On 9 May 2017 the RSS Glasgow local group and RSE Young Academy of Scotland hosted an event at the Glasgow Science Festival called ‘The Power of Data; Murder, Gambling and Disease’.
The event was attended by over 200 high school pupils from across Glasgow and West Central Scotland who came to hear two excellent talks by Dr Liberty Vittert and Professor Christl Donnelly.
Firstly Dr Liberty Vittert from the University of Glasgow talked to the pupils about the importance of correctly interpreting the data and statistics that are presented to us on a daily basis. The examples discussed covered a broad range of intriguing topics such as the OJ Simpson trial and how likely we are to win the lottery. There was also a discussion of the statistics behind ‘counting cards’ and after some examples some of the audience proved to have potential as future card sharks!
Following Dr Vittert, Professor Christl Donnelly from Imperial College, London delivered the 2017 RSS William Guy Lecture to an enthusiastic audience. She discussed her work on epidemiology and the statistical analysis of infectious disease, talking about the role statistics played in events such as the BSE disease outbreak and more recently, during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The local group would like to thank both our speakers, the Glasgow Science Festival and the school pupils who attended.