Nobel Week Dialogue

9 December 2019, Gothenburg

INTO THE UNKNOWN

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Sir David Spiegelhalter advises organisations and government agencies on risk communication and is a regular media commentator on statistical issues, with a focus on communicating uncertainty.

Sir David Spiegelhalter is chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication in the University of Cambridge, which aims to improve the way that statistical evidence is used by health professionals, patients, lawyers and judges, media and policy-makers. He advises organisations and government agencies on risk communication and is a regular media commentator on statistical issues, with a particular focus on communicating uncertainty.

His background is in medical statistics, and he has over 200 refereed publications and is co-author of 6 textbooks, as well as ‘The Norm Chronicles’ (with Michael Blastland), and ‘Sex by Numbers’. He works extensively with the media, and presented the BBC4 documentaries ‘Tails you Win: the Science of Chance’, the award-winning ‘Climate Change by Numbers’, and in 2011 came 7th in an episode of BBC1’s Winter Wipeout.

He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005, and knighted in 2014 for services to medical statistics. He was president of the Royal Statistical Society for 2017-2018. His bestselling book, ‘The Art of Statistics’, was published in March 2019.