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An unique opportunity for anyone interested in statistics, whatever your age or background, to learn directly from a renowned world expert

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Online Event: The Art of Statistics

David Spiegelhalter, statistician, University of Cambridge

It is claimed we live in a “post-truth” society in which emotional responses dominate balanced consideration of evidence. This presents a strong challenge to those who value quantitative and scientific evidence: how can we communicate statistics, risks and unavoidable scientific uncertainty in a transparent and trustworthy way?

In this talk, renowned statistician David Spiegelhalter talks about the challenges of communicating during the covid-19 outbreak. And about the wider question: can we communicate deeper uncertainty about facts, numbers, or scientific hypotheses without losing trust and credibility?

What's included in your ticket:

  • On-demand access to a recording of the lecture and Q&A for 12 months
  • Exclusive access to a recording of Holly Krieger's lecture 'The geometry of gerrymandering' filmed at our Instant Expert mathematics masterclass
  • Bonus content from New Scientist

About the speakers:

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter is chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at the University of Cambridge, which aims to improve the way that statistical evidence is used by health professionals, patients, lawyers and judges, media and policy-makers. He advises organisations and government agencies on risk communication and is a regular media commentator on statistical issues, with a particular focus on communicating uncertainty.

His background is in medical statistics, and he has over 200 refereed publications and is co-author of 6 textbooks, as well as The Norm Chronicles, and Sex by Numbers. He works extensively with the media and presented the BBC4 documentaries “Tails you Win: the Science of Chance”, the award-winning “Climate Change by Numbers”, and in 2011 came 7th in an episode of BBC1’s Winter Wipeout.

He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005, and knighted in 2014 for services to medical statistics. He was President of the Royal Statistical Society for 2017-2018. His bestselling book, The Art of Statistics, was published in March 2019. Find him @d_spiegel on Twitter and online at www.statslab.cam.ac.uk/~david/

The event is hosted by Valerie Jamieson, New Scientist Events' creative director.

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This event is suitable for anyone with an interest in the subjects under discussion or a more general scientific interest. However if you are attending the event in a professional capacity you may be interested to know that this event is accredited by the CPD Certification Service and CPD certificates are available to attendees on request by contacting live@newscientist.com.

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Your ticket will give you access to a recording of the event which originally took place on Thursday 23 July 2020 and lasts for approximately one hour. Access to the recording of the event will be available until 23 July 2021.
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New Scientist reserves the right to alter the recording of the event or remove access prior to 23 July 2021. In the unlikely event of the removal of access to the event, all unused tickets will be fully refunded. New Scientist Ltd will not be liable for any additional expenses incurred by ticket holders in relation to the event.
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