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International meetings begin to open up

I am sitting in the waiting room at Rotterdam station, writing this blog, while I wait for the Eurostar train back home to London.  Because for me, October was the month when international travel began to open up.  I know this won’t be the case for all countries, and we cannot be sure that the good news will be sustained (as I write the infection rates in both the Netherlands and the UK are rising).  But more countries are developing plans to open up, and for those of us whose work is around international networking, this can only be a good thing.

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International meetings begin to open up
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Statistics Day 20 October 2021

Today is being celebrated as Statistics Day in many countries, indeed it is recognised as European Statistics Day in the EU.  I know there are other Statistics Days in other parts of the world – e.g., African Statistics Day on 18 November.  I will be celebrating the day by speaking today at two conferences – one in Malaysia and one in Sweden (the benefits of virtual conferences!).

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Statistics Day 20 October 2021
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The joy of meeting statisticians!

What a joy it was to travel up to Manchester earlier this month and discuss statistics with live people in a conference room!  Well done Royal Statistical Society for putting on a great conference with ‘in the room’ and virtual attendees. For me the delight was being back in a proper conference environment again and visiting a city I hardly know.

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The joy of meeting statisticians!
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What have you been doing in the holidays?

When I was small, on return to school in September, we had to write an essay: ‘What I did in the summer holidays’.  So with apologies to ISI members in the southern hemisphere (maybe imagine it’s February?) I thought I would make this the theme of this ‘summer’ blog.

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What have you been doing in the holidays?
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Looking back at the success of the WSC and starting my term as ISI President

Starting a term of office at the end of the WSC feels very strange.  But in some ways it is ideal.  I have always found the WSC an uplifting experience and always go home with lots of notes about ideas to follow up and of new people I have met to keep in touch with.  Not so much of the latter this time, given its virtual nature, but plenty of highlights.  I will be using future blogs to set out some thoughts for the future but thought I would use this first blog to reflect on the WSC just past.

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Looking back at the success of the WSC  and starting my term as ISI President
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Responding to professional call(s)

If you are reading this blog, then you likely identify ‘statistician’ as one of your vocations. Vocation is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as a “summons or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action” or as a synonym of occupation – “the work in which a person is employed.”

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Responding to professional call(s)
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Providing for our future

The fourth of our strategic priorities is to secure our financial stability. The financial stability of ISI  supports our pursuit of the three strategic priorities described in previous columns, namely, to encourage statistical communication and networking, to increase the public voice of statistics, and to develop statistical capacity.

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Providing for our future
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Growing, Collaborating and Empowering

The first two ISI strategic priorities were discussed in February and March. Statistical Communication and Networking and increasing the Public Voice of Statistics. The focus of my comments this month are on Developing Statistical Capacity.

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Growing, Collaborating and Empowering
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Projecting Our Voice

Increasing the Public Voice of Statistics, the second of ISI strategic priorities, is the focus of my comments this month. Be warned that there are homework assignments embedded in this column.

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Projecting Our Voice