Bayes Lectures 2012

[Thomas Bayes]

This series of lectures and discussion forum is in honour of the contribution of Rev Thomas Bayes. Bayes was a student of the University of Edinburgh from 1719 to c. 1722. The theme of the meeting covers all aspects of the research area that has come to be known as Bayesian statistics.

The workshop will be held from Wed 29 August to Thurs 30 August, 2012.

The 2012 Bayes lecturers:
M J Bayarri, Universitat de València, Spain.
Peter Grünwald, Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, Netherlands.
Jesper Møller, Aalborg University, Denmark.
Aad van der Vaart, Leiden University, Netherlands.


The workshop will be held in the Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton St, Edinburgh. Directions to the Informatics Forum are available.


The workshop programme and list of posters are available. We will start at 1:30pm on the Wednesday, and end at 5pm on the Thursday.


Participants will need to arrange their own accommodation. Here are two lists of suggested hotels:

Food / Drink

We will provide lunch on Thursday. Other meals before or after the meeting are on your own. You may find this list of restaurants and pubs useful. Many of these places are listed in this Google map of Edinburgh which was prepared for a different conference.

Wireless Access

Wireless Internet access will be available to all participants. Instructions for accessing the wireless network will be made available at the workshop.

Travel Information

Participants will need to make their own travel arrangements. Information about travel to and from Edinburgh Airport is available. A taxi to the city centre from the airport costs about 15GBP to 20GBP one way. There is also an excellent express bus from the airport called Airlink that terminates in the city centre and costs 6GBP for a return journey. The journey to the airport requires approximately 30 minutes from the city centre.

By train the nearest station is Edinburgh Waverley. See National Rail Enquiries for train information.

Historical Information

There are several good biographical sources about Bayes. One reference that is enjoyable to read is D. R. Bellhouse, 2004, The Reverend Thomas Bayes, FRS: A Biography to Celebrate the Tercentenary of His Birth, Statistical Science 19 (1): 3–43.

Additionally, you may also enjoy reading the paper that started it all: Thomas Bayes, 1763, An Essay towards Solving a Problem in the Doctrine of Chances, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 53, 370–418. For easier reading this has been reprinted with modern typography in Biometrika, 45(3/4), 293–315, 1958, with a biographical note by G.A. Barnard.


Participation is by invitation only. The formal application process will be announced shortly.


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This meeting is supported by the Principal of the University of Edinburgh.