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Upcoming events

    • 20 May 2022
    • 9:00 AM (AEST)
    • Online

    The International Environmetrics Society (TIES) has launched a new TIES Webinar Series on Data Science for Environmental Sciences (DSES).


    Our next webinar will be on May 19, at 6 pm CT (UTC-6, US)

    For colleagues who live in Australia, it means May 20, at 9 am AEST (UTC+10).


    You can virtually access the webinar and register via our website:


    Speaker: Andrew Zammit-Mangion, University of Wollongong, Australia.


    Title: Bayesian inference on carbon dioxide surface fluxes using satellite data


    Abstract: Carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of several greenhouse gases that trap heat in Earth’s lower atmosphere. Locations across Earth’s surface where CO2 is added to or removed from the atmosphere are known as sources and sinks, and the rate at which this happens is known as flux. In this talk I present WOMBAT (the WOllongong Methodology for Bayesian Assimilation of Trace-gases), a fully Bayesian hierarchical statistical framework for estimating CO2 global fluxes from satellite data. WOMBAT extends the current state-of-the-art through the consideration of a correlated error term, the capacity for online bias correction, and the provision of uncertainty quantification on all unknowns that appear in the Bayesian statistical model. Using the GEOS-Chem atmospheric transport model, we show that WOMBAT is able to obtain posterior means and variances on non-fossil-fuel CO2 fluxes from Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) data that are comparable to those from an international Model Intercomparison Project (MIP). We also find that WOMBAT’s predictions of out-of-sample retrievals obtained from the Total Column Carbon Observing Network are, for the most part, more accurate than those made by the MIP participants.


    Bio: Andrew Zammit-Mangion is Associate Professor with the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics at the University of Wollongong, Australia, with expertise in the field of spatio-temporal statistics and its application to the environmental sciences. He is recipient of the 2020 Abdel El-Shaarawi Early Investigator's Award from The International Environmetrics Society (TIES) and the 2022 ENVR Early Investigator Award from the American Statistical Association (ASA) Section on Statistics and the Environment.



    • 23 May 2022
    • (EDT)
    • 27 May 2022
    • (EDT)
    • University of Maryland, College Park, USA and Online

    SAE 2022: Small Area Estimation, Surveys and Data Science

    This international conference will serve as a bridge among statisticians, survey methodologists, engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists, and others interested in combining information from multiple databases in developing reliable inferences at granular levels. In addition to traditional topics in SAE, the conference will cover a few emerging topics in survey and official statistics (e.g., nonprobability sampling, probabilistic record linkage, data fusion, etc.) In principle, this will be an in-person conference following the University of Maryland, College Park, guidelines. However, in view of the on-going pandemic, international participants can join the conference virtually. 

    For more information and to Register please click here.

    • 26 May 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • QUT Gardens Point and online

    The Statistical Society of Australia (QLD Branch) and Centre for Data Science, Queensland University of Technology are delighted to have our second Early Career Bayes Seminar for 2022 presented by Mary Llewellyn from the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh.

    Virtual attendees: A Zoom link will be emailed prior to event.

    Location: QUT Gardens Point, room TBA

    Title: Discretising a Continuous World: Accelerated Inference for State-Space Models via Hidden Markov Models

    Abstract: Inference on the process parameters of a state-space model (SSM) can be especially challenging when the likelihood of the data given the parameters is not available in closed form. A variety of approaches to Bayesian model fitting have been applied in such situations, including MCMC with data augmentation, sequential Monte Carlo (SMC) approximation, and particle MCMC algorithms. However, these existing methods can be inefficient because of sample impoverishment in the SMC approximations and/or poor mixing in the MCMC steps. This seminar will detail an approach that borrows ideas from discrete hidden Markov models (HMMs) to provide an efficient MCMC with data augmentation approach, imputing the latent states within the algorithm. Our approach deterministically approximates the SSM by a discrete HMM, which is subsequently used as an MCMC proposal distribution for the latent states. We demonstrate that the algorithm provides an efficient alternative approach via two different case studies.

    To register please click here.

    • 27 May 2022
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (AEST)
    • online

    Statistical Consulting Network May Meet-Up

    Come along with your thinking cap, maybe a problem, and some lunch!

    The Statistical Consulting Network invites you to their monthly meet-up, a virtual lunchtime meeting where statisticians help each other out with problems that they aren’t sure how to deal with.  This will be a virtual meeting held on Zoom at lunchtime on the last Friday of each month, 12:30-1:30 PM (AEST).  We will start each meet-up in the common room for announcements, or occasionally a special topic discussion, then go to break-out rooms in smaller groups to discuss problems that attendees have brought along with them.

    If planning to share a problem, please make sure you think about how to communicate the broader context for the study (What is the research question? How were data collected?), not just the part of it you are unsure about.  If the problem relates to data properties and model-fitting then it might help to bring along some exploratory analyses.  Please consider whether you need permission from your client to share these details, and obtain any relevant permissions from them.

    We also have a Slack workspace where members of the consulting network can communicate between meetings, or post problems or relevant materials they would like to discuss during a meeting.

    Friday 27th May, 12:30-1:30 PM (AEST).

    Zoom link:

    Slack Workspace link:
    • 14 Jun 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (AWST)
    • McCusker Auditorium, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (North), QEII Medical Centre, 6 Verdun Street, Nedlands WA 6009

    We're pleased to invite you to the Perth Biostatistics/Bioinformatics Meetup. This is a joint event supported by the WA Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia (SSA), the SSA Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Section, Clinical Trials Enablement Platform WA (CTEP-WA), Perth Epidemiological Group (PEG), and the WA Health Translation Network (WAHTN).

    Date: Tuesday, 14 June 2022.
    Time: Refreshments at 5:30PM for a 6:00PM start
    Venue: McCusker Auditorium, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research


    The purpose of this event is to bring together those with expertise and/or interest in medical and healthcare statistics in Perth. It is an opporunity to socialise and network, and encourage upcoming professionals to pursue a career in this worthwhile field.

    We have invited two speakers to give brief addresses this evening.


    Bayesian Approaches to Platform Trials

    Dr Julie Marsh, Senior Biostatistician, Telethon Kids Institute.

    Beautiful Bioinformatics: How Harnessing Creativity Improves Science Innovation and Translation

    Dr Alyce Russell

    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Kolling Institute, The University of Sydney.

    Venue & Parking

    This event is held at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (North; Google Maps). The presentations will be hosted in McCusker Auditorium followed by refreshments in the building foyer.

    Suggested parking is in Car Park 3A, accessed via Hampden Rd and Caladenia Cr.


    This event is free but please register your attendance to assist with catering and meeting dietary requirements.

    Please circulate this invitation amongst your networks to anyone who might be interested, especially students and those early in their careers.

    If you have any queries, please contact the convenor, Shih Ching Fu.

    Thank you again to all of this event's sponsors.

    • 15 Jun 2022
    • (AEST)
    • 17 Jun 2022
    • (AEST)
    • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

    Join thought-leaders, researchers, policy makers, practitioners and change-makers for three days of insights, inquiry and thought-provoking discussion about putting families at the centre.

    Families are evolving all the time: making choices about how they live and organise their lives within the social and economic conditions affecting them. But how well do our governments, the economy and service systems put families at the centre of their decision making? And do they listen to the aspirations of families and make space for their perspectives in designing solutions intended to address their needs? 

    The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) 2022 Conference will imagine a future where putting families at the centre drives the work of researchers, policy makers, and service providers.

    While we acknowledge the current uncertainties caused by COVID, we remain optimistic that a face to face conference will be possible in June 2022. We know there is a strong preference for a face to face conference among our past participants so we can all convene to share insights, participate in stimulating discussions, and be immersed in the latest cutting-edge research. 

     We assure you that we are constantly monitoring the settings to establish what we may need to do to adapt and respond to the situation if needed.  The conference will operate in a COVID Safe manner as we are prioritising the health of participants.

    Who should attend?

    AIFS 2022 Conference is a must if you are a researcher or policy maker, or if you design, deliver or evaluate services for families, children and their communities. 

    Reasons to attend

    • Be inspired by emerging evidence and promising practice from Australia and beyond. 
    • Access to a dynamic program of workshops, plenary presentations, panel discussions, e-posters and symposiums.
    • Unparalleled opportunities to network with delegates across sectors and disciplines.
    • 98% of conference attendees would recommend to others.
    • Thanks to the pandemic, it’s the first AIFS Conference since 2018!
    For more information and registration click here.
    • 22 Jun 2022
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (AEST)
    • Online

    MACH EMCR Research Design Webinar Series:

    MACH (Melbourne Academic Centre for Health) is pleased to present a four-part
    webinar series exploring research design tailored specifically for early and mid-
    career researchers. The series will be conducted by experts from the University of
    Melbourne’s Methods and Implementation Support for Clinical and Health research Hub (MISCH) team from February-June 2022.

    Seminar 4: Economic evaluation alongside clinical trials: principles of study
    design and decision analysis

    Presenter: Dr An Duy Tran (Uni Melbourne)

    Register here

    • 6 Jul 2022
    • (AEST)
    • 14 Jul 2022
    • (AEST)
    • St Petersburg, Russia

    The ICM 2022 (International Congress of Mathematicians) will take place 6–14 July 2022 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    The 19th General Assembly of the IMU will be held in St. Petersburg, on 3–4 July 2022. 
    The official website of the Congress is

    • 10 Jul 2022
    • (AEST)
    • 15 Jul 2022
    • (AEST)
    • Riga, Latvia

    to be held at the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel

    • 10 Jul 2022
    • (BST)
    • 13 Jul 2022
    • (BST)
    • University of Oxford, United Kingdom

    The International Symposium on Forecasting (ISF) is the premier forecasting conference, attracting the world's leading forecasting researchers, practitioners, and students. Through a combination of keynote speaker presentations, academic sessions, workshops, and social programs, the ISF provides many excellent opportunities for networking, learning, and fun.

    Important Dates 2022

    Invited Session Proposals: March 4

    Abstract Submissions: March 25

    Travel grants application: March 4

    Early Registration: May 3



    Yael Grushka-Cockayne, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

    Massimiliano Marcellino, Bocconi University

    Ruud Teunter, University of Groningen

    Mihaela van der Schaar, University of Cambridge

    George Wright, Strathclyde Business School

    Johanna Ziegel, University of Bern


    For more information click here or, contact
    • 18 Jul 2022
    • (CEST)
    • 22 Jul 2022
    • (CEST)
    • Trieste-Italy

    IWSM is one of the major activities of the Statistical Modelling Society, founded with the purpose of promoting and encouraging statistical modelling in its widest sense. The workshop aims to involve both academic and professional statisticians and data analysts with a particular focus on real data problems which involve an element of novel statistical modelling, or novel model application.

    The atmosphere of the workshop is friendly and supportive, with no parallel sessions, with the aim of stimulating the exchange of ideas and experiences related to statistical modelling.

    Papers focusing on applications with important substantive implications as well as methodological issues are welcome, including new developments in Data Science. Submissions by students and young researchers are particularly encouraged.

    For further information please click here.

    Note: this Conference is going to be in person, so in case of the persistence of Covid-19 Pandemic the Conference will not be held online.

    If you have any questions or comments, please  contact us at

    • 12 Sep 2022
    • (CEST)
    • 15 Sep 2022
    • (CEST)
    • Aberdeen, Scotland

    RSS International Conference 2022 - Submissions are open -
    for contributed talks and posters to the RSS International Conference 2022, 12-15
    September 2022, Aberdeen.

    Submit on any topic related to statistics and data science. Initial deadline 5 April.
    The SPC welcomes submissions on any topic related to statistics, data science and the use of data. Not only are they keen to have presentations on novel methodology and advances in analytical techniques, but also on the interesting and impactful stories which can be told via the use of statistics and data science.

    Submissions are now open for the following types of presentation, with the relevant deadlines:
     Contributed talks (20 minutes including questions) - Tuesday 5 April
     Rapid-fire talks (5 minutes with option of poster) - Monday 16 May
     Poster presentations (A0 portrait poster) - Sunday 19 June
    You are asked to refer to the guidelines for submissions before commencing your
    submission. The guidelines include information about the format and content of the abstract.
    Please note:
    All contributed presentations are expected to be made in-person in Aberdeen
     All contributed presenters are required to pay a registration fee to attend the
    Please do not make a submission if you are not able to meet these criteria.

    For more information click here.

    • 18 Sep 2022
    • (EEST)
    • 21 Sep 2022
    • (EEST)
    • Athens (in person and online)

    34th Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE)