Demography/Actuarial Science Workshop: 26 June 2013, 12.30-5.00pm

Workshop in Demography and Actuarial Science:
Methods and Practice

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The Workshop goal is to stimulate broad discussion of two related issues:

  1. New, methodologically interesting challenges in the fields of demographic and actuarial work, especially in New Zealand,
  2. The possibilities for research collaboration with academia, to address these challenges.

The Workshop will also celebrate the April 2013 publication of the book Statistical Methods with Applications to Demography and Life Insurance, CRC Press (Chapman and Hall) by Professor E. Khmaladze.

Well known and active demographers and actuaries will give invited contributions to the discussion of the Workshop topics. For further details of all speakers, please see the programme.

Attendance at the Workshop is free of charge, but completion of a very simple registration process is required for catering purposes. Please register below (UPDATED 20/6/13: registration now closed, sorry).

Estate BookCover The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research has an existing programme on Stochastic Processes in Finance and Insurance (SPFI). From its inception this programme has aimed to educate quantitative analysts of international class. We believe the programme is of high quality, but it is not widely known.

To familiarize people in the industry with the SPFI programme, as an example of the material covered Professor Khmaladze will present an overview of the content of his recently published book.


Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Campus - Murphy Building Annex (attached to the Murphy building, but on the uphill side), Kelburn Parade, Level 6 (the top floor of the Annex - use the lifts in the Murphy building), Room MY 632, 12.30-5.00pm.

Murphy building is at grid reference d22 on the Kelburn Campus map available from the travel and accommodation webpage, which describes travel and accommodation options for visitors to Wellington and to Victoria University.

We have reserved five car parking spaces which can be used by people travelling to the Workshop: space numbers 0068, 0069, 0070, 0071, 0072 at the rear side (Harbour side) of Alan MacDiarmid Building. However, please note these spaces are relatively far away from the Murphy building; please use the campus map to guide you to the Workshop location if you make use of those car parks, which are at grid reference j13.

The start time is now 12.30pm (UPDATED 13 June); final workshop details will be emailed to all registered participants a few days prior to the workshop. For further enquiries, please email Ginny Whatarau.

Registration - Closed

The Workshop is at capacity so registration has now closed (20/6/13). Please email John Haywood or Ginny Whatarau with further queries.


Clicking on the titles of the presentations below will open a copy of the presentation: either PowerPoint or pdf. Here is a (pdf version) of the programme.

Speaker Description Start time Finish Time
David Bibby, PVC Science, Victoria University Welcome 12.30 12.40
Estate Khmaladze, Professor of Statistics, Victoria University Statistical methods for demographers and actuaries: the book review 12.40 13.25
Estate Khmaladze, Professor of Statistics, Victoria University Information on the SPFI Programme at Victoria 13.25 13.40
BREAK Refreshments 13.40 14.00
Kim Dunstan, Senior Demographer, Statistics New Zealand Demographic challenges and statistical developments 14.00 14.30
Leigh Roberts, Economics and Finance, Victoria University Run offs and run outs: extending the life table to other disciplines 14.30 15.00
Natalie Jackson, NIDEA Director, Waikato University What is on a (New Zealand) demographer's mind? 15.00 15.30
BREAK Refreshments 15.30 15.45
Paul Rhodes, President, NZ Society of Actuaries Earthquakes, catastrophes, and the RBNZ solvency standards 15.45 16.00
Richard Brookes, Taylor Fry Consulting Actuaries Price optimisation for personal lines insurance 16.00 16.15
Eric Judd, ACC;
Paul Rhodes, PricewaterhouseCoopers;
Geoff Rashbrooke, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University

Actuarial valuations in the public sector
16.15 16.45
Everyone General discussion 16.45 17.00
Everyone Networking, at the Staff bar (at your own expense) smile 17.00 ??

Organising Committee: John Haywood, Estate Khmaladze and Ginny Whatarau.

Website Editor: John Haywood.