25 February 2021

Dear {Contact_First_Name}, 

The second month of 2021 is almost over, so welcome to our last edition of February this year. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome new members to the Society. We are thrilled to have you on board and look forward to your active participation through our Branches, Sections and Networks. This newsletter highlights an abundance of opportunities for getting involved.

This is a time of change, because our branches are about to hold their respective AGMs, which means saying “goodbye” to some familiar faces and names and saying “hi” to different ones. I would like to acknowledge the contributions of all outgoing (as well as continuing) Branch Council members. Thank you for everything you have done for SSA. The time and clever ideas you invested into your professional association are very much appreciated.

Marie-Louise Rankin

SSA Executive Officer

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Registration for ANZSC 2021 now open!

Registration is open for the Australian Statistical Society and New Zealand Statistical Association Conference 2021 (ANZSC 2021) and the Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics (OZCOTS).

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News from the International Statistical Institute

In news just to hand John Bailer, the ISI president, reflects on new directions for the International Statistical Institute at the wrap up of the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan.  Read more here

Of interest to SSA in particular is his announcement that the President's Invited Speaker for WSC2021 will be Professor Kerrie Mengersen, a past president of the SSA. Her nomination for this prestigious role will not surprise her Australian and Society friends and colleagues. It is nevertheless a significant landmark for an Australian statistician, and we hope an inspiration for future leaders in the profession from our shores.

Stephen Horn
SSA Hon. Treasurer

Call for Nominations - SSA Vice President

The term of office of SSA’s current Vice President, Professor Adrian Barnett, will expire at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting of Central Council this year. Nominations are now invited for the position of SSA Vice President (President Elect). The position will involve one year as Vice President, then two years as President followed by a further year as Vice President.  More details about the position can be found in this compilation of position descriptions. Nominations should be sent to the SSA Secretary, Doug Shaw, at before c.o.b. on Friday, 12 March 2021.

We are urgently looking for some technically minded statisticians!

Do you want to connect with some great people? Do you need to add some volunteer work to your resume?

It’s true, getting involved with your professional association  does take some extra time. It is a great way though to meet more members of your "tribe". At SSA we find that those members actively engaged with the Society tend to get more out of their membership.

If you have been thinking of how you can get involved, maybe this is the opportunity to need to take the plunge? We are seeking two social media enthusiasts and a video editor. Membership with SSA is not essential.

C’mon! Get on board!

Find out how

SSA Mentoring Program

Are you an early or mid-career statistician looking for support to grow and develop your career? Or, are you a more experienced statistician looking to share your skills and experience with a new generation of statisticians? If either of these sound like you then this program may be for you!

Following a pilot mentoring program hosted by the Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Section in 2020, the Statistical Society of Australia is excited to be launching a new mentoring program for all members of the Society. We are looking for up to 20 mentor-mentee pairs to take part in the 6-month mentoring program. So far we had a good response from mentees, but we'd love to hear from a few more mentors. Please register your interest by Monday, 1 March 2021.

Our aim

This program will connect early and mid-career statisticians to experienced mentors to provide them with career guidance and to share their experiences to help them achieve their professional goals.


Check out our recent webinar "Introducing the SSA Mentoring Program" to see an overview of the benefits of a mentoring program for the SSA, a discussion of the findings from the mentoring pilot program and an introduction to the Mentoring Program Committee and the program to be launched in March 2021.

Curious? Find out more.

SSA Canberra AGM + Outgoing president's talk

30 Mar 2021, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM  AEDT via Zoom

5:15pm-5:30pm: Zoom meeting opens and pre-seminar mingling 

5:30-6pm: Annual General Meeting on Zoom

6-6:45pm: Outgoing El-presidente  presentation on Zoom

SpeakerFrancis Hui, Australian National University

Topic: My Journey into Spatial Confusing  Confounding

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

Please register in advance for this meeting here

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

You're invited to the publishing webinar

Learn how to publish your manuscript successfully with Wiley

Thursday 18 March 2021, 10 – 11am AEDT

Like many researchers, you may feel that you must publish to progress in your careers but lack confidence or an understanding of the publishing process. If you feel this way, register for this webinar and learn from our expert editors.

Highlights include:

  • Tools to support authors before, during and after manuscript submission
  • Tips and tricks to increase the chances of getting your manuscript published
  • How to submit your manuscript successfully to a Wiley journal


Matteo Cavalleri studied Chemistry at the University of Milan and the University of Valencia before obtaining a Ph.D. from the Quantum Chemistry group of the Physics Department at Stockholm University. After three years experience at the Theory Department of the Fritz-Haber-Institut in Berlin as an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral research fellow, he joined Wiley in August 2008 as a Peer-Review Editor of physica status solidi. He was the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Quantum Chemistry from October 2011 to April 2020. Matteo is now with the U.S. Publisher of the Materials Science and Physics group of Wiley, overseeing operations of the U.S.-based journals in those areas.


Alejandra Barciela is Associate Director, Customer Training, for Wiley. She currently manages the global training program for Wiley Research. Previously, she worked as a Product Manager for the Wiley Researcher Academy, and Marketing Manager for Author Marketing. During her 10 years at Wiley, Alejandra has also worked as an editor and project manager for textbooks and online courses.

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Enrolments now open for ACSPRI's Winter 2021 Online Program

ACSPRI now have their 2021 Winter Program, master classes and workshops up on their website and ready for enrolments. You can  visit the website and enrol in classes scheduled from March to October. ACSPRI will be adding more short courses throughout the year.

Considering the potential for travel and gathering restrictions, the 2021 Online Winter Program & short courses will be offered 'live' online using Zoom. A reminder that courses will be capped at 12 people, so enrol now to secure a place and take advantage of the early-bird enrolment rate.

Find out more

The 13th Southern Hemisphere Delta Conference on the teaching and learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics

22 – 25 November 2021 – Auckland, New Zealand - online event

The organisers of the Delta Conference warmly welcome friends and colleagues, old and new, from across the Southern and the Northern hemispheres to participate. Delta attracts an international audience of academics interested in mathematics and statistics education, including disciplinary specialists, education theorists, and tertiary education practitioners across the sciences and engineering.

Registrations now open!

For further information about the conference, see the website.

Confronting Climate Change

An online workshop presented by the Chicago based Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI) on how math and statistics can address climate change:

1 Mar 2021 (CST) – 5 Mar 2021 (CST) @ Online

Registrations close today!

To address the challenges of climate change, the Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI) at the University of Chicago is hosting a five-day interdisciplinary workshop starting March 1 that brings together leaders in mathematics, statistics and atmospheric sciences to begin developing tools to help guide responses to extreme weather events at a local, regional and national scale.

The latest workshop brings together leading researchers from across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. to present on a variety of topics related to modeling and predicting the impacts of climate change.

For the full schedule and to register, click here

Call for manuscripts - Research on Inequality

De Gruyter’s Statistics, Politics, and Policy studies the ways that statistical analysis drives public policy decisions and publishes significant research on the application of statistical ideas to problems that relate to society, politics and policy implementation.

SPP is now accepting manuscripts on "Research on Inequality":

The submission deadline is 1 August 2021. Details can be found in this attachment.

IBC2022 Call for Invited Session Proposals 

The IBC2022 International Program Committee (IPC) is now accepting proposals for the Invited Session Program to be held during the 31st International Biometric Conference on 11-15 July 2022 in Riga, Latvia.

Submissions are due by 31 March 2021.

Find out more

The Early Career & Student Statisticians Conference (ECSSC) 2021 will be held on 26 July to 1 August 2021. We are delighted to announce that we will be holding our conference virtually! ECSSC2021 will bring together the best students and early-career professionals in statistics and data analysis from all around Australia.

This event is not to be missed! Register now!

To keep up-to-date with ECSSC2021, please go to the official conference website.

Joint SSA Canberra + RLadies Canberra Branch Meeting

On 2 March 2021, from 5:30pm AEDT via Zoom 

Gordana Popovic, University of New South Wales, will be presenting "How to see the forest from the trees: Removing pesky artefacts from discrete data for better visualisation"

Data sometimes have artefacts which obscure the patterns we are interested in visualising. You may have come across this when trying to interpret a residual plot from a logistic regression. For discrete data, these are not really artefacts, they are properties of the distribution of the data, like mean-variance relationships and lots of zeros. Generalised linear models and their extensions model the distribution of the data, including these properties, and so are a good way to remove them, to better see the patterns we are actually interested in. I will talk though some concepts and lots of examples of how we can use models to get the best out of our visualisations of discrete multivariate data in R.

Please register in advance for this meeting

Call for members of the SSA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

The SSA is calling for members who are interested in contributing to the newly-established Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. The EDI Committee, chaired by the SSA President, will meet every one to two months via Zoom, and members are expected to serve a term of one to two years. The EDI Committee will be charged with making recommendations to the Executive Committee regarding how the SSA can ensure that it is a truly equitable, diverse, and inclusive society.

Expressions of interest close on February 26, and can be made at the form available here

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