The Canberra branch, founded in 1962, is one of six regional branches of the Statistical Society of Australia. The objectives of the branch are to provide the focus and organisation of Canberra-based activities, and a forum for all people interested in the theory, methodology, and application of statistical methods. More recently, the society has branched out (pun intended!) and embraced the burgeoning relationships between classical statistics, data science, and machine learning. The Canberra Branch has its own Rules and Regulations.
The Canberra branch holds monthly meetings on topics of general statistical and data science interest. The meetings provide excellent opportunities to meet other statisticians and data scientists both socially and professionally, from all walks of statistical life from academic institutions to government sectors and private industry. Please see Branch Meetings for more details of upcoming events (which we hope to keep updated as often!)
The Canberra Branch holds the Knibbs Lecture, in honour of Sir George Handley Knibbs, annually at the last meeting of the year (either November or December). Details about the lecture, Sir George Handley Knibbs, and a list of speakers through the years is here.
Aside from monthly meetings, the branch strives to holds workshops every so often on topics of general interest to statisticians and data scientists in the Canberra region. These have included workshops from eminent figures in statistics on experimental and statistical design, analysis of survey data, modern methods of model selection and dimension reduction, and Bayesian data analysis. Please see Events for examples of upcoming workshops.
The Canberra branch awards prizes to students studying at university in the ACT. For example, monetary prizes plus one year’s subscription to the society are awarded to outstanding statistics undergraduate students at the Australian National University. Since 2017, we have also run the Dennis Trewin prize (named after the former Australian Statistician, Dennis Trewin) annually, where current and recent PhD and Masters students in statistics and related fields from Canberra and rural NSW are invited to record a 15-20 minute talk on their recent research. The winner receives a monetary prize and is given the opportunity to present at the October branch meeting.
As part of the SSA, members of the Canberra branch receive SSA e-newsletters throughout the year, keeping them up to date with various statistical news and events all around Australia. Members also receive complimentary access to Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics (ANZJS), and are given substantial discounts for various SSA workshops held both in and outside of the Canberra region, as well as for the biennial Australian Statistical Conference (ASC).
If you are in Canberra and are interested in becoming an SSA member, have ideas for potential meeting speakers, workshops, or events in general, then we would love to hear from you! Please send an email to either the president, vice president, or secretary, whose contact details are provided below.