ABC in Edinburgh

ISBA 2018 Workshop

June 24, 2018, Edinburgh, UK

Room G07, Informatics Forum

Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC) performs inference when evaluating the likelihood function is infeasible but sampling from the model is possible. First developed in population genetics, ABC is now a well established technique in this and other diverse disciplines including infectious disease epidemiology, astrophysics and econometrics.

The ABC in Edinburgh workshop will feature invited and contributed talks, and will have a poster session to further exchange and discuss recent work on the theoretical underpinnings, computational advances, and applications of approximate Bayesian computation.


  • June 25: Uploaded presentations.
  • June 20: New workshop location: We are now in the Informatics Forum, opposite Appleton Tower, in room G07 (the first room to your left when entering the building).
  • June 19: Added poster abstracts.
  • June 11: Updated programme.
  • May 29: Added information on poster format.
  • May 28: Updated homepage with preliminary schedule.
  • May 15: Poster submission deadline extended to June 17. See below for instructions.
  • January 22: Information on abstract submission added.
  • January 128: The workshop is confirmed to take place prior to the ISBA main conference.

Poster submission

If you would like to present your work as a poster, please send us your abstract by June 17 (1 week before the workshop) to in plain text.

We use the same poster boards as the main conference. Poster format is A0 portrait (height: 118 cm / 47 in, width: 84 cm / 33 in).


The workshop takes place in Room G07 in the Informatics Forum, opposite Appleton Tower. For further information on travel, lodging and Edinburgh in general, please see here.

Invited speakers


Registration is done via the ISBA website. Our workshop is part of the "short courses". ISBA charges a fee of 70 US Dollar for attendance. You won't need to register for the full ISBA meeting; registration for the short courses only is possible too.

Organisers & contact

Jointly organised by Dennis Prangle, Newcastle University, and Michael Gutmann, University of Edinburgh.

You can reach us at or our personal email addresses.

Workshop history

The workshop is part of a series of workshops on approximate Bayesian computation (ABC) and likelihood-free inference that includes

ABC in Banff (2017) - ABC in Helsinki (2016) - ABC in Montreal (2015, 2014) - ABC in Sydney (2014) - ABC in Rome (2013) - ABC in London (2011) - ABC in Paris (2009)