In a new commentary section of the Forecasting Principles site, Media & Commentary, Scott Armstrong and Kesten Green suggest that the recent badly wrong New York City snowfall forecasts could have been avoided if officials had followed the Golden Rule of Forecasting. For more on this story, particularly if you are concerned about what to make of  forecasts of new storms and how they might be improved, click on the Media & Commentary item in the left menu bar to go to that page, or click here to go staight to the item.

A workshop on advanced methods of tourism forecasting and their applications is to be held in Hong Kong on 29 June 2015. It is timed to preceed the 5th Conference of the International Association for Tourism Economics. For more information, see the Tourism Forecasting SIG.

The Second Workshop on ICT and Innovation Forecasting is to be held this year in Paris, France, on the 27th and 28th of May. Mohsen Hamoudia and Jeroen Rombouts are organizing the conference. The deadline for submission of abstracts is the 15th of March. For more information, follow the link from the entry on the Conferences Page.

The ISF Program Committee welcomes the submission of abstracts for presentations to be given at our annual forecasting symposium. We encourage individuals to organize a session on a specific, unique theme in the field of forecasting. For example, we encourage sessions following the conference theme, Frontiers in Forecasting. Invited sessions will be marked as such on the program and carry a slightly higher status than a contributed session.

The deadline for submitting an invited session is January 31, 2015. For more information and to apply, see here.

The International Institute of Forecasters will grant travel awards to enable individuals from all over the world to attend the International Symposium on Forecasting taking place in Riverside, California, June 21-24th. Criteria for acceptance include the quality of the submission, how helpful attending the conference might be to the applicant's research agenda, and whether or not the paper might be publishable in the International Journal of Forecasting.

The deadline for applications is February 20, 2015. For more information and to apply here.