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RSS WMLG 70th Anniversary Event - 26th October 2016

To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Royal Statistical Society West Midlands Local Group (RSS-WMLG), on Wednesday 26th October 2016 an anniversary event entitled "RSS Local Groups and Sections: Past, Present, Future" will be held at the University of Warwick. Two plenary talks by the current and forthcoming RSS presidents (Prof. Peter Diggle (Lancaster) and Prof. Sir David Spiegelhalter (Cambridge)) will be followed by a celebratory 3 course meal with the speakers.

A history of the group can be found here.


  • 3.15 - 3.30pm - Local Group AGM (All welcome)
  • 3.30 - 4.15pm - Prof. Peter Diggle (Lancaster) - "Statistics: a data science for the twenty-first century"
    • Abstract: The rise of data science could be seen as a potental threat to the long-term status of the statistics discipline. I first argue that, although there is a threat, there is also a much greater opportunity to re-emphasize the universal relevance of statistical method to the interpretation of data, and I give a short historical outline of the increasingly important links between statistics and information technology. The core of the paper is a summary of several recent research projects, through which I hope to demonstrate that statistics makes an essential, but incomplete, contribution to the emerging field of ‘electronic health’ research. Finally, I offer personal thoughts on how statistics might best be organized in a research-led university, on what we should teach our students and on some issues broadly related to data science where the Royal Statistical Society can take a lead.
  • 4.15 - 4.45pm - Coffee / Tea and Cake break (C0.08 / Statistics Department Common Room)
  • 4.45pm - 5.30pm - Prof. Sir David Spiegelhalter (Cambridge) - "Getting the numbers out there: the public role of statisticians"
    • Abstract: Whether or not we are entering a 'post-truth' society, it is certainly true that statistics are generally used to bolster someone's argument rather than encouraging people to make up their own, better-informed, minds. Using good and bad examples of stats communication, I shall optimistically suggest that it is possible to introduce balanced quantitative evidence into private decisions and public debate, and that this is a vital role for the statistical community.
  • 5.30pm - 6pm - Wine Reception (C0.08 / Statistics Department Common Room)
  • 6.15pm - 8pm - Dinner (Radcliffe)

Workshop Information

  • Administrative Details
    • Map *NB - The Mathematics / Statistics building is on the academic loop on Central Campus*
    • Getting Here
    • AGM / Talks: MS.05, Mathematics / Statistics building
    • Coffee Break / Wine Reception: Statistics Common Room, Mathematics / Statistics building
    • Dinner: Radcliffe, 6.15pm
  • Cost: Attendance for the AGM and talks is free. The three course dinner at Radcliffe is kindly sponsored by Warwick Conferences, with the first 30 early registrants getting a special discounted price of £20 (excl. drinks), with those registering afterwards the regular price of £36 (excl. drinks). Note that the "early registration" will close automatically after the first 30 registrations.
  • Registration:

Organisation Committee