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Bayes on the Beach is an (almost) annual conference held in Australia in collaboration with the ISBA Australasian Section and SSAI Bayesian Statistics Section. This meeting has been held for almost 10 years and is an intentionally small gathering of Bayesians drawn from across Australia and neighbouring regions.

Details of the 2014 meeting are as follows:

Location: the Conference will be held at the Mantra Legends Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Qld.

Dates: Monday to Wednesday, 10th to 12th November

Anticipated no. participants: 70.

Conference website:

Conference email address: [email protected]



The registration fee will be as follows:

  • Members of ISBA or SSAI:                              $250
  • Non-members of ISBA or SSAI:                      $290
  • Students:                                                        $120

The registration fee covers the following: attendance at the conference; conference materials; morning and afternoon tea, lunch.

The registration fee does not cover: transport to and from the Gold Coast; other meals; accommodation; refreshments at the evening poster sessions (cash bar); any other participant expenses.

Please note our cancellation policy below.


Registration closing date

Registrations will close on 27th October.



In keeping with other years, there will be three keynote speakers:

  1. Professor Louise Ryan, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
  2. Professor Judith Rousseau, Universite Paris Dauphine, France
  3. Professor Peter Green, Bristol University UK, and UTS

Professor Louise Ryan has had a sensational career as Henry Pickering Walcott Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard, Chief at CSIRO’s Division of Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics, and now as Distinguished Professor of Statistics at UTS. Louise is a member of the Australian Academy of Science and Editor in Chief of Statistics in Medicine. She is well known for her methodological contributions to statistical methods for cancer and environmental health research.

Professor Judith Rousseau is a statistician who has broad interests across Bayesian statistics, the interaction between Bayesian and frequentist approaches, mixture distributions and MCMC algorithms. Her foci in Bayesian statistics are on default Bayesian analysis, nonparametric Bayesian statistics, Bayesian testing, frequentist properties of Bayesian methods and asymptotic analysis. She is currently Associate Editor for the Annals of Statistics, ANZJS and Bernoulli, and holds executive positions in ISBA, IMS and SMAI. Judith has established links with Australia through research collaboration and co-supervision of PhD students.

Professor Peter Green is Emeritus Professor and Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, and a Distinguished Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is one of the world’s best-known Bayesian statisticians, with interests in Bayesian inference in complex stochastic systems, Markov chain Monte Carlo methodology, forensic genetics, Bayesian nonparametrics and graphical models. Peter is also currently Editor of Statistical Science.



Participants are invited to submit applications for oral invited presentations (10 places only) and poster presentations.

Closing date for submission for oral and poster presentations:

26th September 2014.

Registrations must be paid prior to confirmation of approval of presentation.



Bayes on the Beach is intentionally a single-stream meeting. There are five main types of presentations:

  • keynote presentations
  • tutorials
  • practical problem-based workshops
  • invited oral presentations
  • poster presentations.

Ten invited oral presentations will be chosen from submissions. Other participants will be asked to give poster presentations. The poster presentations are a major part of the conference and will be delivered over two full evenings.

The draft program is as follows.


Day 1

10.15am – 10.30am          Welcome and Conference Opening

10.30am – 11.30am          Keynote Presentation (Professor Louise Ryan)

11.30am – 12.30pm          Tutorial 1

12.30pm – 3.00pm            Lunch break

3.00pm – 3.30pm              Invited presentation 1

3.30pm – 4.00pm              Invited presentation 2

4.00pm – 4.30pm              Afternoon tea break

4.30pm – 5.00pm              Invited presentation 3

5.00pm – 6.00pm              Workshop 1

6.00pm – 8.00pm              Break

8.00pm – 10.30pm            Poster session 1

Day 2

9.00am – 10.00am             Keynote Presentation (Professor Judith Rousseau)

10.00am – 11.00pm          Tutorial 2

11.00am – 11.30am          Morning tea break

11.30am – 12.00pm          Invited presentation 4

12.00pm – 12.30pm          Invited presentation 5

12.30pm – 3.00pm            Lunch break

3.00pm – 3.30pm              Invited presentation 6

3.30pm – 4.00pm              Invited presentation 7

4.00pm – 4.30pm              Afternoon tea break

4.30pm – 5.00pm              Invited presentation 8

5.00pm – 6.00pm              Workshop 2

6.00pm – 8.00pm              Break

8.00pm – 10.30pm            Poster session 2

Day 3

9.00am – 10.00am             Keynote Presentation (Professor Peter Green)

10.00am – 11.00pm          Tutorial 3

11.00am – 11.30am          Morning tea break

11.30am – 12.00pm          Invited presentation 9

12.00pm – 12.30pm          Invited presentation 10

12.30pm – 1.30pm            Lunch break

1.30pm -2.30pm               Workshop 3

2.30pm -3.00pm               Workshop presentations

3.00pm – 3.15pm              Conference close


Cancellation and refund policy

Cancellations requested prior to 1st October will be refunded with a 15% deduction for administration costs. Cancellation requests need to be accompanied by a valid credit card number and expiry date.

Refunds requested between 1st October and 20th October will be considered on an individual basis.

No refunds will be given after 20th October. However, registrations are transferable within the same organisation.


When: 10/11/2014 - 12/11/2014
Time: 10:15 am - 8:45 am
Cost: from $120
Location: Mantra Legends Hotel,
Surfers Paradise Boulevard,
Surfers Paradise,
QLD 4217

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