Invited Sessions

JSM is developed by a program committee comprised of members from participating JSM societies. Each group is responsible for a specific number of invited sessions—sessions picked and/or developed specifically by these groups. Anyone can propose a session, but someone from the committee must accept the proposal for it to be part of the invited program. Of particular interest are sessions that appeal to diverse audiences and are closely related to the theme.

For insight into the invited program process, please see the program chair’s article in Amstat News.

Invited sessions include invited papers, panels, and posters:

  • Invited paper sessions consist of 2–6 presenters and/or discussants.
  • Invited panels have 3–6 panelists providing commentary about a topic.
  • The invited poster session has 30–40 participants with e-posters (offered on a 42” LCD display in the landscape position) addressing a common theme.

An invited session proposal includes a session title, general description of the session, list of participants, and tentative talk titles.

If you are interested in organizing an invited session, select a session topic and solicit potential speakers. Once you have a sufficient number of committed speakers, you can submit your proposal online from mid-July to early September.

JSM 2020 Theme

The theme for JSM 2020 is “Everyone Counts: Data for the Public Good.” To have the best chance of receiving an invited session slot, you need to do the following:

  • Have solid new work in an important field
  • Know some of your competitors working in the same field
  • Find speakers who take a range of perspectives on the problem/issue/method

There are a limited number of invited session slots. Those proposals not accepted as invited sessions can be resubmitted as topic-contributed sessions.

Propose an Invited Session

If you are interested in organizing an invited session, select a session topic and solicit potential speakers. Once you have your committed speakers, you can submit your proposal online from July 18 to September 5.

  • 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 about 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:

  • Casualty Actuarial Society
  • The Caucus for Women in Statistics
  • 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 2020 JSM Program Chair David Banks, 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 the 2020 JSM Poster Chair.

Propose a Memorial Session

If you would like to organize a memorial session for a particular deceased person, please follow the submission instructions and select “Memorial” as the sponsor. If you wish to submit a proposal for a memorial session after the September 5 deadline, please contact 2020 JSM Program Chair David Banks. Memorial submissions will be accepted on a space-available basis.

Key Dates

  • May 27, 2020 11:00 AM - June 30, 2020 11:59 PM
    Deadline to register to receive JSM Care Package
  • July 1, 2020 12:01 AM - August 6, 2020 11:59 PM
  • August 2, 2020 - August 6, 2020
    2020 Joint Statistical Meetings
  • Program Participants
  • July 18, 2019 - September 5, 2019 11:59 PM
    Online submission of invited session proposals open
  • September 30, 2019
    Online submission of Continuing Education course proposals deadline
  • October 9, 2019 - October 29, 2019 11:59 PM
    Online submission of invited session abstracts open
  • November 12, 2019 12:01 AM - December 10, 2019 11:59 PM
    Online submission of topic-contributed session proposals
  • December 3, 2019 12:01 AM - February 4, 2020 11:59 PM
    Online submission of abstracts (all except invited papers and panels)
  • January 15, 2020
    Online submission of Computer Technology Workshop (CTW) proposals deadline
  • January 22, 2020 - April 2, 2020 11:59 PM
    Online submission of JSM Meeting & Event Requests
  • January 28, 2020
    Deadline to request registration extension for government agencies
  • May 27, 2020 12:01 AM - July 1, 2020 11:59 PM
    Online abstract editing open
  • June 10, 2020
    Draft manuscript deadline