Branch Meetings

Statistical Society of Australia Canberra Branch

Date:         Tuesday 25 October 2016

Young Statisticians Event

This meeting is aimed particularly at young statisticians but members of all ages are welcome and should find the topic interesting. We especially hope to attract students from ANU and UC and will be advertising the evening to students at these universities.


5.15pm        Refreshments in College of Business and Economics [Building 26C] Allan Barton Forum, Level 2, Room 248


5.45pm         Presentation by Ryan Defina : College of Business and Economics [Building 26C] Allan Barton Forum, Level 2, Room 248 See details below


7.00pm        After the talk, a light meal of pizza and drinks at the same venue


There will be no charge for the pizza and drinks, however we need some idea of numbers for catering. Please RSVP Warren Müller ([email protected] or 0407916868) by 5.00pm Monday 24 October if you would like to stay for pizza and drinks after the meeting. 



Ryan Defina, Senior Statistical Analyst, Reserve Bank of Australia


Topic: Lessons learned from my statistical journey (so far)


University graduates with statistical skills are in high demand within labour markets across the globe.  Regardless, making a start can be difficult and it’s easy to get caught in a role that one isn’t passionate about.  Throughout this talk I’ll reflect on my career so far in statistics.  There’ll be interesting stories about data, methods, coding and stakeholder encounters, along with a discussion of common mistakes I’ve observed being made by young professionals.  I’ll also share what I feel are the most memorable tips received from experienced statisticians and mentors over the years.  You should leave this talk feeling confident and well-equipped to jump into an exciting career in statistics (well… 95% confident).  Finally, I’ll shamelessly plug the Reserve Bank of Australia, focussing on recent developments in data management.

Keywords: statistics, official statistics, central banking


Ryan Defina is Senior Statistical Analyst at the Reserve Bank of Australia.  He manages all of the Bank’s data requirements feeding into monetary policy decision making, along with fostering statistical capability and driving innovation in business intelligence and data visualisation.  Ryan acts as the Australian representative coordinating data submissions to the Bank for International Settlements.  Prior to the RBA, Ryan worked at the Australian Bureau of Statistics as a methodologist.  Here he gained experience in designing surveys, modelling, big data, consulting and engaging with international statistical organisations.

Ryan has undergraduate majors in actuarial science and statistics, along with a Masters degree in Applied Statistics from Macquarie University.  He is a former NSW Branch Secretary for the Statistical Society of Australia, and is an ethicist at the University of Technology, Sydney.  Finally, Ryan is still recovering from Melbourne’s heartbreaking loss to Cronulla in this year’s NRL grand final, but is grateful cricket season is about to start.

Meetings in November and December 2016

There will be no society meeting in November. The major event in December is the Australian Statistical Conference 2016 being held at Hotel Realm, Barton . Members of the Canberra Branch have been heavily involved in the organisation of this conference. It is not too late to register. Full details of the conference are at

During the conference both the Canberra Branch annual lectures, the Knibbs Lecture and the Foreman Lecture will be held. Currently these are scheduled for 10.00am Monday 5 December (Foreman Lecture – given by Prof J.K. Kim) and 10.00am Tuesday 6 November (Knibbs Lecture – given by the Australian Statistician David Kalisch). Branch members who are not registered for the conference will be welcome to attend these talks as visitors by prior arrangement. I will provide further details and ask for registrations as visitors at these talks in an email in mid-November.


Warren Müller


SSA Canberra Branch


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