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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 David G. Kendall Award is based on donations, and BS and the Awardees are grateful for your contribution. Donations can be done either through ISI or Royal Statistical Society, which is a registered UK charity.

Description

Eligible candidates are excellent young researchers who:

  1. are working in probability or mathematical statistics
  2. are members of either the BS or the RSS
  3. are within 8 years from getting the PhD to the year when the assessment occurs (An extension may be given to those having had disruptions after receiving the PhD, such as parenthood) 

The award should be used to cover the expenses of attendance at a BS or an RSS conference.

Nominations should be communicated to the Award Committee 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.

The award alternates between the two subjects. Every 4 years the award will be made to a young researcher in Mathematical Statistics and every 4 years to a young researcher in Probability Theory.

The award consists of the prize amount of 2000€ together with an award certificate. 

The Award Lecture will be given at a major BS conference (typically the Bernoulli-IMS World Congress or the ISI WSC) or an RSS conference (as specified by the applicant).

The Kendall Prize Committee

A joint BS-RSS committee will select the winner. This committee will be proposed by BS (2) and RSS (2) Presidents after consultation with the Youth Representatives and the Executive Committees of the two societies.

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.


The Bernoulli Society welcomes applications to the New Researcher Award 2021. Each awardee shall deliver a talk at a special invited session during the 63rd ISI World Statistics Congress 2021 in The Hague, 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 Mathematical Statistics who obtained the PhD degree on or after March 1st, 2015, and who are regular members of the Bernoulli Society. Female candidates get 1 extra year for each child born since receiving the PhD.

Candidates should apply through the web form https://forms.gle/6GPPnU6FP59vJ9ev6 and send the required documents to the e-mail address indicated there.

Deadline: March 1st, 2020


The 3rd Bernoulli Prize for an Outstanding Survey Article was awarded to Alexei Borodin and Leonid Petrov for the article Integrable probability: From representation theory to Macdonald processes. Probability Surveys, v.11:1-58, 2014.


The Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies invites nominations for

  • Presidents’ Award;
  • Fisher Award and Lecture;
  • Scott Award and Lecture.

The deadline for nominations of all three awards is December 15, 2019.

The call for nominations can be found at https://community.amstat.org/copss/awards/nominations


The Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability welcomes nominations for the 2020 Wolfgang Doeblin Prize. 

The Wolfgang Doeblin Prize, which was founded in 2011 and is generously sponsored by Springeris awarded biannually to a single individual who is in the beginning of his or her mathematical career, for outstanding research in the field of probability theory.  The awardee will be invited to submit to the journal Probability Theory and Related Fields a paper for publication as the Wolfgang Doeblin Prize Article, and will also be invited to present the Doeblin Prize Lecture in the Bernoulli-IMS 10th World Congress in Probability and Statistics (to be held in Seoul National University, South Korea, on August 17-21, 2020), or at a later Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications.

More information about the Wolfgang Doeblin prize and past awardees can be viewed at http://www.bernoulli-society.org/index.php/prizes/

Each nomination should offer a brief but adequate case of support and should be sent by December 30, 2019, to the chair of the prize committee at the following e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject heading: Doeblin Prize 2020. 


The Bernoulli Society welcomes applications to the New Researcher Award 2020. Each awardee shall deliver a talk at a special invited session during the Bernoulli-IMS 10th World Congress in Probability and Statistics 2020, 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 Jan 1st 2014 and who are regular members of the Bernoulli Society. Female candidates get 1 extra year for each child born since receiving the PhD.

Candidates should apply through the web form https://goo.gl/forms/v8zDJaFUKj5IGEG73 and send the required documents to the e-mail address indicated there.

Deadline: April 10th, 2019

Preliminary bids / expressions of interest should be emailed to the IMS and Bernoulli society presidents (Xiao-Li Meng This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Susan Murphy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and cc'ed to the BS president-elect ( Claudia Klüppelberg, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).  The due date for bids is June 29, 2019.

A preliminary bid should specify names and affiliations of academics who have provisionally agreed to serve on the Local Organizing Committee. It is important that this team contains sufficiently many energetic people to cover fully the oversight of this big event, but in particular the team should also include a couple of senior academics in probability and statistics who have strong research records and international profiles, and who are prepared to commit to ensure the proposed congress will successfully add great distinction to their institution. The Local Organizing Committee should be diverse with all individuals playing significant roles.  In many cases the Local Organizing Committee will obtain the assistance from conference organizing professionals.

It is helpful if preliminary bids contain information about the following:

1: The proposed site for the congress. It is especially important to be clear about this if the proposed Local Organizing Committee involves names from across the immediate local region!

2: A range of proposed dates (typically summer in northern hemisphere). The selection of this range should involve explicit consideration of various competing meetings and conferences around the world -- to the extent that details are known at this advanced stage of planning.

3: Consideration of likely attendance numbers: for this, and for much other relevant data, the Bernoulli-IMS World Congress history page of the Bernoulli Society will be very helpful; it will become clear that numbers can vary to some extent with congress location.

4: Meeting facilities: there needs to be access to a large auditorium potentially able to accommodate 700 attendees, in addition to an adequate supply of breakout rooms for smaller sessions, and good supply of space for discussions over tea/coffee.

5: Accommodation: there needs to be a good supply of reasonably priced local accommodation. It is particularly helpful if some very cheap and basic accommodation is available for (for example) younger colleagues.

7: It is useful to supply cost estimates on venue rent, catering twice daily coffee breaks, office staff support, for a range of attendance from 500 to 700 participants.

8: Based on the previous item, it is helpful to estimate a range of potential registration fees. As a very rough guide, registration fees should be loosely in line for example with those charged for the  2019 European Meetings of Statisticians  and the 2018 IMS meeting.

Overall cost is a particularly sensitive issue to the IMS and Bernoulli Society members, who include both young academics with very limited access to research funds, and distinguished academics from developing world countries who also find it a great challenge to secure sufficient funding to attend meetings. Neither IMS nor Bernoulli Society are in a position to provide substantial financial support, though both organizations organize special invited lectures for the Congress, thus ensuring the presence of very high-visibility speakers for whom the relevant society will pay registration, accommodation and transport.


Congratulations to Professor Zhen-Qing Chen (University of Washington, Seattle, USA) and Professor Masatoshi Fukushima (Osaka University, Toyonaka, Japan), for their paper:

Stochastic Komatsu-Loewner evolution and BMD domain constant
Stochastic Processes and Applications, Volume 128 (2018), 545-594.

The 2019 winning article was chosen by a selection committee consisting of senior members of the probability community and representing wide geographical and specialization diversity. The award will be presented at the 41st Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications (SPA 2019) in Evanston, Illinois - 8 to 12 July 2019 where the authors will give a plenary talk.

The award consists of a certificate and a monetary award of US$5000.

The paper is freely available to access until the end of 2019 via ScienceDirect.


The Bernoulli Society (BS) invites submissions of proposals for Special Topic Sessions (STS) at the 62nd ISI-WSC, to be held from 18 to 23 August 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Proposals can be submitted using the electronic submission system on the ISI-WSC website http://www.isi2019.org/guidelines-for-submission-system/.

To ensure full consideration, please submit your STS proposals by 15 August 2018.

Each proposal should include: (1) a paragraph describing and justifying the proposed session; (2) a list of speakers and discussants that have agreed to participate; (3) an organizer, as well as a potential replacement in case that organizer declines.


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