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Webinar Series JB3

Junior Bayes Beyond the Borders (JB3). 

Junior Bayes Beyond the Borders (JB3) is an online seminar series originally organized in 2020 by the BayesLab at Bocconi University and j-ISBA, the junior section of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA). The initiative aimed at transforming the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic into a new opportunity to offer visibility to outstanding junior Bayesians beyond the space-time-budget barriers that usually make it difficult for them to present their research in seminars across a diverse range of countries and institutions.

With this original goal in mind, JB3 provides an online dynamic environment where outstanding junior Bayesians have the chance to present their research to the worldwide Bayesian community. Due to the importance of the above endeavor, JB3 has continued as an annual series.

Below you can find a list of upcoming and past events.


2021 Edition

We are delighted to announce the second JB3 series. This year, the initiative will take place on:

- Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 1pm UTC (hosted by Bocconi University, Italy)
- Friday, November 12, 2021 at 1pm UTC (hosted by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico) 

The 2021 edition will feature talks by the winners of the Blackwell-Rosenbluth Award by j-ISBA. The three UTC- winners will present their research during the event hosted by Bocconi University, whereas the three UTC+ winners will present at the event hosted by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). The link of the webinars will be shared below prior to each talk.

Here you can find the program of the Bocconi event (November 10, 2021).


  • 1:00pm UTC — 1:10pm UTC: Opening by j-ISBA and remarks from UTC+ Scientific Committee
  • 1:10pm UTC — 1:45pm UTC: Presentation by Trevor Campbell
  • 1:45pm UTC — 2:20pm UTC: Presentation by Daniel Kowal
  • 2:20pm UTC — 2:55pm UTC: Presentation by Yixin Wang
  • 2:55pm UTC — 3:00pm UTC: Final remarks

Zoom link and information:

Topic: 2021 Junior Bayes Beyond the Borders (JB3)
Time: Nov 10, 2021 02:00 PM Rome

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 922 7683 0867
Passcode: 813683


2020 Edition

The first series took place from mid June to mid July 2020, and featured talks by the five Savage award finalists, who had 45 minutes to present their research, followed by a 10-minute discussion by a senior scholar and 5 minutes of floor discussion.

Below you can find the program:

Program for the June/July, 2020 Edition:

  • 25/06/2020, 3pm UTC (5pm Italy time)
    Speaker: Francois-Xavier Briol (University College London)
    Title: Stein's method for Bayesian computation
    Discussant: Nicolas Chopin (ENSAE Paris)
    Webinar Slides: Talk — Discussion
  • 02/07/2020, 3pm UTC (5pm Italy time)
    Speaker: Lindsay Berry (Berry Consultants)
    Title: Bayesian dynamic modeling and forecasting of count time series
    Discussant: Christopher Glynn (University of New Hampshire)
    Webinar Slides: Talk — Discussion
  • 09/07/2020, 2pm UTC (4pm Italy time)
    Speaker: Espen Bernton (Columbia University)
    Title: Schrödinger bridge samplers
    Discussant: Michela Ottobre (Heriot Watt University)
    Webinar Slides: Talk
  • 09/07/2020, 3pm UTC (5pm Italy time)
    Speaker: Alejandra Avalos-Pacheco (Harvard University)
    Title: Factor regression for dimensionality reduction and data integration techniques with applications to cancer data
    Discussant: Peter Mueller (UT Austin)
    Webinar Slides: Talk — Discussion
  • 16/07/2020, 3pm UTC (5pm Italy time)
    Speaker: Christian A. Naesseth (Columbia University)
    Title: Machine learning using approximate inference: Variational and sequential Monte Carlo methods
    Discussant: Arnaud Doucet (University of Oxford)
    Webinar Slides: Talk

Scientific and Organizing Committee:
Roberta De Vito (j-ISBA Chair Elect)
Daniele Durante (BayesLab)
Giacomo Zanella (BayesLab)
Sylvia Frühwirth-Schnatter (ISBA President)
Igor Prünster (BayesLab and ISBA President-Elect)