Opening Plenary Session

Title of session: Official opening of the IAOS2022 Conference

Date: 26 April
Time: 09:00 – 11:00
Room: Plenary room S1 Kraków

Welcome address:

Dominik Rozkrut, President, Statistics Poland

Misha Belkindas, President, IAOS

Waldemar Tarczyński, President, Polish Statistical Association

Keynote address: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO (pre-recorded message)

High Level Panel


The focus of the debate shall be on the role that the official statistics can and should play in the modern world, drawing a lesson from over two years of pandemic, where it showed resilience, a spirit of innovation and proved that without reliable,  trustworthy data no valuable decision can be taken. Within the second strand of the opening discussion – in view of the recent war in Ukraine – it is suggested to adopt a broader approach to the tagline of the 18th IAOS conference, which is Worthy information for challenging times. The emergency response of the official statistics will thus cover a wider spectrum and tackle statistics, data, informed decision making in the time of disinformation, as well as the modern statistical research from the perspective of unfavorable conditions, crises, such as pandemics,  military conflicts, political interference, and low quality of data produced.

The opening panel will discuss possible solutions and recommendations to nurture resilience, flexibility, data interoperability and innovations to handle different crisis scenarios better.

ModeratorMisha BelkindasIAOS President
PanelistMariana KotzevaDirector General, Eurostat/European Commission (EC)
PanelistStefan SchweinfestDirector, United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
PanelistPaul SchreyerDirector, Statistics and Data Directorate at OECD, Chief Statistician
PanelistStephen PenneckPresident, International Statistical Institute (ISI)
PanelistKeunkwan RyuCommissioner, Statistics Korea (KOSTAT)
PanelistCalogero CarlettoManager, DECDG, World Bank
PanelistWaldemar TarczyńskiPresident, Polish Statistical Association
PanelistDominik RozkrutPresident, Statistics Poland
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