Pam Stroud, Business Director

International Institute of Forecasters


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Best Research, Best Practice

32nd International Symposium on Forecasting June 24-27, 2012 in Boston

Boston, MA, Feb 28, 2012 – Integrating academic research into practical application is one of many business issues tackled at the 32nd annual International Symposium on Forecasting (ISF) to be held June 24 - 27 in Boston, The ISF draws the world's top forecasting professionals and researchers, presenters and participants, to learn and discuss cutting-edge forecasting trends.

The premiere international conference on forecasting, the ISF encompasses a broad range of forecasting sectors. This year's event includes sessions on forecasting for climate predictability, recession in real time, financial market volatility, forecast optimality, and a history of prediction science.

"The Symposium provides a platform for leading forecasting professionals to reveal their insights into the field, with a particular focus on economic forecasting this year," says P. Geoffrey Allen, General Chair of ISF 2012, professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and past International Institute of Forecasters (IIF) President.

New in 2012: Best Research, Best Practice will include the Foresight Practitioner Track (FPT) – three days of programming designed to meet the professional development needs of forecasting practitioners. Phil Dolci, President and CEO, Jarden Branded Consumables Group, USA, will kick off the FPT with his insights into succeeding in uncertain markets. The practitioner program includes full days delving into the topics of sales & operations planning (S&OP), the forecasting process and scenario planning.

Also new this year will be the Arnold Zellner Memorial Keynote Address in honor of the late econometrician and professor emeritus at the University of Chicago. Dr. James Stock, a professor of Economics at Harvard University will be the recipient of the honor for ISF 2012.

Accenture is the conference platinum sponsor. A global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, Accenture brings global best practices and industry knowledge to collaborate with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.

"Planning, budgeting and forecasting are vital processes for almost all organizations," said John Goodman, who leads Accenture's defense & intelligence group. "The symposium brings together the best thinking across all industries, providing valuable insights and information necessary in today's economic environment."

Research conducted through the SAS Forecasting Research Grant program will also be presented at this year's conference. Awarded by the IIF with support from SAS, grants totaling $10,000 are given annually for research that advances the field of forecasting. The program is now in its tenth year.

Individuals or organizations are invited to submit abstracts for the conference through March 16. Discounted early registration rates for the ISF conference are available through May 18 for both IIF members and nonmembers. Special student rates are also available. Access online registration at

For more information about the 2012 ISF, see or contact Pam Stroud, IIF Business Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +1.781.234.4077.

About the International Institute of Forecasters (IIF) - The International Institute of Forecasters, founded in 1981, is the preeminent organization for forecasting scholars and practitioners across the globe. The IIF is widely recognized for promoting best practices and advancing the field of forecasting through its workshops, its annual International Symposium on Forecasting, and its two publications, The International Journal of Forecasting and the practitioner's journal Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting.