NIHR Statistics Group Fourth Annual Conference – Statistical Literacy and Research Integrity with an emphasis on data visualisation to celebrate Florence Nightingale’s Bicentenary

Location: The Edge Conference Centre, 34 Endcliffe Street, Sheffield | Date: 24 June 2021

The NIHR Statistics Group aims to bring together statisticians, clinicians and scientists to develop and promote best methodological practice in research in health and social care.

The Career Development group will host an Early Career Morning before the start of the main NIHR statistics conference on 24th June. Early-career statisticians are invited to register for an Early Career Morning. The options are:

  • The Early Career Morning and Annual Conference, or
  • The Annual Conference

Please see below for pricing options. Early registration is encouraged. It is necessary to register before the end of the Early Bird rate on 30th April 2020 in order to participate in the mentoring scheme or to suggest breakout group themes.

The Early Career Morning

This two-hour session will serve as an opportunity to find out more about the NIHR statistics group, what it can offer early career statisticians including its mentoring scheme, and how to make the most of the conference. There will be career talks with Q&A sessions from Yemesi Takwoingi (University of Birmingham) and Munya Dimairo (University of Sheffield) and an opportunity for early career researchers to meet and discuss particular challenges they are facing and possible solutions. See below for Agenda.

The Main Conference

The aim of the conference is to give an update of the NIHR Statistics Group’s recent activities, involve new and existing members in the formation of future activities, and provide networking opportunities to share and promote best practice. It is an ideal forum for statisticians who work in isolation.

Who is the conference aimed at?

Statisticians who are associated with NIHR research.  This includes researchers/trainees partly- or fully-funded by an NIHR grant, those involved in an NIHR infrastructure. Non-statisticians who are interested in statistics are also very welcome to attend.

Registering early is encouraged as it will allow delegates to help shape the final schedule for the conference in terms of selecting breakout group topics and format.

Theme and Programme for 2021:

Theme: Statistical literacy and research integrity with an emphasis on data visualisation to celebrate Florence Nightingale’s Bicentenary.

Speakers: Professor Martin Bland, Professor Janet Peacock, Professor Christina Yap

Potential break out session topics:

  • Social care: a new NIHR Statistics Working group
  • Challenges facing mid and later career statisticians
  • Reporting of research findings in the mainstream press
  • Preparing a trial application with an adaptive design
  • The flipped classroom as a way of assessing and promoting statistical literacy
  • Twitter as a tool for promoting statistical literacy
  • The use of visual analytics for harm outcomes in pharmacological trials
  • Classical statistical and machine learning approaches to automated disease detection: comparison and validation
  • To blind or not to blind (statisticians)
  • Making adaptive designs more accessible
  • Understanding stages and issues in design and analysis of studies using imaging data for diagnosis and prognosis
  • Benefit Risk Assessment in Clinical Trials

Pricing Options

Delegates have the following options for registering for the conference:

  • Main conference – Day rate (no accommodation included, delegate is responsible for their own arrangements)
  • Main conference plus Early Career Morning – Day rate (no accommodation included, delegate is responsible for their own accommodation)

The Early Bird rate will expire on: TBA

Last Booking Date for this Event: TBA


Draft Programme

Thursday 24th June

Early Career Morning (for those who have registered for this session only)

10:30 – Registration and coffee
11:00 – Welcome and outline for the meeting
11:05 – NIHR Statistics Group – who are we and how to get involved
11:20 – Career talk by Yemisi Takwoingi (University of Birmingham) Q&A
11:50 – Semi structured discussion groups
12:15 – Whole group feedback and discussion
12:30 – Career talk by Munya Dimairo (University of Sheffield) Q&A
13:00 – Lunch/meet mentor time

Main Conference (for all delegates)

1:00-2:00 Arrival and registration
2.00 – Welcome
2.15 – Opening Speaker: Professor Martin Bland
3.15 – coffee break
3.30  – Break out session 1
4.30  – Break out  session 2
5.30  – Feedback from break out groups
6.00  – break/meet mentor time
7.00 – dinner (including poster session)

Friday 25th  June

9.00 – Opening Speaker: Professor Christina Yap
10.00 – NIHR Stats Group update
10.45 – coffee and poster prize
11.15 – Break out session 3
12.15 – lunch/meet mentor time
1.15 – Break out session 4
2.15 – Feedback from breakout sessions
2.45 – coffee
3.00 – Closing Speaker: Professor Janet Peacock
4.00 – End of meeting


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