Professor Alan Welsh from Australian National University has been selected to be the next Co-Editor of IBS’s Biometrics journal. Alan’s term will start on 1 January, 2020 and end on 31 December, 2022.

The IBS journal Biometrics operates under a three Co-Editor structure, with the Co-Editors having staggered terms so that, each year, a Co-Editor completes his/her term. The three Co-Editors are also from different geographic locations, with one each from North America, Europe, and locations other than these.

Alan Welsh holds the E.J. Hannan Professorship in Statistics at the Australian National University. He has contributed to statistical methodology and theory, including robustness and model selection in linear models, robustness and bootstrapping in linear mixed models, semiparametric estimation, modelling zero-inflated data, modelling compositional data and the analysis of data from sample surveys. He has written a monograph on Aspects of Statistical Inference (Welsh 1996) and jointly authored another on Maximum Likelihood Estimation for Sample Survey Data (Chambers et al 2012). He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics from 2012-2015. Alan was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2007, Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 1990, and Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2002. He was awarded the Moran Medal of the Australian Academy of Science for outstanding research in statistics by a person under the age of 40 in 1990, the Pitman Medal of the Statistical Society of Australia in 2012 and the E.J. Hannan Medal of the Australian Academy of Science in 2019.  He has also been awarded the E.A. (Alf) Cornish Award of the Australasian Region of the International Biometric Society in 2017 and Honorary Life Membership of the International Biometric Society in 2018.  He is the current President of the Australasian Region of the International Biometric Society.