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29 September 2022

Dear {Contact_First_Name},

If you are a student or early career statistician, it’s never been a better time to be a member of your Statistical Society!

Our branches and SSA’s Early Career and Student Statistician (ECSS) Network have outdone themselves over the last few weeks, organising fun and interesting events for anyone finding their feet in the big wide world of statistics.

Just in September alone, we had a joint event organised by the SSA and NZSA: “The Academia-Industry War - Surviving the conflict between two opposing ideals as a graduate student”, a Young Statistician's Career Evening (SA Branch) and an Early Career Panel (Vic Branch).

Tonight, the NSW Branch is presenting an ECSS Career Event, featuring renowned speakers from different industry sectors and academic backgrounds who will share stories from their careers and provide insights into their professions.

On 13 October, the ECSS Network will host another event together with its NZ counterpart: “Navigating life as an early-career researcher”. Dr Rheanna Mainzer will share her experience navigating the transition from PhD student to biostatistician. She will shed light on the day-to-day activities of a post-doc (both within a university and at a research institute) and describe some of the lessons she has learned along the way.

And let’s not forget about this year’s highlight for young statisticians: the SSA and NZSA ECSS Miniconference 2022, held online and in-person in Perth from 15-17 November. Make sure you check the conference website from time to time to stay up to date with deadlines, such as the one for abstract submissions, which happens to be tomorrow!

While all of this is going on, SSA recently introduced a new membership category: the Early Career Membership. If you are a student about to graduate (congratulations!), please keep in mind that you are entitled to three years of Early Career Membership for $125 annually. While only half the cost of full membership, it comes with all the benefits of full membership!  

Marie-Louise Rankin
Executive Officer

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Please note that the SSA Office will be closed on Monday, 3 October (Public Holiday) and on Thursday, 6 October.

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SSA-AMSI Data Science Review 2022

SSA is collaborating with the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) on a national Review of the role of Data Science in Australian universities.

To help us understand the needs of academia and industry,we invite you to  omplete our 10-minute survey and share your Data Science experience.

Complete Survey:

We are looking for a wide range of students, academics, university and industry professionals to share feedback.

Please forward this email to colleagues that may also be interested in contributing. The confidentiality of all responses is assured, with only collated summary information to be released as part of the Review's final report.

The survey is open until Friday, 30 September 2022.

Thank you for your support – your response is greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Gordon, SSA President

Jessica Kasza, SSA Vice President

SSA Events

SSA NSW Branch: Early Career and Student Statisticians Career Event 2022

29 September 2022, from 6pm AEST

The New South Wales branch of the Statistical Society of Australia warmly invites all undergraduate, postgraduate and early career statisticians and data scientists to attend our annual event for Early Career and Student Statisticians.  The event will take place at the Courtyard Cafe of the University of Sydney

We have spectacular speakers from several industry sectors and academic backgrounds. They will share stories from their careers and provide insights into their professions. For example, have you wondered what you can do after doing a statistics degree, or what other statistics professions are like? Then this event is for you!

Find out more and register here

Statistical Consulting Network September Meet-Up

30 Sep 2022, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM (AEST), online 

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. For the link click here.

SSA QLD Branch October Meeting: clusterBMA: Combine insights from multiple clustering algorithms with Bayesian model averaging

5 Oct 2022, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM AEST, online

In this talk, Owen Forbes will introduce clusterBMA, a novel Bayesian Model Averaging (BMA) methodology that combines inference across multiple algorithms for clustering of a given dataset. BMA offers some attractive benefits over other existing approaches for ensemble or consensus clustering. Benefits include intuitive probabilistic interpretation of an overall cluster structure integrated across multiple sets of clustering results, flexibility to accommodate various input algorithms, and quantification of model-based uncertainty. We present results from a substantive neuroscience case study, and two simulation studies. This method is implemented in the freely available R package “clusterBMA”, which will be demonstrated during the talk and can be accessed here

Find out more

DIY R Package Workshop

12 Oct 2022, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (AEDT), held online

The NSW branch is pleased to offer a DIY R Package workshop.

Do you have a few custom functions on heavy rotation? Perhaps you have a piece of code that you regularly share with colleagues? Maybe you’ve developed a new statistical model and want to share it with the world? Why not put it all in an R package?! This interactive workshop will equip you with the basic skills to create an R package of your own! We will walk through the package building process and apply the same workflow to your own function. We will learn about testing and continuous integration and implement them using Github Actions.

For more information and to register click here

SSA & NZSA ECSSNs joint event: From PhD to post-doc: navigating life as an early-career researcher

13 Oct 2022, 1:00 PM (AEDT), online

The SSA & NZSA Early Career and Student Statistician Networks invite you to the webinar presented by Dr Rheanna Mainzer.

In this talk, Rheanna will share her experience navigating the transition from PhD student to bio-statistician. She will shed light on the day-to-day activities of a post-doc (both within a university and at a research institute) and describe some of the lessons she has learned along the way.

Find out more

SSA Vic Branch Belz Lecture

20 Oct 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (AEDT)

University House at the Woodward, Level 10, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton

The SSA Vic Branch are delighted to have Dr Dina Neiger, Chief Statistician at Social Research Centre, present this year's Belz Lecture. The lecture will be delivered online and in-person and will be followed by the annual

SSA Vic Branch Belz Dinner

20 Oct 2022, 7:45 PM – 10:00 PM (AEDT) (same venue)

The Vic Branch warmly invites members and guests to the Belz Dinner, held at University House at the Woodward from 7:45PM.

Join us for the three-course dinner and beautiful views.

To register for the lecture, please click here.

To register for the dinner, please click here.

Estimands, Estimators and Estimates: Aligning target of estimation, method of estimation, and sensitivity analysis

20 Oct 2022, 9:00 AM – 21 Oct 2022, 5:00 PM (AEDT), Macquarie University Sydney City Campus

SSA and the Australian Pharmaceutical Biostatistics  Group (APBG) are pleased to present the event.  This course will focus on estimands and related statistical methodologies that are commonly used in clinical trials. We will share our experiences and try to provide some guidance on their use in clinical trial practice. The target audience includes statisticians working in industry (pharmaceutical companies), academia (universities, medical centers, or research hospitals), or government (AIHW/TGA), and also graduate students who are interested in clinical trial methods. The difficulty level of the course is intermediate, at a second-year graduate course

The learning objectives are three-fold: (1) to understand the fundamentals of the estimand framework and be able to apply it in clinical trials; (2) to identify an appropriate primary analysis method that targets the estimand of interest, fully aligned with the ICH E9(R1) Addendum; and (3) to implement appropriate main and sensitivity analyses.

Canberra Branch Workshop:Time series analysis and forecasting using R

9 Nov 2022, 9:00 AM (AEDT) – 10 Nov 2022, 5:00 PM (AEDT)

Room 5.02, Marie Reay Teaching Building, The Australian National University

The SSA Canberra Branch warmly invites you to an in-person workshop on Time series analysis and forecasting using R, taught by Professor Rob J Hyndman (Monash University) and Associate Professor Bahman Rostami-Tabar (Cardiff University, UK).  It is becoming increasingly common for organizations to collect huge amounts of data over time, and existing time series analysis tools are not always suitable to handle the scale, frequency and structure of the data collected. In this workshop, we will look at some packages and methods that have been developed to handle the analysis of large collections of time series.

For more information and to register click here.

SSA and NZSA ECSS Miniconference 2022

15 -17 Nov 2022, online + In-person (Perth)

We are pleased to be holding a National “Miniconference” jointly hosted by the Early Career and Student Statisticians Network (ECSSN) of the SSA, the Student and Early Career Statisticians Network (SECS) of the New Zealand Statistical Association (NZSA), and the WA Branch. This event is a “hybrid” event that includes two days of online-only presentations followed by one day of in-person presentations in WA. The latter shall also be streamed online.

Find out more

Save the date: ASC and OZCOTS 2023

10-15 December 2023, University of Wollongong, NSW

Find out more

Other Events

IASE webinars

The International Association for Statistical Education (IASE) presents its October webinar.  Lucia Zapata-Cardona, Universidad de Antioquia and Travis Weiland, University of Houston, are presenting, and we welcome you all to join us.  We also ask you to share this invitation with high school statistics teachers and other statistics education networks in your country. We welcome IASE and non-IASE members to the session. 

Details about the webinar are below and on our webinar page.

Critical Theory in Statistics Education

6 October 2022; 18:00 UTC (5am AEDT)

Webinar duration: 90 minutes

Presenters: Lucia Zapata-Cardona, Colombia and Travis Weiland, USA

We are hoping to have this in dual languages – Spanish and English

Register here.

We are in an information age where data is constantly being collected and analyzed under the guise of benefiting all. This would seem to be a time for statistics and data science education to flourish. However, many of the algorithms and processes have baked into them the same biases as those who created them. Critical theory provides a lens to interrogate systemic issues of injustice and address crises in society. Given our current state of democracies in crisis across the globe we plan to discuss ways that statistics and data science educators can and have incorporated ideas from critical theory into their work in statistics and data science education. We provide some background into critical theory and how it has been taken up in mathematics education work and then discuss how these ideas could and have been used in the context of statistics and data science education work. Our goal is also to foster dialogue over these ideas so significant time will be devoted to discussion and questions.

International Day for Women in Statistics and Data Science (IDWSDS)

11 Oct 2022

The IDWSDS will promote and celebrate women in statistics and data science all around the globe with a conference. The aims are to:

  • Showcase women and their contributions to the field
  • Connect women statisticians and data scientists around the world
  • Encourage collaborations among statistical societies around the world
  • Impact statistics and data science to become more inclusive and diverse
  • Bridge statistics and data science 
For more information click here

AI & Data4Good 2022

Wednesday 12 October to Friday 14 October

Time: 9:00PM-110:45PM AEDT via Teams Live

Unlocking the power of data and AI in the public sector 

Effective and innovative use of data powered the public sector’s covid response and evidenced the power of data for the public good. 

This year’s conference will focus on the continuing, rapid, evolution in the sector’s use of valuable information assets and development of the skills and tools needed to unlock innovation and create a bedrock for AI – whilst we build public trust in our ability to prevent misuse of peoples’ data. 

Find out more

AMSI BioInfoSummer 2022

21-24 November, The University of Melbourne

Join other students, ECRs and professionals in Melbourne (or online) to explore the latest research and developments in bioinformatics at this four-day conference. Travel grants are available to assist interstate students attend in Melbourne.

Click here for more information and to register:

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