The KU Leuven was founded in 1425 and is the oldest university from Belgium and The Netherlands. It is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied research. It is strongly inter- and multidisciplinary in focus and strives for international excellence. More than 40,000 students are currently enrolled, while more than 10,000 people are employed. The department of Mathematics is part of the Faculty of Science and contains 5 sections, among which the Section of Statistics. The research of the Section of Statistics focuses around the following main themes: robust statistics, extreme value theory, nonparametric statistics, financial mathematics and actuarial statistics. The section consists of a very active group of researchers (permanent faculty members, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) and coordinates or takes part in many research projects, nationally and internationally. (see http://wis.kuleuven.be/stat). The Section is also part of the Leuven Statistics Research Centre (LStat) of the University of Leuven. It is a collaborative network of all statistics units within the university, and aims at excellent output in the fields of research, education and consulting.