Photo (c) Visit Helsinki / Jussi Hellsten

StanCon 2018 Asilomar was so much fun that we are organizing StanCon 2018 Helsinki August 29-31, 2018 at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland (location chosen using antithetic sampling).

Full information is available at StanCon 2018 Helsinki website

**Summary of the information**

**What:** One day of tutorials and two days of talks, open discussions, and statistical modeling in beautiful Helsinki.

**When:** August 29-31, 2018

**Where:** Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

**Invited speakers**

- Richard McElreath, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
- Maggie Lieu, European Space Astronomy Centre
- Sarah Heaps, Newcastle University
- Daniel Simpson, University of Toronto

**Call for contributed talks**

StanCon’s version of conference proceedings is a collection of contributed talks based on interactive, self-contained notebooks (e.g., knitr, R Markdown, Jupyter, etc.). For example, you might demonstrate a novel modeling technique, or (possibly simplified version of) a novel application, etc. There is no minimum or maximum length and anyone using Stan is welcome to submit a contributed talk.

More details are available on the StanCon submissions web page and examples of accepted submissions from StanCon 2017 are available in our stancon_talks repository on GitHub.

**Contributed posters**

We will accept poster submissions on a rolling basis until July 31st. One page exclusive of references is the desired format but anything that gives us enough information to make a decision is fine. See the conference web page for submission instructions.

**Sponsors**

If you’re interested in sponsoring StanCon 2018 Helsinki, please reach out to stancon2018helsinki@mc-stan.org. Your generous contributions will ensure that our registration costs are kept as low as possible and allow for us to subsidize attendance for students who would otherwise be unable to come.

StanCon in Asilomar was really fun and productive. Thanks so much to Breck Baldwin and Daniel Lee and Eric Novik for all the on-the-ground organization. And to Ben for getting up at 7 AM to teach hierarchical modeling.

Aki was taking notes, so I expect StanCon Helsinki to be equally great. Hope to see everyone there.

StanCon in Helsinki has advertised a great lineup of speakers. Sarah Heaps gave a great seminar at Columbia this year on HMM models in Stan. I can guarantee you that Dan Simpson’s even more fun in person than on the blog. And I’m really looking forward to meeting Richard McElreath in person!

One of the great things about StanCon Asilomar was the number of students—we were able to provide support for housing and fees for about 50 of the roughly 200 attendees. Sponsoring StanCon will help us offer support to more students.