This year’s RSS annual conference, which took place in Glasgow in early September, has proven to be our biggest yet.
The conference marked a number of firsts for the Society, including:
• Highest number of registrations (600) and selling out
• Highest ever number of exhibitors
• Record number of countries represented (35)
• Introduction of rapid-fire talks to the programme.
The conference also saw 250 ‘career-young’ statisticians attending, many of whom presented their work at the conference’s poster competition and spoke in the newly introduced ‘rapid-fire' talks stream.
Several of those giving feedback after the conference commented that it provided great networking opportunities. The keynote speakers were given good reviews and respondents spoke positively about sessions in the Data Science and Communicating Statistics streams, as well as the sports statistics talks and the session on Small Island Statistics.
The conference also featured an awards ceremony and a number of social events, including a welcome reception, pub quiz, 144 'statistical performance' night and an energetic ceilidh (pictured) which took place after the conference dinner. These were warmly received by a number of delegates. ‘The 144 club was a fun event,’ said one. ‘The kind you would usually see at the Edinburgh Fringe and not a stats conference!’ Another called the conference ‘a great event which left me feeling very inspired and energised.’
The Society is currently calling for invited sessions and workshops for next year’s conference, which takes place in Cardiff. We will seek proposals for contributed talks and posters from December. See our dedicated page for details.
In the new year, the Society will open up registrations for the 2018 conference. Since it sold out this year, we recommend booking as early as possible and taking advantage of our earlybird discounts. Keep an eye on the www.rss.org.uk/conference2018 link for updates, or follow @RSSAnnualConf on Twitter.