Significance lecture at RSS2017 Conference on astrostatistics

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We are very pleased to announce the Significance Lecturer at this year's RSS Conference.

This year, the lecture will focus on the emerging science of astrostatistics and will be delivered by Imperial College London astrophysicist Roberto Trotta (pictured), who promises 'an accessible and engaging introduction to astrostatistics' - a field of study in which astronomers, astrophysicists and statisticians are working together to advance our understanding of the universe by decrypting a wealth of very large and complex data sets about the cosmos.

Roberto researches dark matter, dark energy and the Big Bang. He was the Lockyer Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society at Oxford University, and a Junior Fellow of St Anne's, before being appointed at Imperial in 2008. He is also the recipient of numerous awards for his research, teaching and science communication activities, including the Lord Kelvin Award of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, the Michelson Prize of Case Western Reserve University, and an Imperial College President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is an elected fellow of the International Astrostatistics Association.

Roberto's award-winning first book for the public, The Edge of the Sky: All you need to know about the All-There-Is, endeavours to explain the universe using only the most common 1,000 words in English. Roberto was named as one of the 100 Global Thinkers 2014 by Foreign Policy magazine, for 'junking astronomy jargon'.

The RSS 2017 Conference takes place in Glasgow, Scotland, 4 – 7 September 2017.


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