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Dr Adam Sykulski awarded Marie Curie Fellowship to study global ocean data

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Dr Adam Sykulski has been awarded a 3 year International Outgoing Fellowship from the EU-funded Marie Curie Research Fellowship Programme. Adam will be developing modelling and estimation procedures for spatiotemporal data collected as part of the global drifter programme, with applications in oceanography. He will spend the first 2 years visiting the US, working closely with oceanographers at NorthWest Research Associates in Seattle. The final year will be spent at the Department of Statistical Science in UCL, collaborating with Professor Sofia Olhede.

Dr Adam Sykulski presents research at the Houses of Parliament

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Dr Adam Sykulski presented his research to MPs on 17 March 2014, as part of SET for BRITAIN, an initiative of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee to promote early-career research scientists. Adam was one of a select few applicants accepted to present his research to MPs, Lords and other political officials, as well as invited members from industry and senior academics. The research presented detailed recent developments in statistical modelling of ocean surface data, and is joint work with Professor Sofia Olhede at UCL, and Drs Jonathan Lilly and Jeffrey Early at NorthWest Research Associates.

Dr Gareth Peters made Associate Fellow of the LSE Systemic Risk Centre

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Dr Gareth Peters has been appointed as an Associate Fellow of the Systemic Risk Centre at the London School of Economics.

Dr Gianluca Baio to co-author second edition of "Bayesian Approaches to Clinical Trials and Health-Care Evaluation"

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Dr Gianluca Baio will co-author the second edition of the best-selling book "Bayesian Approaches to Clinical Trials and Health-Care Evaluation" (published by Wiley; the first edition sold over 4000 copies), alongside original authors Professor David Spiegelhalter (University of Cambridge) and Professor Keith Abrams (University of Leicester). The book (which will be published with the title "Bayesian Approaches to Clinical Trials and Health Technology Assessment") will feature several new topics, including an expanded section on health economic evaluation.

Dr Christian Hennig becomes new Scientific Secretary of the IFCS

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Dr Christian Hennig has been elected Scientific Secretary of the International Federation of Classification Societies (IFCS). His term runs from 1 February 2014 until 1 February 2018.

Dr Ricardo Silva invited to speak at 12th Brazilian Meeting on Bayesian Statistics

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Dr Ricardo Silva will be an invited speaker at the 12th Brazilian Meeting on Bayesian Statistics, taking place in Atibaia, São Paulo on 10-14 March 2014.

Dr Gareth Peters invited as Visiting Professor to Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Tokyo

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Dr Gareth Peters has been invited to spend 3 months at the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (Tokyo, Japan) as a visiting professor in summer 2014. The visit will involve working with Professor Tomoko Matsui and colleagues on spatial temporal modelling and applications in signal processing, machine learning and wireless communications.

Dr Gareth Peters invited to speak at the Royal Statistical Society

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Dr Gareth Peters has been invited to give a seminar at the Royal Statistical Society in London on 24 February 2014. The title of the seminar is "Banking Regulation: Basel II/III and Statistical Modelling".

2014 Bayes Pharma workshop to be held at UCL

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Dr Gianluca Baio is chair of the organising committee for the 2014 edition of the Bayes Pharma workshop, which will be held at UCL on June 11-13, 2014. The objective of the workshop is multi-fold. The presentation of applied case studies from clinical, non-clinical and CMC settings will introduce participants to some success stories of the Bayesian approach. This should propagate Bayesian thinking and practices within the pharmaceutical industry. More importantly, however, the workshop will emphasize the advantages of Bayesian modelling for science and business as well as offering statisticians opportunities for reorientation within the changing environment of the (bio)pharmaceutical world.

Dr Gianluca Baio invited to speak at the University of Girona (Spain)

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Dr Gianluca Baio has been invited to give a one-day short course in the Department of Economics, University of Girona (Spain). The course title is "An introduction to INLA and R-INLA with a comparison to MCMC software" and will be held on 24th April.

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