Northern Ireland Local Group


The Northern Ireland Local Group celebrated its 40th anniversary in December 2014. The group organises approximates 6 events a year in Northern Ireland. In 2014 there were five, one-hour, talks and a meeting on career opportunities organised by the Young Statisticians two of whom joined the Local Group Committee in mid 2014. Audiences vary: the talks average 15 members, but there are exceptions. Robert Grant’s (St. George’s, London) September talk on Data Visualisation attracted c90 persons – a record - and Dr. Lisa McCrink’s ‘Statistically Significant Careers’ event attracted c75 people. These are encouraging developments.

The Local Group also circulates RSS mail to Fellows in the Republic of Ireland. It is hoped to have joint meetings with Fellows there in 2015. There is also contact via the Irish Statistical Association which organises the Conference on Applied Statistics in Ireland (CASI). In May 2014 this event was organised by Professor Adele Marshall and her QUB team in Templepatrick, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. Among the highlights were a talk by Professor, Sir David Cox and a course on Spatial Modelling by Professor Peter Diggle.


Chair: Lisa McCrink (Queen's University Belfast)
Secretary: Hannah Mitchell (Queen's University Belfast)
Treasurer: Helen McAneney (Queen's University Belfast)

Committee members

Gilbert MacKenzie (formerly of UL and ENSAI)
Gareth Cochrane (Ulster Bank)


Details of recent and future meetings can be found here.