The 2012 American Political Science Association's meeting in New Orleans on 30 August to 2 September features panels sessions on "Forecasting the 2012 Presidential Election" (Abramowitz, Campbell, Norpoth, Bednarczuk, Lewis-Beck, Tien, Erikson, Wlezien), "New Approaches to Forecasting Presidential Elections" (Jérôme, Jerome, Graefe, Armstrong, Bednarczuk, Velez, McIver), and "Economic and Historical Models of Presidential Elections" (Cuzan, Lichtman, Brox). The Political Forecasting Group's Business Meeting is on the evening of 30 August. For more information on political forecasting, check out the Special Interest Group.

The recent International Symposium on Forecasting in Boston included a panel session on Evidence-based Improvements to Climate Forecasting. The session consisted of a paper by Kesten Green, Scott Armstrong, and Willie Soon commenting on the recent contribution on the topic in the IJF by Robert Fildes and Nikolaos Kourentzes

The International Institute of Forecasters has just launched a new website. The site has a fresh look, includes a blog, and lists job openings for forecasters.
The advantages, besides the low price and the weight reduction, are that it can aid just-in-time learning when people face forecasting problems, and can be easily searched by keywords. Click on the book icon in the right-hand menu.
Emre Soyer and Robin M. Hogarth's paper, "The illusion of predictability: How regression statistics mislead experts", appears in the latest issue of the International Journal of Forecasting. It is an important paper that deals with the widespread misuse of regression analysis when applied to non-experimental data. The article is accompanied by Commentary.