The Royal Statistical Society Conference
The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is one of the world's most distinguished and renowned statistical societies. It is a learned society for statistics, a professional body for statisticians and a charity which promotes statistics, data and evidence for the public good. The RSS was founded in 1834, and today they have over 10,000 members around the world.
Each year the RSS hosts its annual conference in different parts of the UK. This year, the conference returned to Northern Ireland for the first time since 2006 and was held at ICC Belfast. With over 550 delegates in attendance who travelled from across the UK and Europe, there was a diversity of backgrounds, ranging from senior academic statisticians through to new graduates and postgraduate students. There was also a strong representation from the public sector, as well as statisticians and data scientists working in industry or as independent consultants. The conference provided an open forum for people to exchange knowledge, ideas and experiences, and hear from top keynote speakers, invited and contributed talks, poster presentations and professional development workshops. There were also many networking opportunities at refreshment breaks and the drinks reception which was held in ICC Belfast's sister venue, Ulster Hall. This years conference was organised by ‘streams’, allowing in-depth focus on specialised topics as well as broader presentations on new developments and thinking in statistics.