F4SG 2021

International Workshop on Forecasting for Social Good

24th - 25 th June, 2021   |   Virtual

F4SG 2021: The 2nd International Workshop on Forecasting for Social Good follows the success of F4SG 2018 and the International Journal of Forecasting's special issue on Forecasting for Social Good.

While there is a growing recognition by agencies, organizations, and governments that data-driven decision making tools, like forecasting models, can offer significant improvements to the societies they are working to improve, there is not a cohesive body of research that offers guidance on how to best implement, understand, use, and evaluate forecasting methods for societal impact in practice. Furthermore, the research on forecasting for social good has been relatively slow and sporadic, both in academic publications and practical applications. The goal of this workshop is thus to improve the research and practice in issues related to forecasting for social good by: facilitating interactions between practitioners, researchers, and policy makers to develop a cohesive and sustainable network of international collaborations with a focus on issues related to forecasting for social good; promoting the development of new methodology and metrics to address the specific challenges related to forecasting for social good; providing professional development to policy makers; gaining a better understanding of the available data, challenges in data acquisition, and the uncertainty present in the data used to produce forecasts; and, addressing the ethical issues related to the use of forecasting methods for problems that impact society.

The F4SG has a special focus on facilitating the professional growth of early career faculty, postdocs, and students who will likely play a leading role in the field of forecasting for social good in the coming years.


If you would like to organise a special session, please contact: Bahman Rostami-Tabar (rostami-tabarB@cardiff.ac.uk) A special session consists of 3 or 4 talks around a specific, forecasting for social good theme. You are allowed to be one of the speakers in a session you organize. All you would need to do is send us the proposed theme and invite 2-3 other speakers to speak on the related topic. The length of each invited talk should be about 30 minutes.

Special sessions on academic forecasting research and practice oriented applications in Forecasting for Social Good are welcome.

Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):

Health and Healthcare
Humanitarian and disaster relief operations

Social Services

Fraud, collusion, and corruption
Public safety, criminal justice, and security

Important Dates:

Special Session Submission deadline:  April 23, 2021 
Registration deadline:  June 21, 2021
Conference:   24 - 25 June, 2021

Publication Opportunities:

Accepted abstracts will be invited to submit an extended full paper of their work for a special section of the International Journal of Forecasting and Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal. This will be an ideal venue for authors to publish an extended full paper on the work they present at F4SG 2021.


Keynote Speakers


Spyros Makridakis Professor and Director of the Institute for the Future (IFF)
University of Nicosia


Laura Albert Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Nicholas Reich Associate Professor of Biostatistics
University of Massachusetts-Amherst


Leonardo Milano Predictive Analytics Team Lead
Centre for Humanitarian Data, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)


Glenn Milano Sr. Advisor for Demand Planning
United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of Population and Reproductive Health


Thursday June 24, 2021
Friday June 25, 2021


Registration Fees: FREE

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Registration Deadline: June 21, 2021


Organizing Committee:

General Chair:   Dr. Bahman Rostami-Tabar (Cardiff University)
Dr. Michael Porter (University of Virginia)
Prof. Zied Babai (Kedge Business School)
Scientific Chair:   Prof. Aris Syntetos (Cardiff University)
Prof. Rob Hyndman (Monash University)
Prof. Nezih Altay (DePaul University)
Dr. Klaus Ackermann (Monash University)
Dr. Bahman Rostami-Tabar (Cardiff University)
Prof. Zied Babai (Kedge Business School)
Dr. Michael Porter (University of Virginia)
Publication Chair:   Dr. Bahman Rostami-Tabar (Cardiff University)
Prof. Zied Babai (Kedge Business School)
Dr. Michael Porter (University of Virginia)
Prof. Pierre Pinson (IJF Editor in Chief, Technical University of Denmark)