Conference in honour of John Deely

A warm invitation is extended to the many friends, colleagues and former students of Professor John Deely (MS, Purdue, 1958; PhD, Purdue, 1965), to attend a two day conference on July 5 and 6 in honour of the contributions John has made both to the field of Statistics, and to the lives of all those he has touched throughout his career.

Professor Deely was the Chair of Statistics at the University of Canterbury for 28 years, was made Emeritus Professor upon his retirement from Canterbury in 1996, and is now a cherished member of the Department of Statistics at Purdue University in Indiana.

The conference will be a satellite of the NZSA meeting, and will be held in the same location, the Erskine Building (formerly the Mathematics and Computer Science Building on the Ilam Campus of the University of Canterbury). There are opportunities for invited and contributed presentations and posters. The final timetable is now available, along with a list of presentation times.

For further information on this event, please contact Dr Mik Black at the University of Otago.


Online registration for the Deely Conference is now available - click here for details, and to register.

The conference dinner is included in the cost of registration, and is to be hosted by John's good friend and colleague, Dr Frank Lad.

Abstract submission

Abstract submission is now closed.

Plenary Speaker: Professor James O Berger

Jim Berger is regarded internationally as one of the leading proponents of Bayesian statistics and statistical decision theory. He is currently the Arts and Sciences Professor of Statistics at Duke University, and Director of the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute. Professor Berger is a member of the USA National Academy of Sciences, and has previously served as president of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (1995-1996), chair of the Section on Bayesian Statistical Science of the American Statistical Association (1995), and president of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (2004). We welcome Jim's long-awaited return to New Zealand, and are particularly grateful to him for reorganizing his schedule to help us honour his long time friend, Professor John Deely.

Invited speakers

  • Professor Ronald Christensen (University of New Mexico).
  • Professor Jayanta K Ghosh (Purdue University).
  • Professor Wesley O Johnson (University of California, Irvine).
  • Dr Frank Lad (University of Canterbury).
  • Professor Steve Samuels (Purdue University).

Additional Information

Accommodation information is now available. For additional enquires, please don't hesitate to make contact by email.

NZSA 2007 Team