RSS Conference: Winners of poster competition and rapid-fire talks

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The RSS conference poster exhibition gives early career researchers the opportunity to present their research at conference in the form of a poster, all of which are exhibited in the main breakout area throughout the conference. There is also an allotted poster reception which gives the authors a chance to talk about their work with conference attendees.

Similarly, our rapid-fire talks session gives a five-minute allocated slot for those new to presenting their research. In both cases, the three best presentations are rewarded with book voucher prizes worth hundreds of pounds.

Conference 2019 session on environmental stats: Climate change

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On 4 September 2019, Jonathan Tawn (pictured) from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Lancaster University, Andrew Parnell from the Hamilton Institute at Maynooth University, and Thordis Thorarinsdottir from the Norwegian Computing Center participated in the Royal Statistical Society conference 2019 session on Climate Change. The contributed session was organised by the Environmental Statistics section of the Royal Statistical Society and made up part of the Environment and Spatial Statistics stream of sessions at the conference.

Speaking first, Jonathan Tawn noticed that when considering environmental data, the focus is often on the mean. His talk sought to answer what happens in the extreme and consider aggregates of regional versions of climate models against their global counterparts. He examined heatwaves and extreme sea waves to gain an understanding of how such events could become more common under climate change. Combining climate models in an ensemble provided extremes increasing as much as three times faster than the mean, in terms of changes in temperature.

Report highlights need for legislative change on death registrations

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A new RSS report, published today and written by RSS fellow Professor Sheila Bird, highlights the problem of late death registrations. The RSS has long campaigned on the issue of death registrations and the need for legislative change.

Currently when deaths are referred to the coroner for investigation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, not even the fact of death is registered until the inquest has determined cause-of-death, meaning deaths are not registered until weeks, months or even years later. In turn, this means official figures are much less useful to policymakers and public health authorities attempting to deal in a timely manner with problems such as outbreaks of disease, suicides and drug overdose deaths.

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 Honours Awards: Photo gallery

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On Wednesday 3 September, our President Deborah Ashby presented the 2019 Honours Awards to the recipients at a special awards ceremony during our annual conference. 

Read further details on the 2019 honours awards, including biographical information and award citations, in our announcement earlier this year.

Huge congratulations to the winners!


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 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.

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