Early Career Researchers' Day

We welcome all students and researchers new to the field to join the Early Career Researchers’ (ECR) Day during next years’ joint International Society for Clinical Biostatistics and Australian Statistical Conference in Melbourne on Thursday, 30 August 2018.

The aim of the day is to encourage discussion on how to be a good researcher and how to come up with statistical research projects of ongoing or future interest. This day should be used to share our personal experiences relating to statistical research and discuss how to deal with the potential pitfalls of the research process. Whether you are just about to graduate or have already gained some experience from working as a researcher or statistical consultant, you will benefit from meeting your peers, exchanging your thoughts and ideas, and getting to know more about how to shape a career in statistics. As such, the day will complement the main Conference which mainly concentrates on research results.

Program and Keynote Speakers:

The below Keynote Speakers will give career advice on strategies for success in statistical research, and will be there to discuss your research challenges with you. The main part of the program, however, will be composed of your contributions and will allow sufficient time for discussions. Therefore, we invite you to contribute to the day by submitting an abstract.

The following keynote speakers will each give a 30-40 minute talk during the event:


Louise Ryan (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
“Navigating a high octane academic career in biostatistics – tips from an Aussie country girl”

After completing her undergraduate degree in statistics and mathematics at Macquarie University, Louise Ryan left Australia in 1979 to pursue her PhD in statistics at Harvard University in the United States.  In 1983, Louise took up a postdoctoral fellowship in Biostatistics, jointly between Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health.  She was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1985, eventually becoming the Henry Pickering Walcott Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard.  Louise returned to Australia in early 2009 to take up the role as Chief of CSIRO’s Division of Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics.  In 2012, she joined UTS as a distinguished professor of statistics in the School of Mathematical Sciences.  Louise is well known for her contributions to the development of statistical methods for cancer and environmental health research.  She is loves the challenge and satisfaction of multi-disciplinary collaboration and is passionate about training the next generation of statistical scientists.  


Nicole Close (Empiristat, USA)
“Statistical Consulting: Active Listening, not Talking”

Nicole C. Close is President and Principal Biostatistician at EmpiriStat, Inc., a specialized biostatistical company founded in 2008 dedicated to collaborating with small to mid-size pharmaceutical, biotech and device companies. Nicole earned her BS from Juniata College, MS from Case Western Reserve University, and her PhD from The George Washington University. She has worked on over 350 protocols in various therapeutic and device areas, and assists with Sponsor submissions and representation with regulatory agencies in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. Her interests are in clinical development and regulatory pathways for start-up companies and supporting them with defendable, strong trial designs and statistics. Nicole serves on various DSMBs, Peer Review Grant Panels, has won the Young Investigator Scientific Achievement Award from City of Hope National Medical Center (California) and was the 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year for Women in Technology (Washington DC).


Tim Morris (University College London, UK)
“Finding fruitful research areas – confessions of a UK city boy”

Tim Morris is a senior medical statistician based at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL. He works on statistical methods for medicine, which aim to be anchored in statistical theory and useful for applied researchers who produce and analyse real, messy datasets. His interests include handling incomplete data, principled sensitivity analysis, handling clustering and covariates in randomised trials, and the re-randomisation design. Tim has one unhealthy obsession with simulation studies and another with statistical graphics. He is working on both.



Abstract submission:

Abstract submission for the ECR Day has now closed. 


You can register for the ECR Day through the main Conference registration system here. Participation will be free of charge for delegates also attending the main Conference, and will be 50 AUD for ECRs attending the day only.


Click here to register


If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Managers via email at iscbasc2018@arinex.com.au

Hosted By




Official Website Sponsor