The Research Students’ Conference in Probability and Statistics was held in Exeter this year, which Select were very pleased to sponsor.
Since 1980, this annual students’ conference has been run by and for post-graduate students working in statistics and probability. It is a great opportunity for post-graduate students to hear about cutting-edge research topics in statistics, to network with potential future colleagues, and to gain experience presenting their research.
Sally and Louise headed down to the conference to enjoy plenary talks by Leeds-based professor, John Paul Gosling, and president of the Royal Statistical Society, Deborah Ashby, as well as the students’ poster session.
The plenary talks recounted the speakers’ careers in statistics to date and highlighted the broad range of interesting projects that professional statisticians can and do get involved in. Louise says, “From assessing the severity of criminal sentencing, to exploring the effectiveness of alternatives to animal testing, to directing national drug regulation, it was inspiring to hear about the speakers’ work.”
The poster session showcased the research being conducted as part of statistics PhD programmes. Again, the range of statistical techniques being explored and potential applications being championed by the students was considerable. Louise commented that, “It was great to talk with students about their varied projects and exciting plans for the future.”