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

36th International Symposium on Forecasting, June 19-22, 2016 in Santander, Spain

Boston, MA, March 2, 2016 – Integrating academic research into practical applications is one of the hallmarks of the annual International Symposium on Forecasting (ISF) being held this year, June 19 – 22 in Santander, Spain. The ISF draws the world’s top forecasting professionals and researchers, presenters and participants, to learn about 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 2016 will be a memorable event. The City of Santander warmly welcomes our participants and extends an invitation to explore the beauty of the northern, Cantabria region of Spain,” says Antonio Garcia-Ferrer, General Chair of ISF 2016, and Professor of Econometrics at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.

For the second time, the symposium will present the Arnold Zellner Memorial Keynote Address in honor of the late professor emeritus at the University of Chicago. Professor Edward Leamer, professor at University of California, Los Angeles, has been given the honor of delivering the address for ISF 2016.

Other notable speakers at this year’s symposium include Greg Allenby, The Ohio State University; Todd Clark, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; José Duato, Polytechnic University of Valencia; Robert Fildes, Lancaster University; Henrik Madsen, Technical University of Denmark; and, Adrian Raftery, University of Washington.

New in 2016: 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 are available at

Institutional and private event sponsors include Elsevier, SAS, Leaseplan, Cantabria Government, Fundacion Ramon Areces, Credito y Caucion, Santander City Hall and the Universidad Internacional Menendez y Pelayo. 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 fourteenth year.

Individuals and 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 2016 ISF, see [email protected] 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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