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SSA WA: Careers Panel, Networking & Sundowner

  • 17 Nov 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM (AWST)
  • 139 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA


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The SSA WA Branch Meeting in November follows on from the Day 3 programme of the Early Career and Student Statisticians Miniconference (ECSSMini2022).

Members, visitors, and ECSSMini2022 delegates are invited to continue discussing and networking about their statistical careers after the online portion of the conference has finished.

While all the activities are optional and you may choose to join at a time most convenient for you, we are very keen to have mid- and established career statisticians joining us for the "speed networking" session.

Please note the different time and venue compared with past Branch meetings.

Date: Thursday, 17 November 2022.
Time: 2:00PM - 6:30PM.
Location: Curtin 139 St Georges Terrace, 139 St Georges Tce, Perth, WA.

Sundowner: Tiny's, Cnr Hay & Milligan St, Perth, WA.
Cost: Free of charge.

 Time  Activity
 2:15 - 3:15pm
 Careers Panel Discussion
 3:15 - 3:30pm
 Afternoon Tea
 3:30 - 4:30pm
 Speed Networking
 4:30 - 5:00pm
 Finish and packdown
 5:00 - 6:30pm


Our panelists will be asked questions of the kind:

  • What path did you follow to get to the role you are in now?
  • What is the most exciting (or challenging) part of your current role?
  • What advice do you have for those aiming to enter your chosen field?

Panelists will also field questions from the audience.

About the panelists

Dr Nicola Armstrong (Curtin University)

Associate Professor Nicola Armstrong is currently working at Curtin University, as a teaching and research academic in Statistics and Data Science. Dr Armstrong is a statistical bioinformatician who completed her doctoral studies in Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley. Originally from Perth, she spent several years in the Netherlands before returning to Australia and eventually Perth. She is currently an Associate Professor in Statistics and Data Science at Curtin University. Her research work has centred on the development of statistical methodology and the application of statistics to problems in genetics, genomics and biomedical research.

Dr Ed Cripps (The University of Western Australia)

Ed is an Assoc. Professor in Statistics at University of Western Australia, with research interests in Bayesian longitudinal analysis, spatio-temporal models and the integration of physical and probabilistic models. His primary applications are environmental, meteorological and oceanographic processes and their influence on engineering decision making and resource management.

Jet Kye Chong (Australian Bureau of Statistics)

Jet Kye Chong is a Statistical Analyst at the Australian Bureau of Statistics and a Perth-based freelance musician and composer. His research focuses on extending technique and theory in the creative arts through the novel use of statistical methods, and is the recipient of the 2020 Dr. Harry Vincent Cooper Memorial Prize for this work. Jet Kye Chong holds a Bachelor of Philosophy (Hons.) in Mathematics and Statistics, and Specialist Music Studies (Percussion Performance and Composition), from the University of Western Australia.

Dr Inge Koch (The University of Western Australia)

Inge Koch is a statistician with cross-disciplinary collaborations on proteomics and cancer research, autism spectrum disorder using NMR spectra and on signal processing of fMRI images. From mid-2015 to early 2019, Inge was the Executive Director of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute and its BHP-funded ChooseMaths program which aimed to increase participation of girls and young women in mathematics and STEM. Her research interest in maths anxiety stems from this time.  Since early 2019 Inge has been the Professor of Statistics and Data Science at UWA.

At UWA Inge is engaged in promoting Data Science at all levels across the university, with other universities and industry partners. As Lead of the CoP in Data Science she established the ‘Data Science Forums’ in 2019 which embrace research, learning and teaching. She received funding from MATRIX for a one-week research workshop on ‘Statistical Methods in Data Science’. Inge developed new units in Statistical Learning and Statistical Data Science at UWA based on the book Statistical Learning for Data Science she is writing jointly with Alun Pope.

Dr John Henstridge (Data Analysis Australia)

John Henstridge is one of Australia’s most eminent Statisticians.  In a career spanning 40 years, he has been recognised as a national leader in developing solutions to real world data problems, through modern technology and innovative statistics. Since founding Data Analysis Australia in 1988, John has managed the company’s growth into the largest commercial group of Statisticians and Mathematicians in Australia. John is highly experienced in delivering results across a plethora of industries including government, commercial and legal. John has held the position of National President with the Statistical Society of Australia and is a Fellow and Chartered Statistician with the Royal Statistical Society in the United Kingdom.

Speed Networking

During the speed networking session, attendees are given the opportunity to have brief 1-to-1 chats with other attendees who are at a different stage of their careers than themselves. It is an opportunity to share advice, guidance, or even foster future collaborations. These chats will be strictly timed so that everyone will rotate through a handful of pairings throughout the session.


Following the formal event, all guests are invited to join us for a sundowner at Tiny's Bar located at the QV1 Building, Cnr Hay & Milligan Streets, Perth.

Venue directions

The venue is Curtin 139 St Georges Terrace located at 139 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA 6000.

Public Transport

There are numerous bus routes along St Georges Terrace.

You may catch the train and disembark at the Elizabeth Quay station and then walk to 139 St Georges Terrace (about 500m).

Car Parks

There is no on-site parking, the closest public car parks are:

  • Central Park, 152-158 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

  • His Majesty’s, 377 Murray Street, Perth.

  • Citipark (Wilson Parking), 427 Murray Street, Perth.

  • Convention Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Rd and Mitchell Freeway, Perth.


This event is free of charge but for catering purposes, registration is essential.

Note that this is an in-person event with no planned hybrid or online interactions.

For further information please contact the WA Branch Secretary (

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