Business & Industrial Section


The Business and Industrial Section (BIS) of the Royal Statistical Society is targeted at practitioners and users of statistics in business and industrial applications. BIS aims to raise awareness of relevant events, share good practice, provide opportunities to network and discuss topics of interest.

We organise events on applications of statistical methods to all areas of business and industry including risk analysis, experimental design, measurement uncertainty, business innovation, asset management, quantitative finance, big data and business surveys.


  • The BIS Section promotes the advancement and the application of statistical techniques (methods and thinking) to all aspects of business and industry through organising meetings or conferences on relevant topics.
  • The meetings or conferences may involve presentations, discussions, demonstrations or the reading of papers.
  • The Committee may form (with the permission of Council) study groups for the examination and study of particular problems.
  • The BIS welcomes opportunities to organise meetings jointly with other organisations, sections or groups. It works with or notifies other sections when there are meetings relevant to them.


Chair: Trevor Duguid Farrant (Mondelēz) 
Vice-chair: Housh Mashhoudy (Coventry University)
Secretary: Steve Ferris (MMR Oxford)  
Meetings Secretary: Kirsty Horrocks (Johnson & Johnson) 

Committee Members

Giuliana Battisti (Warwick University)
Gordon Blunt (Gordon Blunt Analytics Ltd)
Raffaella Calabrese (Essex Business School)
Steve Ellison (LGC)
Zoe Kelson (Smith Institute)
David Smallbone (Babcock International)
Heather Battey (Imperial and Princeton University)
Neil Spencer (SSCU, Hertfordshire)
Co-opted: Tony Bellotti (Imperial College London)

Future meetings

View our events calendar:

Past meetings

10 February 2016 Statistics and credit risk
18 November 2015 Big data and spatial analytics
11 February 2015 Statistics in open innovation
12 November 2014 Statistical Challenges in Asset Management - Case Studies from the Water Industry
RSS Conference 2014 – Session on Big Data (September 2014)
RSS Conference 2014 – Session on Business & Industrial Statistics (September 2014)
Statistics in Regulation (February 2014)
Scotland’s Referendum: the statistical perspectives (March 2014)
Screening Designs for Industrial Experiments (June 2014)

News and meetings reports

See news about the section and reports from our meetings.

Additional Information

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