The ISNPS (International Society of Non-Parametric Statistics) conferences take place biennially. After the very successful Second ISNPS Conference 2014 in Cádiz, Spain, it was decided to have a meeting every other year dedicated to a special topic. For 2015 this topic is “Biosciences, Medicine and novel Non-Parametric Methods”. The ISNPS Meeting will take place from the 12th to the 15th of July 2015, immediately after the European Meeting of Statisticians in Amsterdam/Netherlands, so it can be also attended as a satellite to the former. It is hosted by the Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Documentation of the Medical University of Graz in the city of Graz, Austria.

Graz is the second largest city in Austria after Vienna with its own international airport that can be reached in less than 30 minutes (rail and bus links). Its oldest university dates back to 1585. Nowadays, Graz is the home of four large and highly recognised universities, among them the Medical University of Graz. The town has a long and rich history. During the 12th century it developed into an important European commercial place. Later Graz came under the rule of the Habsburgs, and in 1281 gained special privileges from King Rudolph I. In the 14th century Graz was made the residence of the Inner Austrian branch of the Habsburg dynasty. From a still existing castle the provinces of Styria (comprising most of today's Slovenia) and Carinthia, and parts of Northern Italy were ruled. In the 16th century, the medieval town was converted into a modern Renaissance city by Italian architects and artists. Today, Graz is a UNESCO listed World Cultural Heritage Site.

The scientific meeting will be reminiscent of a workshop because of many plenary activities and opportunities to informally discuss novel, controversial or educational topics with respect to new methodologies and applications. There will be three keynotes delivered by Steve Marron, Peter Hall, and Geoff McLachlan introducing a special non-parametric or data problem followed by shorter related presentations and a panel discussion. Moreover, there will be invited sessions and a limited number of contributed and poster sessions in all areas of non-parametric statistics and data analysis. The number of attendees is limited to 100 to guarantee the workshop character of the meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you in Graz, July 2015.

Michael G. Schimek (Graz), chair
Aurore Delaigle (Melbourne), co-chair

For any questions, please contact us.