Call for papers

Fourth annual meeting of ENBIS

20–22 September, 2004
Copenhagen, Denmark



The European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics (ENBIS) 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.

Meeting in Copenhagen

The purpose of this meeting, to be held in Copenhagen 20–22 September, 2004 is to build upon the success of the previous ENBIS meetings held in Oslo (2001), Rimini (2002) and Barcelona (2003). 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 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 invite 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. Practitioners from industry and business are invited to present their problems and current solutions.

Potential contributors 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.

In particular we seek:

  • review papers presenting state of the art reviews for specific industrial sectors, or for generic application areas,
  • presentations communicating practitioners experience, and lessons learned

Currently ENBIS has the following interest groups (working groups):

  • Design of experiments
  • Data mining/warehousing
  • General statistical modeling
  • Reliability and Safety
  • Process Modeling and Control
  • Quality improvement
  • Statistical consultancy
  • Measurement uncertainty
  • Pharma (non-clinical)

Contributions within the scope of the interest groups are particular welcome. Presentations may have the form of an oral presentation, or an oral+poster presentation.

Contributors are initially requested to submit a title and a brief abstract (approximately 250 words) no later than April 30th, 2004. Abstracts should be submitted using the on-line procedure on the website of ENBIS. Please indicate your intended submission to the conference oral presentation/oral+poster/workshop.

Notification of acceptance will be made by email no later than May 31st, 2004. The final deadline for submission, via the same Web site ( of the paper or PowerPoint slides is September 1st, 2004. Please note that the Programme Committee's decision will be final.


Oral presentations will generally be 20 minutes including 5 minutes for questions. PowerPoint slides or a written manuscript (in English) will be requested to support the oral conference presentation.

An oral+poster presentation will be 2-3 minutes oral presentation in a special session dedicated to such presentations followed by a special poster session where participants can interact with the presenters.

Both forms of presentation will have bibliographic status as "presentation".

It is considered good practice that presentations of practitioners' experience use a format like:

  • State practical problem and importance of solution
  • Describe the situation from the clients perspective including existing knowledge
  • Formulate statistical problem
  • Discuss available tools, background for selection of tool, interaction with "process owners"
  • Describe analysis
  • Present result, lessons learned, impact, spin-offs


Best presentations (oral as well as oral+poster) will be awarded with prizes from the conference sponsors.

A special issue of Quality and Reliability Engineering International (QREI) featuring selected papers from the conference has been scheduled.

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: oral/oral+poster