The Professional Statisticians’ Forum: Building on its success

Written by Trevor Lewis and Gemma Hodgson on . Posted in Features

The Professional Statisticians’ Forum (PSF) was established in 2012 by the Royal Statistical Society's Professional Affairs Committee in order to supplement other activities laid on by the RSS by focusing on professional statisticians and how they make an impact in the workplace through the development of their skills and knowledge; and the novel application of statistical science.

Although the topics covered in PSF events are targeted to be of interest to professionally qualified members of the RSS, those holding GradStat, CStat and CSci awards, the meetings are free-to-attend and open to all, both members of the RSS and non-members.

The PSF runs the events as both webinars and face-to-face meetings. Since the first meeting in September 2012 until May this year, it has run 36 events - 26 webinars and 10 face-to-face meetings. The webinars have the advantage of being available to all members wherever they are located through recorded webcasts; whereas the face-to-face meetings provide a great opportunity to network and share experiences. The 23 most recent webinars have YouTube webcasts that are available to view from www.rss.org.uk/psf-past-events. As of the beginning of July this year the number of views exceeded 4,100, a median of 131 views per event!

The events run to date have covered a variety of topics and demonstrated statisticians in action across a number of sectors, influencing the effectiveness with which work gets done, decisions get made and policies get formulated.

However, with your help we would like to extend the scope and value of PSF events to professional statisticians. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with:

  • Your ideas of topics we should cover
  • Your ideas for new formats for events
  • Suggestions of statisticians who can inspire us by presenting on what they have achieved in their sector of work (don’t be reticent to self-nominate!)
  • Suggestions of how we could better promote and raise awareness of the PSF

We look forward to hearing from you.

Note for your diary: The next PSF face-to-face meeting will be on 7 December in London and features a series of interesting presentations from leading statisticians in a cross-section of fields, talking about challenges and highlights in their careers:

  • Dr Shirley Coleman  
  • Tim Davis
  • Prof Andy Grieve
  • Anne Hasted
  • Dr Dennis Lendrem

Look out for more information on this meeting, and on future PSF events, on the RSS website at www.rss.org.uk/psf.

 

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