I am delighted to welcome you to the IBS-hosted website for the 30th International Biometric Conference (IBC 2020) to be held 5-10 July 2020 in Seoul, Korea. Here you will find regularly updated information on all aspects of the conference – the scientific and social programmes, registration and travel details, and much more.  Conference registration has just opened, and I encourage you all to keep up-to-date as more programming is announced.

Speaking of travel, I encourage you to make travel arrangements early. For more information on entry requirements and getting around Seoul, click here.

The meeting is being hosted by the Korean Region of the International Biometric Society, in conjunction with the Korean Statistical Society (KSS). The Local Organizing Committee (LOC), led by Taerim Lee and Taesung Park, is currently finalizing plans for the social programme, including a Sunday evening welcome reception, a fun reception for students and early career researchers, an exciting list of Wednesday tours and excursions, and a Thursday Gala Dinner. An exciting innovation for IBC2020 is the inclusion of keynote speakers and we have four fabulous ones lined up

We received a record number of Invited Session proposals, and 18 of these were selected by the International Programme Committee (IPC) led by chair Renato Assunção (Brazilian Region).  These are already listed on the website here, and the detailed schedule will follow soon. These invited sessions will be augmented by several special session including Biometrics and JABES showcases, a Young Statisticians Showcase, an invited session from the Host Region, and a Statistics in Practice session.  A new innovation for IBC 2020 is the inclusion of keynote speakers. One of these is sponsored by the International Statistical Institute (ISI).

We also received a record number of Short Course proposals and the Education Committee, under Annette Kopp-Sneider (German Region) selected seven of these to be presented on the Sunday before the main meeting.  These short courses are also now detailed on the web, and we would love to have sufficient registrants so that all seven can be offered.  We encourage everyone to take a look and see if they would like to add a Short Course to their registration.

Contributed paper and poster submissions will soon be asked for.  These sessions are one of the most important aspects of our conference.  They provide an opportunity for everyone to present their work and demonstrate the exciting developments and applications of biometry throughout the world. The submissions will be handled through the abstract submission website, managed by staff at the IBS International Business Office under our Executive Director, Peter Doherty.

This promises to be yet another great IBC, at an outstanding Asian location. I do hope that many of you will be able to make the trip and join us. Be sure to bookmark this web page and visit frequently to keep up-to-date on IBC 2020 developments.

See you in Seoul!

Louise Ryan
Organizing President for the IBC 2020

louise-ryan.jpgLouise M. Ryan, Organizing President
Professor of Statistics, University of Technology Sydney

taerim-lee.jpgTaerim Lee, LOC Chair
Professor, Korea National Open University

taesung-park.jpgTaesung Park, LOC Co-Chair
Professor, Seoul National University

renato_assuncao.jpgRenato Assuncao, Program Chair
Professor, Computer Science Department
Universidade Federal de Mlnas Gerais, Brazil