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O'Bayes 2019: Objective Bayes Methodology Conference

University of Warwick, 28 June - 02 July 2019

Warwick Stats

Objective Bayes methodology conference

O'Bayes 2019 is dedicated to facilitate the exchange of recent research developments in objective Bayes theory, methodology and applications, and related topics, to provide opportunities for new researchers, and to establish new collaborations and partnerships. The meeting is the biennial meeting of the Objective Bayes section of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA).

This will be the 13th meeting of one of the longest running and preeminent meetings in Bayesian statistics, following earlier meetings held in West Lafayette, IN, USA, 1996; Valencia, Spain, 1998; Ixtapa, Mexico, 2000; Granada, Spain, 2002; Aussois, France, 2003; Branson, MO, USA, 2005; Roma, Italy, 2007; Philadelphia, PA, USA, 2009; Shanghai, China, 2011; Durham, NC, USA 2013; Valencia, Spain 2015; and Austin, TX, USA, 2017.

A safe ISBA meeting

Please note that attendees to this meeting are expected to share our commitment to safeISBA . Compliance with ASA’s Ethical Guidelines for Statistical Practice and ISBA Code of Conduct is required of and tacitely endoresed by all participants.

Scientific committee

  • Marilena Barbieri, Universita di Roma
  • Ed George, Univ Pennsylvania,
  • Brunero Liseo, Universita di Roma,
  • Luis Pericchi, University of Puerto-Rico,
  • Judith Rousseau, University of Oxford,
  • Christian Robert, Université Paris-Dauphine & University of Warwick

Local organizing committee

  • Mark Steel, University of Warwick

  • Cristiano Villa, University of Kent
  • Christian Robert, Université Paris-Dauphine & University of Warwick

PhD students, post-docs and more senior researchers working in the field of objective Bayesian statistics, non-parametric Bayesian methods, Bayesian decision theory, and Bayesian machine learning are all invited to take part in the conference and to present their results during the lively poster sessions. Theoretical, methodological and applied contributions are all welcomed for a poster presentation.

In order to promote the participation of a large number of participants, registration fees will be kept as low as possible.


The 21 speakers contacted by the Scientific committee and listed on the Speakers & Discussants page have agreed to take part in the conference and present their recent work(s) on a topic related with Objective Bayes issues. Sixteen discussants have also agreed to discuss one or two papers presented at the conference.


On the afternoon of June 28, several speakers will give tutorials on the foundations of Bayesian statistics and on the recent developments of objective Bayes methodology. All O'Bayes participants are welcome to attend (with no additional fee).

Poster sessions

There will be two poster sessions on the evenings of 29 and 30 June, taking place in the lobby of the Zeeman Building. Submissions are to be sent by email or mail to Christian Robert before 15 June as a one page pdf file containing the poster or title, abstract and references.

Registration fees

Students and Junior Researchers £120 - ISBA attendees £180 - non-ISBA attendees £220

Travel grants

Early-career researchers less than four years from PhD, are invited to apply for early-career scholarships. If you are a graduate student, postdoctoral researcher or early-career academic and you are giving a poster, you are eligible to apply. Female researchers and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Selected applicants will receive up to £400, which can be used for any combination of fees, travel and accommodation costs, subject to receipts.

The deadline for applying is the 15th of March (which is also the deadline to submit the abstract for the poster) and it has to be done at the registration phase via the dedicated page. Those who have submitted an abstract before this information on scholarships was made available (Feb. 11) and applying for travel support should contact the organisers.

Joint package

A most noteworthy connection is that the conference O'Bayes 2019 is immediately after the Bayesian non-parametric BNP 2019 conference, taking place in Oxford on 24-28 June 2019, and being close enough, in both travel time (45mn by direct train) and distance (70 miles), not to mention topics, to benefit members of both Objective Bayes and Bayesian non-parametric communities, who should consider joint attendance.