The Western North American Region (WNAR) of The International Biometric Society was founded in 1948.

Membership in WNAR is open to all scientists who have a substantial interest in biostatistics, biometrics and quantitative biology, whether primarily statisticians, mathematicians or biologists, and who reside west of approximately 104 degrees west longitude in the US or Canada.

Our region includes the western-most 13 U.S. states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming) and 3 Canadian provinces (Alberta, British Columbia and Yukon Territory).

Our major activities include our annual scientific conference.  Our conference is typically held in June on a college campus and attended by about 150 people.  The program includes invited and contributed talks as well as other activities. The relatively small size of the conference provides a great opportunity to meet and network with other researchers in the West. It is especially accessible to students and the region offers reduced registration fees to students.

One of WNAR’s most popular activities for students is the student paper competition. In addition to providing  recognition for high quality research, this competition gives students valuable experience in presenting their research in a friendly environment, and allows them to meet other new researchers.

The meeting is jointly sponsored by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS).  WNAR and IMS organizers of this meeting are volunteers, despite the time and effort required. This keeps the registration fee low compared to the cost of a conference using hired professional organizers.

We also meet jointly with the American Statistical Association (ASA) and IMS in early August each year at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM), and with other Regions and Groups of the IBS in even-numbered years.


Join WNAR or renew your membership.


Join us Jun 14-17, 2015, in Boise Idaho.


How can you contribute to the leadership of WNAR?  Contact a current leader and discover how.


What’s happening in WNAR?

IBC2016 Invited Session Proposals


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The Western North American Region of The International Biometric Society