Pam Stroud, Business Director
International Institute of Forecasters

40th International Symposium on Forecasting, July 5-8, 2020 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Boston, Mass., March 3, 2020 — Integrating academic research into forecasting practice is one of the hallmarks of the annual International Symposium on Forecasting (ISF), being held this year from July 5-8 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The ISF draws the world’s top forecasters and researchers, as presenters and participants, to learn about and discuss the latest advances in forecasting.

Considered the forecasting field’s premier international conference, the ISF showcases the full scope 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 agenda, plenty of networking opportunities, and a fun social program, ISF 2020 will be a memorable event. The city of Rio has extended a warm welcome to our participants and offers the opportunity to explore the beauty of the coastline, the Copacabana, world cultural landmarks, and the welcoming charm of the city,” says Reinaldo Castro Souza, General Chair of ISF 2020 and IIF Director.

The biennial Arnold Zellner Memorial Keynote Address, named in honor of the late professor emeritus at the University of Chicago, will be delivered by Andrew Harvey, University of Cambridge.

Other notable speakers include Andreas Graefe, Macromedia University; Rob Hyndman, Monash University; Henrik Madsen, Technical University of Denmark; Esther Ruiz, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid; and Rafal Weron, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology.

In addition to this stellar line-up of academic speakers, the 40th ISF will present the ISF Forecasting in Practice Track to meet the professional development needs of business-forecasting practitioners. Forecasting professionals and industry experts from Facebook, Google, SAS, and Uber 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 contributions to this event: Elsevier, Google, Amazon, Grupo Energisa (Brazil), Itaú Bank, EViews, Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, PUC-Rio, Timberlake Consultants, SAS, and IAAE. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact the IIF (see contact information below).

In conjunction with the ISF, the 3rd Forecasting Summer School will be offered July 4-5. The topic is Renewable Energy Forecasting – Theory and Practice, taught by Henrik Madsen, Technical University of Denmark. Applications are being accepted,

Individuals and organizations are invited through March 16 to submit abstracts for the symposium. Discounted early registration rates for the ISF conference are available through May 1 for IIF members and nonmembers. Special student and local resident rates are also available. Access online registration at

For more information about ISF 2020, see or contact Pam Stroud, IIF Business Director, at, +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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