Key events

Key Events

Every year we organise a series of speaking events open to all members, and a number of public lectures with eminent figures from the world of statistics and public policy. Our programme of public lectures attracts large audiences representing professional statisticians, social researchers, policy-makers and advisors plus many more.  

As well as the regular events featured here, we also organise one-off events, so do check our events calendar regularly.

When resources permit, our lectures and conference sessions are recorded so we can share them with our members and supporters who can’t physically make it to the events.

Beveridge Memorial Lecture

This lecture takes place every two years in June in London, alternating with the Presidential address.

Named after Sir William Beveridge, economist, social reformer and RSS president 1941 – 43, we present speakers to carry forward his legacy, promoting the value of statistics to wider society.

Presidential Address

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.

Cathie Marsh Memorial Lecture

This annual event is named in honour of Cathie Marsh, an inspirational social scientist. The event is organised with the Social Research Association with which she was also involved.

Discussion papers at Ordinary Meetings

Ordinary Meetings are events where articles appearing in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society are presented and discussed. The discussion and authors' replies are then published in the relevant Journal series. About half of the meetings are organised by the Society's Research Section and the events are often preceded by an informal session on the issues raised by the papers.