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Afternoon meeting: Statistics, the media and public engagement
Wed 10 May 2017, 13:30 – 16:30 BST
On the 10th May several high profile presenters including David Spiegelhalter, Royal Statistical Society President and Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, University of Cambridge, and Chris Cook, Policy editor for Newsnight, plus speakers from the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield, and NHS Digital will discuss this important topic.
David Spiegelhalter, RSS President and Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge.
Getting the numbers out there: the public role of statisticians
Chris Cook, Policy editor, Newsnight.
How computing power is changing the news: a case for optimism and reasons to be worried.
Helen Kennedy, Chair in Digital Society, Department of Sociological Studies / Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield, Seeing Data project (http://seeingdata.org/).
How people respond to data visualisations and why this matters
Jairo Lugo-Ocando, Associate Professor, School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds.
Poor numbers, poor news: the ideology of poverty statistics in the news media
Jonathan Hope (Analytical Section Head, NHS Digital and RSS ambassador) and Kristina Wilcock (Senior Media Relations Manager, NHS Digital).
Official Statistics in the news: How statisticians and media professionals work together to ensure Official Statistics are reported in an independent objective and accurate way.
For abstracts and further details see the local group website: https://sites.google.com/site/rssleedsbradford/home/2016_2017_session/mediamay17
Venue: Medical Lecture Theatre, Worsley Building, University of Leeds, Wednesday 10th May 13:30-16:30, refreshments (teas/coffees only, lunch not provided) outside the lecture theatre from 13:00-13:30