6th EMOS Workshop: Taking EMOS to the next level

Ljubljana, 6 March 2018


The 6th EMOS workshop entitled Taking EMOS to the next level took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 6 March 2018 with 70 participants from universities running EMOS labelled Master programmes, universities interested in applying for the EMOS label, National Statistical Institutes, National Central Banks and other national statistical authorities from the EU Member States, EFTA and candidate countries.

Participants learned that the 2017 evaluation of the EMOS project, acknowledged by the ESS Committee, showed that the project is on good track requiring no major adjustments. In line with the evaluation made, a lot of emphasis will be kept on internships, a flagship of EMOS that links theory and practice in the context of official statistics. The 3rd Call for applications to broaden the EMOS network will be based on the same learning outcomes as in 2015, but there is a stronger emphasis on skills to cope with multi-source statistics, being familiar with various data sources and integration of these sources, as well as quality dimensions. A poster session offered the opportunity to share experiences of already EMOS labelled programmes among participants.

EMOS also brings together producers and universities to address statistical challenges through research in Horizon 2020 and the forthcoming Framework Programme 9 (FP9). Past projects in economics and social sciences often produced data for own research purposes. These data might be relevant for European policy making and such one-off data production might be an additional source of data fragmentation, quality issues, overlap and lack of continuity. The EMOS network could see its role in addressing this gap, for instance by co-operating in such projects and ensuring that data production respects official statistics methodologies and quality requirements. National contact points for Horizon 2020 can help achieve these goals.

Lack of teaching materials in official statistics was acknowledged. Currently available materials (e.g. regulations, handbooks, manuals) are only complementary to essential teaching materials (e.g. slides, exercises, practical examples, videos). Several proposals to solve this issue were put forward (e.g. an e-library, textbooks on European statistics, a MOOC in official statistics, “dirty” datasets).

The workshop also addressed the expectations and future directions for EMOS. EMOS needs to address the new trends and data sources to stay relevant, enhance the European dimension and gain recognition among producers of official statistics to attract new students and satisfy producers’ expectations. Producers confirmed that they need the expertise of highly qualified EMOS graduates.

EMOS Workshop Summary


9:00 – 9:15Welcome   Annika Näslund, Chair of EMOS Board, Eurostat Mojca Bavdaž, University of Ljubljana
9:15 – 9:45EMOS developments since the 5th EMOS Workshop in Lisbon. Purpose of the 6th EMOS workshop   Annika Näslund, Chair of EMOS Board, Eurostat
9:45 – 10:45Information about the third EMOS call for applications    Heli Lehtimäki, EMOS Secretariat, Eurostat Mojca Bavdaž, University of Ljubljana Q&A Presentation by Lehtimäki and Bavdaž
10:45 – 11:30Refreshment break with the poster session: Presenting EMOS-labelled programmes and respective NSIs to interested universities and producers of European official statistics  
Poster by Ljubljana

Poster by Linz

Poster by Munich

Poster by Southampton

Poster by Trier

Poster by Lisbon

Poster by ENSAI, Rennes

Poster by Florence

Poster by Leuven
11:30 – 13:00Bringing official statistics and research together for high impact – experiences and challenges   Maurizio Vichi, University La Sapienza, ESAC, Session chair Marianne Paasi, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation Darija Valančič, National Contact Point in Horizon 2020 for Legal and Financial Issues Q&A Presentation by Paasi
Presentation by Valančič
13:00 – 14:15Lunch (at own cost)
14:15 – 15:45Addressing the lack of teaching materials for official statistics: Division into small groups to work for 40 minutes on an overview of available resources and valuable teaching methods*Participants from universities and producers are invited to bring their own teaching materials and/or lists of sources used*   Robert Kirchner, Deutsche Bundesbank, Session chair & Chair of group 1 Lea Bregar, University of Ljubljana, Chair of group 2 Florian Ertz, University of Trier, Chair of group 3 Irena Ograjenšek, University of Ljubljana, Chair of group 4 Reports from group discussions Presentation by Ertz
15:45 – 16:15Refreshment break
16:15 – 17:15EMOS experiences, expectations and future directions   Kees Zeelenberg, Statistics Netherlands, Session chair Luis Teles, Banco de Portugal Francisco Veira, Instituto Nacional de Estadística Markus Zwick, Destatis
17:15 – 17:30Taking EMOS to the next level: wrap up   Annika Näslund, Chair of EMOS Board, Eurostat
19:00Dinner at Ljubljana Castle (at own cost)