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

38th International Symposium on Forecasting, June 17-20, 2018 in Boulder, Colorado

Boston, MA, March 8, 2018 – Integrating academic research into forecasting practice is one of the hallmarks of the annual International Symposium on Forecasting (ISF) being held this year, June 17-20 in Boulder, Colorado. The ISF draws the world’s top forecasters and researchers, as both presenters and participants, to learn about and discuss cutting-edge developments in forecasting.

The premiere international conference on forecasting, the ISF showcases the breadth of forecasting sectors. The event features 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 the 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 and practitioner program, plenty of networking opportunities, and a fun social program, ISF 2018 will be a memorable event. The City of Boulder has extended a warm welcome to our participants, and offers the opportunity to explore the beauty of the Rocky Mountain National Park, Flatiron Mountains, and enjoy the laid-back welcoming vibe of the City ” says Len Tashman, the General Chair of ISF 2018, and Editor in Chief of, Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting.

The third annual Arnold Zellner Memorial Keynote Address, named in honor of the late professor emeritus at the University of Chicago, will be delivered by Sir David Hendry, FBA, CStat of Oxford University.

Other notable speakers include John Silvia, Wells Fargo; Diane Coyle, University of Cambridge; Paul Goodwin, University of Bath; and David Orrell, Writer and Mathematician.

To complement the stellar line-up of academic speakers, the ISF Forecasting in Practice Track will meet the professional development needs of business forecasting practitioners. Forecasting practitioners and industry experts will deliver this unique and practical program. Full details are available at

ISF sponsors help us advance the study and practice of forecasting worldwide. We’re grateful for their partnership and contribution to this event: Elsevier, University of Colorado Boulder, Microsoft, University of Denver, SAS, Forecast Pro, EViews, Information and Price Dynamics, University of Bath, and Amazon. 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, the fourteenth year for this program. Awarded by the IIF with support from SAS, grants totaling $10,000 are given annually for research that advances the field of forecasting.

Individuals and organizations are invited to submit abstracts for the conference through March 17. Discounted early registration rates for the ISF conference are available through April 14 for both IIF members and non-members. Special student rates are also available. Access online registration at

For more information about the ISF 2018, 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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