Events relating to the ISA

Short Courses

The ISA runs courses and workshops on a regular basis. These aim to bring the best of theoretical and applied statistics to academic, industrial and public service statisticians and statistics students. More information can be found here.

Gosset Lecture 2021

Professor Dianne Cook

The ISA Gosset lecture 2021 will be delivered by Professor Dianne Cook (Monash University) on Wednesday 3rd February at 9:30am.

This will be a virtual event which is free to attend, but registration is necessary:

Human vs computer: In Visualising Data, Who Wins?

Can computers relieve data analysts of the arduous task of graphically diagnosing models?

Computer vision has come a long way in recent years. The models produced can now be used to automatically inspect the quality of items emerging along production lines, identify objects in photos and even navigate an autonomous vehicle.

Despite the fact that visualisation plays a major role in data analysis, the use and interpretation of graphics by data scientists/statisticians is subjective. Analysts rely almost entirely on their own judgement, years of experience and an implicit calculation of uncertainty when interpreting graphics. Considering data plots as a type of statistic encourages towards an inferential approach to reading data plots. By formalising data visualisation in this way, we can explore the possibility of training a computer vision model to do this visual inference task.

In this talk, I will give an introduction to these ideas and then present the results of computer vision model for evaluating residual plots, used for diagnosing statistical model fits, comparing them to human evaluations of the same plots. Who do you think wins?

CASI 2020

The School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen's University Belfast is pleased to host the 40th Conference on Applied Statistics in Ireland on Thursday June 25th which will be a virtual event. This is a free event, but registration is necessary. See for further details.

Invited speakers: Sally McClean (Ulster University), Cathal Walsh (University of Limerick), Mariangela Zenga (University of Milano Biococca), Antony Unwin (Ausburg University), and Emma McCoy (Imperial College Londong).

Key Dates:

  • Registration opens: Friday June 19th 2020.
  • Registration closes: Wednesday June 24th 2020 at 17.00.

Cluster Randomised Trials Study Day

  • Date: Friday February 21st, 2020
  • Location: Seminar Room 1, Aras Moyola, NUI Galway
  • Duration: 9:00-16:00
  • Speakers:
    • Prof. Jeremy Grimshaw, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and University of Ottawa
    • Dr. Neil O'Leary, HRB Clinical Research Faculty, Galway

Registration cost €50 (€25 for students) and can be done online at

The following topics will be covered: (1) Rationale for cluster trials; (2) Implications of clustering for sample size, and analysis; (3) RCT designs (parallel 2-arm, multi -arm, factorial, stepped wedge, balanced incomplete block designs); (4) Practical considerations when planning and conducting cluster RCTs; (5) Enhancing the informativeness of cluster RCTs; (6) Ethics of CRCTS; (7) Reporting CRCTs.

Inaugural Young-ISA Meeting

The inaugural meeting of the Young Statisticians’ Section of the Irish Statistical Association will gather together early career statisticians from across Ireland for a series of talks on career development in academia and industry. Keynote talks will be given by established professionals in both fields with the remainder of the two sessions devoted to showcasing some of the research projects conducted in universities across Ireland by postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers.

The event is open to all early career statisticians (including postgraduate and PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and lecturers) and all ISA members. There is no charge for attending this event. To register please use the Eventbrite link by Friday, 27 September.

Invited Speakers:
Dr. Norma Bargary, Lecturer in Statistics, University of Limerick.
Dr. Aidan Boland, Senior Data Scientist, Edge by Ascential.


ISA Workshop: Novel Applications of Statistical Methods

Novel Applications of Statistical Methods

  • Date: Friday June 28, 2019
  • Location: University College Cork
  • Duration: 10:00-16:30

There is no charge for attending the workshop. Priority will be given to ISA members in the case of over subscription. To register your interest, email by Friday June 14, 2019. Please ensure “ISA-short course: NASM” appears in the subject line. Your place at the workshop will be confirmed via return email.

The invited speakers are:

  1. Prof. John Hinde (National University of Ireland, Galway): Count Data Regression Models: Properties, Applications and Extensions
  2. Prof. Sally McClean (Ulster University): Process Modelling, Process Mining and Big Data
  3. Dr. Cóilín Minto (Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology): Challenges of missing data in fisheries science
  4. Dr. Amirhossein Jalali (University College Dublin): Interactive tools in data and model visualisation
  5. Dr. Kevin Hayes (University College Cork): Evaluating the utility of effect size based inference

RSS 2019 International Conference, Belfast

The RSS 2019 International Conference will take place at the Waterfront International Convention Centre in Belfast from 2nd - 5th September 2019. Further details about the conference can be found here

Call for Invited Sessions – Submission Deadline Monday 26th November 

The RSS Conference Board is keen to receive proposals for sessions for the RSS 2019 International Conference which cover new research and results, areas of controversy/debate, topical discussion, and informative and innovative case studies. Every year, over 600 statisticians and data scientists gather from all sectors and from over 30 countries to share information and network, attracted by a varied programme of talks and workshops. Further information on the call for invited session proposals can be found here.

Network Analysis, Inference, and Modeling, NAIM 2019

The ECAS 2019 school on Network Analysis, Inference, and Modeling (NAIM), organized by the French Statistical Society (SFdS), will take place in Fréjus, France, on 6-11 October, 2019.

Registration is now open:

It will present an introduction and recent advances in statistical network modeling, with a special emphasis on main concepts of network analysis, sparse inference, high-dimensional data and graphical models. It will address theoretical, methodological as well as applied and practical aspects of this field.

CASI 2019

School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin, is pleased to host the 39th Conference on Applied Statistics in Ireland from Wednesday 15th May to Friday 17th May, 2019 in the Ballymascanlon House Hotel Golf and Leisure Club located a short distance (2 miles) north of Dundalk. Co. Louth See for further details.

Invited speakers include Dr. Louis Aslett (University of Durham), Prof. Simon Wood (University of Bristol), Prof. Richard Samworth (University of Cambridge)Prof. John Quigley (University of Strathclyde), and Prof. Ruth King (University of Edinburgh).

Key Dates:

  • Early bird registration opens: Monday January 28th 2019.
  • Early bird registration closes: Monday April 15th 2019.
  • Call for papers opens: Monday January 28th 2019.
  • Call for papers closes: Friday March 22nd 2019.

ECAS2019: Statistical Analysis for Space-Time Data, Lisbon, 15-17 July 2019

The European Courses in Advanced Statistics (ECAS) are intended to achieve postgraduate training in special areas of statistics and addressed for (especially 1st-year) PhD students, researchers, teachers at universities, and professionals.

The ECAS2019 on Statistical Analysis for Space-Time Data, takes place in Lisbon, Portugal, on 15-17 July 2019, and is a great opportunity to attend four courses lectured by renowned experts in the field: Adrian Baddely (Curtin University, Australia), Patrick Brown (University of Toronto, Canada), Liliane Bel (AgroParisTech, France), and Haavard Rue (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia). See for further details or contact

A poster session with contributed papers will complement the scientific program, but participants can attend the courses without presentation of posters.

Important dates:

  • Registration and abstract submission beginning: 1 October 2018 
  • Abstract submission deadline: 26 April 2019    
  • Notification of acceptance: 24 May 2019 
  • Early registration:  31 May 2019      
  • Registration deadline: 21 June 2019