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IASE Satellite Conference 2011: Statistics Education and Outreach

 

The IASE Satellite Conference was held at the Grand Hotel, Malahide, a coastal resort outside Dublin, on the 18th and 19th of August, prior to the 2011 ISI World Statistics Congress (WSC).

 

The Conference theme “Statistics Education and Outreach” attracted over sixty delegates, including statistics education researchers, teachers, lecturers and government trainers, from twenty-one different countries. The organisers were delighted to welcome many new faces to the Conference, as well as catching up with old friends.

 

The Conference commenced with a reception on the Wednesday evening, when delegates sampled Guinness with their statistical conversations. The Conference was formally opened by the (then) IASE President, Helen MacGillivray, from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. This was followed by an ice-breaker that led to some lively discussions on who were the most important/influential statisticians.

 

The thirty-two oral presentations were divided into five sub-themes, namely: the school/university interface; school or university engagement with employers; interaction with other professions; engagement with other subjects that use statistics; school or university engagement with the local community. The oral presentations were supplemented by a “spotlight” poster session, with contributions covering all the sub-themes. All presentations gave rise to lively discussions, contributing to two days full of ideas, initiatives, research findings and plans to advance the teaching and learning of statistics to reach all users no matter what their discipline or workplace.

 

Delegates enjoyed a happy, internationally collegiate and delicious Conference dinner overlooking the Malahide estuary, with the friendly atmosphere including many spontaneous toasts and speeches. The abstracts and other information from the Conference can be found on the Conference website http://www.conkerstatistics.co.uk/iase/, including a gallery of pictures that capture the atmosphere of the Conference.

 

The closing session, led by the new IASE President, John Harraway (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), focussed on future activities. From 2nd-6th July 2012, the Roundtable Conference on “Technology in Statistics Education: Virtualities and Realities” will be held in the Philippines; see http://icots.net/roundtable/ for the most up-to-date information. The next IASE Satellite Conference will synchronise with the ISI WSC in Hong Kong in August 2013. As this WSC’s theme is “Youth”, there should be plenty for the IASE to contribute to the WSC in both Invited Paper Sessions and Special Topic Sessions. The IASE’s flagship is the International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS), and the next ICOTS (ICOTS9) will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, in 2014.

 

The next three years will be very busy for the IASE.  If you are interested in its activities and would like to make a contribution or just find out more, please look at the website www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~iase/ and future announcements on the ISI website.