Events… Opportunities… Support… Networking…
We’ve just released Issue #4 of the YSS Bulletin – a quick two-minute summary of what the Young Statisticians Section are currently doing!
For example, did you know that our 2017 Statistical Excellence Award for Early Career Writing – organised jointly with Significance magazine – has now gone live? Or that this year’s Statistical Showcase will take place on Friday 30th June?
Check out the Bulletin to find out more.
On the 1st March 2017, the School of Mathematics at the University of Manchester held their annual Careers in Statistics Fair (http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/study/careers/maths-careers-events/career-in-statistics-fair-2017.htm).
Around 30 undergraduate and postgraduate students of maths and statistics were in attendance and contributed stalls included the Royal Statistical Society (represented by Sarah Nevitt and Maria Sudell of the YSS and Professor Richard Emsley of the RSS Manchester Local Group), the University of Manchester (a representative of the Department of Biostatistics and from Postgraduate Student Service), HM Revenue and Customs (the UK’s tax, payments and custom’s authority) and the Lubrizol corporation (a leader in speciality chemicals). The afternoon also featured inspiring talks from representatives of each organisation in attendance regarding a wide range of statistical careers and the support that the RSS and the YSS will be able to provide to them throughout their future statistical activities.
The YSS were delighted to organise the Tuesday evening “pub quiz” at last week’s RSS 2016 conference in Manchester. We had a tremendous turn-out, with over 80 people competing for a range of prizes and enjoying free drinks, thanks to very generous sponsorship from ATASS Sports. When the final scores were tallied up, the winning team were “The Unsignificant Five” (163 points), with “Meet In The Middle” (156 points) and “Probably Last” (155 points) following close behind.
If you fancy having a go at the quiz, simply click on the link below to bring up the pdf of questions! The answers will appear here in the next few days.
The Young Statisticians Section (YSS) of the Royal Statistical Society are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join the YSS Committee for 2017.
The YSS exists to support and bring together statisticians in the first 10 years of their careers – including students. We run a number of events each year for young statisticians, including careers days, webinars, competitions (such as this year’s YSS/Significance Writing Competition) and a variety of sessions at the RSS Annual Conference, as well as supporting numerous other conferences and events in the statistical calendar. (For further details, please have a browse through some of the previous posts on this site!)
Being a member of the YSS Committee is a commitment but also very rewarding (and fun!) We are particularly looking for people who are keen to champion new ideas for reaching out the early-career statistics community, and to help organise events targeted at young statisticians. We hold three committee meetings per year, so most events and initiatives are organised remotely via email or phone conference.
If you would like to be considered for one of the committee positions, simply send an email (subject line “YSS Committee 2017”) to Tim at
by 6pm on Friday 23 September 2016, with a short blurb (up to 250 words) summarising your background and why you’d like to join the committee.
Please note that to take up a position you will need to be a full fellow of the RSS.
A final note: if you’re attending the RSS Conference in Manchester next week (5-8 September), and would like to find out more about the YSS, please do come up and have a chat with the current committee – just look for the red t-shirts!
The YSS will be running no fewer than 12 events at next week’s RSS2016 conference in Manchester – a new record! Click on the flyer below to find out more.
We’ll be out in force at the conference with no fewer than eight members of the YSS committee in attendance – look out for our eye-catching red t-shirts!
The 39th Research Students’ Conference (RSC) in Probability and Statistics took place from June 14th to June 16th 2016 at the O’Brien Science Center, University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. The RSC is a large annual conference that is organised by PhD students for PhD students in any field relating to probability and statistics. Being a student conference, the RSC provides delegates with a friendly and relaxed environment to discuss research and exchange ideas.
This year was the first time that the RSC was hosted outside of the UK, and it was a huge success. Overall, there were 88 delegates in attendance, from a number of universities across Ireland, UK and Sweden. Almost every delegate gave a talk or a poster presentation, with the research topics spanning fields such as Biostatistics, Official Statistics, Mathematical Statistics, and Bayesian Statistics – to name just a few. This year, our two guest speakers were Prof. Uwe Ligges (Dortmund University, Germany) and Prof. Brendan Murphy (UCD), who gave inspiring talks about the roles of statisticians in society and the different paths we could take post-PhD.
As this was the first occasion the RSC had taken place in Ireland, a number of social events were organised to showcase the beauty of Dublin to our British and international friends, including a bus tour which took delegates around Dublin and provided a taste of its long history and vibrant culture. The charm and the humour of our Irish tour guide left a memorable impression on our international friends. Delegates also enjoyed a live music event at one of Dublin’s favourite pubs, the Whelans, and a comedy night at the Anseo pub. On the final night, the conference dinner took place in the welcoming atmosphere of the Hampton hotel, followed by fun group dancing afterwards.
All in all, RSC 2016 was a great success, and the feedback we received was very positive with many delegates commenting that it had been one of the the best conferences they had attended. We hope that delegates not only left RSC 2016 with many new research ideas, but also new friendships and lots of great memories.