History of Statistics Section seeks new committee members

The History of Statistics Section of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is seeking enthusiastic individuals to join the committee for 2021.

The section aims to promote and enliven the history of statistics. The current committee is composed of academics from different fields. We normally organise 3-4 public meetings a year, and organise sessions at the RSS Conference.  Recent examples include an event on R. A. Fisher and the RSS, a walking tour of the RSS and its environs, and data visualisation in the popular Victorian press. We also contribute to RSS Discussion Meetings.

Being a member of the committee is a commitment and can be a very rewarding experience. It is also an opportunity to actively engage with others who are interested in, and appreciate, the importance of the history of statistics. We are particularly looking for people who are keen to contribute new ideas for History Section activities, as well as actively help organise events. We are keen to have volunteers who, after settling in, may be interested in taking officer roles, such as chair, vice-chair, secretary, or meetings secretary. In a non-Covid scenario, we hold three committee meetings per year, which can be attended in person at Errol Street, London (travel expenses paid), or remotely by teleconference.  Much of our core business is communicated over email.

If you would like to be considered for the committee, simply send an email (subject line “History Section Committee 2021”) to Cecilia at clanata@gmail.com by 6pm on Monday 28 September 2020, with a paragraph (up to 200 words) summarising your background, why you would like to join, and what you will contribute to the committee.

For the 2021 committee, we particularly welcome applications from early career academic or industry statisticians from different disciplinary backgrounds.

The RSS is committed to ensuring an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who care about good data and statistics. 
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