Presidential Address

The address is given by each of our presidents during their term of presidency, this lecture is a platform for the president to set out their vision for the Society or reflect on their presidency so far (or both). They will often reflect on the role of statistics in society, the profession and the challenges facing statistics.

History

The current practice of an inaugural address began with William Newmarch at the beginning of the 1869-1870 session, but there were two previous addresses in 1851 by Lord Harrowby when he resigned and in 1853 by Lord Overstone when presenting the annual report. There is an account of Presidential Addresses in Mouat's History of the RSS in the Journal for 1885.

Recent presidential addresses

D Spiegelhalter - 28 June 2017
Download 'Trust in numbers'(PDF)

P Diggle - 24 June 2015
Download ‘Statistics: a data science for the 21st century’ (PDF), Watch video (YouTube)

J Pullinger - 26 June 2013
Download ‘Statistics making an impact’ (PDF), Watch video (YouTube)

V Isham - 7 December 2011
Download ‘The evolving Society: united we stand’ (PDF)

D J Hand - 10 December 2008
Download ‘Modern statistics: the myth and the magic’ (PDF)

D Tim Holt - 12 December 2007
Download ‘Official statistics, public policy and public trust’ (PDF)

A P Grieve - 15 June 2005
Download ‘The professionalisation of the shoe clerk’ (PDF)

Peter Green - 18 June 2003
Download 'Diversities of gifts, but the same spirit' (PDF)

Denise Lievesley - 20 June 2001
Download 'Making a difference: a role for the responsible international statistician?' (PDF)

Robert Curnow - 16 June 1999
Download 'Unfathomable nature and government policy' (PDF)