The Canberra branch, founded in 1962, is one of six regional branches of the Statistical Society of Australia. The objectives of the branch are to provide the focus and organisation of Canberra-based activities, and a forum for all people interested in the theory, methodology, and application of statistical methods. More recently, the society has branched out (pun intended!) and embraced the burgeoning relationships between classical statistics, data science, and machine learning.
The Canberra Branch has its own Rules and Regulations (2019 version). You can also find out more about the roles of responsibilities of (those on) the SSA Canberra council at SSA Canberra Branch Council.
The Canberra branch holds monthly meetings on topics of general statistical and data science interest. The meetings provide excellent opportunities to meet other statisticians and data scientists both socially and professionally, from all walks of statistical life from academic institutions to government sectors and private industry. Please see Branch Meetings for details of the next/most recent event (which we hope to keep updated as often!), and Events for a calendar of SSA events as a collective.
In the wake of COVID19, please note many of the events are now held online e.g., via Zoom, making them even more accessible to everyone!
The Canberra Branch holds the Knibbs Lecture, in honour of Sir George Handley Knibbs, annually at the last meeting of the year (either November or December). Details about the lecture, Sir George Handley Knibbs, and a list of speakers through the years can be found here.
Workshops and Other Events
Aside from monthly meetings, the branch strives to holds workshops every so often on topics of general interest to statisticians and data scientists in the ACT and region NSW region. These have included workshops from eminent figures in statistics on experimental and statistical design, analysis of survey data, modern methods of model selection and dimension reduction, and Bayesian data analysis. Please see Events for examples of upcoming workshops.
Student Prizes and Awards
The Canberra branch awards prizes to students studying at university in the ACT. These include monetary prizes plus one year’s subscription to the society are awarded to outstanding statistics undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Australian National University.
Since 2017, we have also run the Dennis Trewin prize (named after the former Australian Statistician, Dennis Trewin) annually, where current and recent PhD and Masters students in statistics and related fields from Canberra and region NSW are invited to record a 15-20 minute talk on their recent research. The winner receives a monetary prize and is given the opportunity to present at the October branch meeting.
Want to know more?
If you are in Canberra and are interested in becoming an SSA member, have ideas for potential meeting speakers, workshops, or events in general, then we would love to hear from you! Please send an email to the address provided below.
As part of the SSA, members of the Canberra branch weekly SSA e-digests, keeping them up to date with various statistical news and events all around Australia. Members also receive complimentary access to Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics (ANZJS), and are given substantial discounts for various SSA workshops held both in and outside of the Canberra region, as well as other events such as biennial Australian Statistical Conference (ASC) and Early Career and Student Statisticians Conference (ESSC)
Please go to SSA Canberra Branch Council to find out whose on the council! If you wish to get in contact in us, please do so at ssacanberra 'at' gmail.com