Workshop of Baltic-Nordic-Ukrainian Network on Survey Statistics


The Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia in cooperation with the University of Latvia and Latvian Association of Statisticians is organising international Baltic-Nordic-Ukrainian Workshop on Survey Statistics with an aim to learn about latest scientific achievements in the world. The seminar will take place from 23.08.2012 till 29.08.2012 in the premises of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences in Valmiera, and this will be already the 16th workshop of such kind.

Sample surveys are significant in the production of official statistics, because such an approach ensures that qualitative statistics may be produced with rather small expenses. Long-term Baltic State and Nordic Country cooperation in the field of surveys allowed producing official statistics with the help of wide range of data from enterprise and household sample surveys already in the 2nd half of 90-ties, furthered maintenance and establishment of close contacts among national statistical institutions and universities, as well as facilitated training of new specialists in this field. Many lecturers and students of the University of Latvia and Riga Technical University were able to increase their knowledge about and conduct researches on topical issues of sample survey theory and methodology in Umea, Stockholm and Helsinki universities. During these years Latvian students have worked out and successfully defended one doctoral dissertation and more than 35 master and bachelor papers on sample surveys.

Workshop is alternately organised by one of the countries – participants. The cooperation was initiated and seminar is actively organised by the professor Gunnar Kulldorff from Umea University in Sweden, while Risto Lehtonenfrom University of Helsinki is the head of the workshop programme committee, and Mārtiņš Liberts from Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia and University of Latvia represents the chair of the organising committee.

The workshop programme committee is formed by world-known scientists and practicians in the field of survey statistics: Danute Krapavickaite from Vilnius Gediminas Technical Universityand Statistics Lithuania, Gunnar Kulldorff, Jānis Lapiņš from the Bank of Latvia, Risto Lehtonen, Mārtiņš Liberts, Aleksandras Plikusas from Vilnius University, Daniel Thorburn from Stockholm University, Imbi Traat from University of Tartu, and Olga Vasylyk from Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

Organising committee of the seminar engages Andris Fisenko from Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia, Jānis Lapiņš, Mārtiņš Liberts, Inta Priedola from TNS Latvia, and Biruta Sloka from University of Latvia.

Key lecture of the workshop will be given by the professor Carl-Erik Särndal from Sweden and professor Monica Pratesi from University of Pisa in Italy. Participants will discuss aspects of the survey statistics theory, application of survey statistics in practice, as well as latest software tools for survey data processing and analysis.

63 participants from 12 countries (Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Ukraine and United Kingdom) have confirmed their participation in the workshop of 2012.

Sponsors of the workshop: Nordic Council of Ministers Nordplus programme, International Association of Survey Statisticians (IASS) and Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

More information on workshop:

Mārtiņš Liberts, 67366877, Martins [dot] Liberts [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv

Biruta Sloka, 29244966, Biruta [dot] Sloka [at] lu [dot] lv