2019 Recipient of the Worsley Award: Varvara Vetrova

Varvara’s research is in the intersection between applied statistics and machine learning.

Her contribution lies in methods for fine-grained image recognition with small sample sizes and imbalance classes, and statistical methods for bivariate data analysis.

These methods have numerous applications.



Latest Newsletter – January 2020

2019 Recipient of the Littlejohn Award: Richard Arnold

A background in physics has led Richard to successfully apply techniques of mathematical and computational modelling across a wide range of statistical problems.

These include the theory and practice of directional statistics, and applications in ecology, reliability, linguistics and seismology.



Australian Statistical Society and New Zealand Statistical Association Conference 2020

In light of the spreading COVID-19, the ANZSC2020 Organising Committee, SSA and NZSA are working on an alternative plan for the conference. We’ll keep you informed as decisions are made.

Kind regards

Mark Griffin, Chair ANZSC2020
Adrian Barnett, President SSA
Vanessa Cave, President NZSA


ANZSC 2020 will be held on the beautiful Gold Coast, Queensland.

The theme is

Modelling Data for a Brighter Future


Name: ANZSC 2020

Venue: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Dates: 6-10 July 2020

Expected attendance: 400-500pax




COVID-19 Resources

The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ – Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, and Prof Nick Wilson https://sciblogs.co.nz/public-health-expert/2020/03/23/the-maths-and-ethics-of-minimising-covid-19-deaths-in-nz/   David Harte <d.s.harte@gmail.com> noted https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ The numbers get updated regularly, and one can sort the rows in the By Countries table by “per… Read More

Mathematics in Industry NZ (MINZ)

MINZ 2020_ Poster University of Canterbury Monday 22nd June – Friday 26th June 2020 Registration is open at http://minz.org.nz Mathematics-in-Industry NZ (MINZ) events offer a collaborative approach to industry problem solving, where mathematical scientists tackle real life problems shared by companies. This week-long intensive period of collaborative brain-storming… Read More

Ihaka Lecture Series 2020

2020 series – The role of statistics and computing in public and social policy https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/science/about-the-faculty/department-of-statistics/ihaka-lecture-series.html Corporations are collecting and mining mountains of data to make better consumers of us all, but there are also vast quantities of data being gathered by public organisations for administrative and policy purposes. The 2020… Read More