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Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute

Conference in memory of Fred Smith and Chris Skinner Event

7 - 9 July 2021
University of Southampton.

Event details

Southampton, UK, 7-9 July 2021

University of Southampton will host a conference in memory of Fred (TMF) Smith and Chris Skinner, who both passed away during winter 2019/20. The conference is based around the themes that interested Fred and Chris during their research careers, including (but not limited to)

  • analysis and modelling of complex survey data
  • time series methods in the analysis of survey data
  • statistical disclosure control
  • official statistics

Several keynote speakers with associations to Fred and Chris have agreed to speak and their contributions will form one part of a special issue of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (JRSS-A), which it is planned will appear later in 2021. The open call for contributions for the special issue and to the conference programme closed on 1 October 2020.

Conference information

We have reluctantly decided that the only practical way for the conference to take place is for it to be fully on-line, and we have therefore adjusted the dates slightly to 7-9 July 2021 from 10am to 4pm UK time. We will really miss the chance to see everyone for real, but hope that the on-line experience will nevertheless be a way to get together and to remember Fred and Chris and their contributions to statistics. Since the cost of an on-line conference is small, there will be no registration fee, but all attendees (including accepted presenters) must register here.

The conference is an official satellite meeting of the World Statistics Congress (WSC), which has already been made on-line.

Student competition

A student competition is running in association with the conference, closing date 31 May, details here.

Programme details

Download the programme and the abstracts.


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