A major challenge in many modern economic, epidemiological, ecological and biological questions is to understand the randomness in the network structure of the entities they study. Although analysis of data on networks goes back to at least the 1930s, the importance of statistical network modelling for many areas of substantial science has become more pronounced since the turn of the century.  This Committee on Statistical Network Science (CSNS) will focus on promoting and fostering research in statistical and probabilistic network analysis, in the wider sense. This remit includes graphical models, random graph models as well complex functional network models.


Committee Members:


  • (Chair) Gesine Reinert (University of Oxford, UK), Professor of Statistics. Editor-in-chief for SpringerBriefs in Probability and Mathematical Statistics. 

  • Vladimir Batagelj (University of Ljubljana, Slowenia), Professor Emeritus Of Mathematics, is known for his work in discrete mathematics and combinatorial optimization, particularly analysis of social networks and other large networks.

  • Anuška Ferligoj (University of Ljubljana, Slowenia), Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Emeritus, is an elected member of the European Academy of Sociology and International Statistical Institute, and has been a member of boards of the International Network for Social Network Analysis, International Federation of Classification Societies, and International Sociological Association.

  • Claire Gormley (School of Mathematics and Statistics, University College Dublin, Ireland), co-director of the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research Training (CRT) in Foundations of Data Science.

  • Sarika Jalan (Indian Institute of Technology Indore, India), Complex Systems Lab. Professor Salan is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Computational Science and Executive Member of the Complex Systems Society.

  • Goeran Kauermann (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany), Chair of Applied Statistics in Social Sciences, Economics and Business.

  • Eric D. Kolaczyk (Boston University, USA), Professor of Statistics, Director, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing.

  • Clelia Di Serio (Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, and San Raffaele Vita-Salute University, Milano, Italy), Professor in Statistics.

  • Veronica Vinciotti (University of Trento, Italy), Associate professor.

  • Ernst C. Wit (Università della Svizzera Lugano, Switzerland) Professor of Statistics and Data Science.



Some video links

Can we use network models to shed new light on global arms trading?
Using statistical network models to understand the driving forces in arms trading in the last decades and today.

Can we improve social support for the elderly during COVID-19?
This research highlights which groups of elderly people have either non-existent or insufficient social support during the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore more vulnerable. For these elderly people, sustainable care policy planning and crisis intervention planning should be organised especially for future waves of the coronavirus and other pandemics.

Normal or not? How to detect anomalies in networks
Complex interactions such as financial transactions or links between computers can often be visualised as networks. Anomalies in such networks may indicate deviant behaviour. How can we detect such anomalies?
In this video we shall encounter a statistical test called Monte Carlo test to address this issue. The Monte Carlo test can also be applied in many other scenarios.

Sometimes, correlation does imply causation
You often hear “correlation does not imply causation” in order to warn the listener about spurious relationships that may be observed in everyday life. The number of homicides seems to correlate with ice cream sales, but clearly this is not a causal relationship. Given that all we can see in real life are mere correlations, can we ever be sure of causality? This video will describe a network inspired definition of causality in order to derive a method, known as the PC algorithm, to detect causal interactions.


Some online seminars Prof. Gesine Reinert, Turing Institute Talk Prof. Gesine Reinert, Master Class "Inference of Networks Prof. Gesine Reinert, "Estimating the number of communities in a network Dr. Veronica Vinciotti, "Sparse Gaussian graphical models for dynamic gene regulatory networks Prof. Ernst Wit, "Network inference in genomics Prof. Neil Friel, "Properties of Latent Variable Network Models Dr. Alberto Caimo, "Bayesian ERGMs -- computational and modelling challenges Dr. Pariya Behrouzi, "Detecting Epistatic Selection in the Genome of RILs via a latent Gaussian Copula Graphical Model Prof. Alberto Roverato, "The Networked Partial Correlation and its Application to the Analysis of Genetic Interactions Dr. Reza Mohammadi, "Bayesian modelling of Dupuytren disease using Gaussian copula graphical models Dr. Silvia Fierascu, "Applying network science to political problems. A conceptual and analytical framework for understanding and predicting corruption risks in business-political networks Dr. Ben Parker, "Optimal Design of Experiments on Connected Units with Application to Social Networks Prof. Tom Snijders, "Continuous-time statistical models for network panel data Prof. Eric Kolazyk, "Dynamic causal networks with multi-scale temporal structure Prof. Tom Britton, "A network epidemic model with preventive rewiring: comparative analysis of the initial phase Prof. Stephane Robin, "Detecting change-points in the structure of a network: Exact Bayesian inference Dr. Catherine Matias, "Statistical clustering of temporal networks through a dynamic stochastic block model Prof. Niel Lawrence, "Deep Probabilistic Modelling with Gaussian Processes



This biennial Bernoulli Society Medal aims to recognise special service to the Bernoulli Society. The Medal is in honour of Willem van Zwet, who served Bernoulli Society and its aims in many special ways. Nominees should have records of sustained and distinguished service to the Society.


Nomination can be made of any member of Bernoulli Society, who has not previously been elected President.

 Nominations should be communicated by email to the chair of the Willem van Zwet Medal Committee by the declared deadline (see below), and should be signed by two members of the Bernoulli Society. They must include the name, affiliation, and brief curriculum vitae of the nominee, and a statement of no more than 1000 words summarising the case for nomination.

At most one award is made every two years. The medal will be awarded at a ceremony during the next World Congress. The recommendation will be based on sustained excellent service to further the aims of the Bernoulli Society. Excellence in research will not be taken into account, as this is recognised by other Bernoulli Society awards.

The Willem van Zwet Medal Committee

The committee has three members, at least one being a past president who will act as chair, each member serving a term of up to five years. New committee members and chair are proposed by the current and incoming Bernoulli Society Presidents after consultation with the Executive Committee of the Bernoulli society.


Present members of the committee:

(from Jan 2023) Victor Perez Abreu (chair), CIMAT, Mexico;

(from Jan 2021) Florencia Leonardi, University of São Paulo, Brazil;

(from Jan 2021) Byeong U. Park, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea.


Past members of the committee:

(Jan 2021-Dec 2022) Wilfrid S. Kendall (chair), University of Warwick, UK 


About Willem van Zwet

This medal is inspired by the dedicated service of Willem van Zwet, who passed away on July 2, 2020. Willem was a major figure for Bernoulli Society and for our community as a whole. In particular, in the decade commencing 1970, he was among the founding fathers of the Bernoulli Society. He served as President of Bernoulli Society (1987-1989) and as Editor in Chief of the Bernoulli Journal (2000-2003). He was the driving force behind the creation of Eurandom, the European Institute for Stochastics in Eindhoven, serving as Eurandom’s founding director (1997-2000). The medal also honours his significant and unceasing support of statisticians behind the iron curtain, which had a major impact there and earned him an honorary doctorate from Charles University. Willem van Zwet's life is an inspiration for future generations of Bernoulli members.



The deadline for nominations was noon UTC, Monday 27 June 2022.


Publicity Committee

The committee manages all issues related to publicity and the dissemination of information and news to members of the Bernoulli Society and beyond. It coordinates the publication of the Bernoulli E-Briefs electronic newsletter, and of the Society's print newsletter, Bernoulli News. It also manages the Society's webpage and social media presence. The chairman is ex-officio a member of the Executive Committee.

Committee Members

Carlos Amendola, E-Briefs Editor (Germany, until July 2021)

Soutir Bandyopadhyay, Web Editor (USA, until June 2021)

Corina Constantinescu, Twitter Editor (UK, until June 2022)

Manuele Leonelli, Bernoulli News Editor (UK, until June 2023)

Victor Panaretos, Chair (Switzerland,  until Feb 2020)

The committee manages all issues related to publicity and the dissemination of information and news to members of the Bernoulli Society and beyond. It coordinates the publication of the Bernoulli E-Briefs electronic newsletter, and of the Society's print newsletter, Bernoulli News. It also manages the Society's webpage and social media presence. The chairman is ex-officio a member of the Executive Committee.

Committee Members

Bojana Milošević, e-Briefs Editor (Serbia, until June 2023)

Carlos Améndola, Web Editor (Germany, until June 2023)

Corina Constantinescu, Twitter Editor (UK, until June 2022)

Leif Döring, Virtual Event Coordinator (Germany, until May 2023)

Manuele Leonelli, Bernoulli News Editor (UK, until June 2023)

Leonardo T. Rolla, Chair (Argentina, until December 2023)

  • The first Ethel Newbold Prize was awarded to Judith Rousseau at the ISI World Statistics Congress 2015 in Rio de Janeiro.
  • The second Ethel Newbold Prize was awarded to Richard Nickl at the ISI World Statistics Congress 2017 in Marrakesh.
  • The third Ethel Newbold Prize was awarded to Mathias Drton at the ISI World Statistics Congress 2019 in Kuala Lumpur.
  • The fourth Ethel Newbold Prize was awarded to Marloes Maathuis at the ISI World Statistics Congress 2021 in The Hague.
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