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A Message from
ACEMS Director Peter Taylor

Dear ACEMS members,
I’m writing this with the recent Conference in Honour of Peter Hall very much in my mind. Even though the conference was held over a weekend, it attracted over one hundred delegates and a list of 23 internationally-renowned invited speakers that has probably not been matched at a statistical conference in this country.
Thinking about the conference has given me a chance to reflect on what the year has been like for ACEMS. First and most obviously, it has been a year of loss. Peter was alive at the beginning of 2016 and he is not now.
In addition, other key ACEMS staff have departed, notably Chief Investigator John Geweke and Chief Operating Officer Tania Smith. As the year comes to an end, it is appropriate to acknowledge the contributions of all of who have been part of ACEMS, especially those who have moved on. In particular, I wish John, Tania, and all other ACEMS members who have left, all the best in their future endeavours.
The Conference in Peter’s Honour also demonstrated something else - that we can look forward to great things even when celebrating past achievements. Speaker after speaker stood up and explained the background to an open problem that they had started to discuss with Peter, or were intending to discuss with him. It was all about research going forward. People in the audience contributed their ideas and discussions ensued. By the time Monday afternoon came around, I was confident that new collaborations will form and much new and significant research will occur as a result of interactions that took place at the Conference. Again, I think that this reflects a reality that applies to ACEMS more generally. We are getting to know each other better, research collaborations are starting to happen and we can anticipate with confidence that we are going to deliver all the things that a Centre of Excellence should deliver. In particular I look forward to a large body of research outcomes, outreach activities, stakeholder engagement and media stories that we can be proud of in 2017 and beyond.
In the meantime, I’d like to wish you all a safe and relaxing holiday period before we all get back on deck to confront what I’m sure will be a challenging, but exciting, new year.
Best wishes,
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