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  • 100 years of education trials: no significant difference?

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    100 years of education trials: no significant difference? https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/100-years-of-education-trials-no-significant-difference About the event: To mark the centenary of the first recorded randomised controlled trial (RCT) in education, the Royal Statistical Society and NFER are bringing together leading figures in the field of education research to address the key challenges faced by education trials today. This forum invites you to celebrate the contribution trials have made to understand what works in education, and to consider how they can have more impact in advancing practice and improving outcomes for learners.   Programme: Welcome address Carole Willis, Chief Executive at NFER   The history and future of randomised controlled trials in education Professor Carole Torgerson FAcSS, Professor of Education at Durham University   TBC – A recent systematic review of education RCTs Professor Paul Connolly, Queen’s University Belfast   Are rigorous educational trials producing useful evidence? Dr Hugues Lortie-Forgues, Lecturer at University of York   Reflections on 8 years of commissioning education trials: What could we do different? Camilla Nevill, Head of Evaluation at EEF   English Education RCTs in 2019 – how far have we come? Dr Ben Styles, Head of Trials Unit at NFER   ‘Unzipping’ the EEF toolkit: RCTs and the role of meta-analysis Professor Steve Higgins, Professor of Education at Durham University   RCTs: what do they mean for teachers and school leaders? Alex Quigley, National Content Manager at EEF and former teacher   Panel: Improving the quality of education RCTs Professor Sheila Bird OBE (MRC Biostatistics Unit), Josh Hillman (Nuffield Foundation), Professor Jeremy Hodgen (UCL Institute of Education), and Dr Riikka Hofmann (University of Cambridge) Registration alongside tea and coffee available from 1.30 pm   This event will be followed by a drinks reception from 6.30pm - 7.30pm   UNFORTUNATELY, THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT - to be included in the waiting list, please, email l.martinez@rss.org.uk   The event will be recorded and will be preceded by a methodology workshop in the morning (click here) Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • RSS South Wales: Open Data – The promised data revolution?

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    RSS South Wales: Open Data – The promised data revolution? https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/rss-south-wales-open-data-the-promised-data-revolution About the event: "The benefits of Open Data are diverse and range from improved efficiency of public administrations, economic growth in the private sector to wider social welfare." - European Data Portal Recent years have seen an increased focus on Open Data. This has raised the expectations placed on producers of statistics and offered new opportunities for those who consume data. So, how far have we progressed and what has been the impact on producers and consumers of data? This event, hosted by the RSS South Wales Local Group, will consist of four short presentations followed by a panel led discussion. There will be an opportunity for networking following the talks, and light refreshments will be provided. Speakers:  Professor Tom Crick, Swansea University, School of Education Dr Scott Orford, Cardiff University, School of Geography and Planning Rob Grant and Darren Barnes, Office for National Statistics TBC, Office of the Chief Digital Officer, Welsh Government Full Abstracts available here  Attendance is free and open to all, whether fellows of the RSS or not, but pre-registration is required.   Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • Introduction to R & Statistical Modelling in R

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    London, United Kingdom

    Introduction to R & Statistical Modelling in R https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/introduction-to-r-statistical-modelling-in-r-13ee79fb-c544-4597-a983-c32c1535ad4a Tutor - Colin Gillespie / Jamie Owen Level - Foundation CPD 12 Hours This two day course will introduce you to the R environment for statistical computing. Day 1 focuses on entering, working with and visualising data in R. Day 2 focuses on regression modelling in R, including linear, general linear, logistic and survival models.   Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • Statistics in Well-Being

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    London, United Kingdom

    Statistics in Well-Being https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/statistics-in-well-being Speaker: Lauren Stockley (University of Plymouth) Abstract: The Office for National Statistics use four subjective measures to understand well-being in the UK. The aim of the project was to gain a further understanding as to whether other, objective, factors influence a person's well-being and if so, which of these are the most important. Principal Components Analysis was used to combine the four well-being variables for subsequent analysis. A variety of different regression techniques for modelling the data were then considered, namely classical linear regression, quantile regression and Poisson regression. The combined well-being variable was used as the response variable and the remaining variables in the dataset were used to explain it. Various techniques were considered in the linear regression analysis to select the best subset of predictors to explain a person’s well-being. The chosen model was then interpreted to determine how each variable affects well-being using the three different regression models. All models considered found very similar results when comparing how each variable explains well-being. Cross-validation was used to measure the performance of the linear and Poisson models through prediction. The linear model was found to produce well-being predictions closer to the true values than the Poisson model when evaluating the models using mean squared error. A non-parametric model, random forest regression was fit to the data and used as a way of testing the importance of predictors in the model. This analysis showed that the most important variables for explaining well-being are disability, marital status and age of respondent. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • The purpose of statistics is insight not numbers

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    The purpose of statistics is insight not numbers https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/the-purpose-of-statistics-is-insight-not-numbers Speaker: Neil Sheldon Abstract: In recent years, statistics teaching has seen a welcome move away from formulae and calculation. Especially with the rise of ‘big data’, numerical processing is increasingly being done with software, and it is becoming much more important for students to learn the art and science of interpretation. This development requires teachers to change focus too, shifting their emphasis from numbers to language. As with many academic disciplines, statistics overlays everyday language with specialist meaning: one familiar example is the word ‘significant’ which means very different things in everyday use and in statistics. Research shows that parallel meanings such as this make it harder for students to understand technical concepts. Research also shows that teaching with a richer vocabulary can help to overcome this problem of understanding. But statistics is more than just an academic discipline, it is a vital element of citizenship: we all need statistical understanding to make sense of the world around us. Yet statistical data are routinely misunderstood and misinterpreted in the media. In most cases the errors arise, not from the numbers themselves, but from the confused and inaccurate language used to comment on them. Clear language is essential to clear thought. This lecture, drawing on numerous practical examples, will explore the ways in which careful use of language can help everyone – teachers, students and citizens – to understand statistics better, whether in formulating enquiries, interpreting data, or reaching trustworthy conclusions and communicating them effectively. More information: Neil Sheldon (neilsheldon.net) was a teacher for more than 40 years. He is a Chartered Statistician and a former Vice-President of the Royal Statistical Society. He was the RSS Guy Lecturer in 2007-8 and he is currently Chair of the Teaching Statistics Trust. Neil’s other academic interests include philosophy and linguistics. The Teaching Statistics Trust Lecture, (teachingstatisticstrust.org.uk), is given annually at multiple locations. It is aimed at teachers of statistics, whether specialist or non-specialist, in secondary schools, colleges and early years of university. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • Mendelian randomisation

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    London, United Kingdom

    Mendelian randomisation https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/mendelian-randomisation Speaker: Derrick Bennett, CTSU, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Big Data Institute Understanding the causal role of biomarkers in cardiovascular and other diseases is crucial in order to find effective approaches (including pharmacological therapies) for disease treatment and prevention. Classical observational studies provide naïve estimates of the likely role of biomarkers in disease development; however, such studies are prone to bias. This has direct relevance for drug development as if drug targets track to non-causal biomarkers, this can lead to expensive failure of these drugs in phase III randomised controlled trials. In an effort to provide a more reliable indication of the likely causal role of a biomarker in the development of disease, Mendelian randomisation studies are increasingly used, and this is facilitated by the availability of large-scale genetic data. This talk will give an overview of the rationale and provide a non-technical description of the methods and potential limitations of Mendelian randomisation. Examples will be given where Mendelian randomisation has provided pivotal information for drug discovery including predicting efficacy, informing on target-mediated adverse effects and providing potential new evidence for drug repurposing. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • RSS South West: Statistics in Society

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    London, United Kingdom

    RSS South West: Statistics in Society https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/rss-south-west-statistics-in-society The purpose of Statistics is insight not numbers Speaker: Neil Sheldon Abstract: In recent years, statistics teaching has seen a welcome move away from formulae and calculation. Especially with the rise of ‘big data’, numerical processing is increasingly being done with software, and it is becoming much more important for students to learn the art and science of interpretation. This development requires teachers to change focus too, shifting their emphasis from numbers to language. As with many academic disciplines, statistics overlays everyday language with specialist meaning: one familiar example is the word ‘significant’ which means very different things in everyday use and in statistics. Research shows that parallel meanings such as this make it harder for students to understand technical concepts. Research also shows that teaching with a richer vocabulary can help to overcome this problem of understanding. But statistics is more than just an academic discipline, it is a vital element of citizenship: we all need statistical understanding to make sense of the world around us. Yet statistical data are routinely misunderstood and misinterpreted in the media. In most cases the errors arise, not from the numbers themselves, but from the confused and inaccurate language used to comment on them. Clear language is essential to clear thought. This lecture, drawing on numerous practical examples, will explore the ways in which careful use of language can help everyone – teachers, students and citizens – to understand statistics better, whether in formulating enquiries, interpreting data, or reaching trustworthy conclusions and communicating them effectively. More information: Neil Sheldon (neilsheldon.net) was a teacher for more than 40 years. He is a Chartered Statistician and a former Vice-President of the Royal Statistical Society. He was the RSS Guy Lecturer in 2007-8 and he is currently Chair of the Teaching Statistics Trust. Neil’s other academic interests include philosophy and linguistics. The Teaching Statistics Trust Lecture, (teachingstatisticstrust.org.uk), is given annually at multiple locations. It is aimed at teachers of statistics, whether specialist or non-specialist, in secondary schools, colleges and early years of university. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • RSS Highlands: Mendelian randomisation

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    London, United Kingdom

    RSS Highlands: Mendelian randomisation https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/rss-highlands-mendelian-randomisation Speaker: Derrick Bennett, CTSU, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Big Data Institute Understanding the causal role of biomarkers in cardiovascular and other diseases is crucial in order to find effective approaches (including pharmacological therapies) for disease treatment and prevention. Classical observational studies provide naïve estimates of the likely role of biomarkers in disease development; however, such studies are prone to bias. This has direct relevance for drug development as if drug targets track to non-causal biomarkers, this can lead to expensive failure of these drugs in phase III randomised controlled trials. In an effort to provide a more reliable indication of the likely causal role of a biomarker in the development of disease, Mendelian randomisation studies are increasingly used, and this is facilitated by the availability of large-scale genetic data. This talk will give an overview of the rationale and provide a non-technical description of the methods and potential limitations of Mendelian randomisation. Examples will be given where Mendelian randomisation has provided pivotal information for drug discovery including predicting efficacy, informing on target-mediated adverse effects and providing potential new evidence for drug repurposing. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • Data Science VS Statistics: Is it the Emperor's New Clothes

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    London, United Kingdom

    Data Science VS Statistics: Is it the Emperor's New Clothes https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/data-science-vs-statistics-is-it-the-emperor-s-new-clothes About the Event:  The Professional Statisticians Network invite you to attend this free-to-attend event and become part of one of the most topical discussions within the world of data science and statistics today: is data science a new professionalism, or is it just statistics with a new title? The event will be a light-hearted discussion chaired by Gemma Hodgson of the RSS Professional Affairs Committee (PAC). The discussion panel will include other members of the RSS Professional Affairs Committee, as well as members from the world of academia and government statistics.* *Please note that this event will be recorded for future playback Speakers and panel members:  Chair: Gemma Hodgson Guest Speaker: Noel-Ann Bradshaw  Panel Members:  Alessandro Provetti Kate Land Rachel Hilliam Robert Mastrodomenico  Registration alongside refreshments from 6.30pm Attendance is free and open to all, whether fellows of the RSS or not, but pre-registration is required.     Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • Longitudinal and Missing Data

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    London, United Kingdom

    Longitudinal and Missing Data https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/longitudinal-and-missing-data-ac1cd26a-dfc5-4d85-8592-93fa8b1a7e54 Presented by Geert Verbeke and Geert Molenberghs Level - Professional CPD 12 hours. This two-day course examines model formulation, parameter estimation and hypothesis testing, whilst also focusing on the distinction between the random-effects (hierarchical) model and the implied marginal model. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • RSS Glasgow: Transforming Health and Social Care Publications in Scotland

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    London, United Kingdom

    RSS Glasgow: Transforming Health and Social Care Publications in Scotland https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/rss-glasgow-transforming-health-and-social-care-publications-in-scotland The Information Services Division (ISD) of NHS Scotland produces around 200 statistics publications per year. Traditionally they are presented as static pdf documents with accompanying Excel tables, and their production requires extensive manual formatting using a combination of proprietary software tools. The Transforming Publishing Programme (TPP) is modernising the way in which these statistics are produced (using R and git to create Reproducible Analytical Pipelines (RAP)) and presented (using R Shiny). Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • Spatial Data Analysis in R

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    London, United Kingdom

    Spatial Data Analysis in R https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/spatial-data-analysis-in-r Tutor - Colin Gillespie / Jamie Owen Level - Intermediate CPD 12 Hours As spatial datasets get larger and more sophisticated software needs to be harnessed for their analysis. R is now a widely used open source software platform for working with spatial data thanks to its powerful analysis and visualisation packages. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • Programming in R

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    London, United Kingdom

    Programming in R https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/programming-in-r-4e947adc-45e1-46ca-be82-8cfb2841eb1e Jamie Owen Level - Intermediate CPD 12 hours The course is a two day intensive course on programming principles in R. On completion of the course participants will gain experience in a range of programming techniques for the R programming language. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • Quantifying Ecological Impacts of Offshore Renewables - A Statistical Perspective

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    London, United Kingdom

    Quantifying Ecological Impacts of Offshore Renewables - A Statistical Perspective https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/quantifying-ecological-impacts-of-offshore-renewables-a-statistical-perspective Speakers: Andrew B Gill (PhD, FRSB), Cranfield University Understanding the data needs for determining the impacts of offshore renewable energy developments on marine organisms Kate Searle, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology The need for end to end quantification of uncertainty in assessments for impacts of offshore renewable energy on seabirds Daniel Johnston, British Trust for Ornithology Investigating the foraging ecology of black guillemots in relation to tidal stream turbines Abstracts: Andrew B Gill: It is acknowledged that the deployment of offshore renewable energy devices alters the local environment. Many organisms will colonise, seek refuge or associate themselves with the structures and the consequences of this is changes in animal distribution and communities. The environmental impact process requires some monitoring of these changes however it is limited to specific species and also uses limited methods to monitor the changes. To truly understand the changes and how meaningful they are (i.e. their true biological impact) we need to ask the right questions and use appropriate analysis at the right scale to properly decipher a biological change or effect from a significant impact. This presentation will present a couple of examples of changes that occur associated with offshore renewable energy and will invite thoughts (from the statistical audience) on how appropriately targeted and better planned study design and statistical analysis can help us determine the changes occurring and provide better evidence for use in decision making about planning and deploying offshore renewable energy in our seas to assist in combating climate change effects. (Please note I am not a statistician but have to look towards statistics to ensure robust scientific evidence is the outcome!) Kate Searle: There is a need for the development of a strategic assessment framework for seabird impacts that may result from offshore renewable energy developments (ORDs), which utilises currently available tools and data products, and provides coherent best practice recommendations for informing policy and consenting decisions. Such a strategic assessment requires combining multiple data types within both deterministic and statistical models, with different methods having widely diverging abilities to quantify uncertainty in outputs. This divergence risks leading to a disjointed approach to uncertainty quantification in assessments, with implications for the precautionary nature of policy decisions. Here, we identify currently available methods, which when combined, may provide strategic end-to-end assessments of ORD impacts on seabirds, and assess the degree to which uncertainty is currently, or could in the future, be properly quantified within such an end-to-end assessment. Daniel Johnston: Inshore diving seabirds such as black guillemots Cepphus grylle have been suggested to be vulnerable to potential alterations to their foraging habitat related to the construction of tidal stream turbines. During foraging, individuals are known to associate with tidal currents and dive to depths at which tidal turbines will likely operate, and are therefore at risk of collision with turbine blades. As well as posing a potential collision risk, these devices may alter tidal current flow, and change benthic habitats, which may alter the distribution of the black guillemots prey. However, the extent to which these devices will affect black guillemots is unknown due to a lack of knowledge on their foraging ecology. This study addresses this knowledge gap using GPS tracking technology, and intensive study of chick diet using camera traps and visual observations, to identify the spatial and temporal aspects of foraging behaviour and habitat use.   Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • RSS Leeds/Bradford: "AI in..."

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    RSS Leeds/Bradford: "AI in..." https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/rss-leeds-bradford-ai-in This meeting will feature two presentations about the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the areas of Natural Language Processing (Professor Eric Atwell) and medical imaging (Dr Nishant Ravidkumar) Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • Statistics in Cyber-Security

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    London, United Kingdom

    Statistics in Cyber-Security https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/statistics-in-cyber-security About the event:   Programme: 1400-1500 Nick Heard  1500-1540 Delarem Kahrobaei  1540-1600 coffee 1602-1640 Patrick Rubin-Delanchy 1640-1700 Colin Gillespie  Speakers: Nick Heard (Imperial): "Statistical Challenges in Cyber-Security" Delaram Kahrobaei (York): "Homomorphic Encryption for Statistical Analysis and Machine Learning in Medicine and Bioinformatics" Patrick Rubin-Delanchy (Bristol): "Statistical analysis of large matrices with cyber-security applications" Colin Gillespie (Newcastle): "Hacking R as a script kiddie" Abstracts available here Event Fees: Fellows: Free Non Fellows: £20 Registration with payment is required. Please register here.     Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • RSS Merseyside Meeting - Chester Zoo

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    RSS Merseyside Meeting - Chester Zoo https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/rss-merseyside-meeting-chester-zoo Using longitudinal data analysis to inform conservation management Chester Zoo has a dedicated Science Department working towards a mission to Prevent Extinction. Through strong collaborative partnerships, robust scientific evidence and effective dissemination of research findings we inform best practice and support conservation activities. We work with individual animals and wider captive populations across Europe to inform management decisions and work in six key geographical regions to inform conservation actions for a range of endangered species. We also play a pivotal role in measuring the educational impact of zoos and aquariums across the world. In this series of talks our four Lead Conservation Scientists will present case studies from their research areas to demonstrate how Chester Zoo use longitudinal data to inform conservation management of species in both ex-situ and in-situ conditions and demonstrate educational impact of zoos globally. 14.00-14.25 Dr Lisa Holmes – Lead Conservation Scientist: Behaviour & Welfare: Brief introduction to the Science Department at Chester Zoo followed by main talk:“Longitudinal data analysis to inform animal welfare”  Using a number of case studies I will share how behaviour and physiology data can be used to inform evidence-based management decisions and the challenges of working with small sample sizes for statistical analysis.  14.25-14.50 Dr Katie Edwards – Lead Conservation Scientist: Biomarker Research & Development: “Looking for patterns in poo: how longitudinal hormone data can help inform conservation breeding programmes”  I’ll discuss a few case studies to show how non-invasive hormone analysis allows us to assess the physiology of wildlife to better understand and provide for reproduction, health and well-being, but can also bring challenges when working with data. 14.50-15.10 Tea/Coffee 15.10-15.35 Dr Simon Tollington – Lead Conservation Scientist: Population Health and Ecological Monitoring: “Using datasets from long-term monitoring programmes to inform conservation management” A case study from Mauritius detailing the recovery of the once critically endangered Mauritius parakeet, how its ongoing recovery is being aided by detailed monitoring data and implications for other threatened species. 15.35-16.00 Dr Andy Moss – Lead Conservation Scientist: Social Science: TBC   ALL ARE WELCOME  Please register for this event here  Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • RSS Merseyside - Chester Zoo

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    London, United Kingdom

    RSS Merseyside - Chester Zoo https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/rss-merseyside-chester-zoo Using longitudinal data analysis to inform conservation management Chester Zoo has a dedicated Science Department working towards a mission to Prevent Extinction. Through strong collaborative partnerships, robust scientific evidence and effective dissemination of research findings we inform best practice and support conservation activities. We work with individual animals and wider captive populations across Europe to inform management decisions and work in six key geographical regions to inform conservation actions for a range of endangered species. We also play a pivotal role in measuring the educational impact of zoos and aquariums across the world. In this series of talks our four Lead Conservation Scientists will present case studies from their research areas to demonstrate how Chester Zoo use longitudinal data to inform conservation management of species in both ex-situ and in-situ conditions and demonstrate educational impact of zoos globally. 14.00-14.25 Dr Lisa Holmes – Lead Conservation Scientist: Behaviour & Welfare: Brief introduction to the Science Department at Chester Zoo followed by main talk:“Longitudinal data analysis to inform animal welfare”  Using a number of case studies I will share how behaviour and physiology data can be used to inform evidence-based management decisions and the challenges of working with small sample sizes for statistical analysis.  14.25-14.50 Dr Katie Edwards – Lead Conservation Scientist: Biomarker Research & Development: “Looking for patterns in poo: how longitudinal hormone data can help inform conservation breeding programmes”  I’ll discuss a few case studies to show how non-invasive hormone analysis allows us to assess the physiology of wildlife to better understand and provide for reproduction, health and well-being, but can also bring challenges when working with data. 14.50-15.10 Tea/Coffee 15.10-15.35 Dr Simon Tollington – Lead Conservation Scientist: Population Health and Ecological Monitoring: “Using datasets from long-term monitoring programmes to inform conservation management” A case study from Mauritius detailing the recovery of the once critically endangered Mauritius parakeet, how its ongoing recovery is being aided by detailed monitoring data and implications for other threatened species. 15.35-16.00 Dr Andy Moss – Lead Conservation Scientist: Social Science: TBC   ALL ARE WELCOME  Please register for this event here  Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • Intro to R

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    Intro to R https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/intro-to-r-0016988d-f2c1-4b3b-a131-75f4ec2b9fc6 Intro to R 4 October 2019 - Edinburgh This is a one-day intensive course on R and assumes no prior knowledge. By the end of the course, participants will be able to import, summarise and plot their data. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • RSS/IFoA Data Science Ethics: the role of practitioners

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    RSS/IFoA Data Science Ethics: the role of practitioners https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/rss-ifoa-data-science-ethics-the-role-of-practitioners About the event: The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and the Royal Statistical Society have worked together to develop joint ethics guidance on data science. This is the culmination of an 18 month programme of practitioner led work.    Join us for the launch of this new guidance, with a high-level panel discussion which will explore the role of data science practitioners and professional bodies in data ethics.  Speakers: Deborah Ashby, President, Royal Statistical Society John Taylor FFA, President, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Jeni Tennison, CEO, Open Data Institute Carly Kind, Director, Ada Lovelace Institute Panel discussion, followed by a drinks reception.   You can follow the event on Twitter #DataScienceEthics Places are free, but must be booked here:   Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • 5th International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference (ICTMC)

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    London, United Kingdom

    5th International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference (ICTMC) https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/5th-international-clinical-trials-methodology-conference-ictmc Building on the success of the 2017 International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference, this event promises to be a unique opportunity for those working in clinical trials to meet and discuss the current issues within trials and trials methodology.  The event will showcase the very latest in trials methodology research and offer plenty of valuable opportunities for networking. The Conference will also mark 10 years since the Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research began in 2009.  Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • New Fellow Welcome Event 2019

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    New Fellow Welcome Event 2019 https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/new-fellow-welcome-event-2019 About the Event: The Royal Statistical Society is pleased to invite new fellows to an evening reception hosted by Sara Hilditch, RSS Honorary Officer for Membership. This event will take place at our London office, with refreshments available from 5.30 pm. It is open to all fellows, but priority will be given to fellows who have joined the Society in the past two years as a fellow, GradStat or CStat. It will be a great opportunity to familiarise yourself with the Society, learn how to make the most of your membership and find out about getting involved with our work. It is our chance to welcome you to the Society and for you to meet and talk to RSS staff and network with other fellows. In addition to a short welcome, there will be keynote talks from the RSS president, vice-presidents and executive director.  Registration alongside refreshments from 17:30 Agenda:  18:00 - 18:10  Welcome Introductions:   Sara Hilditch, Honorary Officer for Membership  18:10 - 18:20    Welcome from the RSS President:  Professor Deborah Ashby, RSS President  18:20 - 18:30  RSS accreditation – getting professional recognition:  John MacInnes, Vice President for Professional Affairs   18:30 - 18:40  Promoting statistical literacy and education:  Sharon Witherspoon, Vice President for Education and Statistical Literacy  18:40 - 18:50  Public engagement – opportunities to influence change:   Jennifer Rogers, Vice President for External Affairs  18:50 - 19:00  Getting involved – opportunities at the Society:  Hetan Shah, RSS Executive Director  19:00 - 19:10  Questions  19:10  Close and networking drinks   Places are limited, so early registration is advised.   Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • Rugby vs Statistics

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    London, United Kingdom

    Rugby vs Statistics https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/rugby-vs-statistics Neatly scheduled between the league and knock-out stages of the rugby union World Cup, this FREE event will explore ways in which data and statistics can reveal insights into the game of rugby. With a diverse panel of three speakers from the media, club rugby, and academia, this promises to be an event not to be missed by anyone with an interest in sport and data, and also one to invite any (rugby-loving) friends to! Stuart Farmer - Rugby statistician, SFMS Ltd Rugby data - who wants it and why The demand for data has seen rapid growth in rugby union over the last couple of decades. This talk will set the scene for that use. It discusses the diverse areas where the data is consumed, covering media, performance analysis, gambling and commercial uses, and how that landscape has developed. From his position as provider of rugby union data to the media, finance industry and clubs, Stuart Farmer is able to talk first hand to this development, and discuss some of the practical difficulties in curating the data. He finishes with some key stats from the current World Cup. Marc Turner - Senior Performance Analyst, Harlequins RFC Rugby performance analysis: from data to strategy, game plan and execution Performance analysis in Rugby enables coaches and players to make informed decisions based on objective and subjective information. Rugby clubs of a professional standard in both the Championship and Premiership employ analysts to record, review and report back on all training and matches to enhance performance of their team and that of the opposition. Statistical methods inform the work of the analyst by allowing exploration of data from different aspects of the game of rugby, to identify strengths, weaknesses and potential opportunities for both opposition and own performance. This contribution to the evening will focus on how we as analysts go about exploring data using both visually and numeric statistical methods. The process of extracting and reviewing data as, well as how this is presented back to coaches and players, will be explained, in addition to how data are used to inform the game plan on a weekly basis. Professor Phil Scarf - University of Salford  A Point on Conversion An argument is made for less scoring in rugby union. Radical rules changes are needed to increase outcome uncertainty and thereby increase suspense and surprises and reduce the barrier to entry. Many matches are at best predictable and at worst “one-sided hammerings”. This is not good for the development of the sport, particularly at international level. Thus, it is suggested to reward a try according to its name: nothing for the try but one goal for the conversion (c.f. 1875). Further, the penalty-goal should be abolished. A somewhat less radical idea is that increasing scoring rates (more penalty-goals, more tries) is not necessarily a good thing. Probabilistic and statistical arguments for these proposals are presented. Thus, the relationship between scoring-rate and outcome probabilities is studied in the context of a Poisson-match. Scoring rates in international matches from 1960 to date are analysed. A Rugby World Cup tournament is simulated under various scoring-rule variations. This work forms part of a wider study, across several ball-sports, of the relationship between outcome uncertainty and scoring-rate, strength-variation, and score-dependence, and the implications for rule-modifications and for the design of new formats.    Getting there: https://warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting/directions  Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • Migration Statistics User Forum 2019 Conference

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    London, United Kingdom

    Migration Statistics User Forum 2019 Conference https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/migration-statistics-user-forum-2019-conference This day event has been designed to appeal to a wide range of users of international migration statistics and relates to the Migration Statistics User Forum’s aims to provide a forum for discussion of international migration statistics and to enable users to discuss their needs and use of data and for producers to consult on presentation and changes. DRAFT PROGRAMME: Transforming International migration statistics to inform public and policy debate: update on recent publications and future plans • Office for National Statistics • Home Office • Department for Work and Pensions Panel discussion and Q&A with producers of statistics   An international perspective Roman Fantini, Head of Third Country Analysis Sector, Frontex   Local use of migration statistics • Philippa Tyler, Migration Yorkshire • Marianne Mandujano, London Borough of Hounslow • Kate White, Superhighways and Tracey Gyateng, Datakind   There is no booking fee but to request a place you need to register on eventbrite. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • Effective Analytical Leadership

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    London, United Kingdom

    Effective Analytical Leadership https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/effective-analytical-leadership-81fb5817-4269-4ddb-b7fe-b463bc56c59a Presented by Duncan Miles & Denis Greer Level - Foundation CPD 12 hours This two day course explores the required range of knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the changing global business agenda.   Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • Humble Scholars of Uncertainty? What distinguishes a graduate statistician

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    London, United Kingdom

    Humble Scholars of Uncertainty? What distinguishes a graduate statistician https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/humble-scholars-of-uncertainty-what-distinguishes-a-graduate-statistician About the event: RSS strives to develop the skills of the statistical profession and to strengthen the discipline of statistics. It therefore accredits university education and training in statistics. The provision of statistics education has diversified as digital technology has increased the amount and heterogeneity of data available for statistical analysis, and made new forms of analysis possible. Pedagogy has also evolved to focus more on what students learn than simply on curriculum content, and the explosion of personal data now captured makes ethics both more important and more complex. To respond to these changes RSS is revising how it accredits degrees.  Programme:  18.00 – 18:30 Registration and refreshments  18:30 – 19:10 Ed Humpherson, Director General of Regulation at the UK Statistics Authority will make the case that statistician's most precious possession is their trustworthiness. 19:10 – 19:50 John MacInnes RSS Vice President (Professional Affairs) will present the draft definition of a graduate statistician that will underpin the new accreditation process.   Attendance is free and open to all, whether fellows of the RSS or not, but pre-registration is required. This is a joint event with the Centre for Statistics: Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • The potential and pitfalls of linked administrative data

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    London, United Kingdom

    The potential and pitfalls of linked administrative data https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/the-potential-and-pitfalls-of-linked-administrative-data Seminar from the ESRC Administrative databases that are linked with each other or with survey data can allow deeper insights into the population’s life trajectories and needs and signal opportunities for improved and ultimately more personalised service delivery. Yet government agencies have to meet several prerequisites to realise these benefits. First among them is a stable legal basis. Appropriate laws and regulations have to exist to allow data merging within the limits of existing privacy protection. When different institutions are involved, these regulations have to clearly define each agencies’ responsibilities in collecting, safeguarding and analysing data. Second are technical requirements. This includes creating a safe infrastructure for data storage and analysis and developing algorithms to match individuals when databases do not share common unique personal identifiers. Third is the buy-in of the population. Public communication can highlight the value-added of linked databases and outline the steps taken to ensure data security and privacy. Involving citizens in dialogues about what data uses they are and are not comfortable with can help build public trust that appropriate limits are set and respected. Speaker: Emma Gordon, Director Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • ICOSDA 2019 - 3rd International Conference on Statistical Distributions and Applications

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    London, United Kingdom

    ICOSDA 2019 - 3rd International Conference on Statistical Distributions and Applications https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/icosda-2019-3rd-international-conference-on-statistical-distributions-and-applications This international conference is being organized to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to share and discuss recent advancements on statistical distributions and their applications, and to provide opportunities for collaborative work. The scopes of ICOSDA 2019 include, but not limited to statistical distributions and their applications; statistical modeling; high dimensional data analysis; Bayesian statistics; and statistical distributions in the era of big data. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • Repeat victimisation counts and crime estimates

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    London, United Kingdom

    Repeat victimisation counts and crime estimates https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/repeat-victimisation-counts-and-crime-estimates About the event: Estimating the extent of repeat and multiple victimisation using data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) Joe Traynor (Centre for Crime and Justice, Office for National Statistics, joe.traynor@ons.gov.uk) Tackling repeat and multiple victimization has become an important factor in reducing crime rates. There is an indication that the decreases in total crime since 1995 is due largely to a fall in repeat/multiple victimisation (ONS, 2013). However, there has been a paucity in the research and further analysis is needed to investigate the current estimates of repeat/multiple victimization for total and individual crime types. In cases of repeat/multiple victimisation the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) had until recently only included the first five incidents of a series in its estimate of the total number of incidents of crime in order to reduce the effects of sample variability. After an independent review (ONS, 2017), data is now capped at the 98th percentile to improve incident estimates for crimes with higher repeat victimization rates. Given the new methodology employed in the CSEW and the paucity of research on repeat victimization we aimed to investigate the current estimates of repeat/multiple victimization for total crime and individual crime types and how they have changed over time. Preliminary findings suggest that falls in repeat victimization were a major driver of falls in total crime since 1995 but that patterns over time varied by crime type and in recent years decreases in repeat victimization have stalled.  Revising or removing the ONS cap on high-frequency victims Sylvia Walby (City University of London, Sylvia.Walby@City.ac.uk) and Brian Francis (Lancaster University, B.Francis@Lancaster.ac.uk) The ONS places a cap on the number of crimes committed against high-frequency victims that are included in the crime estimates.  While the ONS have agreed that the cap of 5 has distorting effects, they have recommended that it not be removed but be replaced by a cap at the 98th percentile.  Capping is a form of one-sided winsorisation, which is known to produce bias.  In the field of violent crime, both caps have the effect of disproportionate exclusion of violence committed by domestic perpetrators (rather than strangers) and against women (rather than against men).  The current ONS argument for the cap is that it prevents undue volatility in the year-to-year trend.  But the inclusion of all crimes reported to the survey does not increase volatility if smoothing, such as a three-year rolling average is used.  Removing the cap and thus including all violent crimes would reduce gender bias in the statistics on violent crime, including domestic violent crime.  Removing the repeat victimisation cap and violence trajectories in England and Wales Andromachi Tseloni (Nottingham Trent University, Presenter, andromachi.tseloni@ntu.ac.uk), Soenita Ganpat (University of Derby), Laura Garius ((Nottingham Trent University) and Nick Tilley (University College London) According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), violence fell dramatically between 1995 and 2013/14. To improve understanding of the fall in violent crime, this study examines crime trends in England and Wales over the past two decades, by scrutinizing the trends between (a) stranger and acquaintance violence (b) severity of violence, (c) age groups, and (d) sexes. It draws on nationally-representative, weighted data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, and examines prevalence, incidence and crime concentration trends, the last two with and without the former ONS repeat victimisation cap at 5 incidents per series. Whilst almost all capped violence trends follow changes in prevalence, most uncapped ones are driven by year-on-year changes in violence concentration. Removing the cap also resulted in different peak and dip years for stranger violence incidence rates and stranger violence incidence rates against men and greater but non-statistically significant volatility within some violence types. Overall crime capping at five incidents seems to affect the estimated patterns in stranger violence but not in acquaintance violence. Places are free, but must be booked here:     Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • PSI Scientific Committee Webinar: Statistical Challenges in Analytical Comparability and Biosimilarity Assessment

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    London, United Kingdom

    PSI Scientific Committee Webinar: Statistical Challenges in Analytical Comparability and Biosimilarity Assessment https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/psi-scientific-committee-webinar-statistical-challenges-in-analytical-comparability-and-biosimilarity-assessment Speakers:  Thomas Lang (EMA BSWP / AGES) Johanna Mielke (Bayer) Bruno Boulanger (Pharmalex) About the event: This webinar will discuss statistical requirements for the assessment of analytical comparability and similarity assessments, for example between biosimilars and reference products or before and after manufacturing changes. This topic has been the subject of a recent EMA reflection paper and an EFSPI working group. New strategies are proposed as an alternative to mean comparisons and include the assessment of ranges, inferential approaches or the use of Bayesian methods. Full information about the webinar and the registration page are available at the following link: https://www.psiweb.org/events/event-item/2019/10/15/default-calendar/psi-scientific-committee-webinar-statistical-challenges-in-analytical-comparability-and-biosimilarity-assessment Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
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