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UKZN Conference Celebrates Statistics By The Sea



UKZN Conference Celebrates Statistics By The Sea

UKZN Conference Celebrates Statistics By The Sea. The 64th Annual Conference of the South African Statistical Association (SASA), held in collaboration with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), unfolded as a vibrant celebration of statistical innovation and collaboration against the backdrop of the Durban coastline.

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UKZN Conference Highlights

The week-long event, attended by over 200 delegates, featured a diverse array of activities including seven workshops, six enlightening plenary sessions, and 20 themed sessions. Noteworthy among these was a Business Breakfast focusing on talent connection and workforce development in the data era.

Keynote Speakers and Insights

Esteemed speakers like Dr. Mark Glickman of Harvard University and Professor Maxim Finkelstein of the University of the Free State delivered thought-provoking presentations, covering topics ranging from the application of data science in music authorship analysis to the reliability of virtual age.

Academic and Industry Collaboration

The conference underscored the imperative of fostering collaboration between academia and industry in advancing statistical research and practice. Initiatives like DataAnalytics4Industry were launched, emphasizing the pivotal role of universities in nurturing talent for the data-driven economy.

Building Capacity and Driving Innovation

Speakers emphasized the importance of capacity building in disciplines such as biostatistics to address pressing societal challenges, including non-communicable diseases. UKZN showcased its commitment to innovation through programs like the BSc Data Science and collaborative industry projects.

Celebrating Excellence

The conference featured an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding contributions in statistical research and practice, further underscoring the commitment to excellence within the statistical community.


As the conference concluded on a high note, delegates had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Ithala Game Reserve, reflecting on the collective achievements and insights gained during this enriching gathering.

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