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.

A provisional programme and abstracts are now available for this decision making workshop to be held at University College London on the 19th and 20th of September 2013. The programme includes papers by IIF Fellows Roy Batchelor, Robert Fildes, and Paul Goodwin. To see the programme and to find out how to register, click here