Our association has supported the regional science fairs run in most regions around the country in August and September each year.
I coordinate the prizes and help with getting judges for these events. There are a few areas which have held science fairs in the past which
I have had difficulty in contacting recently. If anyone knows of a science fair in the following areas could they contact me,
(note I have moved from Massey University)
or if you know of a contact in a reasonably large Intermediate school as they generally enter the fairs.
The areas are :
Thanks for your help.
Introductory Statistics Courses
Dave Saville, a consulting agricultural research
biometrician, will be running his annual winter
statistics workshops at Lincoln in July/August:
(A) Basic statistics/analysis of variance,
Tues-Thurs, July 12-14
plus a repeat Wed-Fri, August 3-5;
(B) Simple regression and analysis of covariance,
Wed-Thurs, August 17-18.
The courses use a hands-on, interactive method,
and have been especially developed for applied
researchers. Both assume little knowledge of
statistics. For more information email Dave at
or phone him at (03) 325 2520.
Biometrics by the Blowholes
4-8 December 2011
Kiama, New South Wales
The Australasian Region of The
International Biometric Society (IBS-AR) will hold its biennial meeting from Sunday, 4 December to Thursday,
8 December 2011 at the Sebel Harbourside Hotel in Kiama, New South Wales, Australia. Kiama is about 120 kilometres
south of Sydney on the coast.
Invited speakers include: David Balding, David Clayton, Brian Cullis, Monterrat Fuentes, Hans-Peter Piepho,
Louise Ryan and Matt Wand.
Two satellite workshops/courses have been organised to take place before the main conference:
Friday December 2, Sydney
Spatial analysis of public health data: a practical introduction to the analysis of geocoded and areal health data.
Professor Montserrat Fuentes (North Carolina State University)
Saturday December 3, University of Wollongong
Modern applications of linear mixed models with case studies.
Professor Brian Cullis (University of Wollongong)
3rd Wellington Workshop in Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics
28-30 November, 2011
Victoria University of Wellington.
Programme Committee: Estate Khmaladze, David Vere-Jones, Ilze Ziedins
This year's Workshop will include a session on "Point processes and applications"
in honour of David Vere-Jones' 75th birthday.
All presentations are by invitation only, but the Programme Committee
welcomes expressions of interest from participants.
Further information will be posted on
Summer Workshops in Probability
23-27 January, 2012
University of Auckland
Part 1: New Zealand Probability Workshop
(Local organiser Mark Holmes)
Part 2: 2nd Australia and New Zealand Applied Probability Workshop
(Local organisers Jeff Hunter, Ilze Ziedins)
Organising committee: Nigel Bean, Mark Holmes, Jeff Hunter, Yoni Nazarathy, Joshua Ross, Peter Taylor, Ilze Ziedins.
This workshop will run for 5 days. There will be 2 days of probability theory ("NZ Probability Workshop")
and 2½ or 3 days of applied probability ("Australia and New Zealand Applied Probability Workshop") respectively.
Participants may also be interested in the NZMRI Summer Workshop 2012 [below] on Random
Media and Random Walks.
Please contact Ilze Ziedins for further information and if you
wish to be placed on the mailing list for this workshop.
Accommodation has been reserved at the Quest on Eden very close to the University of Auckland,
and can be booked once registration opens.
2012 NZMRI/NZIMA Summer Workshop: Random Media and Random Walks
8-13 January, 2012
workshop will consist mainly of 6-8 mini-courses (three 50-minute talks) presented by distinguished
international speakers, on some of the many interesting topics in probability theory and statistical
physics. The workshop may be of interest to mathematics PhD students in probability, statistical physics,
analysis, and discrete mathematics.
There will also be an evening of seminars (and celebration, including dinner) in honour of Prof.
Peter Whittle, on the evening of January 7 or 8, 2012. The theme of the seminars will be
Stochastic modelling in physics, geophysics and communications.
The Joy of Stats
Hans Rosling says there’s nothing boring about stats, and then goes on to prove it
in a one-hour long documentary by BBC 2010.
You can see it at
Swedish academic superstar Hans Rosling uses the power of statistics to change our understanding of global
development over the last 300 years, and he’ll be your guide through The Joy of Stats. From the bowels
of some of the world’s greatest supercomputers to the frontlines of scientific discovery, Hans exposes the
explosive growth of an extraordinary new method of understanding ourselves and our Universe.
Six short Joy of Stats films are on the Open University web at:
In one segment "200 countries, 200 years, 4 minutes", Hans Rosling takes us through 200 years of global development,
using top-quality data visualisation.
Stats Chat Blog
Stats Chat, the University of Auckland Department of Statistics’ blog, http://www.statschat.org.nz/
has lots of interesting things, so check it out.
Think Quarterly: Data (UK) By Google
Google describe the purpose of Think Quarterly as offering some necessary breathing space from the busy world we live in ...
At Google, we often think that speed is the forgotten ‘killer application’ – the ingredient that can
differentiate winners from the rest. We know that the faster we deliver results, the more useful people find our service.
But in a world of accelerating change, we all need time to reflect. Think Quarterly is a breathing space in a busy world.
It’s a place to take time out and consider what’s happening and why it matters.
Our first issue is dedicated to Data – amongst a morass of information, how can you find the magic metrics that will
help transform your business? We hope that you find inspiration, insights, and more, in Think Quarterly.
Back Copies of the NZ Statistician
A CD archive of “The New Zealand Statistician”
is available from the NZSA. For details see
Copies of this CD are available for
Current members $5
Past members $25
Non members and libraries $55
To order a copy email Harold Henderson,