12th International Conference on Bayesian Nonparametrics
 Oxford, UK, June 24-28, 2019
The 12th International Conference on Bayesian Nonparametrics will be held in Oxford, United Kingdom, on June 24-28, 2019.

The Bayesian nonparametrics (BNP) conference is a bi-annual international meeting bringing together leading experts and talented young researchers working on applications and theory of nonparametric Bayesian statistics. It is an official section meeting of the Bayesian nonparametrics section of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) and is co-sponsored by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Attendees are expected to share our commitment to safeISBA, and to adhere to the ISBA code of conduct



Registration will open early 2019.

Abstract submission for contributed talk

The Scientific Committee invites submissions for possible contributed talks. The deadline for submitting a title/abstract for a contributed talk is 15th December 2018. Decisions are made by the Scientific Committee and are expected to be sent by February 15, 2019.

[Application for contributed talk]

Note: Attendees will also be given the opportunity to apply for a poster presentation. Submission of poster title/abstracts will be available when registration opens in early 2019.


The conference will feature keynote, invited and contributed talks as well as two poster sessions.

Keynote Speakers

Tamara Broderick
Long Nguyen
Aad van der Vaart


Invited Sessions

BNP for Biostatistics
Veera Baladandayuthapani (U Michigan)
George Karabatsos (U Illinois)
Yang Ni (Texas A&M) 

Discrete random structures in BNP
Diana Cai (Princeton)
Peter Orbanz (Columbia)
Dan Roy (U Toronto) 

BNP for high-dimensions and sparsity
Roberto Casarin (U Venezia)
Kshitij Khare (U Florida)
Yanxun Xu (Johns Hopkins)

Foundational issues in BNP
Val Johnson (Texas A&M)
Chris Holmes (Oxford)
Jared Murray (UT Austin) 

BNP computations 1
Mike Hughes (Tufts U)
John Paisley (Columbia)
Sinead Williamson (UT Austin)

BNP computations 2
Vinayak Rao (Purdue U)
Maria Kalli (U Kent)
Terrance Savitsky (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Bayesian asymptotics and credible sets
Ismael Castillo (Sorbonne, Paris)
Botond Szabo (Leiden U)
Stephanie van der Pas (Leiden U)

Bayesian inverse problems
Sergios Agapiou (U Cyprus)
Kolyan Ray (King's College, London)
Judith Rousseau (Oxford) 
Andrew Stuart (Caltech)

Random measures and predictive inference in BNP
Alejandro Jara (PUC, Chile)
Dario Spano (Warwick)
Mike West (Duke)

Practical information

Conference venue

The conference will take place at the Mathematical Institute (Andrew Wiles building), Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford.



Getting to Oxford

Plane Rail Coach Local Bus Timetables

Travel support

The submission of applications for travel support opens on 1st October 2018 and closes on 15th December 2018. The support is for junior researchers (students currently enrolled in a Dphil (PhD) programme or having graduated after 1st October 2015). The applicant agrees to present her/his work at the conference as a poster or oral if granted the travel support. Decisions are made by the scientific committee, and awardees will be notified by 15th February 2019.
Application should preferably be made through the following online form, which requires to sign in with your google account credentials.

[Application for travel support]

Alternatively, applications can also be sent by email to, with the subject header Travel support Application. Applications should include the following information: 1/ Last name, 2/ First name, 3/ Affiliation,  4/ Position (DPhil/Postdoctoral student/Assistant Professor/Other(specify)), 5/ Expected year of DPhil graduation or year of Dphil graduation, 6/ CV (pdf), 7/ proof of enrollment in a DPhil programme, or of graduation date (pdf), 7/title of the work to be presented at the conference and 8/ abstract.

IMS travel Awards. The Institute of Mathematical Statistics also provides travel grants for students and early-career researchers. Information and details of the application process are given on the IMS website. The deadline for these grants is 1st February 2019. Applications will be reviewed by the IMS Committee on Travel Awards.


Scientific Committee

Antonio Lijoi
Catherine Forbes
Erik Sudderth
UC Irvine
Harry van Zanten
Igor Prünster
(BNP section Chair Elect) 
Jaeyong Lee
Li Ma
Maria de Iorio
(BNP section Program Chair)
Peter Müller
UT Austin
(BNP section Chair)
Richard Nickl
Steven Mac Eachern
Ohio State

Organizing committee

Fabrizio Leisen
François Caron
Beverley Lane
(Conf. Officer) 
Chris Holmes
Jim Griffin
Maria de Iorio
Mark Steel
Richard Nickl
Yee Whye Teh
Oxford & Deepmind
Zoubin Ghahramani
Cambridge & Uber

Related conference

BNP12 is followed by the O'Bayes 2019: Objective Bayes methodology conference, which takes place at the University of Warwick, 29 June - 02 July 2019. Warwick is close enough, in both travel time (45mn by direct train) and distance (70 miles), to benefit members of both Objective Bayes and Bayesian nonparametric communities, who should consider joint attendance.


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