Welcome to the website of the First Latin American ISI Satellite Meeting on Small Area Estimation (SAE 2015), was held at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile on August 3-5 of 2015.

The SAE 2015 conference was co-sponsored by the International Statistical Institute (ISI), the International Association of Survey Statisticians (IASS), the Sociedad Chilena de Estadística (SOCHE), the Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas (INE), the Ministerio de Desarrollo Social (MDS), the Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (CONICYT) and the Universidad Católica de Chile (Instituto de Sociología, Departamento de Estadística, Departamento de Salud Pública, Centro de Encuestas y Estudios Longitudinales and Vicerrectoría de Investigación).

The International Statistical Institute (ISI) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization and has consultative status by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations since 1949. Officially, the ISI was established in 1885, though the initial international gatherings of statisticians started earlier - back in 1853. Therefore, we are one of the oldest scientific associations still active throughout the world today.

The International Association of Survey Statisticians (IASS – AISE) was founded in 1973 as a section of the International Statistical Institute. It aims to promote the study and development of the theory and practice of sample surveys and censuses. It also aims to increase the interest in surveys and censuses among statisticians, among governments and the public in the different countries of the world.

The Chilean Statistical Society (Sociedad Chilena de Estadística, SOCHE) was founded in 1967. Professional members of the society work in academia, however others work in the private sector and the government. The society also has Student members and Institutional members, usually from department of statistics/mathematics in Chilean universities.

The National Statistical Institute (Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas, INE) is one of the most long-standing institutions in Chile. Since its officinal creation in 1843, the institution has done several censuses, surveys and studies of the national reality. Today the INE provides to the country more than 70 indicators of great quality of a great diversity of subject including employment, prices, population, culture, public safety, and economy, among other relevant aspects for decision-making in public policy.

The Ministry of Social Development (Ministerio de Desarrollo Social, MDS) is responsible for coordinating all Chilean social policies and articulating inter-ministerial initiatives. Its mission is to contribute to the design and implementation of policies, plans and programs on social development, especially those aimed at eradicating poverty and providing social protection to vulnerable persons or groups, promoting mobility and social integration. Likewise, the MDS must ensure coordination, consistency and coherence of policies, plans and programs for social development at national and regional levels. It also has to evaluate the pre-investment studies of investment projects seeking funding from the State to determine its social profitability, so that they answer to the strategies and policies for growth and economic and social development.

Chile’s National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) was established in 1967 under the wing of the Ministry of Education, and as an advisory body to the President of the Republic on scientific development issues. Currently, CONICYT follows two broad strategic objectives: promoting the training of human capital and strengthening Chile’s scientific and technological base. The present policy of promoting the training of human capital is expressed by a comprehensive policy of training, integration, and recruitment of researchers and professionals of excellence, as well as the advancement of a culture of science in society as a whole, particularly in schools.

The Pontifical Catholic University (Pontificia Universidad Católica, UC) of Chile, established in 1888, is one of Chile's oldest universities and one of the most recognized educational institutions in Latin America. UC is a private, urban, multi-campus university. UC's 18 faculties are distributed through four campuses in Santiago and one regional campus located in southern Chile.