Pam Stroud, Business Director
International Institute of Forecasters
[email protected]

Frontiers in Forecasting
35th International Symposium on Forecasting, June 21-24, 2015 in Riverside, California

Boston, MA, March 2, 2015 – Integrating academic research into practical applications is one of the hallmarks of the 35th annual International Symposium on Forecasting (ISF) being held June 21 – 24 in Riverside, California. 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 climate predictability, forecasting electricity demand, prediction of business cycles in real time, financial market volatility, forecast optimality, early warning signals, tourism forecasting, information technology trends, macroeconomic trends and history of prediction science, among many others.

“The Symposium provides a platform for leading forecasting professionals to reveal their insights into the field. With a stimulating scientific program, plenty of networking opportunities, and a fun social program, ISF 2015 will be a memorable event. The City of Riverside warmly welcomes our participants and extends an invitation to explore the beauty of Southern California,” says Gloria González-Rivera, General Chair of ISF2015, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Riverside.

For the third time, the symposium will present the Clive Granger Memorial Keynote Address in honor of the late Nobel laureate and professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego. Emeritus Professor Hal Varian, distinguished professor at University of California, Berkeley and Chief Economist at Google, Inc., has been given the honor of delivering the address for ISF 2015.

Other notable speakers at this year’s symposium include Joel E. Cohen, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Populations, The Rockefeller and Columbia Universities; Tilmann Gneiting, Professor of Computational Statistics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; Dimitris Politis, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, San Diego; and, Barbara Rossi, ICREA Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona GSE and CREI.

New in 2015: Forecasting in Practice. The editors of Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting have created The Foresight Practitioner Track – a full day program designed to meet the professional development needs of business forecasting practitioners. Notable speakers from industry and academia will present this unique program (Program details at

Event sponsors include University of California, Riverside’s Department of Economics, Elsevier, EView, SAS, the City of Riverside, Office of Economic Development, and the County of Riverside, Economic Development Agency. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact the IIF directly (see contact information below).

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 thirteenth 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 15 for both IIF members and non-members. Special student rates are also available. Access online registration at

For more information about the 2015 ISF, see or contact Pam Stroud, IIF Business Director at [email protected], +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 its journal for forecasting practitioner’s Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting.

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