RSS statement regarding the COVID-19 outbreak 

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The RSS has been proactive in ensuring the safety of its fellows, staff and stakeholders during the current COVID-19 pandemic and we will be monitoring the government’s guidance closely as the situation evolves.

The RSS London office is closed until further notice and all upcoming events have been postponed or where possible, moved to online participation only – read our latest update

RSS calls for RPI consultation to be postponed

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RSS President Deborah Ashby has called for an important consultation on the future of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) to be postponed in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Writing to the chair of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), Sir David Norgrove, Deborah argued that current restrictions on public gatherings mean that scheduled consultative meetings on the issue have had to be cancelled - including one on 2 April at the RSS, which Deborah had been due to chair.

Society opens nominations call for 2021 Honours

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Nominations are now open for the RSS Honours to be made in 2021. Our Honours celebrate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to statistics and the winners are presented with their awards at a ceremony during our annual conference.

Individual fellows and members of RSS committees are encouraged to make nominations. The Honours Committee would like to receive as broad a range of nominations as possible to ensure that the awards are made to those who best meet the criteria.

Statistical Computing Section changes name

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The Statistical Computing Section of the Royal Statistical Society will from now on be known as the Computational Statistics and Machine Learning Section.

The group is for all those interested in the use of computational science and technology in modern statistical analysis, the methodological development of statistical and machine learning algorithms and their application to modern statistics and data science.

New open access agreement for RSS journals

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A new agreement between our journals publisher Wiley and research support organisation Jisc means that UK-based researchers at participating institutions may now be able to publish open access in RSS Journals at no direct cost to them.

The agreement aims to support and accelerate open access publishing in the UK and is the most extensive UK-based transitional agreement, covering 138 Jisc member institutions.

SOTD shortlisted for ‘Best campaign on a shoestring' award

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The RSS ‘Statistics of the Decade’ (SOTD) initiative has been shortlisted for the ‘Best campaign on a shoestring’ prize at this year’s Memcom awards, which celebrate achievement by professional bodies and associations in the not-for-profit sector.

SOTD was entered for the award after generating an impressive amount of news coverage, in addition to the exposure already garnered by the Society's Statistics of the Year 2019. The overall media coverage included:

Statement on RSS events in light of the coronavirus outbreak

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In light of the most recent  UK government guidance, The Royal Statistical Society has closed its Errol Street building in London until further notice. 

All RSS events and training courses at Errol Street have been cancelled or postponed up until the end of June.

In addition, organisers of RSS events being held elsewhere are being cancelled, postponed or (if feasible) moved to online participation only.

Please refer to our events calendar which we are striving to keep as up-to-date as possible.

Event organisers will keep registered attendees informed of the postponement or cancellation of their events.

Please note that our plans for the RSS 2020 Conference in Bournemouth in September have not changed and we are still seeking submissions and registration is open.

As this is an evolving situation, we will update the statement in the event of government guidance changing.

Last updated at 12:45, 25 March 2020.

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