**Speakers: Dr Liberty Vittert & Professor Christl Donnelly**

**Statistics are everywhere, from murder trials to playing the l
ottery. How can we identify patterns from ‘noisy’ data? Statistical experts
demonstrate how to think mathematically about chance, risk and uncertainty
. A joint event at Glasgow University consisting of two one-hour sessions a
imed at senior secondary school pupils (S4 - S6), each focusing on differen
t applications of statistical thinking.**

** • Sessi
on 1 with Dr Liberty Vittert: "How to win the lottery and get away with mur
der." Statistics plays an incredible role in our everyday li
ves, you just don't know about it. From murder trials, to the lottery winne
r, to chances of survival with cancer, statistics and probability is in eve
rything. Come find out how statistics and probability determines just about
everything. School pupils will work in small groups to figure out statisti
cal paradoxes presented during the lecture.**

** • S
ession 2 with Professor Christl Donnelly: The Ebola and Zika epide
mics have brought infectious disease outbreaks into everyone's consciousnes
s. The media images are of doctors and nurses in full body
protection treating patients, but there are also important roles for stati
sticians analysing patient data. I explain epidemic growth – how diseases s
pread if each person infects two others, for example. I explain why Ebola i
s seen by many as a bigger global threat than malaria and why some diseases
are easier to control than others (comparing SARS to influenza). The talk
will be filled with examples of diseases including: BSE/vCJD, bovine TB, fo
ot-and-mouth disease, SARS, influenza, dengue, MERS, Ebola and Zika.**

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Registration: www.gla.ac.uk/events/sciencefestival/eventsandprojects/glasgo
wsciencefestival2017/schools/headline_325795_en.html**