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YSS Events at RSS Conference 2018

The YSS are hosting a number of professional development and networking events to help you get the most out of the RSS conference in Cardiff.

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Join us Tuesday at 08:30 for our “Young Statisticians Guide to the Conference” session to get the top tips on how to make the most of the conference.

Meet fellow career-young statisticians at our Young Statisticians Lunch Reception (13:15 Tuesday) and Pub Quiz Night (20:30 Wednesday).

Don’t miss our RSS Prizewinners sessions:

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To find out more information about the events read our conference special bulletin, or read our reviews of sessions from last year’s conference.

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Would you like to join the 2019 YSS committee?

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The Young Statistician’s Section (YSS) of the Royal Statistical Society are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join the YSS committee for 2019. Being a member of the YSS committee is a commitment but very rewarding (and lots of fun!). It’s a great opportunity to network with your peers. If you are interested in finding out more information, please click HERE

Review: Parliamentary Links Day 2018

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Shikta Das attended Parliamentary Links Day on behalf of the Young Statistician Section (YSS).

I was honoured to attend the majestic location of Parliament for the Links Day on 26th of June, 2018. Royal Statistical Society (RSS) Executive Director, Hetan Shah, invited me to be a part of it and it was a huge privilege to be among the representatives of learned scientists and leaders of industry. The 30th Parliamentary Link Day was organised by the Royal Society of Biology and it welcomed Members of Parliament and leaders of the scientific community to discuss the theme of “Science and the Industrial Strategy”.

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The day offered engaging sessions led by distinguished speakers and it was well represented by panellists from all areas of science and technology. Esteemed parliamentarian Stephen Metcalfe MP introduced the attendees to the excellent speakers, including Rt Hon John Bercow MP (Speaker of the House of Commons), R Hon Norman Lamb MP (Chair, House of Commons Select Committee on Science and TechnologyO, Chi Onwurah MP (Shadow Minister of Industrial Strategy), Rt Hon Claire Perry MP (Minster of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Dr Patrick Vallance (Government Chief Scientific Advisor) and Rebecca Endean (UK Research and Innovation). The speakers talked about the importance of Science in UK’s economy and industrial strategy and the continuing need to retain the best academics in the UK. Chi Onwurah MP highlighted the important issue of government funding for science and UK’s access to talent in a Post Brexit world.

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The Panel discussions were chaired by BBC’s Science Correspondent Pallav Ghosh. The panel featured, Prof Jonathan Flint (Institute of Physics), Prof John McGagh (Institute of Chemical Engineers), Prof Carol Monaghan MP (House of commons select committee on Science and Technology), Prof Dame Carol Robinson (Royal Society of Chemistry), Hetan Shah (Royal Statistical Society), Dr Louise Leong (Royal Society of Biology), Prof Peter Bruce (The Royal Society), Prof Iain Gray (The Royal Society of Edinburgh), Dr Sarah Main (Campaign for Science and Engineering) and Dr Hayaatun Sillem (Royal Academy of Engineering).

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The first panel discussion was about diversity in science and UK’s access to bright people. Prof Flint, talked about access to bright people. He suggested that, among other things, UK’s industrial strategy should aim to make it the best place for innovation. Prof Robinson talked about the challenges in respect of diversity, especially for women and academics and scientists from an ethnic minority background. She also talked about training more technical staff. John talked about the immense opportunities offered by Artificial Intelligence and how it can dramatically change the way we observe science. Hetan Shah (RSS Executive Director) emphasized the need for encouraging participation and offering more opportunities to scientists from minority groups. He outlined some of RSS efforts in contributing towards the society, for example, the scheme to offer statistical volunteers for charities. He emphasized the need for a council for data ethics and developing more environmentally sustainable strategies.

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The second panel discussion was on the role of the royal societies and how can they help in developing and delivering strategies.

The event was followed by a lunch at the House of Lords where there was further opportunity to meet and network with a range of leaders from the worlds of academics, scientists, civil service, politics and industry.

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Overall, the Link Day was a great opportunity for young scientists like me to meet and hear from so many distinguished speakers and diverse set of attendees. It offered me a window to the world of policy making. As a scientist and a statistician, I was inspired to note that the work that we publish as part of our work is actually used to develop policies and strategies which affect everyone’s lives.

Young Researchers Using Statistics Symposium 2018

23rd May 2018, review by David McLernon & Altea Lorenzo-Arribas (YSS)

The YRS Symposium aims to encourage early career researchers who are interested in statistics to chat about their research and to hear inspiring talks from peers and external speakers. The long-term aim is to create a supportive community of practice. The event was held in the architecturally impressive Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen, and was organised by a committee of young statisticians from the RSS Highlands Local Group, University of Aberdeen, and Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS).

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Audience at YRS2018 (picture credits: Amaka Nwagbara, RSS)

YRS 2018 was a great success, selling out with over 60 participants from Scottish research institutions and universities based in the Highlands.

The first session of selected talks from early career researchers covered a range of health topics, from mental health to nutrition. The society session focused on economic modelling and the two talks in the environment session dealt with spatial models in fishery studies. A wide range of topics also featured at the poster session, including ecological occupancy models, juror systems probabilistic analysis and medical studies.

 

The symposium also included two fantastic keynote speakers; Jen Rogers, Director of Statistical Consultancy at the University of Oxford and RSS Vice President for External Affairs, and Liberty Vittert, Mitchell lecturer at the University of Glasgow.  Jen gave an interactive overview of risk misconceptions and stats misuse in media and advertising.  Liberty grabbed the audience with thought-provoking examples (including humanitarian aid work at the UN Refugee agency) highlighting the importance of making data relevant to people. During lunch there was an opportunity to network through a speed dating exercise.

The variety and high quality of the research showcased at the symposium made it extremely difficult for the jury to choose the recipients of the two prizes; Charlotte Huggins (University of Aberdeen) won the best presentation award (£50 Amazon voucher) for her talk, “Assessing the ability to understand one’s own emotional state”, and Tiberiu Pana (University of Aberdeen) won the poster award (£20) with a depiction of his research on “Impact of heart failure on stroke mortality and recurrence”.  Additionally, best tweet of the day was awarded to Alessandra Jibbs (University of Aberdeen) for an entertaining GIF of our YRS mascot, Norma the Normal!

 

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Professor David Elston, ex-director of BioSS closed what he defined as an “inspirational event that has brought together the best of the RSS, the Highlands Local Group and the YSS in terms of interaction between different stats applications, visibility of young researchers and networking”.  He also gifted us with a quote to remember: “there are three ways of reaching decisions: tradition, prejudice and statistical analysis (of the right data set)”. We would agree that the symposium included a remarkable collection of work aiming for the latter.

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YRS2018 in numbers

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Twitter

A ‘wakelet’ highlighting the presence of the YRS symposium on Twitter can be found on: http://wke.lt/w/s/FRQeI

The analytics of the event tweets can be seen below:

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Acknowledgments: We would like to thank the YRS committee, the YSS, and the RSS for their continuous support and promotion of this event.

YSS Bulletin: RSS 2018 Conference Special

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Professional Development… Volunteering… Prize Winners… Events…

We’ve just released our Royal Statistical Society 2018 Conference Special Bulletin – a quick guide to the sessions the Young Statisticians Section will be running at this years’  RSS Annual Conference in Cardiff this September!

Each year the YSS aims to squeeze as many career development sessions, prize-winner presentations, and networking opportunities into the RSS Conference as we can, and this year is no exception!

Why not join us, show your support, and help us celebrate the achievements of other young statisticians at one of our many prize winner sessions.

Or find out how you can get involved in our volunteering sessions; which highlight  opportunities within the UK and abroad, and demonstrate activities that have been developed for use in schools and science fairs.

And of course, come and meet the team and network with your peers at our pub quiz and networking lunch reception!

Check out the Bulletin to find out more!

Submissions are open for Poster presentations until 30th June.

Manchester Careers Fair

Review by Maria Sudell (YSS)

On the 14th March 2017, the School of Mathematics at the University of Manchester held their annual Careers in Statistics Fair (for more information click on View Details at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/careers-in-statistics-fair-tickets-40035851309# ).

Around 40 undergraduate and postgraduate students of maths and statistics were in attendance and contributed stalls included the Royal Statistical Society (represented by Maria Sudell and Emily Granger of the YSS), the University of Manchester careers service, HM Revenue and Customs, Lubrizol corporation (a leader in speciality chemicals), and many others. The afternoon also featured inspiring talks from representatives of attending organisations regarding how statistics is used in their industries, current recruitment opportunities and the support that the RSS and the YSS will be able to provide to them throughout their future statistical activities.

REVIEW: DeMO 18th April

18th April 2018, review by Lucy Teece (YSS)
A YSS Discussion Meeting Overview (DeMO) based around the article “The statistical analysis of acoustic phonetic data: exploring differences between spoken Romance languages” was held at RSS Errol Street on 18th April 2018. The meeting consisted of two 30 minute talks intended to prepare the audience for the Discussion Meeting to follow, a video of the meeting is below.
 
Presentations included:
Dr Ben Powell (University of York): “Spectral Representations and their Properties”
Dr Davide Pigoli (King’s College London): “Introduction and Background to Discussion Paper”
Discussion meeting overviews (DeMOs) are arranged by the YSS to make the read papers at RSS Discussion Meetings more accessible to those unfamiliar with the topics discussed in the read papers (including career-young statisticians). 

 

Upcoming Events

  • Statistical Showcase October 19, 2018