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

 39th International Symposium on Forecasting
June 16-19, 2019, Thessaloniki, Greece

Boston, MA, February 27, 2019 – Integrating academic research into forecasting practice is one of the hallmarks of the annual International Symposium on Forecasting (ISF), being held this year from June 16-19 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The ISF draws the world’s top forecasters and researchers, both as presenters and participants, to learn about and discuss cutting-edge developments in forecasting.

The forecasting field’s premier international conference, the ISF showcases the breadth of forecasting sectors. The event features sessions on climate predictability, forecasting electricity demand, forecasting in business and supply chains, financial-market volatility, forecast optimality, early warning signals, tourism forecasting, information technology trends, macroeconomic trends, and forecasting for public good, 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 2019 will be a memorable event. The City of Thessaloniki has extended a warm welcome to our participants and offers the opportunity to explore the beauty of the Aegean Sea, cultural landmarks, and enjoy the welcoming charm of the city,” says George Athanasopoulos, the General Chair of ISF 2019 and IIF Director.

The biennial Clive Granger Memorial Keynote Address, named in honor of the late Nobel Prize winner and professor emeritus at the University of California San Diego, will be delivered by George Kapetanios, Kings College London.

Other notable speakers include Tanya Garcia, Texas A&M University; Tilmann Gneiting, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; Nigel Harvey, University College London; Gael Martin, Monash University; and Ian McHale, University of Liverpool.

In addition to the stellar line-up of academic speakers, the 39th ISF will present the ISF Forecasting in Practice Track to meet the professional development needs of business-forecasting practitioners. Forecasting professionals 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: Gold Sponsor, Monash Business School, Monash University; Elsevier, Google, Amazon, RiskLab Australia, EViews, Uber, Forecast Pro, SAS, Cardiff University, and Erasmus University. 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 symposium. Now in the program’s, 15th year, the IIF with support from SAS awards annual grants totaling $10,000 for research that advances the field of forecasting.

Individuals and organizations are invited to submit abstracts for the symposium through March 8. Discounted early registration rates for the ISF conference are available through April 19 for IIF members and nonmembers. Special student rates are also available. Access online registration at

For more information about ISF 2019, 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 worldwide. The IIF is universally 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, for forecasting practitioners, Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting.

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