The Royal Statistical Society are holding their annual conference in Sheffield this year, from 1-4 September.

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The Chair of the Programme committee is Mike Campbell, Chair of Medical Statistics in ScHARR and the Local Group member is Sara Hilditch, Head of the Sheffield Statistics Consulting Unit (SSU).  This has involved a year of preparation, and is now almost ready.  Numerous statisticians from Sheffield are contributing.  There is a special invited session on Emergency Medicine Statistics in Sheffield, an area in which ScHARR has an international reputation and which will feature research in Accident and Emergency carried out by leading ScHARR researchers.

Two of the plenary speakers have a special connection with Sheffield.  Professor Terry Speed FRS, (pictured) now at Berkley and Adelaide will be talking on Epigenetics.  In the 1970’s he was a lecturer in the Department of Probability and Statistics.  Baron Allen of Hallam was the Lib Dem MP for Hallam, and was succeeded by Nick Clegg. He has a degree in Information Technology and is now a senior executive with Facebook and will be talking about statistics and Facebook. Other plenary speakers are the eminent Australian statistician Peter Hall, and Tim Harford, the economist from the Radio 4 statistics program ‘More or Less’ who will be talking on the myths of Big Data.

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The conference is to be held in the City Hall, with a welcome reception in the Winter Gardens.

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