The Society’s Journal Webinar programme is now in its fourth year. It aims to showcase papers published in the Society’s Journals and bring authors closer to their audience in academia and industry. The short webinar events are free and open to everyone. They 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 important, cutting-edge paper, presented by the author and chaired by a leading statistician. In the last few years we have been fortunate to welcome some very high-profile authors like Brad Efron, Andrew Gelman and Peter Diggle (pictured).
A discussion follows the author’s presentation, first by invited contributors with particular expertise in the field and then opened to the audience. Questions and comments can be made either over the telephone or by using the conference messaging system.
Once a year, we hold a joint webinar with Statisticians in the Pharmaceutical Industry, aka PSI. This year’s joint event is on 12 July and will follow the theme of 'adaptive signature design'. Joint webinars focus on one key papers from the PSI, one from the RSS Journal. One or more discussants are also invited to join.
The webinars have proved popular, often attracting sizeable audiences and have contributed to increased downloads of the papers presented which our publishers, Wiley, make free to access before and after the events. The webinars are available to watch afterwards (on the 'Past Webinars' page on our main website).
Recent feedback from participants has included:
- 'Excellent, very useful presentations and discussion, please do more.'
- 'Very nice webinar, enjoyed it! And no technical glitches, good sound and visuals. I like that I could have the meeting phone me, so I don't have to pay for the call. Thanks!'
- 'I think this is a really good thing for the RSS to do as can bring interesting seminars from around the world. Would like to see more of them.'
- 'Nice examples and good references to papers and developments in the past. Very useful session.'
- 'Thought provoking modelling and results. This was a very interesting talk.'
The Journal Webinar Advisory Group
Our Journal Webinar Advisory Group identifies suitable papers for presentation and help publicise the events through available networks. Our chair is now Steven Gilmour, who took over from Andy Garrett at the beginning of 2017. It was Andy’s vision that led to the setting up of the series in 2013. We are now actively looking for new members to contribute to the programme and would particularly welcome individuals from 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. Free access to the RSS journals is provided to members who meet by teleconference for around an hour, three times a year. Members can 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.