Risk and Uncertainty. Communication. David Spiegelhalter. Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, CB3 0WB Cambridge,. United Kingdom. The latest Tweets from David Spiegelhalter (@d_spiegel). Statistician Chair, Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication. Own opinions. Cambridge . Communicating risk and. t i t th l f uncertainty: the role of metaphor and analogy. David Spiegelhalter winton professor for the public understanding of risk, p p g.

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While getting training in statistics or communication from your university or scientific society can provide you with tools to better communicate risk, your best safety net is probably your expertise.

Talking to the public about risk

While researchers may play their part by communicating their own results, David Spiegelhalterthe Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk in the statistical spiegelyalter at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, says scientists can also police what others say about risk.

Provided their public statements are based on sound research methods and findings, scientists generally have no reason to worry about legal spoegelhalter. Maynard ris short YouTube videos where he discusses the risks of electronic cigarettes or HPV vaccines, among other topics.

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Spiegelhalter uses his personal blog and Twitter account.

By Elisabeth Pain Mar. To develop healthy coping skills during grad school, first I had to hit rock bottom By Elizabeth A. Rosenberg advises that early-career scientists seek feedback and mentoring from other scientists. They were convicted, the rik saidnot because they had failed to predict the earthquake, but because they had failed to analyze and explain the risks adequately and had given false reassurances to the townsfolk.


More than 3 years later, four scientists, two engineers, and a government official, all members of Italy’s National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks at the time of the earthquake, were found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

What can we learn from Dartmouth? And they are especially vulnerable: By Francis Aguisanda Nov. In the United Kingdom, all women aged 50 to 70 are invited for breast screening every 3 years; the leaflet helps them decide whether to take the test. He suggests that young scientists first watch what senior, high-profile scientists do.

In and previous years I taught Part 1B Statistics – this is my teaching page. At UCS, Rosenberg advocates a somewhat more assertive posture. National Health Service about breast cancer screeningwhich he helped write and design. We fall into the broad category of ‘public understanding of science’, while our work with schools can be considered as ‘maths outreach’. Early-career scientists rarely sit on high-profile committees, but they may, nonetheless, uncover important information about threats to security or wellbeing.

Absolute risk expresses the likelihood of something happening as a percentage or ratio, while the relative risk compares risk levels in different groups.

In L’Aquila, the absolute risk of a violent earthquake was low, but it was higher than usual, and the potential damage was high, so using an absolute figure could appear to minimize the risk.

Me in action at the Port Eliot Festival where I won the Loop championship – this was done using a mixture of mathematical insight, a little skill arising from a mis-spent youth, and a huge dose of luck. So what are the professional responsibilities of scientists when it comes to communicating risk? Getting embroiled in a legal case could damage a budding career.


Understanding Uncertainty This is an educational resource featuring the use of probability and statistics in everyday life, and makes extensive use of animations to help ‘tell the story’ of the data.

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Our work focuses on the appropriate use of quantitative methods in dealing with risk and uncertainty in the lives of individuals and society. Measures taken then to curb overfishing helped some of the fish stocks recover, Rosenberg says.

We are involved in a number of different areas: Science 21 December VolIssue In Aprilan earthquake hit the town of L’Aquila in central Italy, killing people. The seven commission members received a 6-year prison sentence that sparked protests from scientists around the world, concerned that the verdict would push researchers to keep silent about risks in the future.

One way to do this is to raise issues with other researchers through online networks like ResearchGate. In addition, the concepts of absolute or relative risks must be carefully deployed, depending on the situation, Spiegelhalter says. How to seriously read a scientific paper By Elisabeth Pain Mar. Researchers who raised the alarm about the risks of exposure to asbestos in the s faced backlash from asbestos manufacturers, for example.