We would like to invite you to the next Leeds/Bradford Royal Statistical Society (RSS) meeting on Wednesday 11th February 2015. The meeting will be held at the University of Leeds and is entitled "Statistics and the Media" and is in association with the RSS Sheffield Local Group.
The meeting will be held in Seminar Room 8.49n, Worsley Building, University of Leeds, from 3-5pm with refreshments from 2:30pm. No registration is required and everyone is welcome, membership of RSS is not required to attend.
How the media operate: a statistician's view Kevin McConway - Department of Mathematics and Statistics, The Open University How should statisticians interact with journalists? What should statisticians know about how the media operate? For several years I have worked (occasionally) with journalists, and provided expert statistical comments on press releases and media stories. I will describe my experience of the many-sided relationship between scientists, press officers, journalists, and the public they are writing for, from the point of view of the statisticians who are also involved. Using examples such as the question of whether mobile phones cause brain tumours, I will explain how none of the parties in this relationship makes things easy for the others. And I will present a few reasons for being optimistic about the position of statistics in the media.
Have I got Statistics for You!
Andy Sutherland - Former Head of Profession for Statistics, Health and Social Care Information Centre.
Government depends on statistics to take forward its work, and to make arguments and debate issues in public. The public depend on Government Statistics to inform themselves and to hold Government to account. In this presentation Andy reflects on the various methods and mechanisms for obtaining and presenting figures for use in political debate, and how these are used and, sometimes, abused.
The meeting will begin with a short local group AGM and include a short presentation by Jenny Freeman (University of Leeds and RSS Vice President for External Affairs) on the RSS ambassadors' programme.
Leeds/Bradford RSS Local Group website: https://sites.google.com/site/rssleedsbradford/
If you require further information please be in touch,
Dr. Sarah Fleming
Secretary/Treasurer, RSS Leeds/Bradford Local Group, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, LICAMM, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.
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