The Swiss Statistical Society (SSS, Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Statistik, Société Suisse de Statistique, Società Svizzera di Statistica, Societad Svizra da Statistica) propagates application and development of statistics in Switzerland, represents the interest of professionals working in this field in relation to practice, research and education and contributes to the recognition of statistics as a scientific discipline in its own right. It fosters contacts between statisticians in administration, business and institutions of research and education. It supports cooperation between all institutions which deal with such goals.
The Society edits a bulletin. It can publish other items, too and can organize meetings.
All current members of the SSS committee are listed on the Contact page with all their contact details.
- edits a bulletin three times a year. The bulletin informs about the activities and upcoming events in statistics in Switzerland.
- organizes the yearly Swiss Statistical Meeting in autumn, together with the Swiss Federal Statistical Office and the Conference of the Regional Statistical Offices (CORSTAT). The meeting is called "Swiss Statistics Meeting", in years with odd numbers, and a "Swiss Days of Official Statistics" in even years.
- promotes the activities and meetings of its three sections (Business and Industry, Education and Research, Official Statistics)
- organises short courses oriented towards practical applications.
- supports a yearly seminar of PhD students.
National and international relations
The Swiss Statistical Society is a member of the Swiss Academy of Exact Sciences (Schweizerischen Akademie für Naturwissenschaften, ScNat), an associated member of the Swiss Academy of Human Sciences (Schweizerischen Akademie für Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften, SAGW) and of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (Schweizerische Akademie der Technischen Wissenschaften, SATW).
The Society is a member of the The Federation of European National Statistical Societies (FenStatS).
The Society is a member of the International Statistical Institute.
The Society is a member of the association for "European Courses in Advanced Statistics". It cooperates with other statistical Societies in Europe, and its president is a member of the conference of presidents of these Societies.
The SSS was founded January 29, 1988, under the name of Schweizerische Vereinigung für Statistik (SVS). In its first year, it counted about 100 members. This number increased steadily to 230 in 1998. In autumn of that year, the Section of Official Statistics was founded. This lead to a sudden increase to about 350 individual members and to the inclusion of corporate members. In spring 2000, the name of the association was changed to society. In autumn 2000, the first Swiss Statistical Meeting with support by the SSS took place in St. Gall. Since then, such Meetings are held yearly.
In 2003, the two sections of "Business and Industry" and "Education and Research" were founded. Since then, the three sections cover the main working areas of the members. The society reached many new members from the private sector. In spring 2003 and 2004, respectively, the Swiss Statistical Society became a member of the Swiss Academy of Exact Sciences (Schw. Akademie für Naturwissenschaften) and assciated member of the Swiss Academy of Human Sciences (Schw. Akademie für Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften).
The Swiss Statistical Society comprises around 500 members.
Since its foundation, the following presidents have headed the Society:
Prof. J. Hüsler, Universität Bern
Prof. S. Morgenthaler, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Dr. U.S. Gugerli, Sandoz Pharma AG
Prof. F. Streit, Université de Genève
Dr. Jean-Marie Helbling, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Prof. Werner Stahel, ETH Zürich
Prof. Andreas Ruckstuhl, Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Dr. Diego Kuonen, CStat PStat CSci, Statoo Consulting, Berne
Marcel Baumgartner, Nestlé, Vevey