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2016 Retreat Focuses on "Frontiers"

It's the last word in the name of our Centre, and isn't even included in the ACEMS acronym.

The word "Frontiers," though, emerged as a theme at the 2016 ACEMS retreat last week at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Centre Director Peter Taylor challenged the group to think about that word as the Centre moved forward, in everything from research, to collaborations, to outreach, and to how members engage with the public and industry. 

The retreat was well attended:
- 18 Chief Investigators
- 21 Postdoctoral Fellows
- 8 Professional Staff
- 42 Graduate Students
- 18 Associate Investigators
- 1 Partner Investigator
- 5 Guests
The Acting CEO of the Australian Research Council (ARC), Leanne Harvey, addressed ACEMS members. She talked about the significance of Centres of Excellence, saying "they are prestigious to get, really hard to get, and really important to Australia."

Read Centre Director Peter Taylor's letter to ACEMS members, following the retreat:
ACEMS Chief Investigators: Back Row (L-R): Phil Pollett (UQ), Dirk Kroese (UQ), Matthew Roughan (Adelaide), Louise Ryan (UTS), Scott Sisson (UNSW), Nigel Bean (Adelaide), Peter Taylor (Melbourne), Ian Turner (QUT), Tim Garoni (Monash).  
Front Row (L-R): Aurore Delaigle (Melbourne), Jan De Gier (Melbourne), Kerrie Mengersen (QUT), Matt Wand (UTS), Kevin Burrage (QUT). Attended, but not pictured: Robert Kohn (UNSW), Kate Smith-Miles (Monash), Peter Forrester (Melbourne), Tony Pettitt (QUT). Did not attend: Peter Bartlett (QUT)

Conference to Honour
Prof. Peter Hall

Register now to attend the conference at The University of Melbourne next month to honour and remember Professor Peter Hall.

Professor Hall, of course, was ACEMS inaugural director. The purpose of the workshop is to gather friends and colleagues of Peter to celebrate the life of this exceptional man and his unique contributions to statistics. 

The conference will take place Saturday, 10 December through Monday, 12 December.

For more information, head to the ACEMS Website.

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More than 40 students from nine universities attended this year's ACEMS Student Retreat. The group included students from all seven ACEMS nodes, as well as students from the University of Tasmania and the Australian National University.

With the theme of the retreat being "Science Communication," the students heard from two of Australia's best known science communicators from the ABC. Antony Green (pictured left with students) and Robyn Williams (pictured right) both shared their experiences with the students. 

The students also took part in a media training/communications session on the first day, as well as sessions on industry engagement and early career research later in the retreat.

As part of the ACEMS Student Retreat, students were challenged to present a three minute talk about their research projects.

Five finalists were chosen from the more than 20 who competed:
  • Shrupa Shah (Melbourne)
  • Peter Braunsteins (Melbourne)
  • Robert Salomone (UQ)
  • Winnie Xie (UQ)
  • Abhishek Bhardwaj (ANU)
Shrupa, Peter and Robert were named co-winners of the competition, and each received a $2,000 travel grant from ACEMS. Winnie and Abhishek each received a $1,000 travel grant for being named finalists.

You can see all five of their talks in the video above. All the talks from the Student Retreat will soon be on the ACEMS YouTube channel, so keep your eyes open for that!
Anthony Ebert (QUT) won the ACEMS poster contest at this year's retreat, and will receive a $1,000 ACEMS travel grant.

Anthony is pictured here with Ron Sandland, the Chair of ACEMS' Governance Advisory Board
The winners of this year's "Advanced Sampling and Exploration Matlab Competition" were announced at the retreat.
  • 1st place: Jun Chen (UNSW)
  • 2nd place: Patrick Laub & Robert Salomone (UQ)
Photo: Jun Chen with
Prof Dirk Kroese (UQ)
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