Founded in 1985, the IFCS is a federation of national, regional, and linguistically-based classification societies. It is a non-profit, non-political scientific organization, whose aims are to further classification research. Amongst other activities, the IFCS organises a biennial conference, publishes a newsletter, and supports the Journal of Classification (JoC) and the journal Advances in Data Analysis and Classification (ADAC).
Hans-Hermann Bock has written a history of the IFCS (PDF file, approx. 9 megabytes). Further information about the activities of the federation can be obtained in its governance documents, or by contacting the IFCS Secretary.
IFCS Flyer (PDF file, approx. 128KB)
The IFCS 2017 will take place in Tokyo, Japan, from August 8-10, 2017.
Conference website: https://ifcs.boku.ac.at/ifcs2017
Information on how to become a member society is in the Member Societies area.
This award honors innovative scientific research combining methods from statistics and data analysis with an application dealing with the prevention of heredital cancers (such as familar breast cancer, BRCA). It is endowed with 1000 Euro and offers the opportunity to present the underlying work, e.g., at the biennial conference of the International Federation of Classification Societies (IFCS) in Tokyo in August 2017. The individual members of all Member Societies of the IFCS are encouraged to send their applications to BRCA-Award@gfkl.de before the deadline September 30, 2016. For any details concerning prize, conditions, and organization see www.isw.rwth-aachen.de/BRCA-Award.php