I’ve barely seen The Beast in the last week. Aside from writing a grant application at the last moment, I went to a stats conference in Norway. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay, because my institute held its annual retreat, and I couldn’t really miss that. So I attended the first two days of the conference, including the excursion.
Like any conference, it provided much food for thought and the chance to catch up with friends. And, i was speaking so I had to write the talk too (and, um, get the results ready). The highlight was the excursion, though. I took the trip up this fjord.
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Even getting there was impressive
These fjords are big – my parents live in the Lake District in north-west England, which is also a former glacial stronghold, but that’s piddling compared to just this fjord (and Norway is full of ’em)
Slartibartfast’s signature off shot
We even stopped to look at some smaller houses on the way back
The actual conference really didn’t stand a chance, did it? It was the usual stats fair – some interesting stuff, but the most interesting thing I heard was on the train back to the airport (something about Markov random fields on manifolds).
I got back, and had to get up early the next day, to go to our institute’s retreat. this was actually more rewarding scientifically – I got to meet a few people, and we were also discussing how the institute should continue in our next round of funding. The social sciences people arranged the programme, and one has to give them credit for organising sessions where we could have genuine and fruitful discussions. I think the people at the top, who have to decide how to take the institute forward, now have a better idea about how to structure the research.
Oh, and there was some football on as well. The programme for the meeting was too full to have a break to watch the Germany game. This was probably a blessing in disguise.
Phew. Next week I get back to normal work. I’ll see what awaits me in my office.