High School Career Day

The Statistical Society of Australia (SSA) will host the Early Career & Student Statisticians Conference (ECSSC) 2021 virtually from July 26th to August 1st 2021. As part of the conference, we have set side a day (July 31st 2021) for our future budding statisticians! High school students (year 7 – 12), or teachers of high school and primary students are encouraged to join in the conference.

Workshop: An introduction to statistical programming and analysis

The day will begin with a hands-on workshop were students and teachers will be introduced to the freely available software package R and learn the fundamentals of statistical programming (no experience required!). Participants will have opportunities throughout the workshop to implement what they learn as they work through a statistical problem, from data exploration to data visualisation and more. Our workshop presenters are experienced R users and statisticians, spanning industry and academic researcher.

Workshop Presenters:

  • Dr. Emi Tanaka, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Monash University
  • Dr. Kevin Wang, Statistician at CSL Behring
  • Patrick Robotham, Nimble Australia Pty Ltd
  • Daniel Fryer, Department of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland

High School Day Career Panel

Following the workshop, a careers panel will provide information on the many possible career pathways in statistics and how to navigate statistical learning. Hear from recent statistics graduate and early career statisticians on there experiences studying statistics at varying levels of education, and how they use data in their everyday work to solve a wide variety of problems.

Soraya McPhail

Soraya McPhail is a current methodology graduate at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, ABS. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Western Australia in 2020. At the ABS, Soraya works within the Statistical Methodology Branch, where she assists her team in providing statistical and sampling advice to ABS Business Surveys. Over her short time at the ABS, Soraya has worked on a wide range of projects including investigating the feasibility of using administrative data for ABS publications, confrontational analysis, sample design and estimation support for internal ABS clients.

Jordan Hedi

Ever since graduating from Macquarie University in 2018, I have had the opportunity to work across multiple sectors, industries and organisational scales. From being an analyst at Australia’s largest debt purchaser to catching internal fraud for Westpac, and now with NSW Health as a Trainee Biostatistician. Let me just tell you, I’ve been in the trenches and I’ve seen some things. So, if you got what it takes, let me share my insights about this wild world.

Dr. Elena Tartaglia

Dr. Elena Tartaglia is a Research Scientist at CSIRO’s Data61. She is part of the Analytics and Decisions Sciences program and mainly works on consulting projects with external clients. Elena completed her PhD in Mathematics at the University of Melbourne in 2016 and moved into data science three years ago. Since joining Data61, she has used statistics and data science to solve problems in manufacturing, education, risk management and bushfire prevention.


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. As part of your registration, you will also have access to all other conference days which include an amazing line-up of keynote speakers from all occupations, and a diverse range of selected talks from early career & student statisticians.

Register for the conference!

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

Door Prizes

A number of door prizes will be drawn during the High School Career Day, courtesy of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical & Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS). These will include some introductory statistical textbooks and book vouchers to help foster your learning in statistics!

Contact Information

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

We look forward to welcoming you to our conference!