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The Stata workshop on Data Visualisation and Programming has been completed with great success.

Bill Rising (Director of Educational Services of StataCorp) was praised for his excellent material and his "down-to-earth" approach for explaining complex concepts and demonstrating advanced software usage.

Overall 52 people attended the four days (the maximum is 32 people per day), this time mostly from academia but also from the industry (e.g. Hunter Industrial Medicine, SBScibus) and the government (e.g. Reserve Bank of Australia, NT Department of Health).

Attendees mostly came from Australia and New Zealand, but there were also four PhD students from Sussex University (UK) and one from Texas A&M University (USA). As usual, about 30% of places were reserved for PhD students at a significant discount.

I would also like to take this opportunity to explain that the income generated from the workshop is partly used to fund MEAFA's research activities, but mostly is retained in older to build sufficient reserves for funding PhD scholarships. We expect to start funding the PhD scholarships within 2011.

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