The UK Data Service was delighted to attend the Royal Statistical Society’s 2023 International Conference on 4-7 September in Harrogate. The conference is the UK’s annual showcase for statistics and data science, bringing together delegates from around the world to share knowledge and learn about the latest developments in the field.
The programme aimed to cover the full range of sectors working with statistics and data science, including academia, business and the public sector. With over 600 delegates from around 30 countries, the conference offered an excellent opportunity to raise our profile and extend our international network to researchers, data experts and policy advisors from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Advice for early career researchers
During the conference, UK Data Service Research Associate Alle Bloom gave a presentation for early career researchers on our world-leading training initiatives and data collections. Alle also took part in a panel session discussing how we can better measure children’s wellbeing using data.
In her words: “It was great to highlight some of our most useful data on child wellbeing and hear about other impactful research in this area. Throughout the conference, I heard many insightful presentations, met some brilliant people and spent lots of time talking to users and potential users about our latest data, the training we provide and how we can help their work. In particular, discussing this during the early career statistician’s session was a real highlight!”
Academic poster prize
The UK Data Service also sponsored and presented the first prize for the academic poster presentation competition held during the conference. There were 68 posters presented as part of the competition from across multiple different sectors. The standard of entries was exceptionally high and we were grateful to be able to offer our support. First prize was awarded to Lorna Wheaton from the University of Leicester.