INTERNATIONAL BLAISE USER GROUP an independent organization open to all Blaise users from around the world

The IBUC Committee is very sorry to announce that the 2020 International Blaise User Conference, scheduled to take place in Limassol, Cyprus will not be held. However, to honor all the preparation conducted by the conference host (The Statistical Service of Cyprus CYSTAT) and all the papers/presentations submitted by the users, a virtual IBUC 2020 will be hosted in the week of September 14-17. CBS (Statistics Netherlands) will be the sponsor of this event.For more information on the program of the virtual IBUC, please visit the official IBUC 2020 website or go here. All papers for the virtual IBUC 20202 can be found here.

All survey practitioners, from systems staff, survey methodologists, survey operations personnel, project managers to Blaise developers are invited to join the virtual IBUC 2020 for free. Please register here.


IBUG - International Blaise Users Group

The International Blaise User Group (IBUG) is an informal group that brings together people and organisations who use Blaise software in survey data collection and data processing. The purpose of IBUG is to promote the use of the Blaise software and to serve as a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas and experiences. IBUG has a chairman but no other officials. The IBUG was founded at the first International Blaise User Conference (IBUC) in 1992 where Tony Manners (ONS, UK) was selected as the first chairman. The second chairman was Vesa Kuusela of Statistics Finland 2001-2009. The third one was Hilde Degerdal of Statistics Norway. 2009-2016. The current person chairing the group is Gina Cheung of University of Michigan, SRC.

The most visible activity of IBUG is a conference which is organised roughly every 18 months. The 19th conference will be in Limassol, Cyprus in the spring of 2020. The first IBUC was held in Voorburg, The Netherlands, in 1992.


From left to right: Jelke Bethlehem, Kevin Sweeney, Lon Hofman, Mark Pierzchala, Leif Bochis Madsen, Peter Stegehuis and Sven Sjodin. They all attended the first IBUC in 1992 as well as the 17th one in 2016 where this picture was taken.