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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: https://publicifsv.sund.ku.dk/~safjr2019

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: https://www.uni-ulm.de/safjr2020/

Paul, Mia, Kathrine and Corine

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YSS Events at RSS Conference 2018

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

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Join us Tuesday at 08:30 for our “Young Statisticians 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 (13:15 Tuesday) and Pub Quiz Night (20:30 Wednesday).

Don’t miss our RSS Prizewinners sessions:

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To find out more information about the events read our conference special bulletin, or read our reviews of sessions from last year’s conference.

Young Researchers Using Statistics Symposium 2018

23rd May 2018, review by David McLernon & Altea Lorenzo-Arribas (YSS)

The YRS Symposium aims to encourage early career researchers who are interested in statistics to chat about their research and to hear inspiring talks from peers and external speakers. The long-term aim is to create a supportive community of practice. The event was held in the architecturally impressive Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen, and was organised by a committee of young statisticians from the RSS Highlands Local Group, University of Aberdeen, and Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS).

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Audience at YRS2018 (picture credits: Amaka Nwagbara, RSS)

YRS 2018 was a great success, selling out with over 60 participants from Scottish research institutions and universities based in the Highlands.

The first session of selected talks from early career researchers covered a range of health topics, from mental health to nutrition. The society session focused on economic modelling and the two talks in the environment session dealt with spatial models in fishery studies. A wide range of topics also featured at the poster session, including ecological occupancy models, juror systems probabilistic analysis and medical studies.

 

The symposium also included two fantastic keynote speakers; Jen Rogers, Director of Statistical Consultancy at the University of Oxford and RSS Vice President for External Affairs, and Liberty Vittert, Mitchell lecturer at the University of Glasgow.  Jen gave an interactive overview of risk misconceptions and stats misuse in media and advertising.  Liberty grabbed the audience with thought-provoking examples (including humanitarian aid work at the UN Refugee agency) highlighting the importance of making data relevant to people. During lunch there was an opportunity to network through a speed dating exercise.

The variety and high quality of the research showcased at the symposium made it extremely difficult for the jury to choose the recipients of the two prizes; Charlotte Huggins (University of Aberdeen) won the best presentation award (£50 Amazon voucher) for her talk, “Assessing the ability to understand one’s own emotional state”, and Tiberiu Pana (University of Aberdeen) won the poster award (£20) with a depiction of his research on “Impact of heart failure on stroke mortality and recurrence”.  Additionally, best tweet of the day was awarded to Alessandra Jibbs (University of Aberdeen) for an entertaining GIF of our YRS mascot, Norma the Normal!

 

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Professor David Elston, ex-director of BioSS closed what he defined as an “inspirational event that has brought together the best of the RSS, the Highlands Local Group and the YSS in terms of interaction between different stats applications, visibility of young researchers and networking”.  He also gifted us with a quote to remember: “there are three ways of reaching decisions: tradition, prejudice and statistical analysis (of the right data set)”. We would agree that the symposium included a remarkable collection of work aiming for the latter.

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YRS2018 in numbers

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Twitter

A ‘wakelet’ highlighting the presence of the YRS symposium on Twitter can be found on: http://wke.lt/w/s/FRQeI

The analytics of the event tweets can be seen below:

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Acknowledgments: We would like to thank the YRS committee, the YSS, and the RSS for their continuous support and promotion of this event.

YSS Bulletin: RSS 2018 Conference Special

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Professional Development… Volunteering… Prize Winners… Events…

We’ve just released our Royal Statistical Society 2018 Conference Special Bulletin – a quick guide to the sessions the Young Statisticians Section will be running at this years’  RSS Annual Conference in Cardiff this September!

Each year the YSS aims to squeeze as many career development sessions, prize-winner presentations, and networking opportunities into the RSS Conference as we can, and this year is no exception!

Why not join us, show your support, and help us celebrate the achievements of other young statisticians at one of our many prize winner sessions.

Or find out how you can get involved in our volunteering sessions; which highlight  opportunities within the UK and abroad, and demonstrate activities that have been developed for use in schools and science fairs.

And of course, come and meet the team and network with your peers at our pub quiz and networking lunch reception!

Check out the Bulletin to find out more!

Submissions are open for Poster presentations until 30th June.