The Societies


Whereas the various societies have distinct characteristics they also have some common interests and concerns that can benefit from coordinated efforts. The purpose of the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) is to work on shared problems and improve intersociety communication. Possible activities for COPSS include but are not limited to the coordination of the calendar of statistical meetings, the preparation of material to inform students about statistics when they are choosing a profession, the sponsoring of lecture series and prizes, and the production of statistical directories.


American Statistical Association (ASA)

The American Statistical Association is the world’s largest community of statisticians, the "Big Tent for Statistics." The ASA supports excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy. Our members serve in industry, government, and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare.

For further information on news, membership, activities, resources, and advocacy, please visit our website.

Eastern North American Region International Biometric Society (ENAR)

The Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biostatistics Society (IBS) is the largest region of the IBS.  This international society promotes the development and application of statistical and mathematical theory and methods in the biosciences, including agriculture, biomedical science and public health, ecology, environmental sciences, forestry, and allied disciplines.

ENAR provides a community and meeting place, a forum to share and document achievement, an environment for identifying and fostering the next generation of statistical scientists, and a distinct professional identity. ENAR has been a key contributor to the growth of biostatistics in all its manifestations in our Region; its very existence reflects the health of our profession and its critical importance to the future development of the life sciences.

For further information on membership, resources and activities, see our website.

Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS)

The Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) is an international professional and scholarly society devoted to the development, dissemination, and application of statistics and probability.  The Institute has about 4,500 members in all parts of the world, and publishes the Annals of Applied Probability, Annals of Probability, Annals of Applied Statistics, Annals of Statistics, and Statistical Science – in addition to numerous monographs, textbooks and other types of collections.

The IMS recognizes outstanding contributions to the statistics profession through its named lectures, medallion lectures and other special lectures, and sponsors multiple conferences and workshops all over the world.

Statistical Society of Canada/Société statistique du Canada (SSC)

The Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) was established in 1972 and was formed to encourage the development and use of statistics and probability.  To achieve our goals, the missions of the SSC are:

  • to help develop a public awareness of the value of statistical thinking and the importance of statistics and statisticians in Canadian Society;
  • to work to ensure that decisions affecting Canadian society are based on appropriate data and valid statistical interpretation;
  • to promote the highest possible standards for statistical education and practice in Canada;
  • to promote the development of statistical methodology;
  • to promote a sense of community among all statisticians in Canada; and
  • to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between theoreticians and practitioners of statistics.
For further information on membership and activities, please see our website.

Western North American Region of The International Biometric Society (WNAR)

WNAR is the Western North American Region of the International Biostatistics Society (IBS), an international society promoting the development and application of statistical and mathematical theory and methods in the biosciences.  IBS was founded in 1947 and WNAR was founded in 1947.  IBS publishes the journal Biometrics and the Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics (JABES), the quarterly newsletter Biometric Bulletin, and the regional journal Biometrical Journal.

Membership in WNAR is open to all scientists with an interest in biostatistics, biometrics and quantitative biology, whether primarily statisticians, mathematicians or biologists, and who reside west of approximately 104 degrees west longitude in the US or Canada.  This includes the western-most 13 U.S. states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming) and 3 Canadian provinces (Alberta, British Columbia and Yukon Territory). SaveSave