2018 Joint NZSA and ORSNZ Conference

Tuesday 27th November – Friday 30th November 2018

Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

 

The New Zealand Statistical Association (NZSA) and the Operations Research Society of New Zealand (ORSNZ) are holding a joint conference hosted by Massey University at their Manawatu campus in 2018. This conference incorporates both the 69th Annual NZSA Conference and the 52nd annual ORSNZ Conference.

The conference presentations and other events will be held from Tuesday 27th November to Friday 30th November 2018. You should note that we have left a lot of time on the start and end  days to allow the widest range of travel options for conference attendees.

KEY DATES (FOR PUTTING IN YOUR DIARIES PLEASE):

 

1st August 2018: Registration/abstracts open

1st October 2018: Abstract submission closes

1st November 2018: Registration closes (for anyone wishing to present their work).

This should give us plenty of time to manage and (hopefully) announce the full programme.

LOCATION

The conference will be held at Massey’s Manawatu campus, Palmerston North.  The conference is hosted by the Institute of Fundamental Sciences.

OVERVIEW/SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Tuesday 27 November
12:00 noon Registration opens
2:00 pm Formal Welcome and Conference Opening
2:10 to 5.20 pm Sessions start
Statistics / Mathematics Association Teachers Day
5:30 to 7:00pm Informal social gathering on campus
Wednesday 28 November
9:00 to 5:10 pm Sessions
Thursday 29 November
9:00 to 5:10 pm Sessions
6.30 pm Conference Dinner
Friday 30 November
10:00 am Sessions start
1:00 pm Conference closes – after discussion panel.

 

We will add detail to this schedule as we confirm keynote speakers and other events.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

We are very pleased to advise the following plenary speakers have been confirmed:

We will advise the additional keynote speakers once they have been confirmed.

 

The conference webpage can be reached via the short URL: http://www.massey.ac.nz/nzsa2018

We are adding useful links to that page all the time, including accommodation options.

We look forward to seeing you all in November.

 

Jonathan Godfrey and Rina Parry

Co-chairs: Conference Organising Committee

www.nzsa2017.com.

 

 

2017 IASC-ARS/NZSA Conference, 10-14 December 2017, Auckland

The International Association of Statistical Computing (Asian Regional Society) and New Zealand Statistical Association (NZSA) are holding a joint conference hosted by the Department of Statistics, The University of Auckland at their city campus from Sunday 10th December – Thursday 14th December 2017.

This conference incorporates both the 68th Annual NZSA Conference and the 10th Conference of the International Association of Statistical Computing (Asian Regional Society).

More information is available on the conference website: www.nzsa2017.com.

The conference will begin on Sunday 10th December with an evening welcome reception.

The conference presentations and other events will be held from Monday 11th December 2017 to Thursday 14 December 2017.

For full details about the programme schedule, please click here.

 

 

      

2016 Conference

In 2016 NZSA held a joint conference with the Operations Research Society of New Zealand (ORSNZ) at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

Photo are available on Flickr


2015 Conference

In 2015 the NZSA held a joint conference with the Operations Research Society of New Zealand (ORSNZ) at Canterbury University. For more information, including links to the Conference Proceedings, visit the conference website: https://secure.orsnz.org.nz/conf49/.

Photo are available on Flickr

Photo of student talk prize winners: Roy Costilla, Sarah Pirikahu, Shirley Wu (Harmonic Analytics), Anjali Gupta, Maarten Kruijver, Martin Hazelton (NZSA President)


2014 Conference

In 2014 the NZSA held a joint conference with the Operations Research Society of New Zealand (ORSNZ) at Victoria University in Wellington. For more information, including links to the Conference Proceedings, visit the conference website: secure.orsnz.org.nz

Photos taken by Andrew Mason and Harold Henderson are available on Flickr 

NZSA Honours 2014

Congratulations to the following members whose achievements were recognised at the 2014 conference:

Campbell Award
Shirley Pledger

Littlejohn Award
Martin Hazelton

Worsley Award
Tilman Davies

Life Members
Jennifer Brown
Neil Cox
Stephen Haslett
David Scott

Martin Hazelton (NZSA President) with 2014 Life Member, Stephen Haslett.


2013 Conference

The Operations Research Society of New Zealand (ORSNZ) and the New Zealand Statistical Association (NZSA) held a joint conference at the University of Waikato (November 2013). This well attended and very successful conference covered practical and theoretical aspects of operations research and statistics. A gallery of photos (kindly snapped by Harold Henderson) is available at Flickr

NZSA Honours 2013

ERA, RAE, PBRF – anyone for acronym bingo? As some readers may recognize, they all relate to research assessment schemes. Success in such activities is becoming increasingly important to secure research funding (and in some cases to maintain employment!). A variety of dimensions of research output, impact and recognition are taken into account for these types of evaluation. For those aiming high, receipt of research awards are pure gold. However, until recently, statisticians in New Zealand were at a distinct disadvantage in gaining such recognition in comparison to researchers in other scientific disciplines. There was only one national award targeted exclusively at statisticians, the New Zealand Statistical Association’s Campbell Award. Moreover, that was not awarded every year, and was not specifically a research award, being available also for prolonged achievement in areas like statistics education and promotion of statistics.

Things changed from 2013, with the New Zealand Statistical Association (NZSA) establishing two new research awards. The Littlejohn Research Award recognizes excellence in research, based on publications during the five calendar years. It is named in commemoration of Roger Littlejohn, who worked as a biometrician for nearly 30 years, and who was a stalwart of the NZSA. The Worsley Early Career Research Award recognizes outstanding recent published research from a New Zealand statistician in the early stages of their career. It commemorates Keith Worsley, a world leader in the statistical analysis of functional and structural brain imaging data.

The inaugural research awards were presented at the conference dinner for the joint NZSA-ORSNZ (Operations Research Society of New Zealand) meeting in November 2013, in Hamilton. The Littlejohn Research Award was won by Professor Richard Barker (University of Otago), for his outstanding work in ecological statistics (in particular, with capture-recapture models) and the Worsley Early Career Research Award by Dr Ting Wang (University of Otago) for her excellent research in statistical geophysics. John Harraway received the Campbell Award for his a remarkable and ongoing contribution to statistics teaching and learning. John is also from the University of Otago – it’s obviously something in the air down there!

Ting Wang receives the Worsley Early Career Research Award from NZSA Award Committee Convenor, Martin Hazelton.

Lastly, for anyone who did try their hand at deciphering the acronyms, ERA is Excellence in Research for Australia; RAE is the British Research Assessment Exercise; and PBRF is the New Zealand Performance Based Research Funding.

Martin Hazelton, NZSA Awards Convenor

For more information about NZSA honours visit: stats.org.nz