175 years of the Society
Celebrating 175 years since foundation marks an important staging post for the Society as we reflect on the development of statistics both as a subject and a profession, and look forward to the challenges that statisticians and the users of statistics will face over the next 25 years as we approach our 200th anniversary.
An early highlight was the Founders Day reception on Wednesday 18 March to which all fellows (and their guests) were invited. The reception was preceded by a series of talks looking back at significant moments and developments in the Society's history.
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On Founders Day the Society launched an appeal to support the conservation and restoration of more than 200 publications within its historical collection.
Another highlight of the year will be the RSS 2009 conference to be held in Edinburgh in September. As well as an impressive line-up of speakers and topics on the programme, the conference dinner will offer another enjoyable social occasion to mark the anniversary - we hope that many members will be able to join us in Scotland.
The Society's meetings programme throughout 2009 will include historical reflections as we celebrate our heritage. Equally important, it will seek to look at the current and future issues confronting statisticians and users, and debate how the Society can best address them.
Over the course of 2009 the Society will be continuing to strengthen its outreach activities with schools, parliamentarians, other learned bodies and many other organisations, as the anniversary serves as a useful reminder of the way in which statistics and those using statistics continue to make an impact on so many aspects of everyday life.
The 175th anniversary celebrations are being supported by the Campion Fund, which was established with a bequest from Sir Harry Campion. Sponsorship is also sought for many of the activities taking place during the anniversary year.
Bequests from Fellows have played a vital role in the development and growth of the Society, supporting activities such as keynote lectures, awards and grants. By making a bequest directly to the RSS your support can be channelled to any area of the organisation's work you wish.