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Young Statisticians Writing Webinar (3pm, 28th March)

Writing Webinar

Young Statisticians Writing Webinar for the Statistical Excellence Award for Early Career Writing competition with Significance Magazine.


The webinar will provide invaluable advice and motivation to those interested in the 2018 Writing Competition for Early-Career Statisticians, and for those who wish to make their statistical writing more accessible.

The YSS and Significance are hosting this free one-hour webinar at 3pm on Wednesday 28 March covering everything you need to know to start writing. Three fantastic presenters will be sharing their experience and advice, and you will have the chance to ask them any burning questions you have relating to the competition, or any more general queries you have on making your statistical writing jump off the page.

Our speakers are:

Brian Tarran, Editor of Significance Magazine.

Jonathan Auerbach and Sam Tyner, previous finalists of the competition.

Joining in is easy! 

Either join through the Skype Meeting (you may need to install the app first) or dial in using the details below:

Phone number: +44 203 321 5256

Access Code: 16 507 182

Conference ID: 16 507 182

We hope you will be able to join us!


RSS Computational Statistics and Machine Learning Launch

The launch for the new RSS section for Machine Learning and Computational Statistics was held on the 25th of January 2018.  The launch event consisted of a series of talks giving introductions to machine learning, work into methodological issues, and examples of applications to real world issues.

The launch started with a talk from Sylvia Richardson of the MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge.  She gave a talk covering work on data compression with statistical guarantees, specifically methods to conduct multivariate regression and model exploration in datasets that can contain upwards of 500000 individuals.

The second talk was given by Zoubin Ghahramani of the University of Cambridge and Uber AI labs.  He gave a clear introduction to the areas of machine learning and computational statistics, including explanations of various key terms.  His talk focussed on the area of deep learning.

The launch continued with a talk from Julien Cornebise of Element AI, who described ongoing work using machine learning to assemble evidence of destruction of villages in Sudan through examination of satellite photographs of the area.

The final talk was delivered by Yee Whye Teh of the University of Oxford and Deepmind.  He described the benefit of using Bayesian approaches, such as utilising prior information, for complex networks of data (such as where there is a large amount of data, but relatively little data for each individual in the analysis).

The launch concluded with a networking session, which allowed researchers with a background or interest in the area to connect.

Catch-up with the YSS Bulletin!


Committee… Competitions… Volunteering… Events…

We’ve just released Issue #6 of the YSS Bulletin – our short summary of what the Young Statisticians Section are planning and promoting!

For example, did you know that the 2018 Young Statisticians Writing Competition – organised jointly with Significance magazine – has now gone live?

Or that you could have the opportunity to teach in Africa with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences?

Check out the Bulletin to find out more!


The YSS Committee 2018

Committee 2018

The YSS committee for 2018 is made up of a group of 12 volunteers who give their time to organise events for young statisticians. Information about the committee members can be found on our committee profiles page.

This year the committee is planning a plethora of events, including our writing competition with Significance magazine, RSS 2018 conference sessions, and our annual careers event. Keep an eye on our event calendar or join our mailing list to find out more!


Volunteering with AIMS


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Would you like to have a gap year which also contributes to your professional CV and capacity building in Africa?

The RSS has an agreement with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, to encourage and support RSS Fellows as volunteers in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon or Tanzania as lecturers on statistics and probability MSc courses teaching talented African students (find out more from the RSS).

Jane Hutton is the co-ordinator for the RSS, and has written about her experiences.

The role she would love to see filled by young statisticians is teaching assistants or tutors. The tutors provide the continuity, and detailed support to students for 6 months to a year.  At AIMS Tanzania, a student who spent five weeks helping with the dissertations, between handing in her PhD thesis and her viva, made a substantial impact. There are also other opportunities.


ANNOUNCEMENT – Statistically Significant Careers is back!


Our annual event “Statistically Significant Careers” is returning on Wednesday 17th January 2018 at 2pm in the Bell Lecture Theatre, Queen’s University Belfast.

We are pleased to be hosting a careers event to broaden the horizons of young statisticians by showcasing the wide range of statistical careers available. Whether you have begun to specialise in a specific area of statistics or are still studying, this event will be of great interest.

Talks will explore careers within medicine, finance, business, insurance and neuroscience, with the primary aim of introducing future statistics graduates to their potential employers.


Statistically Significant Careers is hosted by the Young Statistician’s Section of the Royal Statistical Society in collaboration with both the RSS NI local group and the Mathematical Science Research Centre (MSRC) at Queen’s University Belfast.

To find out more, why not read our review of the event from last year:

REVIEW – YSS “Statistically Significant Careers”


ANNOUNCEMENT – RSS2017 Pub Quiz now online!

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.