23 December 2021

Dear {Contact_First_Name},

And it’s a wrap. We did it. 2021 is nearing its end.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers and members for your ongoing support in 2021. This past year had its challenges for many of us. At SSA we could not have done it without you.

I would also like to thank the SSA team at the office, our Event Coordinator Jodi Phillips, our Social Media Moderator Saad Mustafiz and our Privacy Officer Daniel Fryer, for your wonderful work this year. I would not be able to manage the SSA office without you. When I started to work for SSA in 2008, my days could be lonely sometimes. I can’t believe I now have three colleagues!

The SSA office will be closed until 17 January 2022 to give us time to recharge for what I am sure will be another eventful year.

I hope you are looking forward to a bit of a break as well, time with loved ones, and the opportunity to unwind.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season filled with happiness and peace.

Warm regards

Marie-Louise Rankin
SSA Executive Officer

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SA Branch 2021 Christmas Dinner 

We ended our year on a high note with a SSA member dinner on 8 December 2021. On behalf of all of the SSA SA Branch I wish you all a very Happy Holiday and – what I suspect – may be a well needed break. Wishing you and your families a ...

SA Christmas Dinner celebrations

December – time for celebration, friends and family

In one of his his final blogs for 2021, the International Statistical Institute's President Steve Penneck reflects on the past year and reminds readers to celebrate what has gone well in 2021. He writes: “For the statistical community there is no doubt that despite the appalling COVID pandemic and its mishandling by some governments, it has raised the profile of statistics, and also showed its potential – in so many fields.  Not just the stories we have told about the development of the pandemic, its impact on health services, the development of testing regimes and vaccination programmes; but the impact on human and economic behaviour, and the modelling of scenarios to help decision makers.  As we look into the future we need to harvest the lessons from this, in terms of how statistics can continue to maintain their relevance in the public policy questions that continue to face the world – global warming, global inequalities, and the sustainable development goals. Statistics can tell the stories.

Read Steve Penneck's full blog here

News from the Bayesian Section

The Bayesian section of SSA would like to draw your attention to some recent seminars that have been recorded and are now available on YouTube. Matias Quiroz (UTS) gave a talk at the One World ABC seminar series, titled “Spectral Subsampling MCMC for Stationary Multivariate Time Series.” The video of his talk is available here. Clara Grazian (UNSW) also gave a talk at One World ABC, “PET-ABC: A Bayesian likelihood-free tool for kinetic models,” available here. Matt Moores (Wollongong) gave a talk in the TIDE Hub seminar series, titled “Bayesian Inference and Uncertainty Quantification for Inverse Problems,” available here. The recent ISBA workshop on Measuring the Quality of MCMC Output has also been recorded. Video of all of the talks is available in this YouTube playlist. 

On behalf of the executive committee, Bayesian Section of SSA


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Levels and trends in child mortality: Report 2021

A report published recently by the United Nations Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME), reveals that recent and reliable data on child, adolescent and youth mortality remains unavailable for most countries of the world, particularly for low-income countries. Insufficient data makes it difficult to plan for preventable diseases.

The report states: “Data gaps remain a serious challenge to child mortality estimation and monitoring. Almost two thirds of low and middle income countries (97 out of 135) have no reliable mortality data in the past three years. And just 40 countries had high-quality national data for 2020 included in the estimation model, though national or subnational data were available for more than 80 countries or areas to help analyse excess mortality due to COVID-19.”

Read the WHO Media Release here


Read Yuki Furuse's findings here

SSA Member Benefits

Members of SSA receive a number of benefits, only available to members. You can see all of them here. One of them is a 20% discount on publications by Taylor & Francis. Please contact the SSA office for the discount code.

Taylor & Francis is one of the world’s leading publishers of high-quality, cross-disciplinary knowledge and specialty research. They offer unique, trusted content by expert authors, spreading knowledge and promoting discovery worldwide. They aim to broaden thinking and advance understanding in the sciences, providing researchers, academics, professionals, and students with the tools they need to share ideas and realize their potential.


International Visitor Program (SMRI)

The current application round of the International Visitor Program of the University of Sydney Mathematical Research Institute (SMRI) closes on Tuesday 22 February 2022 (at 10:00am Sydney time). This program provides funding to support visits to Australian universities by international researchers in the mathematical sciences. The current application round is for visits of at least 1 month (including at least 2 weeks spent at SMRI) taking place within the period January - December 2023 for general applicants, July 2022 - December 2023 for Australian citizens/permanent residents and New Zealand citizens. For full terms and conditions, selection criteria and the application form, and for the current list of SMRI visiting researchers, see the website.

Applications from female and gender-diverse researchers, from researchers employed in developing countries, and from researchers belonging to other groups which are underrepresented in the mathematical sciences, are particularly encouraged. In cases where an arranged visit cannot go ahead as planned because of disruptions to international travel or other unexpected factors, it is generally possible to reschedule the visit for a later period subject to consultation. Please direct questions about the conditions to the Institute.

Previously advertised

Introduction to Machine Learning, 12-13 May 2022, Adelaide

SSA Equity, diversity and inclusivity survey, closes 25 December 2021

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