Bayes 2013: Workshop on Bayesian Spatio-Temporal Modelling

[Thomas Bayes]

This series of research talks and discussion forum is in honour of the contribution of Rev Thomas Bayes. Bayes was a student of the University of Edinburgh from 1719 to c. 1722. This yearly workshop follows in footsteps of the Bayes 250 workshop organised in 2011 to mark the 250th anniversary of Rev Bayes's death. This year's meeting is particularly focused on the contributions of Bayes's ideas towards the development and application of statistical methods to spatial and spatio-temporal problems. See here for details of last year's meeting.

The workshop will start in the afternoon of Tues 8 October and finish at lunchtime on Weds 9 October, 2013. The final programme of the workshop is available here.

Invited speakers:
Peter J Diggle, Lancaster University, UK. Abstract
Gavin Gibson, Heriot-Watt University, UK Abstract .
Adam Butler, Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS), Edinburgh, UK Abstract .
Jonty Rougier, University of Bristol, UK. Abstract
Andrew Zammit-Mangion, University of Bristol, UK. Abstract

Attendance and submissions

Registration for the workshop is now closed


The workshop will be held in the Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton St, Edinburgh. Directions to the Informatics Forum are available.


Participants will need to arrange their own accommodation. Here are two lists of suggested hotels:

Food / Drink

The Informatics Forum is located in the center of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital. There is a wealth of local restaurants, cafes and pubs. You may find this list of restaurants and pubs useful. Many of these places are listed in this Google map of Edinburgh which was prepared for a different conference.

Wireless Access

Wireless Internet access will be available to all participants. Instructions for accessing the wireless network will be made available at the workshop.

Travel Information

Participants will need to make their own travel arrangements. Information about travel to and from Edinburgh Airport is available. A taxi to the city centre from the airport costs about 15GBP to 20GBP one way. There is also an excellent express bus from the airport called Airlink that terminates in the city centre and costs 6GBP for a return journey. The journey to the airport requires approximately 30 minutes from the city centre.

By train the nearest station is Edinburgh Waverley. See National Rail Enquiries for train information.

Historical Information

There are several good biographical sources about Bayes. One reference that is enjoyable to read is D. R. Bellhouse, 2004, The Reverend Thomas Bayes, FRS: A Biography to Celebrate the Tercentenary of His Birth, Statistical Science 19 (1): 3–43.

Additionally, you may also enjoy reading the paper that started it all: Thomas Bayes, 1763, An Essay towards Solving a Problem in the Doctrine of Chances, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 53, 370–418. For easier reading this has been reprinted with modern typography in Biometrika, 45(3/4), 293–315, 1958, with a biographical note by G.A. Barnard.


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This meeting is supported by the Principal of the University of Edinburgh.