30th IIF Workshop: New Directions for Inflation Forecasting – Paris, France – 16-17 December 2021


The analysis of inflation dynamics and their possible changes over time is a key input in the design of monetary policy. Until recently, the Phillips curve was a corner stone of most business cycles analysis. Yet, since a decade or even more, inflation seems disconnected from the business cycles both in mean and variance. This 1.5-day international workshop aims at bringing together experts of the field, both academics and from international institutions, exploring new determinants of inflation forecasts and their distribution, as well as non-linear, non-causal or time-varying aspects of inflation forecasting models.

Organizers: Frédérique Bec (Cergy Paris University); Dick van Dijk (Erasmus University Rotterdam); Laurent Ferrara (SKEMA Business School)

29th IIF Workshop: Foreacting in a changing environment – Madrid, Spain – 9-10 December 2021


Economic forecasting covers a wide range of topics and subfields: nowcasting the state of the economy, financial forecasting, marketing, etc., just to mention a few. Models and techniques are diverse, ranging from small scale models to big data analytics. On top of that, the COVID-19 pandemic has provoked the most severe recession observed since the XX century. The changing pattern in the dynamic dependence of many time series has consequences in the pre-processing of the data as, for instance, in outlier detection and deseasonalizing, as well as in the models and procedures used to forecasting. All in all, forecasting economic time series nowadays is a complicated task. This workshop brings together a group of renowned scholars and analysts with the aim of sharing their forecasting experiences in these turbulent times.

For more information: Pilar Poncela or Esther Ruiz


Live Online Interactive Workshop : Business Forecasting Techniques, Best Practices & Application Using Forecast Pro

   9 – 11 February 2021
11 – 13 May 2021
21 – 23 September 2021
7 – 9 September 2021

Our Partner Forecast Pro, will be organizing two sessions Live Online Interactive Workshop. The 1st one is scheduled on February 9, 2021 – February 11, 2021 and the 2nd one on May 11, 2021 – May 13, 2021.  According to the organizer, “You will leave this comprehensive three-day educational course with an understanding of forecasting techniques, including how they work and how to apply them in a real business environment. The workshop surveys the most commonly used business forecasting methods, explains how they work conceptually, discusses their pros and cons, and demonstrates best practices for implementing them in a real-world environment using Forecast Pro”.

The core of the workshop is 13,5 hours of live interactive presentations presented over a 3-day period. “During the live sessions you will have the opportunity to pose questions to the instructors in real time as well as interact with the other attendees”.

“The workshop also includes 2 weeks of access to the workshop’s streaming channel and a 2-hour office hours session. The streaming channel provides on-demand access to prerecorded versions of the 8 modules presented in the live sessions along with 3 additional modules not covered in the live sessions. Office hours provide a 2-hour period the week after the live workshop where instructors will be available to answer questions regarding all topics covered in the workshop”.

“The workshop is valuable for anyone whose job responsibilities include preparing or analyzing forecasts—some prior knowledge of statistics is helpful but not essential. The tutorials use Forecast Pro and real-world data to provide a deeper understanding of the forecasting methods and to show best practices;

these lessons are applicable regardless of which forecasting software your organization uses.”

Demand Planning, Forecasting and S&OP online training course 

May, 13, 17, 19, 21, 25, 27, 2021 

The Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning – IBF  will be organizing many online workshops about the following topics :

  • Fundamentals of Demand Planning & Forecasting: 1-Day Workshop
  • An Introduction to Forecasting and Analytics for Demand Planning
  • Collaborative Planning, POS Based & New Product Forecasting: 1-Day Workshop
  • Supply Chain Planning: 1-Day Workshop
  • Sales & Operations Planning: What, Why, How, Who, When: 1-Day Workshop
  • CPF Certification Preparation Course for S&OP, Demand Planning & Forecasting