2028
Bernoulli Society and IMS call for preliminary bids/expressions of interest from academics interested in running a Bernoulli-IMS World Congress at their institution in 2028. The deadline for submission is March 31st, 2023. The location of the 2028 meeting will be announced during the11th Bernoulli-IMS World Congress in Probability and Statistics in Bochum in 2024.
The bids should be sent to the two society presidents
and copied to the two society presidents-elect
The winners of the New Researcher Award 2023 in Mathematical Statistics are:
Edgar Dobriban (University of Pennsylvania)
Qiyang Han (Rutgers University)
Lucas Janson (Harvard University)
The awardees will deliver a talk at the special invited session during the ISI World Statistics Congress Conference to be held in Ottawa, Canada, July 15 – 20, 2023, and will each receive a funding up to 1000 € to offset travel and other expenses.
The committee also honors three additional applicants: