València International Bayesian Analysis Summer School
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17-21 July 2017, València, Spain

València International Bayesian Analysis Summer School


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VIBASS I is the first edition of the summer school on Bayesian Statistics to be held from 17th until 21st July 2017 in València (Spain). VIBASS offers an opportunity to be introduced into the Bayesian reasoning without previous knowledge in the subject.

The five days of VIBASS are organised in three parts:

  1. The first two days include a basic course on Bayesian learning (12 hours), with conceptual sessions in the morning and practical sessions in basic Bayesian R packages in the afternoon. It would be advisable that participants bring their laptops for the practical sessions.

  2. The second part is dedicated to an issue of current interest in Bayesian research. This first edition is dedicated to Stan, a probabilistic programming language for describing data and models for Bayesian inference. This course (12 hours) is provided by Aki Vehtari, Associate professor in computational science at Aalto University (Helsinky), co-author of the third edition of the book Bayesian Data Analysis and member of the Stan development team.

  3. The last day, Friday 21th, is devoted to the First VIBASS Workshop. It includes two plenary sessions, with invited speakers researchers Mark Brewer from Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS) and Maria Grazia Pennino (Instituto Oceanográfico de Murcia), and a wide poster session with contributions of the participants in the school.

We are also preparing an exciting social programe for the Summer School.


  • Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th: Introduction to Bayesian Learning.

    Instructors: Carmen Armero, David Conesa, Anabel Forte and Virgilio Gómez-Rubio.

  • Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th: Bayesian modeling with Stan, predictive model assessment and comparison, and variable selection in large p, small n case.

    The first day covers Stan probabilistic programming software, writing models in Stan language, Hamiltonian Monte Carlo and No-U-Turn-sampling methods for inference, and necessary diagnostics for checking the inference. The second day covers methods for assessing predictive performance and making model comparison, and ends up with more detailed discussion of variable selection in large p, small n case.

    Instructor: Aki Vehtari (Aalto University, Finland).

  • Friday 21th: First VIBASS Workshop.

    Invited speakers:

    Time Monday 17th Tuesday 18th Wednesday 19th Thursday 20th Friday 21st
    09:15-09:45 Registration        
    09:45-10:00 Welcome        
    10:00-11:00 Theory I Theory III Stan Stan Invited I (MB)
    11:00-11:30         Coffee Break
    11:30-12:00 Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break Invited II (MGP)
    12:00-12:30 Theory II Theory IV Stan Stan  
    12:30-13:30         Poster session
    13:30-14:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Closing session
    14:00-15:00         Lunch
    15:00-16:30 Practice I Practice III Stan Stan  
    16:30-17:00 Orxata Break Orxata Break Orxata Break Orxata Break  
    17:00-18:30 Practice II Practice IV Stan Stan  
    18:30- Social prog Social prog Social prog Social prog  
      Get together Swing dance Guided tour Gala Diner  

Orzanizing Committee

  • Carmen Armero (Chair, Universitat de València)
  • Mark Brewer (Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland, BioSS)
  • María Eugenia Castellanos Nueda (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos)
  • David Conesa (Universitat de València)
  • Anabel Forte (Universitat de València)
  • Virgilio Gómez-Rubio (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)


Faculty of Mathematics (Universitat de València) C/. Doctor Moliner, 50 46100 Burjassot València


  before May 30th After May 30th
Student 260 320
Academia 375 475
Industry 500 650

Prices are in euros (€). The registration fee includes: Coffee and orxata breaks, lunches, documentation, summer school dinner (Thursday 20) and participation in the First VIBASS Workshop.

Participants in the VIBASS are encouraged to present a poster with their research or projects. The maximum size of the posters is 120 height × 90 width cm. Abstracts must include the title of the paper, name(s) of the author(s) and of the communicating author, and a brief abstract with less than 151 words.