General Announcement

Dear fellow member of the Bernoulli Society

Now more than ever we depend on all kinds of sustained and dedicated service by colleagues. To mark exceptional service, and also to honour Willem van Zwet, who served Bernoulli Society and its aims in many special ways, the Bernoulli Society is launching the Willem van Zwet Medal for special service to the Bernoulli Society. We want to draw your attention to this award, which will be awarded biennially. For further details please visit the Willem van Zwet Medal webpage, which includes instructions on how to make nominations. If you know of someone who has given remarkable service to the Bernoulli Society, then please do consider nominating them for the first instance of this biennial award. 

Please send your nomination according to the instructions given on the website to Wilfrid Kendall (Committee Chair) <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
The deadline for nominations is noon GMT, 15 March 2021.

With most cordial best wishes,

Claudia Klüppelberg 
President of the Bernoulli Society

The Bernoulli Society welcomes applications to the New Researcher Award 2022. Each awardee shall deliver a talk at a special invited session during the 42nd Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications to be held in Wuhan, China, June 27 - July 1, 2022, and will receive a funding up to 1000€ 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 March 1st, 2016, 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.

Candidates should apply through the web form and send the required documents to the e-mail address indicated in the form.

Deadline: March 15th, 2021

The ISI Scientific Program Committee for ISI WSC 2021 (SPC) is inviting members of the ISI and its Associations to submit proposals for invited paper sessions.

The award committee invites nominations for the Bernoulli Society-Royal Statistical Society David G Kendall Award for Young Researchers. The award is open to those who obtained their PhD after January 1st 2013 (with extensions for disruptions to the candidate’s work available at the committee’s discretion).

This new prize for an excellent young researcher will be awarded every two years. The subject will alternate between probability and mathematical statistics. The inaugural award, to be made in Summer 2021, is dedicated to probability theory.

The name of the prize honours David G Kendall, who was the first president of the Bernoulli Society and was awarded the RSS Guy Medal in Gold in 1981.

The prize will be presented at either a Bernoulli Society conference (typically the Bernoulli-IMS World Congress or the ISI-WSC) or RSS conference (as specified by the applicant). The prize consists of a certificate and the award of €2,000 to cover the expenses of attendance at the conference.

Nominations should be communicated to the award committee through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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 summarizing the case for nomination, a list of the best 3 articles, and a review of no more than 2 pages of the nominee's research contributions. 

Award Committee

  • Geoffrey Grimmett (Cambridge University and Heilbronn Institute)
  • Saul Jacka (University of Warwick and Alan Turing Institute)
  • Gesine Reinert (Oxford University and Alan Turing Institute)
  • Ruth Williams (University of California, San Diego)

Deadline for nominations: Sunday 31 January 2021

More details on the prize.

The Bernoulli Society is a Friends of COPSS, the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies, who organizes an awards ceremony at the Joint Statistical Meetings recognizing outstanding members in the statistical profession. Nominations are sought for the Presidents’ Award, the Distinguished Achievement Award and Lectureship, the F.N. David Award and Lectureship, and the George W. Snedecor Award, to be presented at the 2021 JSM in Seattle. For more information, see

The ISI Short Course Committee for ISI WSC 2021 (SCC) is inviting members of the ISI and its Associations to submit proposals to deliver online short courses.

The Ethel Newbold Prize for excellence in statistics is awarded every 2 years. The name of the prize recognizes a historically important role of women in statistics. The prize itself is for excellence in statistics without reference to the gender of the recipient. The Ethel Newbold Prize is generously supported by Wiley. 


The Ethel Newbold Prize is to be awarded biannually 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.

In any year in which the award is due, the prize will not be awarded unless the set of all nominations includes candidates from both genders.

The award consists of the prize amount of 2500€ together with an award certificate.

The awardee will be invited to present a talk at a following Bernoulli World Congress, Bernoulli-sponsored major conference, or ISI World Statistics Congress.

Call for Nominations

The Bernoulli Society’s Newbold Prize Committee invites nominations for the fourth Ethel Newbold Prize. Each nomination should include a letter outlining the case in support of the nominee, along with a curriculum vitae. Nominations as well as any inquiries about the award should be sent to Jon Wellner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for accepting nominations is 30 November 2020. The prize winner will be selected in Spring 2021.

The Prize Committee

The awarding of the prize is determined by the Newbold Prize Committee, a three-person committee of members of the Bernoulli Society. The Newbold Prize Committee members are appointed by the President for a term of six years, with one member rotating off the committee each two years. The first Newbold Prize Committee members will have terms of six, four and two years, respectively. No member shall serve for more than eight years. The Chair of the Prize Committee is appointed by the President.

About Ethel Newbold

Ethel May Newbold (1882 – 1933) was an English statistician and the first woman to be awarded the Guy Medal in Silver by the Royal Statistical Society, in 1928. During her short academic career (1921 – 1930) she published 17 papers in statistics and subject matter journals.

After obtaining her undergraduate degree from Cambridge University, she taught school for two years, and then worked for the Ministry of Munitions from 1919 – 1929, which is where her interest in statistics developed. She obtained her MSc and PhD from the University of London in 1926 and 1929, respectively.

Most of her published work was undertaken when she was a member of the National Institute of Medical Research, as the member of a committee appointed by the Medical Research Council to co-ordinate and supervise medical and industrial statistical inquiries. The Guy Medal was awarded for her paper “Practical applications of statistics of repeated events, particularly to industrial accidents” (Newbold, 1927), which was the first to give a theoretical treatment of compound Poisson distributions, for the analysis of accident data in industry.

This information is abstracted from her obituary (Greenwood, 1933).

Greenwood, M. (1933). Journal of the Royal Statistical Society96, No. 2, 354 – 357.

Newbold, E. M. (1927). Journal of the Royal Statistical Society90, No 3, 487 – 547.

The Newbold Prize Committee

Jon A. Wellner (until 12/2021) - chair

Gesine Reinert (until 12/2023)

Adrien Roellin (until 12/2025)

According to the statutes of the European Regional Committee of the Bernoulli Society, eight of the sixteen members will step down by the end of 2020. In addition, one member is stepping down early for personal reasons. As a result, nine new members need to be elected for a four-year term starting on Jan 1st 2021.

The European Regional Committee nominates the following candidates:

  • Axel Bücher, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Mathias Drton, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Sebastian Engelke, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Anne-Laure Fougères, University of Lyon, France
  • Pauliina Ilmonen, Aalto University, Finland
  • Sonia Petrone, Bocconi University, Italy
  • Rajen Shah, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Lukas Steinberger, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Botond Szabó, Leiden University, The Netherlands

A group of at least five European members of the Bernoulli Society can nominate further candidates. Additional nominations should be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., including documentation of the support of the five nominating members and of the willingness of the nominees to serve on the committee. Additional nominations will force an election among European members of the Bernoulli Society. If no further nominations are received by Friday December 10th 2020, the nine candidates listed above will be declared elected.

Marloes Maathuis

In 2020 the Bernoulli Society (BS) and the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) established a joint biennial award aimed at young researchers.

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 award funds come from donations to the Bernoulli Society or to the Royal Statistical Society (that is a registered UK charity able to receive donations through Gift Aid).

This biennial joint BS and RSS 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.  Nominees should be researchers with significant achievements and great potential in their research field.

The award consists of the prize amount of 2000€ together with an award certificate. The winner shall deliver the Kendall Lecture during the BS or the RSS major conference held next year. The award should be used to cover the expenses of attendance at this conference.

BS and RSS will publicise the award recipients, including a synopsis of their work.

The eligible candidates are young researchers which:

  • have significant achievements and great potential of their research in Mathematical Statistics and/or Probability Theory;
  • obtained their PhD within 8 years prior to the year of competition (up to a year’s credit will be given for each year taken out due to parental circumstances since receiving the PhD);
  • are members of the BS or the RSS.

The rotation scheme. To give both fields their deserved credit, the award alternates, so every 4 years the award is given to a young researcher in Mathematical Statistics and every 4 years to a young researcher in Probability Theory. In the years that the award is given for Probability Theory, the winner will be invited to present the Kendall Lecture at the Bernoulli conference; in the years the award is given for Mathematical Statistics, the winner will be invited to present the Kendall Lecture at the RSS conference.

The Award Committee. A committee consisting of two members from each society will consider the nominations and agree on the award recipient. The members and the chair shall be proposed by the presidents of both societies.

The timeline of the nomination process. The nomination process is open from April 1st and closes on June 30th. The award committee considers nominations and agrees a winner before September 30th. The presidents approve the winner by the end of November. The award recipient shall be announced in December.

The management. The BS leads on administrating the award, including the management of the awarding committee and the payment of the award. Any questions related to the award should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The present 2023 Edition of the Award is organized for young researchers in MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS. See the call here.


Winner of the 2023 Edition

QIYANG HAN (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey) has been awarded. Congratulations!


About David G. Kendall

This award honours the memory of David George Kendall (1918-2007). As noted in the history of the Bernoulli Society, Kendall played a key rôle in founding the Bernoulli Society in 1975, and was its initial president; his personal account of this time may be found in the first Bernoulli Journal issue. Kendall was also a committed and distinguished member of the Royal Statistical Society, holding the Guy Medal in Silver (1955) and in Gold (1981), and presenting five read papers over the course of his career. He was always eager to encourage younger colleagues, and particularly to urge them to travel and make contacts and friendships across the scientific world. For this reason we are confident that he would have been delighted to see awards in his name, designed to encourage and to enable young probabilists and statisticians to participate actively in the international meetings which are so important in the life of our subject.

See also a biographical account by Geoffrey Grimmett.

The sixth Institute of Mathematical Statistics Asia Pacific Rim Meeting (IMS-APRM) will take place in Melbourne, Australia from 5 to 8 January 2021. It will provide an excellent forum for scientific communications and collaborations for the researchers in Asia and the Pacific Rim, and promote communications and collaborations between the researchers in this area and those from other parts of the world.

The program covers a wide range of topics in statistics and probability, presenting recent developments and the state of the art in a variety of modern research topics and in applications. The program will include:

• Plenary Lectures presented by world-renowned scientists in statistics and probability
• Distinguished Lectures delivered by leading specialists
• Invited Paper sessions
• Contributed talks and posters

Invited Session Proposals are now being considered. The Scientific Program Committee will consider proposals for Invited Paper sessions. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please do so online by 10 February 2020 here.

Each Invited Paper session will consist of four speakers and one chair, with each speaker having 25 minutes. The proposals will be evaluated by the Scientific Program Committee on a competitive basis. The proposers will be notified of the session selection before the end of March 2020.

Conference website.

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