Open to NZSA members:

We are proud to announce a special event later this month: a panel discussion on “Statistical consulting in the 21st century”, hosted jointly by the Statistical Consulting Network, the Canberra Branch and the Victorian Branch.

Please see below for more details. Please note the unusual time (to cater for the speaker lineup) and that this will be a members-only event. Registration details are provided below. As part of the registration process, one of our speakers, eminent statistical consultant Doug Zahn, invites you to submit your “stumbling blocks in consulting” in communication for discussion!

Date: Tuesday 25 August

Time: 11am – 12:30pm AEST  (9am – 10:30am AWST)

RSVP: Please register in advance for this meeting at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the meeting. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

Topic: Statistical consulting in the 21st century

Elyse Corless, Data Analysis Australia
Graham Hepworth, University of Melbourne
Hwan-Jin Yoon, Australian National University
Doug Zahn, Florida State University

Moderator: Alice Richardson, Australian National University

Event overview:
The past two decades have seen a phenomenal change in the landscape of statistical analysis. Datasets are now available that are of unprecedented volume, complexity in structure, and are coming from designs and sources that present new and exciting challenges.

What are the challenges in statistical consulting and how are they impacted by this changing landscape? What are the consulting and communication skills needed to support successful consultation? And what has been the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic?

We bring together four statistical consultants with vast collective experience to share their insights with us. Eminent international statistical consultant, Professor Doug Zahn, author of The Human Side of Statistical Consulting (a rare gem in the literature on consulting!) and From Stumbling Blocks to Stepping Stones: A Guide to Successful Meetings and Working Relationships, also invites you to send your stumbling blocks in communication for discussion. Each speaker will present a short talk, followed by a panel discussion.

Full details of the event, including abstracts of each short talk by the speakers, can be found at:

Francis Hui, Damjan Vukcevic, and Sue Finch
(on behalf of the Statistical Consulting Network, the Canberra Branch and the Victorian Branch)