RSS Merseyside: Communicating Statistics

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Wednesday 18 December 2019, 02:00pm

Location  Room 305a, Brodie Tower, Liverpool L69 3GL

About the event:

Please note - this meeting will be preceded at 13.30 by the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

14.00-14.45 Dr Jamie Sergeant (University of Manchester): "Communicating medical statistics to the media and public"

Jamie Sergeant is a Lecturer in Biostatistics at the University of Manchester.  But before that he was a secondary school maths teacher and that’s where his interest in communicating statistics probably started.  While the quote “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, then you don’t understand it yourself” is often attributed to Einstein, Jamie’s version from his former career might be “If you can’t think of a way to make this interesting for 30 lower-middle set Year 8s, then you’re going to be eaten alive”.  Jamie will talk about examples of communicating statistics to the media and public, including from the Cloudy with a Chance of Pain study of weather and chronic pain.

14.45-15.00 Tea and Coffee

15.00-15.45 Prof. Jen Rogers (Phastar): "Living is a Risky Business"

Jen was the Royal Statistical Society Guy Lecturer for 2014 and since then she has been carried out many public engagement activities. She can regularly be found giving presentations in schools, theatres, and to the general public. In this talk, Jen will be sharing her experiences of communicating statistics to lay audiences and will be presenting excerpts from her talk "Living is a Risky Business" as examples.


Directions: Campus Map - Brodie Tower is Building 233 in gridsquare C8

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