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EMOS Call for Applications

The third call for applications for new universities in the EU Member States, EFTA and EU candidate countries to join the European Master in Official Statistics (EMOS) is now published and closes on 30 June 2018.

EMOS builds on nationally accredited Master programmes which deliver upon the EMOS learning outcomes to familiarise the graduates with the system of official statistics, production models, statistical methods and dissemination. The programmes also collaborate actively with the National Statistical Institutes or other producers of official statistics for relevant master thesis topics and internships in the sphere of official statistics.

The third call of applications emphasises the importance of addressing the rapidly changing landscape from design based production of official statistics to integrating different kinds of data sources. Universities wishing to join the 23 already EMOS labelled Master programmes in 15 countries may submit by 30 June 2018 their applications complete with accompanying documents as described in the EMOS call text, guide for applicants and application form available at https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/cros/content/emos_en.

Contact: estat-emos@ec.europa.eu

50th year of Statistics at TCD

TCD Statistics 50th

This year marked the 50th year of the discipline of Statistics at TCD. This special milestone was marked by a day of events on the 14th November. A short course on ‘Imprecise Probability’ took place in the morning. The course, sponsored by the Irish Statistical Association, was delivered by Dr. Cassio de Campos (Queen’s Belfast) and Dr. Alessandro Antonucci (Lugano, Switzerland). A special gathering was held in the afternoon bringing together former staff and students of the Statistics group, as well as current members of the School and College. The aim of the gathering was to be both retrospective and prospective; looking at our history with the help of former staff and students and discussing our future.

The afternoon event began with a presentation by Michael Stuart, who compiled a booklet to coincide with the occasion, outlining the main historical junctures of the discipline over its five decades. This gave a rich perspective on the origins of the discipline, beginning with the appointment of the first Chair of Statistics, Prof. Gordon Foster, in 1967, and particularly, how his strong leadership steered the research engagements and ideologies of the group in its infancy. The floor was then opened to people to recount any stories of their own experiences of Statistics at TCD. There were many fond memories shared, and much hearty laughter to be heard.

Prof. Adrian Raftery awarded the SFI St. Patrick's day medal

Prof. Adrian Raftery
Prof Mark Ferguson, DG, SFI, Dr T. Pearse Lyons,
Founder AllTech, Prof Adrian E. Raftery, University of
Washington , and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD

Washington D.C., 15th March 2017 – An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, has today presented Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) prestigious ‘St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal’ to Dr T. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech, and Prof Adrian E. Raftery, Professor of Statistics and Sociology at the University of Washington, for their significant contribution to academia and industry.

Now in its fourth year, the SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal recognises the outstanding contributions of Dr T. Pearse Lyons and Prof Adrian Raftery in their respective fields, as well as their role in developing the research ecosystem in Ireland. The Medal is awarded annually to a distinguished Irish scientist, engineer or technology leader living and working in the USA.

Dublin-born Prof Adrian E. Raftery has been described by his peers as one of the most eminent statisticians in the world.  His work has resulted in the development of new statistical methods, focusing particularly on the social, environmental and health sciences. Prof Raftery’s work to quantify statistical uncertainty in demographic projections has fundamentally changed approaches to population forecasting. This was demonstrated by the United Nations recently publishing a recalculation of world population projections, which directly incorporated Prof Raftery’s work.

Upcoming Euorpean Courses in Advanced Statistics (ECAS)

ECAS LogoThe Irish Statistical Association is a member of the Federation of European National Statistical Societies FENStatS members and has a representative on the board of European Courses in Advanced Statistics ECAS

ECAS courses are intended to achieve postgraduate training in special areas of statistics for both researchers and teachers at universities, as well as professionals working in industry and interested in the application of new statistical methods.

Below are some upcoming ECAS courses.