Invited Sessions

The theme for JSM 2016 is “The Extraordinary Power of Statistics.” To have the best chance of receiving an invited session slot, you need to:

  • Have solid new work in an important field
  • Know some of your competitors working in the same field
  • Be willing to reach out to your competitors and forge a session with energy in it

Invited sessions can be:

  • Papers: includes 2–6 speakers and/or discussants
  • Panels: includes 3–6 members who are able to debate each other on a particular topic

To propose an invited session:

  • Decide on a theme
  • Shop your theme around the people you know are active in that area
  • Write a proposal briefly saying why the theme is interesting and important, listing the proposed participants, and, if necessary, supporting the participants' qualifications to speak on the topic
  • Submit your proposal via the online system to an ASA section for sponsorship

In addition to ASA sections, you may submit your ideas to members of the program committee from the following:

  • International Biometric Society, ENAR
  • International Biometric Society, WNAR
  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics
  • Statistical Society of Canada
  • International Chinese Statistical Association
  • International Indian Statistical Association
  • Korean International Statistical Society
  • International Society for Bayesian Analysis
  • Royal Statistical Society
  • International Statistical Institute
  • ASA committees

If you have ideas that don't fit any of the sections or partner societies, you may send them to 2016 JSM Program Chair Jeff Morris, though he has little latitude and will need to turn down most, if not all, such submissions. Also, ideas for invited poster presentations should go directly to 2016 JSM Poster Chair Genevera Allen.


Opens: July 15, 2015
Closes: September 3, 2015

To submit an invited session proposal, you will need the following:

  1. Session Type (Invited).
  2. Session Sub Type (Paper or Panel).
  3. Primary Sponsor (Outside Organization, ASA Committee, ASA Section, Sponsoring Society, ASA Journal). A pull-down screen with a pre-approved list is provided.
  4. Session Title.
  5. Session Description. Please provide any of the following information:
    • Short description of session, including focus, content, timeliness, and appeal
    • List of invited speakers/panelists, including affiliations and email addresses for each and tentative title for each presentation
    • Format of session (e.g., chair, 3 speakers and discussant)
  6. Session organizer, including affiliation and email address.
  7. Session chair, including affiliation and email address.
  8. Discussant (if any), including affiliation and email address.

Submitted proposals will be available for editing July 15–September 3, 2015 (11:59 p.m. ET). To edit a session, you will need the confirmation number and password.

Submit an Invited Session Proposal

Key Dates


  • May 2, 2016 11:00 AM
    Registration and housing open
  • June 1, 2016
    Early registration deadline
  • June 2, 2016 12:01 AM - June 30, 2016 11:59 PM
    Regular registration (increased fees apply)
  • June 29, 2016
    Housing deadline
  • July 1, 2016 12:01 AM - July 21, 2016 11:59 PM
    Late Registration (increased fees apply)
  • July 30, 2016 - August 4, 2016
    2016 Joint Statistical Meetings
  • Program Participants

  • July 15, 2015 - September 3, 2015 11:59 PM
    Online submission of invited session proposals open
  • September 30, 2015
    Online submission of Continuing Education course proposals deadline
  • October 8, 2015 - October 29, 2015 11:59 PM
    Online submission of invited session abstracts open
  • December 1, 2015 12:01 AM - February 1, 2016 11:59 PM
    Online submission of abstracts (all except invited papers and panels)
  • January 14, 2016
    Online submission of topic-contributed session proposals deadline
  • January 15, 2016
    Online submission of Computer Technology Workshop (CTW) proposals deadline
  • January 19, 2016 - April 5, 2016
    Online submission of JSM Meeting & Event Requests
  • January 25, 2016
    Deadline to request registration extension for government agencies
  • March 31, 2016 - April 18, 2016 11:59 PM
    Online abstract editing open
  • May 17, 2016
    Draft manuscript deadline
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