Call for session proposals for RSS 2020 Conference

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The RSS Conference Board has announced a call for proposals for invited topic sessions at the RSS 2020 International Conference which will take place in Bournemouth from 7-10 September 2020.

The annual conference regularly attracts more than 600 statisticians, data scientists and other users of statistics and data.

New RSS group to focus on stats in finance and economics

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The RSS has a new interest group for members interested in how statistics can benefit the world of finance and vice versa.

The Finance and Economics Special Interest Group (SIG) will provide a cross-disciplinary forum to discuss how statistics are or could be used across finance, economics, actuarial, quantitative finance, econometrics and financial mathematics. Working with economists, actuaries and other finance professionals, the group will look at new sources of data and analytical techniques as well as identify existing shortcomings that might benefit from a cross-disciplinary approach.

RSS fellow is 'World's most interesting mathematician' winner

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Dr Sophie Carr, an RSS member and founder of Bays Consulting, has been awarded the title of 'World's most interesting mathematician' by the organisers of this year's The Big Math-off, a fun online tournament which celebrates everything that is interesting about maths.

Running throughout July 2019, 16 mathematicians from across the world pitched their favourite maths against each other, with the result being determined by a public vote on the website.

RSS fellow appointed UK National Statistician

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Today, the UK Statistics Authority announced that RSS fellow, Professor Sir Ian Diamond has been appointed as National Statistician. Sir Ian succeeds former RSS President, John Pullinger who stepped down from the role in June.

The UK National Statistician is the chief executive and board member of the UK Statistics Authority, permanent secretary of the Office for National Statistics and head of the Government Statistical Service. 

New RSS members to get 12 months of membership from join date

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From 1st September 2019, we will be introducing 'anniversary renewals' for new joiners. This means that anyone who joins us from September 2019 onwards will get 12 months’ membership from the date of joining and will not need to back-pay from the beginning of the year.  

Previously, our membership year ran from 1 January to 31 December each year with all fellows renewing their membership on 1 January. Due to a database and website upgrade, however, we are now able to give new joiners a full year of membership from the date they join so they get the best value for money.

Sylvia Richardson confirmed as next RSS President

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We are delighted to announce that Professor Sylvia Richardson will be the next RSS president after Deborah Ashby’s term of office comes to a close at the end of 2020.

Sylvia is director of the MRC Biostatistics Unit at the University of Cambridge, and was recently awarded a CBE for her services to medical statistics.

RSS adopts new Diversity and Inclusion policy

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The RSS now has a Diversity and Inclusion policy that summarises the key principles and methods the Society will use to ensure that we are an inclusive organisation. All areas of RSS activity share responsibility in the implementation of the policy.

The policy was proposed to Council in March 2019 by the RSS Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, which regularly reviews progress and provides links to related activities such as the LMS Women in Mathematics Committee and the the RSS Special Interest Group on Women in Statistics and Data Science. The policy was approved by Council, which appointed Sara Hilditch CStat as RSS Diversity Champion to act as a point of contact for Council in its implementation. There is also a meeting conduct policy which applies to all RSS conferences events.

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