Archive for ISBA

scientific societies start to address sexual harassement

Posted in Books, University life with tags , , , , , , on July 10, 2018 by xi'an

As ISBA releases a letter of her president to the members about the decision by the ISBA Board [taken in Edinburgh] to exclude three of its members following multiple complaints of harassment, the ASA publishes an update on the activities of the task force created to address this issue last November. And Nature reports on the report published by the US academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which points out the limited impact of the current policies and mechanisms at play in US institutions.

“The analysis concludes that policies to fight the problem are ineffective because they are set up to protect institutions, not victims.” Nature, June 12, 2018

A common feature between the ASA and the Academy approaches is to rely on a survey of their respective members, soon to come for ASA members. Another feature of major relevance is the issue of anonymous reporting and counselling. So that victims and witnesses of harassment can trust the procedure strongly enough to report  a case without being afraid of being known to a large number of people. In my opinion, having identified individuals that represent the diversity of a scientific society such as ISBA, rather than an anonymous email account or a web form, is more likely to induce testimonies or complaints.

BayesComp 2022 anyone?!

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , on June 29, 2018 by xi'an

A call from the Bayesian Computation (BayesComp) Section of ISBA for proposals to host its conference: Bayes Comp 2022! [Bayes Comp 18 was in Barcelona, Bayes Comp 20 is going to take place in Gainesville, Florida, in January 2020, and it is organised by Jim Hobert, Éric Moulines, and myself.]

The expectation is that the meeting will be held in January 2022, but the committee will consider proposals for other times through January 2023. Bayes Comp 2022 will be the 3rd edition of this new conference series, which is the current incarnation of the popular MCMSki series. The conference aims at promoting original research and recent advances in the theory and application of Bayesian computational methods, and encourage the use of frontier computational tools from various disciplines among statisticians and practitioners. A three-day meeting is planned, perhaps with an additional day or two of satellite meetings and/or short courses.

Proposals with details on transportation, accommodations, contributions, and budget, should be submitted to Mylène Bédard (Program Chair) at bedard AT umontreal.ca no later than September 30, 2018.

Warwick summer school on computational statistics [last call]

Posted in Books, pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2018 by xi'an

In case ‘Og’s readers are not aware, tomorrow, Monday 25 June, is the final day for registration in our incoming LMS/CRiSM summer school on computational statistics taking place at the University of Warwick, two weeks from now, 9-13 July, 2018. There is still room available till midday tomorrow. Greenwich Mean Time. And no later!

Bayesian workshop in the French Alps

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , , , on June 22, 2018 by xi'an

ISBA code of conduct [open to discussion]

Posted in pictures, University life with tags , , , , , , on June 1, 2018 by xi'an

After many electronic meetings and as numerous consultations with lawyers and other legal experts, the safeISBA committee has come up with a code of conduct that covers all ISBA activities and applies to all members. Just in time for the ISBA 2018 meeting next month in Edinburgh. And all satellite and subsequent ISBA sponsored ones. The document is available on-line for everyone to peruse and discuss. There will be round-table sessions to this purpose in Edinburgh. And hopefully no opportunity for having to implement the proposed disciplinary options… (Comments, complaints, testimonies, concerns, and suggestions can also be sent to our dedicated account safeisba at the standard bayesian.org email address.)

ABC and ISBA in Edinburgh [early registration deadline]

Posted in Books, Mountains, pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life, Wines with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2018 by xi'an

Just a reminder that the deadline for early registration at ISBA 2018, and hence at the satellite workshop ABC in Edinburgh, since there is alas no separate access to the later, is drawing near! Given the already rather sharp rates of £380 for ISBA members and £250 at this time, and the incoming rise (to plummet at $1,1000 for registering on site!!), it would be advised to register prior to April 15, if you intend to attend…

(Disclaimer: I am not part of the organising committee of either event. And I have already written several posts here and there complaining on the absurd inflation of conference fees.)

 

dress down for ISBA 2018!

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , on February 24, 2018 by xi'an

In  preparation for the ISBA meeting next June in Edinburgh, I bought a kilt! (A cheap acrylic version of the real thing, sold by a company called Tartinista. As shown next, when getting ready for a night-out at a Kenilworth curry restaurant by bearable if sub-zero temperatures, the tartan of the kilt is Black Watch, for a Highland Regiment.)

Although I do not foresee a huge follow-up (!), I’d still like to suggest we all wear kilts at the conference, both as a celebration of Scotland and as a gender neutral support for an all-inclusive ISBA. [Needless to say (?), let me stress here this is a purely personal initiative, with no backup whatsoever from Visit Scotland, the ISBA Exec, from the Program Committee, from the Local Organising Committee, or from safeISBA!]