ExIStA Launch Event

On November 28th, researchers from more than a dozen departments within the University mixed with delegates from Plymouth University, the Met Office, NHS Devon, the County Council and a number of local businesses for the ExIStA launch event. Attendance was high with more than 100 people registered for the event which showcased posters from more than 40 members. Poster topics ranged from medical research focussing on the therapeutic potential of Vitamin D for dementia to climate research focusing on the correlation between frequency and intensity of tropical cyclones.  A full list of attendees and poster titles is available on the ExIStA web site.

Dr Tim Paulden, Innovation & Development Manager at ATASS Ltd, commented: "At the launch event there was a genuine buzz in the air. It's rare for people working in fields as diverse as climate science, medicine, finance, sports and politics to be able to come together to share their ideas and research like this - and thrilling to imagine the kind of collaborations that could spring out of the initiative."

"We set up the initiative about 3 months ago and we've been amazed by the level of interest and excitement that it's generated", says ExIStA director, Steve Brooks. “The launch event itself has boosted our membership to over 150 now and we hope to use this energy to create a sustainable community that supports statistical activity in the region and fosters collaboration between those who use and those who develop statistical methods."

Peter Ashwin, Head of Maths at the University of Exeter stated "I am very excited by the potential that ExiStA is unlocking, already at its launch. There are many people in the university and region who use statistical or data-mining methods but are not aware of what else is going on in the area. This initiative is the perfect way to get and stay in touch with others who can help you."

The next event will be held on February 29th and will be an afternoon of short talks by members on the work they’re involved in, followed by an informal networking session. Details will be posted on the web site as soon as they become available.

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