Speaker: Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter (RSS president-elect for 2017-2018; Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, University of Cambridge).
Title: Does a university education increase the risk of a brain tumour? The ups and (many) downs of trying to be a 'public statistician'.
Abstract: Statisticians can have special insights into naughty numbers and shabby statistics in the news, but have not tended to have much of a public role. My job is to try and improve the way that stats and risk are discussed in society, and I will relate both positive and negative experiences from radio, TV, print and online, selecting from topics such as climate change, alcohol, sky-diving, sex, the risks of a university education. You can share the panic at being asked unanswerable questions live on radio, and the joys of doing fairly well in Winter Wipeout, due to careful study of the statistics.
Venue: Coates Road Auditorium, University of Nottingham.