Each year, the Society's delegated Guy Lecturer (named after former RSS president William Augustus Guy) delivers lectures around a particular statistical theme to sixth form students in schools across the UK.
Dr Jennifer Rogers is a research fellow in medical statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and she sits on the RSS committee for the Young Statisticians Section (YSS). She has made a number of TV appearances including on the BBC programme 'Long Live Britain' and the ITV documentary 'Mystery Map'.
Her lecture will look at evidence based medicine in modern healthcare; how clinical trials are carried out and how statistics are used to assess how good a new treatment is. Titled 'Making life saving decisions in clinical trials: how much evidence do we need?' her talk will also explore how statistics are used to make sense of the world.
Set up in 1999, the first Guy Lecture was delivered by Sir Adrian Smith, who is now the vice-chancellor of the University of London. Other Guy Lecturers since then have included Frank Duckworth, Peter Holmes (founding editor of the Teaching Statistics journal) and last year's Guy Lecturer Stella Dudzic (programme leader at Mathematics in Education and Industry).