MCMSki IV (homepage)
The next MCMSki meeting, MCMSki IV, will be held in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France, from Monday, January 6 to Wednesday, January 8, 2014. As for the previous MCMSki meetings, it is jointly supported by the IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) and ISBA (International Society for Bayesian Analysis), as the first meeting of the newly created BayesComp section of ISBA. It will focus on all aspects of MCMC theory and methodology, including related fields like sequential Monte Carlo, approximate Bayesian computation, Hamiltonian Monte Carlo. In contrast with the earlier meetings, it will merge the satellite Adap'ski workshop into the main meeting by having parallel (invited and contributed) sessions on those different themes. The program for the conference is available here. There will be also opportunities for presenting one's work at plenary and well-attended evening poster sessions.
MCMSki IV will see the return of the Richard Tweedie ski race on Wednesday Jan. 8, 2014 at 2 pm (registration starts at 1 pm and costs 10 Euros). The winner will be rewarded with a pair of Blossom skis.
A one-day satellite workshop on "Bayesian nonparametrics, modelling and computations (BNPski)" will be held on January 9th, 2014. See here for the program. See the ISBA section on Bayesian Nonparametrics for more information.
In terms of location, after an excursion to Utah, MCMSki IV is back in the Alps, on the French side of Mont-Blanc, and Chamonix offers a wide range of outdoor and indoor activities during the breaks, with all levels of skiing available. The meeting will take place at the Conference Centre le Majestic (Centre des Congrès - Le Majestic) in Chamonix Mont-Blanc. (With a large population of English expatriates living there, Chamonix is very easy to handle for English speakers. The lodging capacities are both diverse and plenty.)