Data Analysis Australia has always believed that the future of statistics in Australia rests in encouraging talented young people to consider it as their career. To this end we have been a Gold Sponsor of every Young Statisticians’ Workshop in Western Australian since their inception in 1994. As well as this sponsorship, Data Analysis Australia staff have served on every organising committee. This year was no exception, with three Data Analysis Australia staff on the committee, including chairperson, Elyse Corless.
The event’s theme was “Variability in Statistics” and the program highlighted the diversity of applications and industries in which today’s Statisticians play a key role. More than 60 young (and young-at-heart) Statisticians gathered in Deloitte’s 14th floor conference room at Woodside Plaza for the event, which included presentations by two Keynote Speakers, several Invited Speakers and an engaging panel discussion.The first Keynote Speaker was Ross Bowden, an Applied Statistician with over 40 years’ experience in diverse areas, including pricing analysis and market research. Over the past 20 years, Ross has developed unparalleled expertise in issues relating to the Western Australian electricity market working for SEC
WA, Western Power, and Synergy and currently consulting for Horizon Power. While a strong foundation in technical skills is inarguably important, Ross’ many years of industry experience have shown him the importance of other, complementary skills. Ross focused on those non-technical skills such as self-management, communication techniques and commercial insight that are vital for a successful career in any industry.
Dr John Henstridge (Managing Director of Data Analysis Australia and National President of the Statistical Society of Australia) was the second Keynote Speaker. With a career as a Consultant Statistician also spanning more than 40 years, John highlighted the challenges and excitement of using mathematics and statistics to solve diverse real-world problems such as predicting waiting times for public housing and evaluating random breath testing. “Real world problems are always a challenge because they rarely fit into neat boxes – rather they stretch what you know and force you to keep learning new statistical concepts and new ways of doing things, as well as remembering the old tricks.”