Government Statistical Service (GSS) Conference 2022

Date
From 13th December 2022 9:00 am to 14th December 2022 5:00 pm
Venue
The Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS

The Government Statistical Service (GSS) conference is currently being organised. The theme of the conference is ‘Changing Statistics for a Changing World’.

More details will be announced soon.

Call for abstracts

The ‘parallel session’ presentations are an excellent opportunity to share the work you have been doing. Perhaps:

  • your statistics are helping people live their lives in our changing world
  • you have changed your processes to produce more relevant and up-to-date statistics
  • you have seen the effect your statistics have had on a national or international scale

The parallel sessions team are now looking for abstracts for both parallel session and poster presentations. If you would like to present at the conference and you are a statistician or data scientist in a government department, or in another public or private sector organisation, you can submit an abstract.

You can use the abstract submission template to create an abstract for your parallel session or poster presentation (ODT, 18.9KB). The deadline for submissions is Friday 14 October 2022. You can send your abstract to GSSConference2022@gmail.com.

We are happy to accept abstracts for work that is not yet finished, but is due to be finished before the conference. Please note that submission or acceptance of a poster presentation does not guarantee a place at the conference.

Meet the team

Eleanor Cuzner

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Eleanor Cuzner is based in Bournemouth and works for the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Favourite random statistic

90% of the world live in the Northern Hemisphere

Favourite, or most hated type of data visualisation or chart

Going back to my days working on the census, my favourite has to be a population pyramid.

Fun fact about Eleanor

I was at the women’s Euros final when football came home!

Mingqing Wu

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Mingqing Wu is based in London and works for the ONS.

Favourite random statistic

177,000 people declared themselves ‘Jedi’ under the religion section in the 2011 census, making it the seventh most popular religion.

Favourite chart type

A line chart. Simple but effective, in most cases.

Fun fact about Mingqing

According to my friends, I am very good at thumb wrestling!

Narayan Jayaram

Narayan works for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Cheena Ghataoura

Cheena Ghataoura is based in London and works for the Department for Education (DfE).

Favourite random statistic

This is not really related to statistics, but applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) have always fascinated me. One of the applications which still baffles me is how robots can judge a beauty contest! This is where robots are trained to detect face symmetry and features, including wrinkles, skin health, ageing factor, and other related factors. Humans take a photo of themselves and submit it to the robot for evaluation based on data that has already been supplied to them. The robots can detect and analyse the data online. It supports the robotic jury in comparing the results and finalising Beauty Queen and King.

Favourite, or most hated type of data visualisation or chart

One of my favourite visuals are Sankey diagrams.

Fun fact about Cheena

I once met Kunal Nayyar who plays Raj on “The Big Bang Theory”. We were on the same flight.

Ben Peters

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Ben Peters is based in London and works for the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Favourite random statistic

British people drink 100 million cups of tea a day. By comparison, British people only drink 70 million cups of coffee each day. I’m pleased to see we’re still a nation that likes to drink tea!

Most hated type of data visualisation or chart

Word clouds, or more specifically word clouds that include conjunctions and pronouns.

Fun fact about Ben

I’ve lived in three continents over my life.

Kitty Dadds

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Kitty Dadds is based in London and works for the Department for Transport (DfT).

Favourite random statistic

You can fit all the planets in our solar system between the Earth and the Moon!

Fun fact about Kitty

My name is actually Kathryn.

Tara Smith

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Tara Smith is based in London and works for the Department for Transport (DfT).

Favourite random statistic

There are approximately 10,000 stars for each grain of sand on Earth.

Most hated type of data visualisation or chart

Donut charts.

Fabiana Macor

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Fabiana Macor is based in London and works for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

Favourite random statistic

I am yet to find my favourite random statistic.

Favourite, or most hated type of data visualisation or chart

It depends! I hate numbers without context. I love using dynamic data to present dynamic trends. Try looking at the income mobility animation from the New York Times to enter a trance.

Fun fact about Fabiana

I completed the Coast to Coast challenge as a teenager. I travelled from the East coast of England to the West coast by bike. Bu this was before my gradual descent into my now fairly sedentary lifestyle!

Oluwakemi Imole Adewumi

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Oluwakemi Imole Adewumi is based in London and works for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Favourite random statistic

Standard deviation.

Favourite, or most hated type of data visualisation or chart

Pie chart.

Fun fact about Oluwakemi

I cook when I am stressed.

Michael Nairn

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Michael Nairn is based in Newport and works for the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Favourite random statistic

Over 90% of all plant and animal species found in Madagascar are endemic.

Favourite, or most hated type of data visualisation or chart

Radar plots.

Fun fact about Michael

My former job involved firing lasers at billion year-old rocks.

Beth Cunningham

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Beth Cunningham is based in Manchester and works for the Department for Education (DfE).

Favourite random statistic

A quarter of British people between the ages of 25 and 34 eat chocolate daily. I can’t believe it’s only a quarter!

Most hated type of data visualisation or chart

Area charts. There’s just something about all the blocks of colour in one chart that I really don’t like!

Fun fact about Beth

In my spare time I go to aerial hoop classes.

Jack Bedford

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Jack Bedford is based in London and works for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Favourite random statistic

The word ‘the’ is the most frequently used word in the country, despite not being used at all across the whole of West Yorkshire.

Favourite type of data visualisation or chart

Pretty basic, but you cannot go wrong with a line chart!

Fun fact about Jack

I am trying to learn Greek!

Henry Watson

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Henry Watson is based in London and works for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Favourite random statistic

There are more ways to arrange a deck of cards than there are atoms on Earth.

Most hated type of data visualisation or chart

Not the biggest fan of pie charts.

Fun fact about Henry

I’m originally from the Isle of Man.

Zarrin Pudney

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Zarrin Pudney is based in Cardiff and works for Welsh Government.

Favourite random statistic

Cheese is the most frequently stolen food in the world. 4% of all cheese ending up being stolen in 2011.

Most hated type of data visualisation or chart

What’s worse than a pie chart? A 3D pie chart with a ‘z’ axis value so some ‘slices’ aren’t even visible! Yes, these things actually exist.

Fun fact about Zarrin

I make jewellery in my spare time. I even made my own wedding and engagement rings!

Ian Hillis

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Ian Hillis is based in London and works for the Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces.

Favourite random statistic

Measures of happiness are some of the least quoted statistics, despite being one of the most important aspects of life.

Favourite type of data visualisation or chart

Pie charts. They are popular amongst the general population and at least your statistic will be read.

Fun fact about Ian

I support Nottingham Forest football club. They were recently promoted after 25 years, so I am praying they avoid relegation after one season.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the conference, please email the team at GSSConference2022@gmail.com.