Communicating and teaching statistics events at RSS Conference

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Scott Keir, head of education and statistical literacy at the RSS, provides a round-up of all of the sessions and events at this year's RSS Conference that will be of interest to anyone involved in teaching or promoting statistics in schools or communicating statistics.

This year's RSS International Conference, held this week in the beautiful city of Cardiff, looks set to be a brilliant event. I'm especially pleased to see such a wide range of sessions that contribute to our strategic goal of education and statistical literacy. As I look back over the past few years' programmes, I see a steady increase in the range and number of sessions, to the point where 'Communicating and teaching statistics' is now a regular session stream, and the professional development stream routinely includes sessions focusing on developing communication skills, essential for the modern statistician.

 I've outlined below the sessions that I've spotted in the extensive programme (with apologies to any I've missed). You can see that they include keynotes on data visualisation, sessions organised by members of the RSS Education and Statistical Literacy Committee that encourage members to get involved with promoting statistics in schools, discussions of good practice in teaching and communicating statistics, and showcases of communication skills by members of the statistical and data community. There's also a satellite event for teachers, with Christine Franklin from the American Statistical Association, co-organised with the Teaching Statistics Trust and the Cardiff Q-Step Centre.

These sessions only happen thanks to the dedicated efforts of our members who submit session and talk proposals. The call for proposals for the RSS International Conference 2019, to be held in Belfast next year, opens shortly. I look forward to seeing a wide range of high quality sessions relating to communicating and teaching statistics at that too.

Monday 3 September

  • Welcome to Conference and Keynote 1, 18:00-19:00: John Pullinger (UK National Statistician) 'Mobilise the power of data to make better decisions'.

Tuesday 4 September

Wednesday 5 September

Thursday 6 September

Further details of these sessions are available on the RSS International Conference website.

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