Invitation to Propose Invited Sessions for ISI WSC 2021

The 63rd ISI WSC 2021 will be held 11-16 July as a virtual conference. The WSC theme “Statistics and Data Science for a Better World” highlights the developments and contributions of statistics and data science in various domains of application that impact all aspects of life.

Proposals due: 15 November 2020

The Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC), Nalini Ravishanker, invites the statistical community to submit proposals for Invited Paper Sessions (IPS). Please use the Submission System.

The 63rd ISI WSC 2021 will host talks and presentations on a wide variety of topics, with the overall goal of presenting a balanced programme that provides a sense of the current state and future direction of statistics, data science and their applications. The programme will span sectors of practice including academia, business, industry, government and official statistics along with the breadth of ISI and Associations affiliated with ISI. Topics include but are not limited to official statistics, survey statistics, environmental statistics, business and industrial applications of statistics, mathematical statistics, probability, statistics and data science education, statistical literacy and statistical computing and data visualization.

Accepted Invited Sessions will be held either live-streamed or pre-recorded, details will be given later. The pre-recorded sessions will have a time to have live interactions with attendees. The SPC will determine which IPS will be offered in which modality, but all submissions should be willing to do either.

Real-time (synchronous) sessions will be scheduled each day. This time block is necessarily limited, given the desire to reach out to all time zones. It will last two and a half hours from 14:00 to 16:30 Central European Summer Time. The relevant times are:


West Coast USA05:0007:30
The Netherlands14:0016:30
Australia (Sydney)22:0000:30
New Zealand00:0002:30

Asynchronous, pre-recorded sessions will be released each day during the conference. Opportunities to interact with presenters either live or via chat will be available.

Invited Paper Sessions
IPS proposals must meet the following requirements. Proposals require the following information:

  • Session Title – description
  • Connection to ISI, Associations or Committees
  • Organiser – name, affiliation, contact information
  • Session Chair – name, affiliation, contact information
  • For each speaker,
    • Name, affiliation, contact information
    • Title of talk (if appropriate – not needed for panel)

The best proposals will include participants that reflect the diversity of ISI including age, gender and country/region. Strong proposals will have speakers confirming their willingness to participate should the programme be accepted. Note that speakers can only speak in one session.

When submitting a proposal, you should indicate to which of the ISI Associations your session is related:

  • If you specify more than one Association, choose a primary one and your proposal will be first reviewed by that Association under the guidance of its representative on the SPC.
  • If you think that your proposal does not relate to any ISI Association, you may choose ISI as the primary association.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by the SPC on a competitive basis.

Just a quick reminder: each proposal should include a brief description and justification for the proposed session and a list of presenters and discussants who have agreed to participate. The selection criteria will take into account scientific quality, impact, and overall diversity.

The SPC will select IPS to ensure that the WSC programme:

  • is interesting, of high quality, with sessions that emphasize innovative ideas, approaches and/or applications to problems of importance;
  • reflects a balance of Organisers / Presenters / Discussants from around the world and a diversity of participants with respect to age, gender and statistical interests.

Invited Papers historically have been and will continue to be a key feature of a successful WSC. We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Please read the Guidelines for Session Organisers before submitting your proposal. Please submit your IPS proposal before 15 November 2020.

General enquiries about the Scientific Programme should be directed to Nalini Ravishanker at