A Message About COVID-19 and the 2021 ASA Conference on Statistical Practice

The ASA is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and its implications for CSP 2021. As the situation evolves daily, we are looking into solutions and options and will provide information to you as we have it. Please continue to adhere to deadlines and watch for updates while we work through details. As a potential participant, please note that the format of the meeting may change. Questions may be sent to meetings@amstat.org.

Submit an Abstract

Concurrent Session Abstract Resubmission
July 9 – August 31, 2020

Poster Abstract Submission
July 9 – August 31, 2020

Submit an Abstract


 
Concurrent Session Abstract

Abstracts are being accepted until August 31, 2020, for concurrent session presentations*. Each presentation will be for 35–40 minutes and should focus on any one of the four broad themes.

*If you already submitted your concurrent abstract proposal, please do not submit again. This reopening is for new submissions only.

What to Include in Your Submission

There are limited slots available. Successful presentations have the following characteristics:

  • Immediate practical value
  • Clear relevance to the conference goals and themes
  • Clear and specific objective(s)
  • Evidence there will be audience engagement/participation with interactive exercises
  • Titles/content that create interest and/or clearly describe the deliverable

Each submission must include the following:

  • Presentation title, abstract, and presenter name(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Qualifications of the presenter(s) that demonstrate expertise in the practical application of the presentation topic, which may include education, special training or study, work experience, or previous papers or presentations on the topic
  • Abstract that includes an explanation of the following:
    • How the presentation will immediately help participants:
      • Learn statistical techniques that apply to their job as an applied statistician
      • Better communicate with their clients and customers
      • Have a positive impact on their organization or enhance their professional development
    • How the material presented could apply across industries
  • An indication of whether the presentation is of an introductory nature

Note that the use of software in a presentation should only be to highlight the application or technique, not to promote or sell software. Also note that while we encourage ‘showcase’ applications from all industries (e.g., agricultural, biological, chemical, engineering, environmental, financial, government, marketing, software), the technique, lesson, or message presented should be applicable or spark thought across several industries.

Poster Abstract

Would you like to share your experience as a statistical practitioner solving real-world problems? If so, an electronic poster presentation is a great way to have an extended face-to-face discussion. A poster presentation also serves as an excellent teaching tool, allowing for direct and immediate feedback; broad exposure; and the ability to display extensive graphics, tables, and animations.

We are calling for electronic posters that provide opportunities for attendees to learn about practical applications of statistical methodologies and best practices in one of the four themes of the conference.

The posters should be consistent with the conference objectives:

  • Learning statistical techniques that apply to your job as an applied statistician
  • Learning how to better communicate with customers and clients
  • Learning how to have a positive impact on your organization

Poster abstract submissions will be reviewed and competitively evaluated on the above objectives, as well as their ability to communicate established methods and techniques applicable to solving real-world problems in statistical practice. The topic should be relevant and practical for a variety of statistical practitioners.

All submissions should include a title, author information, and abstract text (between 800 and 1,200 characters).

Presenters are required to host their electronic posters during their assigned 75–90-minute session.

Single-slide posters with hyperlinks to graphics or background information are preferred; if a multiple-slide poster is used, it is recommended that no more than four slides be included.

Presenters should also have a one-minute “elevator pitch” prepared to orally present and summarize their material. For more information about the poster format, see Poster Presentation Tips.

Best Student Poster
This year, as in previous years, there will be an award for the Best Student Poster. All student posters presented at CSP 2021 will be evaluated at the conference by a panel of at least four judges on the topic, methods used, and presentation of the material visually and orally.

The award will be announced at the Closing General Session of the conference and reported by the ASA on Facebook and Twitter and in Amstat News. The winner will be given a certificate from the ASA and a one-year student membership. (If the presenter is not there, the certificate will be mailed.)

 
 

CSP is based on the following four themes:

Theme 1: Career, Professional, and Leadership Development

The objective of this theme is to help conference participants develop skills and perspectives that increase their potential for organizational impact as managers, leaders, mentors, and strategists. Presentations will enable participants to return to their jobs with new ideas, techniques, and strategies for improving their ability to assume leadership roles, develop and advance their careers, and assist others in doing the same. Potential topics include the following:

  • Organizational impact and influence
  • Building infrastructure
  • Team building and strategy
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Leadership and management
  • Mentoring
  • Career development and advancement
  • Statistical ethics
Theme 2: Study Design and Data Management

The objective of this theme is to provide attendees with practical knowledge about initiation of new projects, impact of study design and sampling, importance of data collection and data management, data engineering, and related challenges for structured and unstructured data. Presentations will feature information relevant to a broad range of applied statisticians working in diverse settings. Potential topics include the following:

  • Study, experimental, or trial design
  • Sampling methodology
  • Statistical analysis plans and case report forms
  • Data management
  • Data engineering
  • Data and study ethics
  • Educating others about study design and data

Note: For submissions in this theme, please indicate whether your presentation is targeted to an audience with little exposure to the topic (introductory) or assumes a base level of knowledge (intermediate).

Theme 3: Implementation and Analysis

The objective of this theme is to provide attendees with practical knowledge about modeling and analyzing data of various forms through the application of state-of-the-art statistical or machine learning methods. Presentation methods should use illustrative data analysis examples and may focus on a variety of data types from varied applied settings. Presentations will feature information relevant to a broad range of applied statisticians working in diverse settings. Potential topics include the following:

  • Modeling
  • Inferential and hypothesis testing
  • Predictive analytics
  • New packages or procedures
  • Implementing reproducible methods
  • Analytics, big data, and unstructured data analytic methods
  • Machine learning
  • Evidence-guided statistical practice

Note: For submissions in this theme, please indicate whether your presentation is targeted to an audience with little exposure to the topic (introductory) or assumes a base level of knowledge (intermediate).

Theme 4: Effective Communication

The objective of this theme is to help conference participants develop skills that will improve their written and verbal communication of both scientific and nonscientific information, thus enabling them to increase their impact as strategic, consultative, and collaborative statisticians. Potential topics include the following:

  • Finding your voice
  • Presenting statistical results to nonstatisticians
  • Understanding your audience
  • Writing and reviewing manuscript submissions
  • Tips and tricks for successful grant writing
  • Writing white papers for industry
  • Data visualization techniques
  • Speaking to the media
  • Ethical statistical communication
  • Educational efforts in communication
  • Best practices in consulting and collaboration

When designing your proposal, bear in mind your target audience includes conference participants who are looking to receive immediate practical value from your course presentation and materials.

Each proposal submission must include the following:

  • Course Type (full-day short course, half-day short course, or two-hour tutorial)
  • Course Title
  • Course Description
    • Outline and Objectives: Course abstract, outline, scope, objectives, intended level, and any prerequisites
    • Instructor Qualifications: Qualifications must demonstrate expertise in the course topic and may include education; special training or study; work experience; or previous papers, presentations, or courses on the topic
  • Relevance to Conference Goals: A brief discussion about how the course will enable participants to immediately achieve the conference goals (as follows):
    • Learn statistical methods or programming techniques that apply to their job as applied statisticians
    • Better communicate and collaborate with their clients and customers
    • Have a positive effect on their organization or enhance their professional development
  • Software Packages to Be Used
  • Instructor Name(s) and Affiliation(s)
 

 

Key Dates

    Attend

  • September 30, 2020
    Early Registration and Housing Opens
  • January 7, 2021
    Early Registration Deadline
  • January 8, 2021
    Regular Registration (increased fees apply)
  • January 19, 2021
    Housing Deadline
  • February 18, 2021 – February 20, 2021
    CSP in Nashville, TN
  • Program Participants

  • April 1, 2020 – May 7, 2020
    Short Course and Tutorial Proposal Submission
  • May 14, 2020 – June 14, 2020
    Concurrent Abstract Submission
  • July 9, 2020 – August 31, 2020
    Poster Abstract Submission
  • July 9, 2020 – August 31, 2020
    Concurrent Abstract Submission Re-Opens
  • November 16, 2020
    Speaker Registration Deadline