Call for papers

Third annual meeting of ENBIS and ISIS 3

Barcelona, Spain
21–22 August, 2003



The European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics (ENBIS; see was founded in 2000 as a network of people from industry and academia from all European nations interested in applying, promoting and facilitating the use of statistics in business and industry. Statistics is a powerful tool for the efficient and effective management and operation of modern business and industry. As such statistics is vital for the European economy. The recent developments in communications and computer technology have made statistics an even more essential tool. At the same time, modern user-friendly software has made statistics accessible to a much broader cross-section of people working in business and industry.


The International Statistical Institute (ISI; see is one of the oldest international scientific associations functioning in the modern world. Established in 1885, the Institute is an autonomous society that seeks to develop and improve statistical methods and their application through the promotion of international activity and co-operation. ISI through its Statistics in Business and Industry Committee has objectives like those of ENBIS, namely, to support the work of statisticians working in business and industry by monitoring their needs on an ongoing basis, promoting research and applications and best current practices, facilitating technology transfer, and fostering communication among members. The SBI Committee seeks to promote (both to statisticians and to industry) the value and importance of Statistics in Business and Industry, and to support suitable activities, particularly in lesser-developed countries.

Meeting in Barcelona

The purpose of this jointly organized Meeting, to be held in Barcelona 21–22 August 2003 is to build upon the success of the previous ENBIS meetings held in Oslo (2001) and Rimini (2002) and to take advantage of the 54th Biennial Session of the ISI in Berlin. The meeting will be an ideal forum for practitioners of statistics in Business and Industry to get together, share ideas and network. All users, from the novices to experienced and their managers, are encouraged to participate. Presentations and Posters will showcase a broad spectrum of applications and generate discussion about the use of statistics in a wide range of business and industrial areas. The official language for conference presentations and written materials is English. No translation facilities will be available.

Call for papers

With this call for papers, we seek nominations for innovative presentations from a wide range of applications and types of business. Innovative applications that have made an impact on the overall success of the respective business or industry are especially encouraged. We welcome contributions from business, industry, manufacturing, administration, marketing, sales, logistics and service. People from industry and business are invited to present their problems and current solutions. Applications can include, but are not limited to:

  • Design of Experiments
  • Data Analysis and Statistical Graphics
  • Data Mining
  • Quality Improvement and Process Control
  • Six Sigma Applications
  • Quality Management
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Survey Sampling
  • Environmental Issues

Potential speakers with applications or results with a focus on process improvement (manufacturing and service), product improvement (design, optimization, robust design and test), measurement quality, reliability, risk management, market and customer insight are encouraged to submit abstracts and participate in this conference.

Papers and Posters are invited on any of the above themes. Contributors are initially requested to submit a title and a brief abstract (approximately 250 words) no later than April 30th, 2003. Abstracts should be submitted using the on-line procedure on the website of ENBIS. Please indicate your intended submission to the conference presentation/workshop/poster.

Each contributed paper presentation will be 30 minutes including 5 minutes for questions. PowerPoint slides or a written manuscript (in English) will be requested to support the oral conference presentation. Notification of acceptance will be made by email no later than May 31st, 2003. The final deadline for submission, via the same Web site ( of the paper or PowerPoint slides is July 21st, 2003. Please note the Organizing Committee's decision will be final.

Submission guidelines

Authors should use the on-line submission procedure. Abstracts should be submitted by the author who delivers the presentation. Submissions should include the following:

  • Name
  • E-mail addresses of the author and all co-authors
  • mailing address
  • Organizational affiliation
  • Phone number of the primary author
  • Title of the submission
  • Abstract (250 words, in English)
  • Indication of format of presentation/workshop/poster

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