Researchers, Producers and Users of European Statistics
Bamberg, Germany, 18-19 October 2018

The event

The 3rd Conference of European Statistics Stakeholders is a platform for discussing statistics methodology, results, challenges and best practices between researchers, producers, and users of European Statistics and enabling the exchange of thoughts and experiences on the broad overarching theme of “Statistics for the EU policy monitoring frameworks”.

The conference, co-organised by Eurostat, the European Central Bank, the European Statistical Advisory Committee, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the Federation of European National Statistical Societies, the Federal Statistical Office of Germany, the German Statistical Society, the Deutsche Bundesbank and the University of Bamberg, will be held in Bamberg, Germany on 18–19 October 2018.

Call for abstracts

Are you a data user looking for an integrated picture of complex economic and social developments to prepare better decisions for the development of Europe? Are you a researcher interested in experimenting with new statistical methods to expand and improve our understanding of complex phenomena? Are you involved in the production of European statistics and interested in exploring innovative methods and ways of communication and dissemination? Are you a data analyst interested in further developing the use of micro-data, while still applying the rules of statistical confidentiality?

Then the 2018 Conference of European Statistics Stakeholders (CESS 2018) is the right place for you to present your work and to discuss the challenges that you face when using or producing statistics, and the ways in which you would like statistics to improve.

Important dates

The deadline for submitting an abstract in one of the three focus areas of the conference will be Thursday, 31 May 2018. Authors will be notified of acceptance by 2 July 2018. Please click here to submit an abstract.

Topic “Statistics for the EU policy monitoring frameworks”

Thematic block A: Statistics

  • The future of statistical production: 10 years after the financial crisis – consequences and lessons at both macro and micro level.
  • Can new pretty big data sources and modernised statistical production enhance the availability of evidence based policy agenda?
  • Managing confidentiality of micro-data, cooperation with users to facilitating access and exploration: New statistics indicators: surveys, public administrative and private data, sharing of microdata among statistics agents
  • Indicator scoreboards – Extracting the wealth of knowledge into scoreboards. What are the opportunities and challenges and how can such scoreboards be integrated within the portfolio of European statistical products and services?
  • New tools and skills for statisticians – tools, software, skills, data science, EMOS

Block B: Science

  • Science for statistics: Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies – How can research be promoted to use high quality statistical information, what are the daily needs and challenges to reflect the future of Europe?
  • Statistical methodology: Which directions of development are necessary and possible in the future statistics production environment?
  • Statistics for science: new collection methods, aggregation methods, detecting outliers, clustering and quality check methods, new access methods for micro-data access for researchers supporting social policies while preserving statistical confidentiality.

Block C: Society

  • Communication – best practices in communicating statistics, strategies, user needs, effects of tailored communication channels, use of digital and social media, getting the statistics messages and indicators across for policy and public use. How to support users in selecting high quality statistics and crowd out high volume low quality.
  • Evidence based policy – consequences for statistics, science and society
  • Impact of statistics indicators – How to measure its use, re-distribution, methods to ensure its inclusion for evidence based policy?
  • Mainstreaming stakeholder interests: How can interaction with societal groups be enhanced throughout the entire production process of statistics?
  • Statistical literacy: Which basic competences are needed and how to improve them, aiming at a data culture that is receptive to high quality statistics
  • Informational governance: In which way is it necessary to adjust the legal, institutional and political frameworks that define the conditions under which European statistics operate? Statistics: its independence, ethics governance and social value.


Please use the submission webpage for sending abstracts. In case of questions, please contact the organising team: cess2018(at)

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