If there is anyone who has not seen Marlon Brando in the film On the Waterfront, then they can get the video. But, if you miss the RSS `On the Waterfront` Conference, there will not be a second chance. Let me, therefore, extend an invitation to all to join us at the Brighton Convention Centre from September 13th to 17th for both a scientific and waterfront experience.
The Programme Committee have put together conference sessions which we hope will have appeal to all in the Society. Our aim was to provide the opportunity to both engage with others working in members’ particular areas of interest and to allow all who attend to learn something of work in other areas. The many areas will be of interest in themselves but will also provide insight into how the challenges of our subject cut across areas and reflect the unity and diversity of our society.
In particular, we look forward to the plenary sessions, one organized by our Significance staff, and others that will feature Tim Davis on statistical engineering, Peter Donnelly on statistical genetics, Robert Groves on censuses, Nancy Reid on likelihood, and Robert Stine on financial statistics. There will also be another `retrospective read paper’, presented by Rob Tibshirani on the lasso.
The systematic component of the conference has two aspects, the scientific programme and the range of social events. The latter includes a welcome reception at the Brighton Sealife Centre, a fish and chips evening on Brighton Pier and the conference dinner, all conveniently located `on the waterfront’. The random component also has two elements, who will be there and the weather. The uncertainty of the weather we cannot control but we can be hopeful. The uncertainty of the attendees has been reduced by our many committed speakers. I hope that many others will join them and help reduce uncertainty further by visiting www.rss.org.uk/rss2010 where the conference programme can be seen and where you can register for the conference, with 10% discounts still available
Please do consider joining us.
Chair, Programme Committee, RSS 2010