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SSA Canberra Branch Meetings

Upcoming events for the Canberra Branch - poster linked here

Due to the transition to online meetings, and at the request of some speakers, we have had to do shift around our meeting schedule to accommodate. Nevertheless, particularly in these times, we hope to continue to have a provide monthly events in some format!

Please see below for details of the next branch meeting, noting it will be a big party joint with SSA NSW and the Canberra and Sydney Chapters of RLadies. For security reasons, registration to attend the online branch meeting is required beforehand. Details are provided below.

Date: Tuesday 30 June


From 6pm and concluding by 7pm: Presentation on Zoom

Virtual pre-drinks and nibbles are provided, but they don't taste as good as the real thing 🍾

Register in advance for this meeting: Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Any questions, please feel free to contact  


Emi Tanaka (Monash University)


Beyond Beamer: Modern and Dynamic Presentations with R Markdown


In many fields, scientific communications and publications are unimaginable without LaTeX.  LaTeX, built on the TeX typesetting program, allows writing scientific documents with a markup language for structure and styling; capabilities for mathematical typesetting; ability to add cross-references and citations (though BibTeX or otherwise); and customisation through document classes, packages and macros. A particular LaTeX document class widely used for making presentation slides is Beamer. Beamer offers much of the same features as the original LaTeX in addition to special macros handy for presentation purposes and is used often by academics presenting mathematical content. Why then would we want another tool for presentation?

In this tutorial talk, I will talk about the capabilities and benefits of using R Markdown to make presentation slides based on the `xaringan` R-package. If you have two monitors or an extra laptop/desktop computer, then you are encouraged to try some coding yourself as you follow along with the talk.

Coding requirements: you will need to be familiar with R, have R and the xaringan & tidyverse R packages installed. It is preferable that you use RStudio IDE although not required.  


Emi is an applied statistician whose primary interest is to develop impactful methods and tools that can be readily used by practitioners. Her research interests include mixed models and experimental designs, motivated primarily by the problems in bioinformatics and agricultural sciences. She recently joined as a lecturer at the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Monash University. She is currently the Vice President of the Statistical Society of Australia Victoria Branch.

In other news:

- Please see the website for an updated flyer of meeting schedule for 2020.

Are you/do you know a young statistician or data scientist interested in presenting their recent research and winning some prize money?Then you will be happy to know that SSA Canberra has extended nominations for the 2020 Dennis Trewin prize until 19th June! More info can be found at 

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