Can you handle the truth? Communicating uncertainty around facts and figures

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Can you handle the truth? Communicating uncertainty around facts and figures 

Tuesday, 14th November 2017; 17:30 – 20:00 (including networking and drinks)

Peterhouse Lecture Theatre, Cambridge

How do ‘experts’ feel about communicating uncertainty around facts and figures? – A distinguished panel, hosted by Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, discuss how uncertainty is, could, and should be communicated.

The Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) is working in partnership with the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at the University of Cambridge to organise this event.

We can never be certain about facts and figures and yet there seems to be an almost universal push for certainty in society. It is often said that politicians, media and the wider public are uncomfortable with ambiguity and demand simple solutions to precisely defined problems.
There are concerns that trying to communicate uncertainty will undermine people’s trust, and make it more difficult to reach decisions. But could the opposite be true? Could a greater effort to communicate uncertainty improve the quality of policy making and public discourse?

Panellists

Chaired and hosted by Sir David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, guest speakers include: Amanda Farnsworth, Head of Visual and Data Journalism, BBC News; Emily Miles, Group Director, Strategy in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and Sir David Norgrove, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority.

For more details and to confirm your attendance, please register here.

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Location: Cambridge