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RSS Conference 2009



The RSS international conference 2009 took place in Edinburgh Monday 7 September to Friday 11 September 2009.

The conference directory and the abstracts booklet can be downloaded.



Key Dates


Conference topics


The Conference Programme Committee

Guy Nason (chair) University of Bristol
Antony Fielding University of Bristol
Paul Kiff University of East London
Ruth King University of St Andrews
Alison Macfarlane City University
Adele Marshall Queens University, Belfast
Alex Rogers University of Southampton
Richard Samworth University of Cambridge
Mary Sweetland NHS,Scotland/chair,Local Organising Committee
Ben Torsney University of Glasgow
Stephen Walters University of Sheffield
Paul Gentry, secretary RSS theme manager for meetings and conferences

Contributed Talks & Posters


Invited Speakers and Sessions

Plenary Speakers

  • Sir David Cox NuffieldCollege, Oxford
  • Sir Iain Chalmers James Lind Library
  • John Beddington chief scientific adviser to the UK Government
  • Stephen Stigler University of Chicago 
  • Karen Dunnell (UK National Statistician)
  • Denise Lievesley (President ISI)
  • Sara Hughes (Chair, PSI)
  • David Leslie (University of Bristol)

Other invited speakers include:

  • Sally Morton (President) and Ron Wasserstein (Executive Director) American Statistical Association
  • Bernhard Huitfeldt (President, Swedish Statistical Association)
  • Avner Bar-Hen (President, French Statistical Society)
  • Maurizio Vichi (President, Italian Statistical Society)


  • History of statistics
  • Climate change
  • The surveillance society and the role of the statistician
  • Statistics and public accountability for the public services
  • Complex interventions in primary care
  • Statistical education
  • Exploding myths with statistics
  • Swine Flu 
  • Changing data sizes
  • History of statistical computing
  • Statistics in war
  • Methods for structured systems
  • Financial risk
  • Statistical image analysis
  • Future Bayesian computation
  • Scotland in statistics
  • Statistics for Scottish independence
  • Market research
  • Censuses in a changing society
  • Statistics in educational research
  • Agricultural statistics
  • Longitudinal studies
  • Bioinformatics
  • Professional statistical standards

There were also invited sessions on the themes of influential past papers and the RSS archives as well as invite talks from representatives of sister societies and other statistically-related organisations.

The best presentations from the YSM 2009 and RSC 2009 events featured in specially arranged sessions.

Pre-conference Activities

A number of one day and half-day courses and workshops were held on Monday 7 September prior to the opening of the main conference on Tuesday 8 September.

One-day courses

How to display data

Presented by Stephen Walters (University of Sheffield)

Well-displayed data can clearly illuminate and enhance the interpretation of an article or talk, while badly laid out data and results can obscure the message or at worst seriously mislead. The purpose of this course is to give clear guidelines on appropriate methods for displaying quantitative information using both graphs and tables.

Introduction to genetic epidemiology

Presented by Frank Dudbridge, Heather Cordell, Dawn Teare, David Balding

Genetic epidemiology aims to identify genes that influence disease risk, to quantify their effects and characterise their action. This introductory course gives an overview of statistical methods currently used in genetic epidemiology. These range from identifying a genetic component of disease risk, to the analysis of a genome-wide scan for association.

Young statisticians training day

The theme for the day will be 'Influential papers: writing, reviewing and presenting'.

Within this workshop we hope to aid the professional development of career-young statisticians by focusing on paper-writing and presentation skills as well as learning about the journal paper review process. We will also be looking at how statistical papers are received and interpreted by the public, with both positive and negative examples!

The draft programme of talks is now available.

Afternoon courses/workshops

Government initiatives in data sharing

Presented by Duncan McNiven, Andy Teague, Mary Sweetland (General Registrar Scotland, ONS & ISD Scotland)

Data sharing and access to administrative statistics is a key tenet of Better Government policies. Many government departments are making available data for analysis by external statisticians and researchers - under appropriate disclosure controls. This short course will summarise the context and legislative arrangements being put in place, and give examples of how access can be achieved and what can be done.

Introduction to working with the media

Presented by Andrew Garratt (Royal Statistical Society)

This workshop introduces how the media works and how you can make the most of it. Through case studies and practical hands-on examples you will learn how to write a press release and how to target journalists effectively. You will also learn some basic interview techniques and try them out in a mock interview.

Conference Office


Paul Gentry conference@rss.org.uk

Guy Nason (chair, conference programme committee) G.P.Nason@bristol.ac.uk

Fax: +44 (0)20 7614 3905

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