The International Institute of Forecasters sponsors workshops, each of which focuses on a specific forecasting theme. The purpose of these workshops is to hold smaller, informal meetings where experts in a particular field of forecasting can discuss forecasting problems, research, and solutions. There is generally a nominal registration fee associated with attendance. Following the usual refereeing process, papers from the workshops can be included in a special issue of the International Journal of Forecasting. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, contact Tim Januschowski, IIF Director, or click here for workshop guidelines.

Upcoming Forecasting Workshop

Join us in Lancaster for a two-day workshop exploring the past, present, and future of supply chain forecasting, dedicated to the memory of our dear friend, colleague, and mentor, John Boylan.

Dates: Thursday, June 13th, 2024 (9:00 AM) – Friday, June 14th, 2024 (1:00 PM)
Location: Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster, United Kingdom

This workshop is dedicated to the memory of our dearest friend, colleague and mentor, John Boylan, and explores the development and future of the field of supply chain forecasting through John’s work. The workshop comprises a series of talks from academics and practitioners who worked with John over the years, but also others who have been and are heavily influenced by John’s work and ideas.

For more information and registration, please visit here.

Contact: [email protected]

Democratising Forecasting

This is a series of in-person workshops on forecasting using R in developing countries. The aim of the project is to ‘train the trainers’ in the form of university students, academics and professionals on the principles of forecasting using R software to support decision making. The ultimate goal of this project is to train 400 individuals, over 5 years in 20 developing countries in the world.

We have also developed an online training delivered once a year in October for participants across Sub-Saharan Africa: see details in AFRICAST (

Since 2018, across both in-person and the online program, 471 participants across 21 countries have benefited from our workshops.

The workshops are given by IIF members led by Prof. Bahman Rostami-Tabar, at Cardiff Business School. To organise a workshop in your country, contact [email protected]

Past Workshops

2023 Padova, Italy Forecast Reconciliation
2023 Prato, Italy Uncertainty, Economic Activity, and Forecasting in a Changing Environment
2022 Oxford, England Forecasting for Social Good Workshop
2022 Virtual Revisiting and Improving Prediction Tools for Central Banks
2021 Paris, France New Directions for Inflation Forecasting
2021 Madrid, Spain Forecasting in a changing environment
2021 Nigeria Economic and Social Good Forecasting During Covid-19: Data Analytics & Forecasting Methods
2021 Virtual Forecasting for Social Good
2020 Virtual Economic Forecasting in Times of Covid-19
2019 Cambridge, England Predictive Analytics: Theory, Applications and Algorithms
2018 Cardiff, Wales Forecasting for Social Good
2017 Munich, Germany Predictive Analytics and Forecasting Research and Applications
2017 Cairns, Australia Predictive Energy Analytics in the Big Data World
2017 Washington DC, USA Forecasting Issues in Developing Economies
2017 New York, USA Forecasting with Massive Data in Real Time
2016 Lancaster, UK Supply Chain Forecasting for Operations
2016 Milan, Italy Forecasting New Products and Services
2015 Paris, France Advances in Time Series and Forecasting
2015 Santander, Spain Summer Forecasting Course
2015 Hong Kong Tourism Forecasting
2015 Paris, France ICT and Innovation Forecasting
2014 Bournemouth, UK Singular Spectrum Analysis
2014 London, United Kingdom Theory and Practice in ICT Forecasting
2014 Frankfurt, Germany Using big data for forecasting and statistics
2013 Melbourne, Australia Multivariate Time Series Modelling and Forecasting
2012 San Francisco, USA Predicting Rare Events: Evaluating Systemic and Idiosyncratic Risk
2011 Paris, France Forecasting the Business Cycle
2011 Verbier, Switzerland Flash Indicators
2009 Washington, DC Transportation Forecasters: Tools, Techniques and Information to Improve your Forecasts
2009 Lisbon, Portugal Predictability of Financial Markets
2007 Rio de Janiero, Brazil Risk, Volatility, and Forecasting in Energy and Financial Markets
2006 Leipzig, Germany Future of Forecasting
2005 Salamanca, Spain Stochastic Demographic Forecasting
2003 Madrid, Spain Nonlinearities, Business Cycles and Forecasting