Statistical Laboratory

 

Celebrating 2013 as Centenary Year of the Medical Research Council and International Year of Statistics

 

To view the lecture by David Spiegelhalter, please click 'View Webinar Here'.

To view the lecture by Tim Harford, please click 'View Webinar Here'.

Public Lectures 29 April 2013 to 20 June 2013

MRC Biostatistics Unit and University of Cambridge Statistical Laboratory are co-hosting a series of free public lectures to celebrate the wonders of statistics. The series concludes on 20 June 2013 with a final lecture and Summer Reception.

Date

Speaker

Title

Venue

Time

29 April

Professor Sir Michael Rawlins

Chair of Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs 1998-2008, Chair of NICE 1999-2013

Failings in hierarchies of evidence for controversial health-policy decisions Babbage Lecture 17.30
22nd May

Tim Harford

Financial Times "Undercover Economist", presenter of Radio 4’s ‘More or Less’

Numbers are weapons: a self-defence guide Babbage Lecture 17.30
28th May

Professor Sir John Beddington

Government Chief Scientific Advisor  2008-2013

What’s happening to the world? Babbage Lecture 17.30
20 June

Professor David J. Spiegelhalter

Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, University of Cambridge.

Booking is required for this event. Please register here.

Putting life into numbers - how statistical science has transformed health care Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute *18.30


*A Summer Reception held at the Cancer Research UK Institute, Li Ka Shing Centre, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0RE will follow Professor David Spiegelhalter’s Public Lecture: Putting life into numbers – how statistical science has transformed health care.

 

Professor Sir Michael Rawlins

Failings in hierarchies of evidence for controversial health-policy decisions

Western philosophers have debated on the nature of what constitutes "scientific" enquiry for hundreds of years. In this lecture Michael Rawlins will consider the respective places of experimentation and observation in deciding whether therapeutic interventions are fit for purpose

Tim Harford

Numbers are weapons: A self defence guide

Tim Harford is presenter of Radio 4's "More or Less" - a program commended three years running for excellence in journalism by the Royal Statistical Society. But Tim isn't a statistician - and neither is anyone else on the program team. So how do people with a limited understanding of the technical details keep their heads - and their facts straight - in a world swimming with complex statistics? Tim presents a self-defence guide for the statistical battlefield.

To view the lecture by Tim Harford, please click 'View Webinar Here' . To read an interview held earlier this year with Tim Harford, please click here.

 

Professor Sir John Beddington

What’s happening to the world?

The presentation will focus on some of the key and arguably irrevocable changes that will be occurring in the 21st century over the next few decades.  It will then focus on some of the potential hazards that may emerge over a much shorter timescale and finally look towards the middle of the century and beyond.  Inter alia it will cover issues of climate, population, urbanisation, resource security and the National Risk Register.

Professor David J. Spiegehlater

Putting life into numbers - how statistical science has transformed health care

To view the lecture by David Spiegelhalter, please click 'View Webinar Here' . To read an interview with Professor Spiegelhalter, please click here.

 

 

Open Day 20 June 2013

 

Café Scientifique discussions are being held from mid-morning and are open to adults and secondary school age children.

There will also be displays and activities about the history, pioneers and discoveries of the MRC Biostatistics Unit: one of the MRC’s four
foundation units.


Venue: Large Lecture Theatre, Institute for Public Health, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0SR