To be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from the 29th of June to the 2nd of July, 2014, the International Institute of Forecasters' International Symposium on Forecasting (ISF) is the premier international event for professional forecasters. Over the past 33 years, the ISF has been recognized for the important forecasting research presented there, and for having hosted highly respected experts in the field of forecasting. In addition to its high level of academic and business presentations, the ISF provides many excellent opportunities for networking, learning, and fun.

Join us at ISF 2014 for three days of keynote speaker presentations, academic sessions, workshops, and social programs.

ISF 2014 Keynote Speakers are

  • Jan Peter Balkenende, Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands
  • John Geweke, Distinguished Research Professor, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Raffaella Giacomini, University College London
  • Angelien Kemna, CIO, APG Group
  • Jos Nijhuis, CEO, Schiphol Group

For more information, see the International Symposium on Forecasting site, here.

The organizers of the 34th International Symposium on Forecasting invite proposals for invited sessions of 3 or 4 talks on a specific forecasting theme. The Symposium is being held in Rotterdam from 29 June to July 2, 2014. For more details, see the ISF page, here.

Competitions are a great way to test alternative theories and methods. With the 2012 Global Energy Forecasting Competition attracting hundreds of participants from more than 30 countries, the organizers decided to run another competition in 2014. For the announcement and for information on the last competition and how to participate in the new one, see here.

Robert Good­ell Brown was the father of expo­nen­tial smooth­ing. He died last week at the age of 90. Bob was an IIF Fellow, past IIF Director and a major contributor to the field of forecasting with his work on exponential smoothing and his prac­ti­cal and insightful books. On behalf of the IIF organization, we share our condolences with his family, friends and colleagues. For more of about Bob and his contributions, click here for his obituary.

For the eleventh year, the IIF, in collaboration with SAS®, is offering financial support for research on how to improve forecasting methods and business forecasting practice. The award  this year will be two $5,000 grants. The deadline date for applications is September 30, 2013.
To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, click here.