Event Info

The Statistical Society of Australia (SSA) will host the Early Career & Student Statisticians Conference (ECSSC) 2021 virtually from July 26th to 1st August, 2021. The conference is aimed at developing, maintaining and improving contact and support amongst ECSSs working in various scientific disciplines, including agriculture, economics, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and environmental statistics.

Pre-Conference Events


We have several workshops will take place leading up to the conference. These workshops include Science Communication Series (beginning 5th May), and will include four workshops that cover Science Communication, Visualising Your Data, Honing Your Pitch, and Presenting Virtually. These workshops are designed to equip delegates with all the tools they need to present in a virtual environment, while augmenting their current communication skills. This workshop series is free for ECSSC-registered delegates. However, non-registered individuals, the cost is $10 per workshop.

We also have pre-conference workshops, which include Convex Optimization for Statistical and Machine Learning CVXR workshop, set to take place on 24th July, 2021. For more info on these workshops, please click on our Workshops tab and register for early-bird prices!

Video Competition

ECSSs can submit a 1- to 3-minute-long video to discuss either their research, work, or any other statistical-topic that’s close to their heart. There are prizes to be won, and bragging rights to be had! Create a video and submit for your chance to become YouTube famous! For more information regarding the competition and prizes, please click on our Video Competition tab. Competition winners will be announced at the end of the conference, so be sure to register for ECSSC 2021!


From 1st July to 23rd July 2021, we will be holding an ECSSC Wiki-a-thon competition in which participants will focus on improving the quality of Australian statistician Wikipedia pages. We particularly encourage improve the Wiki pages of rising ECSSs as well as those listed on the SSA ECSS Network (ECSSN) t-shirt. You can register as an individual or as a team. The winner will be the individual/team that produces the best balance between quality and quantity. Aptly, winners will receive their very own Great Australian Statisticians t-shirt! Come back closer to the start date for more competition details!

During the Conference

Keynote Speakers

This year we have five keynote speakers who will offer insights into various career possibilities in both industry and academia. Our keynote speakers include Paola Oliva-Altamirano (Innovation Lab, Our Community/SmartyGrants), Kendra Vant (Xero), Helena Jia (Educational Training Service), Minh-Ngoc Tran (University of Sydney) and Peter Taylor (University of Melbourne). For more info on our keynote speakers, please click on our Home Page tab to view each presenter’s profile.

Student Presentations and Posters

Laced amongst our keynote speakers’ presentation will be ECSSs presentations and poster sessions. We’re looking for abstracts that cover any topic that might interest an ECSS. No finding is too insignificant or story too boring! We encourage ECSSs to take the opportunity to put themselves out there and perhaps inspire and encourage others on their career journeys. Abstracts can range from reporting a novel way to solve a tricky data problem, recounting career highs and lows, composing a bio of an inspirational statistician, or even introducing a new programme that may not be widely known in the statistical community. As far as the ECSSC Committee is concerned, everyone has something meaningful to contribute to our beloved statistical profession. To submit your abstract, please visit our Abstract Submissions page, which includes contact info for our Abstract Submissions Managers.

Social Events

Work hard and play hard is our motto! There are several opportunities to interact socially with fellow ECSSs, including several virtual games (e.g., trivia), guided networking opportunities, discussions over Airmeet), etc. More details will be available closer to conference start date.


The first 120 paid registrations will receive one AUD$25 Menulog voucher proudly Sponsored by ACEMS! You can use the voucher for food and/or drink purchases during the conference. Eat your lunch and socialise with your colleagues during one of our many social events!

Additionally, all delegates will receive a virtual goodie-bag, which will include:

  • ECSSC Zoom backgrounds
  • Your personalized virtual ECSSC Delegate Badge
  • Bingo card for you to play during the conference
  • ECSSC-exclusive discount codes and posters from our Sponsors
  • An opportunity to speak to our virtual exhibitors during dedicated times

High school career day

We have set aside a day (31st July 2021) for our future budding statisticians! High school students, or teachers of high school and primary school students, are encouraged to join the conference. Information will be available regarding possible career pathways in statistics, addresses by a careers panel, with panellists representing different stages of career progression, and fun and interactive activities. Registration is free of charge for school students. Simply upload a copy of your student ID at the time of registration as proof of your student status.

How to Register

Online registration and information on the conference, keynote speakers, workshops, and abstract submissions are available at:  http://ecssc2021.com.au/.

Early-bird registration (before 26th May 2021) for students is AUD$65 for SSA members and $90 for students who are not yet members of the SSA. Student memberships with the SSA can be purchased for AUD$20.00. High school students can attend the conference free of charge but must upload a copy of their student ID as proof of their student status.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, please contact the ECSSC Chair via email at janan.arslan@unimelb.edu.au.