The International Statistical Institute (ISI) is pleased to announce a number of awards and prizes, which will be presented at the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress (ISI WSC) 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, on 18-23 August 2019. In addition, there will be funding opportunities for participants from the developing countries to attend the upcoming ISI WSC 2019. Below are the details of the awards and funding opportunities:

  1. 2nd International Prize in Statistics
    The Award, which was inaugurated in 2017, recognises the major achievement of an individual or team in the field of statistics. The prize helps raise media and public awareness on the growing importance of statistics to modern life and promotes understanding of the myriad and diverse ways statistics affects the lives of every person alive today.

    The Award is organised by 5 leading international statistics organisations, namely, the American Statistical Association, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, International Biometric Society, International Statistical Institute, and Royal Statistical Society. Nomination is open until 15 August 2018. Details of the Award are available at here.

    ISI is pleased to announce that all presidents of these organisations will be presenting the Award and giving their presentations during 62nd ISI WSC 2019 in Kuala Lumpur. Below is the details of the 4 associations’ presidents:

    1. President of American Statistical Association
      Karen Kafadar is Commonwealth Professor & Chair of Statistics at University of Virginia. She received her B.S. (Math) and M.S. (Statistics) from Stanford and her Ph.D. (Statistics) from Princeton. Her research focuses on robust methods, exploratory data analysis, characterization of uncertainty in the physical, chemical, biological, and engineering sciences, and methodology for analyzing randomized screening trials. She has received research awards from CDC, ASA and ASQ and is past Editor of JASA Reviews, Technometrics, and The Annals of Applied Statistics (Health & Life Sciences). She served on governing boards for ASA, IMS, ISI, and NISS, and on several National Academy of Sciences' Committees; was elected ASA President (2019); Fellow of ASA, AAAS, ISI; has authored numerous publications; and has advised many M.S. and Ph.D. students.

    2. President of Institute of Mathematical Statistics
      Susan Murphy is a Professor of Statistics, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. Dr. Murphy and her lab develop data analysis methods and experimental designs to improve real time sequential decision-making in mobile health, in particular methods and algorithms that can be deployed on wearable devices, to deliver individually tailored treatments. Her lab developed the micro-randomized trial for use in developing mobile health interventions; this trial design is in use across a broad range of health related areas. In these trials each participant can be randomized or re-randomized 100’s of times. Examples of micro-randomized trials that are completed or are in the field can be found at here.

      Dr. Murphy is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the National Academy of Medicine, both of the US National Academies. In 2013, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her work on experimental designs to inform sequential decision making. She is a Fellow of the College on Problems in Drug Dependence, a Member of the International Statistical Institute, a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. She is a former co-editor of the Annals of Statistics, President of the Bernoulli Society and President-Elect of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

    3. President of International Biometric Society
      Louise Ryan grew up in Australia, but left in 1979 to pursue her PhD in the Harvard Statistics Department. In 1983, she joined the Harvard Biostatistics Department as a postdoctoral fellow, joint with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She stayed on, eventually being promoted to full professor and finally as the Henry Pickering Walcott Professor and Chair of the Department. Louise returned home in 2009 as Chief of the Division of Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics in the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia’s peak scientific research body. She joined University of Technology Sydney as a Distinguished Professor of Statistics in 2012. Louise is well known for her methodological contributions to statistical methods for cancer and environmental health research. Louise has authored or co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and has been recognized with a number of prestigious awards, including Harvard’s Centennial Medal and elected Fellowship in the Australian Academy of Science as well as the National Academy of Medicine in the United States. She is a passionate advocate for the advancement of women and minorities in the statistical and mathematical sciences. She is active in the profession, currently serving as President of the International Biometric Society.

    4. President of Royal Statistical Society
      Deborah Ashby is Interim Head of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London where she holds the Chair in Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials, and was Founding Co-Director of Imperial Clinical Trials Unit. She is a Chartered Statistician and her research interests are in clinical trials, risk-benefit decision making for medicines, and the utility of Bayesian approaches in these areas. She led the benefit-risk workstream of the IMI-funded PROTECT project, bringing together academic, pharmaceutical, regulatory and patient expertise to determine best practice, and innovate on both underpinning methods and communication of the benefits and risks of medicines.She chairs the HTA Commissioning Board, and is Deputy Chair of the HTA Programme for the National Institute for Health Research, and is Chair of the Population Research Committee for Cancer Research UK. She has sat on the UK Commission on Human Medicines and acts as adviser to the European Medicines Agency. Deborah was awarded the OBE for services to medicine in 2009, appointed an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2010, elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2012 and is currently President-Elect of the Royal Statistical Society.

  2. 2019 Mahalanobis International Award
    The Award is sponsored by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation of the Government of India. The Award recognises an individual from a developing country or region, for lifetime achievements in statistics and the promotion of best statistical practices in a developing country or region. Nomination is open until 31 August 2018. Details of the Award are available at here.

  3. 2019 Karl Pearson Prize
    The Prize, established by the ISI, in collaboration with the Elsevier Publishers, recognises a contemporary research contribution that has had profound influence on statistical theory, methodology, practice, or applications. Nomination is open until 15 September 2018. Details of the Prize are available at here.

  4. 2019 Jan Tinbergen Awards for Young Statisticians
    The Awards are for best papers by young statisticians addressing statistical problems of real relevance in building statistical capacity in countries with limited statistical infrastructure. ISI invites submission of papers for the 2019 Jan Tinbergen competition. The winners will present their papers in the special Tinbergen session at the 62nd ISI WSC 2019. The submission is open until 30 September 2018. Details of the Award are available at here.

  5. World Bank Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building for the 62nd ISI WSC
    The ISI and the World Bank Group are pleased to announce funding opportunities for participants of the developing country to attend the 62nd ISI WSC 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, on 18-23 August 2019. The objective of World Bank Trust Fund is to improve the capacity of statistical officers and academics in developing countries by improving their statistical knowledge to develop statistical systems through the active participation in international conferences and workshops.

    Participants from developing countries may apply for support to attend the 62nd ISI WSC 2019 and associated events from the ISI’s allocation from this fund. The call for applications will be made approximately 9 months prior to the ISI WSC 2019. Details of application and guidelines will be published in September 2018. More information on World Bank Trust Fund are available at here.