The eighth World Congress in Probability and Statistics, which includes the 2012 IMS Annual Meeting, will be held July 9–14, 2012, in Istanbul, Turkey (see

The Congress organisers are pleased to announce that four new sources of funding have been confirmed, from:
1. ISI/World Bank: for residents of developing countries
2. NSF: for US-based participants
3. Elsevier/Stochastic Processes and Their Applications: for young researchers
4. IMU: for residents of developing countries

In addition, as previously announced, IMS members who have childcare responsibilities can apply for funds to cover up to 80% of the costs of childcare while they attend the Congress. Details on the Childcare Initiative are at The deadline for the Laha Travel Awards has passed.

More information on these funding opportunities is posted at

The deadline for abstract submission for the Congress is March 16, 2012 (with notification of acceptance by April 1, 2012); the early registration deadline is May 21, 2012.
Istanbul has a wealth of cultural attractions, including the Blue Mosque, pictured below, from Hagia Sofia.
Görüşürüz! (See you later!)

Photo: Damien Roué