Ian Diamond new chair of the Council for Mathematical Sciences

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Congratulations to RSS fellow Sir Ian Diamond, who has been announced the new chair of the Council for Mathematical Sciences (CMS) from September 2018.

The CMS is made up of five societies: the Royal Statistical Society, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), the London Mathematical Society (LMS), the Edinburgh Mathematical Society and the Operational Research Society. It works to raise the voice of the mathematical sciences, including statistics, with government and research bodies.

RSS helps launch Ada Lovelace Institute for data ethics

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The Royal Statistical Society is one of the partners in a new, Nuffield Foundation-led £5m institute to examine ethical and social issues arising from the use of data, algorithms and artificial intelligence, and to ensure they are harnessed for social well-being.

Other partners in the Ada Lovelace Institute, named after the 19th century mathematician widely regarded as the first computer scientist, include the Alan Turing Institute, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Wellcome Trust, the Royal Society, the British Academy, techUK and Omidyar Network’s Governance & Citizen Engagement Initiative.

Prominent statistician appointed to the board of EPSRC

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Congratulations to Alison Etheridge, professor of probability at the University of Oxford and current president of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, who has been confirmed as one of the 12 new council members of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). 

Alison has worked at the Universities of Cambridge, Berkeley, Edinburgh and Queen Mary University London before returning to Oxford. She has worked with EPSRC both through its Mathematical Sciences Strategic Advisory Team and Strategic Advisory Network.

International Prize in Statistics welcomes nominations for 2019

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The biennial International Prize in Statistics is now accepting nominations for the next prize, due to be presented in 2019.

Managed collaboratively between five major statistical organisations comprising the American Statistical AssociationInstitute of Mathematical StatisticsInternational Biometric SocietyInternational Statistical Institute and Royal Statistical Society, the Prize was initially created to call public attention to the important role statistics, data analysis, probability, and the understanding of uncertainty have played in the past and are playing today in the advancement of society, science, technology and human welfare, with a decided focus on current developments. 

Young Statisticians and Medical Section reach out to students

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As the ‘Beast from the East’ brought snow across the UK, over 100 students from Mathematics and Statistics affiliated degree courses headed to the University of Leicester for a ‘taster’ afternoon of careers in Medical Statistics.

The event was organised by the Careers and Academic Liaison Committee of Statisticians in the Pharmaceutical Industry (PSI CALC) and 25 exhibitors attended from a range of pharmaceutical companies, clinical research organisations (CRO), clinical trials units, universities and professional societies.