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The YSS were delighted to host the Pub Quiz night at this year’s RSS 2017 conference in Glasgow. The Quiz took place on Wednesday evening at the quaint and quirky Bar Home.
We had a tremendous turn-out, with 16 teams competing for a range of prizes and enjoying free drinks, thanks to very generous sponsorship from ATASS Sports.
The quiz comprised of six rounds on general knowledge, animated films, 21st century events, music, human anatomy and Scottish trivia. If you fancy having a go at the quiz, simply click on THIS LINK to bring up the pdf of questions!
Congratulations to our winning teams; “Bayesian Baked Beans” for best team name, “The Proclaimers” for claiming victory in the tie breaker, and “The Random Errors” the well deserved runners up.
Each year the YSS join other sections, Fellows, and members of the Royal Statistical Society at the RSS International Conference. This year the record-breaking conference was held in Glasgow on the 4th – 7th September.
The YSS held a competition for conference delegates to review the conference. The prize of 3 x £100 book vouchers was generously provided by Wiley.
Congratulations to Laura Bonnett, Altea Lorenzo-Arribas, and Emily Granger, our winning reviewers!
Those who were unable to attend the event, who were not able to register due to the conference selling out, or who want to find out what all of the fuss is about can have a look through all of the submitted reviews at statsyss.wordpress.com/yss-rss-2017.
Not just a statistics conference – a review by Laura Bonnett (WINNER)
Any preconceptions I had that the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) Conference would be too broad to be useful were quickly transformed during my attendance at this year’s event in Glasgow. Although the conference does programme parallel sessions related to specific streams such as social, environmental and official statistics, the real strength of the agenda, in my opinion, lies in the general streams such as communicating statistics, and professional development.
Despite the variation in experience of the attendees I am confident everyone would have gained from talks relating to promoting statistical literacy, presenting statistical results, and using social media to communicate statistics. This was particularly evidenced by the audience for the Young Statisticians Section and RSS Education Committee’s joint session entitled STEM Showcase. Following a demonstration of activities being developed to engage the next generation of statisticians and scientists, panellists fielded questions from PhD students and post-docs through to eminent statisticians such as Professors David Spiegelhalter, Sheila Bird and Stephen Senn.
I believe that as statisticians we have a duty to inspire the next generation, and to engage the public with our subject. This year’s RSS conference certainly inspired many, and provided the skills to do just that!
Poster Session – a review by Altea Lorenzo-Arribas (WINNER)
Professional development: Get Involved! – a review by Emily Granger (WINNER)
Along with a variety of stimulating statistical talks, the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) Conference hosted numerous professional development sessions. Collectively, these sessions offered inspiring advice for statisticians of any sector, at any stage of their career. For me, one of the most interesting sessions was ‘Get Involved’.
Three impressive speakers included Emanuele Giorgi who spoke passionately about his experiences in Africa teaching statistics to students from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). Karen Facey described various ways to get involved with the RSS and Laura Bonnett shared her experiences as a STEM Ambassador inspiring young people to consider STEM-related careers.
Laura’s talk peaked my interest. I have recently become a STEM Ambassador, but find the prospect of going into a school to inspire young people with statistics fairly daunting! However, Laura demonstrated how achievable this is by describing a number of tried and tested statistical activities. One example included using dice to show people that they are not as random as they might think!
The session left me more confident in my role as a STEM Ambassador and with new ideas for involvement with AIMS and RSS. Overall, these were three brilliant and motivating talks.
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!
On the afternoon on Thursday 8 September, the YSS will be running a special “STEM Showcase” session at the RSS 2016 conference (which takes place in Manchester from 5-8 September – see www.rss.org.uk/conference for further details).
The STEM Showcase event will feature five 12-minute presentations that showcase best practice and innovation in school statistical STEM activities, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A and further discussion. Following the session, we will share and promote these activity materials (with full attribution to the authors) across the young statistician / STEM ambassador community, to maximise the impact of the activities.
We’re now assembling the line-up for the session – so if you are an early-career statistician (first 10 years of career) and/or a STEM Ambassador and would like to share examples of effective and engaging statistical activities that you have developed for young people, we would love to hear from you!
If you’re interested in contributing to the session, please drop an email to the address shown below by 30 April 2016, giving details of what you’d like to speak about:
All selected speakers will be eligible for a conference registration waiver for the day of the session, as a thank you for being involved.
Please note: As the number of speaker slots is limited, we may receive more expressions of interest than can be accommodated in the session. In this instance, the slots will be allocated on a competitive basis to ensure we have the most varied and engaging combination of talks possible.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!