The Statistical Showcase is a special event hosted by the YSS with the aim of showcasing the broad range of careers that are available to early-career statisticians. This year’s Statistical Showcase was held in London on Friday 30th June and, for the second year running, it included a morning training session in addition to the afternoon careers event. Due to building works at the RSS headquarters in Errol Street, the main body of the event was hosted elsewhere for the first time. We were lucky enough to secure a fantastic alternative venue at Shelter nearby and the event was a great success, with around 50 attendees in total (including speakers).
For the morning training session, Nic Crane from Mango Solutions delivered an introductory workshop on R Shiny – an R package that allows you to easily turn your analyses into interactive web apps. This was a great opportunity for attendees to get some hands on experience with using R Shiny and we’ve already had requests for more R application courses in future years!
After a delicious lunch, kindly sponsored by Roche, the afternoon careers event opened with the first plenary talk from Prof Jane Hutton, who provided some fascinating insights into life as a senior academic. This was followed by parallel speaker sessions covering a broad range of careers, including talks from Sony, Shell, Select Statistics, Full Fact, the Ministry of Defence, Roche, the Department for Transport, the NHS, University College London, Opta Sports/Perform Group and entrepreneur James Littlejohn. These were well received by attendees who gave very positive feedback on the variety of speakers and quality of the talks.
We then headed over to the RSS headquarters for the final plenary and wine reception. Prof David Hand gave us all food for thought with his engaging presentation on the biggest problem we all face in statistics – getting the question right! This was described by some as the highlight of the event, and David even made time to attend the wine reception before heading off to celebrate his birthday!!! The wine reception gave attendees the chance to chat to some of the speakers in a more informal setting, as well as to network with their peers. This was a fantastic close to a fun and interesting event that was enjoyed by attendees, speakers and organisers alike.