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Statistically Significant Careers – Belfast

Statistically Significant Careers Event is back, with free pizza, on Wednesday 29th January at 2pm at Queen’s University Belfast.

On Wednesday 29th January at 2pm we are pleased to be hosting our annual careers and placements event at Queen’s University Belfast to showcase the wide range of mathematical, statistical and data science careers and placements available. As well as talks from employers, the event will end with a chat to the companies over some free pizza!

The event offers a unique opportunity for undergraduates and graduates to meet their future employers. Professionals from a variety of top employers within the UK and Ireland will be attending and sharing their expertise and experience – making this the ideal occasion to get advice on application processes, potential job and placement opportunities and future career progression.

Everyone is welcome. Please use the link below to register for the event and to see further details of the companies attending:
Places are limited, so please sign up to secure your ticket for the event.

If you have any queries, please contact Lisa McFetridge ( Hope to see you all there!

Volunteers needed for the 2020 YSS Committee


The Young Statistician’s Section (YSS) of the Royal Statistical Society are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join the YSS Committee for 2020. 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

Catch Up with the YSS Bulletin! 2019 Conference Special.

We’ve just released our 2019 Conference Special Bulletin – a quick guide to the activities the Young Statisticians Section are planning and promoting at this year’s RSS Conference.

Make sure to follow @statsyss on Twitter to keep up to date with all the fun we’re having in Belfast!

Check out the Bulletin to find out more!

YSS Events at RSS Conference 2019

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


Join us Tuesday at 08:30 for our “Young Statistician’s 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 (13:20 Tuesday) and Pub Quiz Night (20:00 Wednesday).

NEW for 2019:
Tweet all about it ! A beginner’s guide to Twitter (09:00 Wednesday)
Stats the way to write it! (14:20 Wednesday)
Pre-plenary Overview Meeting (09:00 Thursday)

Don’t miss our RSS Prizewinners sessions:


Click the following link to read our reviews of sessions from last year’s conference!

Finalists announced for Significance-YSS early-career writing award

Articles about political polarisation, Poisson distributions and flying bombs, and a bot’s-eye view of the world are in the running for the 2019 Statistical Excellence Award for Early-Career Writing.

Judges from Significance and the Royal Statistical Society’s Young Statisticians Section met last week to review an assortment of entries.

Submissions were from early-career statisticians and data scientists from across Europe, the Americas and Asia. 

The finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

  • “A story about a tiny bot”, by Marco Antonio Andrade Barrera (National Autonomous University of Mexico)
  • “The flying bomb and the actuary”, by Liam Shaw (University of Oxford) and Luke Shaw (Office for National Statistics)
  • “Trouble in paradise: polarisation and the popular vote in Switzerland”, by Maximilian Aigner (Université de Lausanne)

The winning article will be announced on 11 July at the RSS Statistical Excellence Awards ceremony. The article will then be published in the October 2019 issue of Significance.

Review: Survival Analysis for Junior Researchers 2019

Attendees at SAfJR 2019

Copenhagen, April 24th – 26th, 2019

The University of Copenhagen was proud to host the second annual Survival Analysis for Junior Researchers (SafJR) conference outside the UK. This was the 8th annual SAfJR conference. It was a three-day event that was aimed at career-young statisticians with an interest in the application and development of time-to-event analysis and related topics. The conference provided a unique opportunity for participants to present and discuss their work with peers at a similar stage in their careers in a relaxed and friendly environment. The event included a short course on Recurrent Event Analysis by Per Kragh Andersen (University of Copenhagen), talks from keynote speakers Nadine Binder (University of Freiburg), Thomas Alexander Gerds (University of Copenhagen) and Christian Torp-Pedersen (Aalborg University), as well as contributed talks, a poster session and an informal and a formal conference dinner. Detailed information on the program can be found on the website:

We, the SAfJR 2019 organising team, greatly enjoyed the conference, which took place during beautiful weather in the heart of Copenhagen at the Royal Library. Both keynote and contributed sessions were very inspiring and of impressive quality, especially taking into account that for many speakers this was their first conference. In particular we would like to congratulate the oral presentation award winner Sven Erik Ojavee and the poster presentation award winner Natasha A. Sahr with their excellent contributions.

We are looking forward to next year’s SAfJR conference, which will take place from April 1-3 in Ulm. See their website for more information:

Paul, Mia, Kathrine and Corine

Review: The Voice of the Future 2019

By Sritika Chowdhury

The Voice of the Future (VOF), organised by the Royal Society of Biology, is a unique event that offers students and young scientists the chance to put forward their questions on scientific policies and issues to key political figures in the UK. YSS Committee member Sritika Chowdhury represented the Royal Statistical Society at this year’s event held on 12th March 2019, at the Houses of Parliament.

On a very busy day for the UK Parliament, representatives from various societies and high schools were given the opportunity to question members of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee. This included, Norman Lamb, Vicky Ford, Stephen Metcalfe and Carol Monaghan (the Government Chief Scientific Adviser), Sir Patrick Vallance(Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation), Chris Skidmore, Chi Onwurah a(Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation).

The event was opened by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP, who spoke enthusiastically about the importance of science in our lives and encouraged the uptake of science, mathematics and engineering subjects by young students.

The questions posed were diverse, ranging from the impact of Brexit on UK’s role in various EU funded science and policy programmes, to the actions taken by school children to safeguard their future on climate change. Vicky Ford spoke about encouraging young girls in school to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to promote more jobs, happier and better quality of lives. Chi Onwurah also emphasised the need for additional funding to ensure there are suitable pathways into STEM that do not require STEM degrees. The Select Committee emphasised the importance of collectively tackling issues such as climate change, the need to increase investment in research and development to 2.5% of GDP, and the impact of Brexit on future research.

I asked the Committee a question about the impact of big data and machine learning techniques on our daily lives and the need for appropriate regulation. Sir Patrick Vallance acknowledged the need to test, pilot and regulate such techniques through working groups set up for regulation of innovation.

Overall, it was an interesting and inspiring event that showcased the extent to which politicians value science and their commitment towards young scientists. The whole session was an eye-opening experience, and one I would highly recommend to anyone interested in science, society and policy.   

A full audio of this year’s Voice of the Future event is available on Parliament TV Live.

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