For more than 100 years, the German Statistical Society (founded in 1911) has united statisticians of all disciplines from science and practice and offered them a forum for knowledge transfer and personal exchange. It is thus one of the major traditional scientific associations in Germany. This is reflected in the broad spectrum of personal and corporate members, half of whom are active in research and teaching and the other half in statistical practice, the majority of whom work in official statistics. Thus, the Society facilitates personal exchanges between statisticians at universities as well as in businesses and administrations.

A central goal of the German Statistical Society is to promote scientific progress in the development of statistical methods and their implementation in practice. The activities of the Society are aimed at promoting statistics in its various fields of activity: “method development, data collection, data processing, and data analysis,” as well as their mutual interaction.

The Society organizes scientific conferences and training events. It is the editor of two scientific journals and other publications. In addition to scientific exchange, it pays special attention to education in statistics and the promotion of young scientists. It takes a stand on fundamental and current issues affecting the field and participates in the Statistical Advisory Board of the Federal Statistical Office. The German Statistical Society is a founding member of DAGStat (Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Statistik), which brings together other German professional societies concerned with statistics. It is also a member of FENStatS (Federation of European National Statistical Societies) and ISI (International Statistical Institute)..