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The International Workshop on Statistical Modelling (IWSM) meanwhile has been held annually for more than three decades. It grew out of two GLIM conferences in the 1980s and since then broadened its scope to all areas of applied statistical modelling.

The spirit of the workshop has always been to focus on problems motivated by real life data and on solutions that make novel contributions to the subject. A distinctive feature of this workshop, which helps to foster exchange of ideas and discussions among participants, is the absence of parallel sessions. This principle has also strongly supported the cross-fertilization of ideas from different statistical disciplines, which has always been our aim. A conference consists typically of about 50 oral presentations, with poster sessions complementing the programme.

The workshops usually happen in early July, with abstract submissions in late January or early February. The `abstracts' are submitted in form of short papers of maximal four pages length, which are reviewed in a rigorous process. Accepted papers, whether for oral presentation or poster, will be included after revision into the (printed and online) Proceedings volumes of the workshop.

We particularly encourage submissions by postgraduate students, and prizes are awarded for the best student paper, the best student presentation, and the best student poster (Toyota Motor Corporation Student Awards).

The base of the workshop has historically been in Europe, however the conference is also regularly attended by participants from all over the world (particularly from Australia, the US and South America), and has in fact been held twice in the US and once in Australia. The most recent workshop was hosted by the University of Dortmund. In 2024, the workshop will move to Durham, UK, for its 38th edition, where it will be held from July 14 to July 19. The workshop will be accompanied by a short course giving "An introduction to model-based geostatistics for global public health" to be delivered by Dr Emanuele Giorgi from the University of Lancaster. For its 39th and 40th edition, the workshop is likely to remain in the Northern parts of Europe.

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