Several changes will be taking place in the journals at the beginning of 2021. Bianca De Stavola will be the new joint editor for Series A, and Janine Illian for Series C. In Series B, to cope with the increasing rate of submission in recent years, Steffen Lauritzen will join Simon Wood and Aurore Delaigle as a third joint editor.
Bianca De Stavola is professor of medical statistics at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health in London. Previously, she was at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she was co-director of the Centre for Statistical Methodology. Bianca received her doctorate from Imperial College London in 1985, and a masters degree in statistics from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences in 1982, after graduating in statistical and economic sciences at the University of Padua, in Italy. Bianca’s main research activities involve the understanding, development and implementation of statistical methods for longitudinal studies, with specific applications to lifecourse epidemiology. As these often involve causal enquiries, mediation analysis is an area where much of her work has developed over the years. Since moving to UCL, she has been increasingly involved in methods for the analysis of linked administrative databases to assess the effectiveness of alternative interventions. She contributes to MRC and Cancer Research UK grant-giving panels and is deputy head of the Population, Policy and Practice Research and Education Department at Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.
Janine Illian is the chair in statistical sciences at Glasgow University. Before this she was a senior lecturer in statistics and Head of Statistics, within the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews. She held a Professor II position at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, 2013-2016. Her work focuses on spatial point process methodology and she is the author of Statistical Analysis and Modelling of Spatial Point Patterns (Wiley, 2008), which has become a standard work on point process modelling since its publication. Her research profile focuses on the development of modern, realistically complex, spatial statistical methodology that is both computationally feasible and relevant to end-users. She has taken spatial point processes from the theoretical literature into the real world and is encouraging statistical development by fostering strong relationships with the user community. Her research has impacted on spatial modelling and biodiversity research in the context of ecology, and she has diversified to applications in crime modelling, earthquake forecasting, environmental modelling, epidemiology and terrorism studies.
Steffen Lauritzen studied statistics at the University of Copenhagen, completing the Danish equivalent of a doctoral degree in 1975. He was then appointed as a lecturer there before becoming professor of mathematics and statistics at Aalborg University, from 1981 to 2004. He was then professor of statistics at the University of Oxford before returning to the University of Copenhagen in 2014. He is a leading proponent of mathematical statistics and graphical models. Among his many honours, he was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Society in 1992 and the Society’s Guy Medal in Silver in 1996, the DeGroot Prize in 2002, and the Humboldt Research Award in 2016. In addition, he was made a Knight of the Order of Dannebrog in 1999 and he was elected to the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters in 2008 and to the Royal Society in 2011.