SSA Canberra Branch Meetings
A (tentative) schedule for SSA Canberra meetings in 2020 can be found here
Although there are only three meetings left to close out the intended schedule of branch events in 2020 (please see the top of https://statsoc.org.au/Canberra-Branch-meetings), to offer some certainty for the remainder of this year the SSA Canberra council has decided that these three events will all be held online (most likely via Zoom), as has been the case for the past several branch meetings.
While the situation in the ACT has been rather fortunate with respect to COVID19 (and let us hope it remains that way!), we and the SSA as a whole have adopted a "better safe than sorry" approach, and do not wish to put our members/attendees at risk or in an awkward position of having to choose whether to risk attending physical meetings or not. We understand that this decision means the monthly SSA meet up in person with friends and colleagues to catch up over a talk and/or dinner, which many of us sorely miss, won't be taking place for some time yet. However, we hope you understand our decision, and can bear with the "online wine and cheese" for a while longer as we work through the current challenges together
As a heads up, the three branch meetings to round out this year are:
In early 2021, we will reevaluate the situation given what information is available then and go from there. If you have any questions and comments, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com
NEXT BRANCH MEETING
Please see below for details of the next branch meeting, which will be the Foreman lecture hosted jointly with the ABS. Note registration is required beforehand. Please also forward the below to whoever you think may be interested.
Date: Tuesday 29 September
Topic: What is the difference and does it matter? Reflections on how the methodology work in official statistics relates among countries and on the Australian opportunities therein.
Dr. Anders Holmberg is the Chief Methodologist/General Manager of the Methodology Division at the Australian Bureau of Statistics since September 2019. He has a background working with various types of data sources for official statistics in many different countries including Sweden, Cambodia, New Zealand and Norway. He has been a member of Eurostat's Directors of Methodology group and is still a member of the Methodology Advisory boards of Statistics Netherlands and Statistics Sweden. As a practitioner he has worked with the design and collection of sample survey data, the use of multiple administrative data sources in population censuses and administrative data about people, businesses and properties for statistical and research purposes. As one of the statisticians he also worked with the build-up of Statistics Sweden's data laboratory for research and data integration MONA, (Microdata ONline Access).
In other SSA Canberra news:+ Interested in more events joint with the ABS? Then SSA Victoria will be celebrating World Statistics Day 2020 with Teresa Dickinson, Deputy Australian Statistician, who will give a lecture titled “To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved”: a maxim for official statistics? More details and registration are available at https://statsoc.org.au/event-3970322
+ Going to a conference/workshop this year? SSA Canberra is inviting early career and student statisticians who are planning to attend a conference/workshop/short course in a field related to statistics or data science to apply for financial support in the form of a "SSA Canberra registration grant". Check out https://statsoc.org.au/News-and-media-releases/9105434
+ A final schedule of the meetings for the remainder of the year is now available at the top of https://statsoc.org.au/Canberra-Branch-meetings.
+ A social event "of a different kind" is coming to the SSA Canberra and NSW branches for the evening Wed 7 October...details at https://statsoc.org.au/event-3974771 and get hyped!