Eighteen papers on forecasting for public sector problems have been accepted for the ISF in Hong Kong (June 21-24). The papers address forecasting issues in education, employment, hospitals, performance, population, terrorism, and transport. The hot topic is climate and related matters, about which there are eight papers. See the conference schedule for a complete list of papers (still subject to revision).

Forecasting for public policy is important because public policies can have large effects and involve coercion. The Public Policy Forecasting SIG encourages the auditing of public policy proposals using the Forecasting Audit Software available on this site (see the menu at the top of the page).

Forty four papers have been accepted for the Macroeconomic stream of the ISF in Hong Kong (June 21-24). Papers with titles that are descriptive and catch the eye include Klaus Wohlrabe's "Nowcasting the US Economy on a daily basis" and Marc Wildi's "Obtaining early signals about US-recessions". See the conference schedule for a complete list of papers (still subject to revision).

Full abstracts are now available from the Symposium's site. Please note that the abstracts are subject to change.

Scientific forecasting with the help of New Zealand school girls picked Obama would win as early as mid- 2007.

In “Predicting elections from politicians’ faces” Armstrong, Green, Jones, and Wright found that McCain was judged more competent-looking that his Republican rivals but was judged less competent-looking than President-elect Obama. more ...

We recently commissioned Zoe Communications to design and implement a site that would be easier for visitors to use and contribute to,  one that would be easier for the directors and special interest group managers to make changes to and keep up-to-date. We are pleased with the results, and that hope you are too.

The site now has a Forum for discussions on forecasting matters. We welcome Forum discussions on forecasting research and practice as well as the application of forecasting to newsworthy problems.