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SSAI Young Statisticians’ Conference

Mantra Twin Towns, Gold Coast, Australia

26th – 27th September 2017


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Wellingon Student and Early Career Statisticians

The Wellington Student and Early Career Statisticians group has arranged a screening of the Ihaka Seminar Series.
Wednesday 8/15/22/29 March 2017, 6-8pm
 PHARMAC, Simpl House, 40 Mercer Street, Wellington
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 Palmerston North Student and Early Career Statisticians

The Palmerston North Student and Early Career Statisticians group has arranged a screening of the Ihaka Seminar Series.
Wednesday 8/15/22/29 March 2017, 6-8pm
 Aston 1 Lecture Theatre, Massey University

NZSA/ORSNZ conference Young Statisticians’ and Operations Researchers Event November 2015

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SSAI Young Statisticians’ Conference, February 2015

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The Young Statisticians Conference is a biennial event hosted by the Statistical Society of Australia. There will be two full days of presentations from young statisticians, 4 internationally renowned keynote speakers, a careers panel session and a conference dinner.

Please note, NZSA members receive the benefit of reduced registration fees.

See ysc2015.com for more details.


 NZSA/ORSNZ conference Young Statisticians’ and Operations Researchers Event November 2014


The Young Statistician’s Event at the NZSA 2014 conference was a great success, and we were happy to share the event again this year with the Young Operations Researchers.

About 50 students and recent graduates joined in for a pub quiz and dinner, see below for some photos from the evening.

Thank you again to our sponsors AgResearch and Statistics New Zealand, we appreciate your continued support.


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NZ Maths and Stats Postgraduate Conference 2014

The NZSA is a regular sponsor of the New Zealand Mathematics and Statistics Postgraduate conference.  This conference provides a supportive and  relaxed environment in which young statisticians and mathematicians can gain experience in presenting their research.  It also offers a great opportunity for postgraduate students to meet and network.  This year’s conference was held in Whitianga.

From the Organising team :

We are writing to thank the NZSA for supporting the NZMASP conference this year, which took place last week. The conference was a great success with almost 60 attendees from Mathematics and Statistics departments from universities across New Zealand; a full report of the conference is attached to this email. 

The NZMASP conference is a student run and organised conference and hence, we are grateful for the support you offered this year and we hope you will consider sponsoring it again in the future.

The NZMASP14 Conference Report can be access here.

Conference website:  http://nzmasp14.wordpress.com/


Aotearoa Conference Centre in Whitianga, venue of NZMASP14

Aotearoa Conference Centre in Whitianga, venue of NZMASP14.

NZSA/ORSNZ Conference Young Statisticians’ and Operations Researchers Event November 2013

This event was held during the joint NZSA/ORSNZ conference in the Waikato November 2013. We enjoyed a social dinner including specially prepared meat by the scientists at AgResearch, Ruakura. Thank you to AgResearch, Statistics NZ, the NZSA, and the ORSNZ for their sponsorship and support for the event.


 NZ Maths and Stats Postgraduate Conference 2013

Massive mountains, lush landscapes, a secluded settlement – Cass, home to the homonymous University of Canterbury field station, turned out to be an ideal venue to facilitate fruitful exchange of mathematical ideas among postgraduate students from throughout New Zealand. A group of thirty PhD and Masters students attended this year’s instalment of the annual NZ Mathematics and Statistics Postgraduate (NZMASP) conference, on the 11th to 14th of November. NZMASP2013 was held thanks to generous funding from NZMS, Mathworks, NZ Statistical Association, Royal Society of NZ, SAS, Statistics NZ, and the Mathematics and Statistics departments of NZ Universities.

Besides a wide variety of student talks, which everyone agreed to be of an excellent standard, the agenda featured invited speakers Emmanuel Jo (SAS Institute Inc.), Alex James (Applied Mathematics), Jeanette McLeod (Pure Mathematics) and Elena Moltchanova (Statistics). Students benefited from the opportunity to network with young and established researchers, to chair sessions, and to present their research in front of a supportive audience. The invited speakers even provided detailed written feedback on the contributed talks for the speakers to put into practice at future presentations.

One highlight, which isolated Cass had to offer, was the view of the stars on a clear night. Imagine a bunch of excited mathematicians spotting satellites, observing shooting stars and identifying brightly shining planets – made easy with augmented reality star maps on smartphones!

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the four prizes for the best talks, Jennifer Creaser, James Dent, Katie Sharp and Timm Treskatis. The conference organisers, Peter Jaksons, Nick Brettell, James Dent and Rachelle Binny (postgraduate students from the University of Canterbury), did a great job running a conference that never went behind schedule. Next year’s NZMASP conference, to be hosted by students from the University of Auckland, will be awaited with much anticipation.

Cass Field Station,  the venue of NZMASP2013

Cass Field Station, the venue of NZMASP2013

Timm Treskatis  (University of Canterbury)


Wellington Young Statisticians Careers Event September 2013

Last night we held the Young Statisticians career evening at Victoria University.

Young statisticians from a range of places attended, including; Victoria University, Massey University (Palmerston North), the Ministry of Education, IRD, Statistics NZ  and the New Zealand Council of Education Research.

It was a fantastic evening where we heard from three different speakers, who have all done very different things with statistics during their careers. Vince Galvin (Deputy Government Statistician, Statistics NZ) spoke of the importance of being able to interpret data and how this can affect an economy. Roger Macky (Statistical consultant) spoke of a number of interesting projects he has worked on as a consultant, the skills required to be a consultant and how he got into consulting work. Finally, Keith McLeod (Principal Analyst, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) spoke of a range of different positions he has held during his career, from analyst to management roles, and working in the public and private sector.

All three speakers offered valuable advice for young statisticians starting out in their careers.

Thank you to Kylie Maxwell, Amanda Hughes, Laura O’Sullivan, and Vinayak Anand-Kumar for organising the event, to Statistics NZ, the New Zealand Statistical Association and Victoria University for sponsorship and again to all of our speakers for their interesting and varied stories.


Wellington Young Statisticians Event May 2013


Last night we held Wellington’s first Young Statisticians event at Rutherford House, Victoria University. It was a fantastic night and the event was a great success.

There was a big turnout (50+) of Young Statisticians from a range of places around Wellington, including Victoria University, the Ministry of Education, Statistics New Zealand and the New Zealand Council of Education Research.

Dr Richard Arnold spoke about communicating statistics to non-statisticians and Asheel Ramanlal (A YS from Statistics NZ) gave a presentation on Data Visualisation. Both speakers were engaging and the presentations were well received.

Thanks again to Laura O’Sullivan, Vinayak Anand-Kumar, Amanda Hughes, and Kylie Maxwell for their help putting the event together, to the New Zealand Statistical Association, Statistics NZ and Victoria University for sposorship, and again to both of our speakers.

Here is a picture of Vinayak thanking our speakers:


NZSA Conference 2012

The NZSA encourages presentations from students at its annual conferences, and as an enticement, prizes are awarded for the best student presentations. This year the prize was awarded jointly to Darcy Webber and Brigid Betz-Stablein. Congratulations! The prize fund was provided by Hoare Research Software (HRS) and the NZSA. An archive of past winners can be found here.

Brigid, James (NZSA President) and Darcy.

NZ Maths and Stats Postgraduate Conference 2011

The 2011 NZ Maths and Stats postgraduate conference (NZMASP) was held at Silverstream Retreat (near Upper Hutt). The student-run and organised conference was a great success with participants (enrolled for masters and doctoral degrees) from all over New Zealand. The NZSA supported the conference with a $500 grant from the Campbell Bequest fund.

Click here for a report on the NZMASP conference written by Michael Snook.

Participants at the November 2011 NZMASP conference.


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