Florence Nightingale Lecture

Florence Nightingale lecture

Florence Nightingale was a celebrated nurse who served the British Army during the Crimean War. Her ground-breaking use of data visualisation turned a spotlight on the terrible hospital sanitation, and brought the issue to the attention of the British establishment.  She went on to epidemiological work in India, statistically proving the importance of sanitation to health.  Her work is a testament both to the power of Statistics to change the world, and the broad range of backgrounds from which the contributors to the discipline are drawn.

The Florence Nightingale Lecture aims to celebrate that diversity by inviting a distinguished speaker to lecture on a statistical topic of their choice, one which can inspire the current generation as Nightingale herself did.

Previous Lectures

2016    The Ninth Lecture
Professor Dame Janet Thornton, European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge
Bioinformatics at the heart of biology and genomic medicine

2015    The Eighth Lecture (Relaunch of Florence Nightingale Lectures)
Professor Christl Donnelly,
Imperial College, London
An epidemiologist's life on the edge (of the science-policy interface)

2008    The Seventh Lecture
Professor David Clayton,  Cambridge Institute for Medical Research
Revisiting some old epidemiological debates and controversies after the "genetic revolution"

2007    The Sixth Lecture
Professor Lewis Wolpert, University College London
What determines our beliefs?

2004     Fifth Lecture 
Sir David Cox FRS
, Nuffield College
From Public Policy to particle Physics: Statistics in the 21st Century

2002     Fourth Lecture
Mr Peter Clark - President, Institute of Actuaries
Words and numbers - actuaries are ambidextrous

2000     Third Lecture
Professor Sir Robert May
- Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government
Extinction: biodiversity challenged

1998     Second Lecture
Professor Barry Scheck, Professor of Law - Benjamin Cardozo School of Law
Scientific Evidence and Criminal Justice

1997     Inaugural Lecture
Sir Walter Bodmer - Principal Hertford College
The somatic Evolution of Cancer