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||R13 Conference Grant Application for the Institute for Mathematical Statistics New Researchers Conference to Be Held July 26 , 201 8
This proposal describes plans for the 20th IMS New Researchers Conference, an annual confer-
ence organized under the auspices of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). The meeting
is organized by and held for junior researchers working in the elds of Statistics and Biostatistics.
The primary objective of the conference is to provide a much needed platform for interaction among
The proposed conference will take place over three days, July 26-28, 2018, at Simon Fraser
University. The conference will be held immediately preceding the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM),
which will take place in downtown Vancouver. Conference facilities will be provided by Simon Fraser
University and housing will be provided within a short walk of the meetings.
Participants will be statisticians and biostatisticians who have received their Ph.D. within the
past ve years or are expecting to receive their degree within the same year. The conference
eagerly seeks out participation from under-represented groups and has historically attracted a
very high proportion of women (more than 50% of the participants were women last year). Each
participant will present a short spotlight talk and a more detailed poster. Topics will cover a variety
of areas in statistics and probability, from theory and methods to applications. In particular,
statistical methodology relevant to the health and environmental sciences are covered, such as
biomedical statistics, medical imaging, neuroscience, cancer data analysis, environmental statistics,
epidemiology, computational statistics, bioinformatics, etc. Senior speakers will give plenary talks
for inspiration and overview of various disciplines, and other senior researchers will take part in
panel discussions on (i) publishing, (ii) nding collaborators in the biological sciences, (iii) bio data
science for new researchers, (iv) mentoring, and (v) funding.
This conference series is explicitly aimed at training the future leaders and workers of our pro-
fession. The participants will be able to learn what other people at similar stages of their career
are researching which is useful in broadening their views on the current trends in statistics and
biostatistics. In helping to create networks of new researchers, it lays the groundwork for future
collaboration and the informal exchange of ideas and knowledge. This conference has the speciality
of being organized by junior researchers for junior researchers, so as to better address their own
needs. As a byproduct, this also gives the members of the organizing committee experience in the
many aspects of hosting a conference.