BioC2017 Developer Day

A couple of weeks back I was in Boston for BioC2017, the annual Bioconductor meeting. This is my favourite conference because I get to hear from and meet the awesome community that develop and use R/Bioconductor packages to enable research in high-throughput biology. The agenda and slides for the 3 days are available from I’m drawing on these notes that I scrawled during Developer Day, the first day of the meeting.

Thoughts from the Australian Statistical Conference 2014

I started this post as a straight review of the Australian Statistical Conference 2014, but it turned into something else about large conferences and what makes me excited about statistics (spoiler alert, the answer is data science). This year’s conference was in Sydney and was held jointly with the annual meeting of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Being held jointly with the IMS had two main effects: This was by far the biggest statistics conference I’ve been to, with some 500-600 delegates and up to 8 parallel session.