mOda Charter

Preamble
Moda's Purposes
The Basic Structure
The Proceedings
The Committee
Organising Committee
History

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Preamble
mODa is a series of conferences focused on non-standard design of experiments and the related analysis of data. The acronym stands for Model-Oriented Data Analysis and Optimum Design (the capitalized OD stands for the double use of these letters). The following guidelines have been issued by the mODa committee following their meeting at Almagro and are based on previous versions. It is a common understanding that the charter reflects the present consensus about all mODa issues and does not prevent any future committee from adapting the Charter to meet the needs of the circumstances they address.
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Moda's Purposes
To promote new research topics, joint studies and financial support for research in the area of experimental design and related topics. This requires the exchange of new developments and emerging ideas across the whole scientific community.
To give young researchers the opportunity of establishing personal contacts with leading researchers in the field.
To bring together active scientists from different statistical schools - particular emphasis is given to the inclusion of scientists from central and eastern Europe.


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The Basic Structure

The meetings are strictly of workshop character. Specifically this means the following:

The number of participants is intended to be around 70, so that everyone gets to know everyone else.
The meeting lasts for not more than one week.
There are no parallel sessions.
All presentations are the same length (app. 20-30 min.). There may be a poster session and a corresponding opportunity of a one minute oral presentation.
Long breaks for discussion are included.
The board may define a number of key themes in advance and suggest inviting participants accordingly.
Participation is by invitation of the board, as follows:

Preferred invitation of participants of one of the two preceding workshops to ensure continuity.
Invitees are encouraged to suggest collaborators or students in the event that they themselves are unable to attend.
A number of participants (less than 10) may be nominated by the local organiser.
Special emphasis should be put on bringing together (and balancing out the number of) scientists from EU and non-EU countries and on having around 20% of new participants, to guarantee some fluctuation and innovation.
For innovation and rejuvenation at least 20 participants should be less than 35 years of age.

Meetings should take place not more frequently than every third year, to ensure that material of high quality is presented.

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The Proceedings
are to be published before the date of the meeting, to allow detailed discussion of material which cannot be presented in 20-30 minutes.

The proceedings of all meetings (except the first) have been published by Physica Verlag – it is recommended to keep this collaboration for continuity
The main editor is the local organiser of the meeting. It is desirable that one editor be a native English speaker.
All submissions are peer reviewed by at least two referees including at least one board member. The editors have the final decision about acceptance of the papers
The organising committee has the final decision about the presentation of the paper as a lecture or poster at the workshop.

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The Committee
is in charge of scientific matters, and decides the location, organiser and the major topics of the next but one workshop in a full meeting at the present workshop. Its members are also responsible for refereeing the submitted papers. The mODa board is formed by:

Board members who were present at at least one of the two last workshops,
the organiser of the next but one workshop,
additional persons nominated by the board, who are present at the current workshop, and have either visited at least one of the last two workshops or who are representatives of major sponsoring organisations.

Currently these are:

A.C. Atkinson, London School of Economics
B. Bogacka, Queen Mary, University of London
A. Di Bucchianico, Eindhoven University of Technology
V.V. Fedorov, GlaxoSmithKline, Philadelphia
A. Giovagnoli, University Of Bologna
P. Hackl, Statistics Austria, Vienna
J. López-Fidalgo, University of Castilla-La Mancha
W.G. Müller, Johannes-Kepler-University of Linz
A. Pázman, Comenius University Bratislava
L. Pronzato, Universite de Nice Sophia Antipolis
R. Schwabe, University of Magdeburg
B. Torsney, University of Glasgow
I.N. Vuchkov, University of Chemical Technology & Metallurgy, Sofia
H.P. Wynn, London School of Economics
A.A. Zhigljavsky, University of Cardiff

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The Organising Committee
is in charge of organisational matters, and decides the programme of the workshop. Its special duty is to ensure continuing support by the funding bodies. The mODa organising committee is formed by:

the local organisers of the last, upcoming and next but one meeting,
two further board members elected by the board,

and headed by the local organiser. Currently its members are:

A. Giovagnoli, University Of Bologna

B. Bogacka, Queen Mary, University of London
V.V. Fedorov, GlaxoSmithKline, Philadelphia
J. Lopez-Fidalgo, University of Castilla-La Mancha
H.P. Wynn, London School of Economics

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History

This series of meetings was started at Eisenach, former GDR, in 1987, in a somewhat isolated medieval castle with long traditions. There was a good mix of younger and older scientists and of participants from Western and Eastern Europe countries. Succeeding meetings have continued to be in relatively isolated locations: St. Kyrik (Bulgaria), Peterhof (Russia), Spetses (Greece), Luminy (France), Puchberg/Schneeberg (Austria), Heeze (The Netherlands) and, most recently, Almagro (Spain). MODA was a vital link between East and West during the difficult cold-war period. It has now come of age and traditions of collaboration and friendship going back 15-20 years can be passed onto a second generation and act as a springboard for future joint research activities.

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