For the twelfth year, the International Institute of Forecasters, in collaboration with SAS®, is proud to announce financial support for research on how to improve forecasting methods and business forecasting practice. The award for this year will be two $5,000 grants. The application deadline for the grant year 2014-2015 is September 30, 2014. For more information visit the IIF website, here.

Springer has now made Principles of Forecasting: A Handbook for Researchers and Practitioners available for sale in the form of single chapters. Purchase chapters from the Singer site, here.

The Golden Rule of Forecasting is to "be conservative" in the sense of adhering to cumulative knowledge. The Rule can be implemented by following 28 operational guidelines, based on cumulative knowledge about forecasting, in the form of a Checklist. The Golden Rule applies to all areas of forecasting. We will introduce The Golden Rule Checklist software at the International Symposium of Forecasting in Rotterdam on June 30.

The program schedule for the 34th International Symposium on Forecasting in Rotterdam, June 29 - July 2, is now available here.

The annual conference of the Operational Research Society is to be held at Royal Holloway, University of London, in Egham, Surrey (close to London), between September 9 and 11, 2014.

To submit an abstract for presentation at the conference, visit this page. Abstracts are limited to 300 words. Both abstracts on academic forecasting research and applications in forecasting practice are welcome. The deadline for abstract submission is June 16, 2014.

Visit the conference website for more information.