The RSS is looking for enthusiastic RSS members with an interest in promoting our journals to join our Journal Webinar Advisory Group.
The group oversees the Society’s Journal Webinar programme, which is now entering its fourth year. As many will know, it aims to showcase papers published in the Society’s journal and bring authors closer to their audience in academia and industry. The short webinar events are free and open to everyone and provide participants from anywhere in the world with the opportunity to freely discuss, question and comment on key journal papers in a welcoming and receptive environment.
Webinars usually feature one or two important, cutting-edge papers, presented by their author(s) and are chaired by a leading statistician. In the last few years these have involved some very high-profile authors like Brad Efron, Andrew Gelman and Peter Diggle. A discussion follows the presentation, first by invited contributors with particular expertise in the field and then opened to the audience for questions and comments.
The webinars have proved popular, attracting sizeable audiences and have contributed to increased downloads of the papers presented. They are available to watch afterwards (on the 'Past Webinars' page on our main website).
The Journal Webinar Advisory Group's role is to identify suitable papers for presentation. Andy Garrett, whose vision led to the setting up of the series in 2013, stepped down from the Advisory group at the end of 2016. The group is now chaired by Steven Gilmour and we are looking for new members to contribute to the programme. At least one of whom should, ideally, work in industry.
The role will allow you to contribute to an important, evolving area of the Society’s activities without demanding too great a time commitment. The small group meets by teleconference for around an hour, four times a year. Most members elect to lead on one webinar per year, often because they have a particular interest in a paper or field. The administrative and technical work is all done at Errol Street.