March 2009 • Volume 1
the DRUM is
When the 57th Session of the
International Statistical Institute
(ISI) opens in Durban in August
2009, it will mark the first time in
its history that such an event is
held in sub-Saharan Africa.
It seems like it was just yesterday
that South Africa was successful in
its bid to host the 57th Session of the
ISI. With just 5 months to go, we are These two innovative projects, dealing with capacity building and
Mr Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General,
Statistics South Africa working around the clock to ensure social responsibility, respectively, will continue long after the ISI’s
that this will be an outstanding event, 57th Session has closed. In the same way, greater involvement of
which will leave one and all from around the world, in great awe of young African statisticians in the ISI Session will have an enduring
what South Africans are capable of. effect on the development of official statistics on the continent.
Come August 2009, the brightest of minds from across the globe In traditional South African style, we do not believe in doing things
will be congregating in Durban to ponder upon, debate, discuss, in half measures, and ISI 2009 will not be any different! We look
share knowledge, and critique issues relevant to the world-wide forward to welcoming you to ISI 2009 so that we can dazzle you
development of statistical practice. We share the privilege of with our warm hospitality, memorable social events, and a
hosting this event with the entire African continent and the African thought-provoking scientific programme.
statistics community, as a historic milestone in our journey of
The significance of the 57th Session being held in Africa goes
beyond geography: it is the first time that the statistical agenda of
the continent has been able to influence the orientation and In line with the legacy objectives of
approach of an ISI session. This has been made possible by the ISI 2009, we would like to ensure the
re-generation and revival of statistical infrastructure and practice in broadest possible participation from
Africa over the past decade, which has firmly imprinted itself on African delegates, students and
national, regional and international developments and institutions. women from developed and
All of these initiatives and institutional
developments have enabled Africa to
We are therefore investigating possible
imprint its ‘legacy requirements’ on the
funding opportunities to enable the
ISI agenda. Two programmes being
developed under the auspices of the
participation of these selected groups.
ISI’s scientific section are ISIbalo, More information on these funding
(Zulu for a mathematical sum), and opportunities will be available on the
ISIbane (Zulu for ‘light’) - The vision of ISI 2009 website in due course.
statistical development in Africa.
State of Readiness
Dr Jairo Arrow, ISI 2009 Executive boasts state-of-the art facilities to ensure a Africa as a whole;
Secretary and Deputy Director-General world-class conference in every respect. • Plant the seeds needed to strengthen
of Methodology & Standards at High quality accommodation has been statistical capacity, thereby re-creating
Statistics South Africa, assures us that secured for ISI 2009 delegates in a range of numerate societies in the African region;
whilst the challenges of hosting this establishments catering for the diverging and
prestigious event have been daunting - needs of all participants. • Raise awareness of the importance of
everything is being done to set the stage quality statistics for better development
for a successful, knowledge-sharing and The ISI Organising Committee is mindful of outcomes.
an enjoyable session where new the fact that there may be concerns around
networks will be forged. the issue of security amongst prospective ISI 2009 promises to offer you the best of
delegates. Every effort is being made to both worlds - a thought and dialogue
Having recently taken over the reins as ensure that strategies are implemented to provoking scientific programme, as well as
Executive Secretary of the local organising take care of your safety the moment you set an exciting social programme during which
committee, I am pleased to report that foot on South African soil. These strategies you will experience South African hospitality
planning for the conference is well underway are developed in partnership with a number at its finest. Special emphasis is placed on
with a number of key milestones having been of safety and security structures in order to the meaningful participation of women and
achieved. ensure that delegates are free to enjoy an young statisticians to use the opportunity to
incident-free visit during ISI 2009. interact with the more experienced minds in
The conference will take place in Durban, the field at ISI 2009.
South Africa, from August 16 to 22. Over the Delegates can be assured of the organising
past number of years, Durban – our ISI 2009 committee’s full commitment towards We look forward to hosting you
host city, situated in the KwaZulu-Natal delivering on the strategic goals of ISI 2009,
in August and we are pulling
province – has hosted many international which are to:
and national conferences, from as few as • Deliver a world-class ISI session that will
out all the stops to make the ISI
175 to as many as 5 000 delegates. The leave participants with an enduring and 2009 a long lasting, memorable
Durban International Convention Centre positive impression of South Africa and event! Emukela! Welcome!
ISI President gives SA the thumbs up
The clock is close to my heart. My two year term as advances they have made in their areas
indeed ticking the first female President in the history of of expertise. A number of short courses
for the ISI 2009 the organisation’s existence, will come to will also be conducted a week prior to the
S e s s i o n an end in Durban. conference in order to facilitate continued
scheduled to learning.
take place in As President, one of my key focus areas
Durban in is to enhance the composition of the ISI The theme for this year’s conference is,
August this membership, to include more women and Statistics: Our Past, Present & Future.
year. I recently young statisticians from developing and This theme is particularly apt as it is time
visited the developed countries. I would therefore for us as a global statistical community to
Prof Denise Lievesley organising like to extend an invitation to assess the advances we have made in
team at organisations to nominate young aspiring redefining our profession, a time to
Statistics South Africa during February statisticians to participate in the Durban celebrate our successes and
and I am pleased to announce that meeting through a number of funding achievements, and a time to map out a
significant progress is being made opportunities which are available. real path towards influencing the
towards delivering a world class event statistical agenda for better development
in all aspects of the arrangements. ISI 2009 offers a very interesting and outcomes.
diverse scientific programme which
This 57th Session of the ISI is a very provides an opportunity for individuals I look forward to seeing you in Durban
special one, and indeed one that is very and organisations to showcase the later this year.
Register today! South Africa needs you! Your statistical
knowledge is required, as we discuss and share our views
in statistical development through scientific papers. 2
Preliminary Conference Scientific Programme
Programme Great strides have been made towards compiling a scientific
programme of note, with just under one hundred Invited Papers
ISI Sessions include both scientific and administrative Meetings (IPMs) having been approved for delivery at ISI 2009.
meetings. Provision will be made for meetings of the ISI
Executive, Executives of the ISI Sections and Committees, as Organisers of the IPMs have made considerable progress in
well as the General Assembly of the ISI. Apart from the developing the programme for each meeting. A large number of
opening and closing ceremonies, the President’s Invited speakers and discussants have already been identified and
Paper Meeting is the only plenary session. Up to 23 parallel confirmed and a current list of the proposed meetings with their titles
sessions for each Scientific Paper slot are anticipated. (and proposed time slots), sponsors, and organisers can be found on
the ISI 2009 website.
In addition to the IPMs, the scientific programme will also include
Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
16 Aug 17 Aug 18 Aug 19 Aug 20 Aug 21 Aug 22 Aug
Contributed Paper Meetings (CPMs); Special Topic Contributed
Paper Meetings (STCPMs); and Poster Meetings.
07h30- Admin Admin (08h30- Admin Admin Admin
09h00 meetings meetings 10h45) meetings meetings meetings
Submission of abstracts for the CPMs, STCPMs
and Posters are welcomed before the closing date
09h00- Registration Scientific Scientific Scientific Scientific Scientific
of 30 April 2009.
11h15 papers papers papers papers papers
11h15- Admin Admin Scientific Admin Admin Admin
13h00 meetings meetings papers meetings meetings meetings
13h00- Scientific Scientific Free time for Scientific Scientific Scientific
15h15 papers papers excursions papers papers papers
15h15 Scientific Scientific General Scientific Closing 27 short courses on interesting topics ranging from Small Area
Estimation Methods, Applications & Practical Demonstration to CPI
17h30- papers papers Assembly papers ceremony
Evening (16h30) Opening Beach Women in Statistician- Gala Compilation are being presented in the week preceding the ISI
Session. These courses, organised and presented by the IASS, ISI,
Ceremony Party Statistics General’s dinner
ONS, ILO, OECD, and InWEnt, promise to provide an ideal platform
followed by Dinner (by VIP Dinner
cocktail invitation (by
for continued learning.
There are also a number of planned social events which will Information on these courses as well as the registration process is
provide a healthy balance between work and play and afford an available on our website.
opportunity to delegates to engage in some serious networking.
The opening ceremony scheduled for 16 August and the closing For more information on the scientific programme, particularly the
ceremony and gala dinner on 22 August promise to be spectacular list of IPMs, process for submission of abstracts, conference
events not to be missed! registration and programme, please visit the ISI 2009 website.
Registration Registration fee Before 15 May After 15 May,
before 1 August
After 1 August
on site @ ICC
for ISI 2009 is now open Entitlements: Delegates
via the Session website Conference bag, session material,
ISI or ISI section member R 2 500 (€250) R 2 750 (€275) R 3 500 (€350)
that can be accessed at full access to the ICC conference
IPM organiser, Authors
venue, (including sessions and
www.statssa.gov.za/isi2009 and discussants of IPMs,
exhibition area), access to
transport to and from
the designated hotels and the
15 May 2009 airport, lunch vouchers for Student * R 1 000 (€100) R 1 500 (€150) R 2 500 (€250)
to qualify for
17-18, 20-22 August 2009,
evening functions on 16, 18 Delegates R 2 750 (€275) R 3 000 (€300) R 3 750 (€375)
our early bird
and 22 August 2009.
discounted Accompanying persons • Lunches included R 1 750 (€175) R 2 000 (€200) R 2 750 (€275)
As above, but person may not • Lunches excluded R 1 500 (€150) R 1750 (€175) R 2000 (€200)
present papers or posters and
do not receive session material.
* Please note: Proof from the registered institution must be provided upon registration.
Lunch vouchers are optional.
Place your goals in the net of statistics - Submit your ISI 2009
abstract by 30 April and score value at the 57th Session
of the ISI. Register today! 3
A frank interview with Young Statisticians
on the 57th Session of the ISI
As we draw nearer to the date of the 57th Session of the International Statistical Institute, excitement is mounting
amongst the organisers as well as the Young Statisticians who will be participating in the session. ISI’s Zanele
Nondzimba spoke to Young Statisticians, Azam Khan and Koleka Rangaza, both from Statistics South Africa about
their expectations of the Session and to get their opinion on how ISI 2009 will re-shape statistical capacity building.
K o l e k a Koleka: The session will provide A z a m such as prestigious event for the
completed me with a platform to learn from obtained a first time in sub-Saharan Africa.
her first other young and experienced BSc degree This will give Africa an opportunity
degree in statisticians. There will be an in 2003 at the to showcase itself in the field of
Economics exchange of ideas and knowledge University of statistics and will also provide an
a n d amongst all statisticians. Cape Town, opportunity to promote statistical
Statistics majoring in awareness in our country.
in 2003 and ISI: How, in your opinion, will Statistics
Koleka Rangaza graduated the ISI re-shape statistical Azam Khan and Actuarial ISI: How, in your opinion, will
Statistics South Africa Statistics South Africa
with a capacity building? Science. He the ISI re-shape statistical
Masters in Development Studies Koleka: The 57th Session will not has always been passionate capacity building?
in 2007. She majored in only focus on experienced about statistics and is currently Azam: Through the ISI
education and economics statisticians - young professionals employed in the Population experience, young statisticians will
during her post-graduate years and learners will be given an Census division of Statistics get to interact with statisticians from
which further led to her passion opportunity to attend and in this South Africa as a Professional other parts of the world which will
for working with children and manner, the session will highlight Census Researcher. His enable us to develop our skills in
statistical development. the importance of statistical professional area of interest is terms of analysing data, writing
education and literacy. In my survey sampling methodology. research papers and so on...
She joined Statistics South opinion, its inclusive – this Session
Africa in 2007 as an intern and is not only targeted at one specific Azam sees himself making a ISI: Will you be attending ISI
is currently an economist in the audience but it extends to the positive contribution to the 2009 and what are your
National Accounts division. Her learners and teachers, and in this organisation in the survey expectations for the Session?
professional areas of interest manner highlights the importance sampling area, five years from Azam: I will definitely be attending.
include Economics, Education of statistics from school level. I now. “I have been assisting Having been to the ISI that took
and Career development. think this Session will make Professor Graham Kalton with place in Portugal; I look forward to
people realise that statistics are the training of our staff in survey seeing what South Africa will
When asked where she sees fun and are a part of our daily sampling, at the SADC Survey present as the hosting country. I
herself in five years from now, activities. Methodology Programme. I am sure it will be really good.
she replied, “I see myself enjoy this area of statistics and
playing a major role in the ISI: Will you be attending ISI due to the shortage of sampling ISI: All young statisticians will
activities that take place 2009 and what are your specialists within the have an opportunity to present
regarding the development of expectations for the Session? organisation, I am keen to posters during the session. Will
education, economics and Koleka: Yes, I will be attending. I continue developing my skills in you be presenting a poster and
statistics in South Africa.” expect that the session will be a survey sampling,” he said. what message will you be trying
spectacular event. It will not focus to put across with your poster?
ISI: What are your opinions on on hardcore statistics but will make ISI: What are your opinions on Azam: The topic I currently have
the ISI being held in South statistics a science that any the ISI being held in South Africa is ‘Enumerating Hard to Count
Africa this year? individual can understand. this year? Communities in South Africa’
Koleka: It’s about time! It’s a great Azam: I think it is great that the which looks at the unique
thing that we have been afforded ISI: Young statisticians will session will be held in South Africa. characteristics of hard to count
the opportunity to host such a have an opportunity to present Young statisticians will learn from communities in our country. The
conference. This means that posters during the session. Will experienced statisticians who topic will help us to identify
Africa is being recognised and that you be presenting a poster and come from different parts of the strategies that will counteract the
we have something to offer to the what message will you be trying world. problem of non-response in these
world and that the world has to put across with your poster? areas when we conduct a Census
something to learn from Africans. Koleka: Yes, I will be presenting a ISI: How will the ISI session or a survey.
poster but I am still thinking about impact on your life as an
ISI: How will the ISI session what I would like to present. individual and as a young
impact on your life as an statistician?
individual and as a young Azam: I am proud to be a part of
statistician? an organisation that will be hosting
Legacies are born through collaboration of knowledge ISI 2009
sharing and faith in ones ability to achieve. Leave your
mark on this historic occasions by registering today!
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