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.

2017   The Tenth Lecture 

Date:        Wednesday 8th November 2017, 3.30 pm in the Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Statistics  

Speaker:  Sir Andrew Dilnot, Warden of Nuffield College, Oxford

Title:       ‘Numbers and Public policy: Why statistics really matter’

Abstract:‘Statistics abound in the discussion of public policy – politicians’ speeches, newspapers, radio, television and social media are full of numbers.  It would be easy to think that the statistics didn’t really matter, that they are just being used to make arguments that have been decided on in advance and without any attention to the underlying facts.  That may sometimes be true, but it is not something we can be happy with.  Statistics and statistical thought have a great deal to contribute to public debate, and we should be vigorous in making the argument for them.’

The event will finish with a Drinks Reception in the ground floor social.  Please book your place by registering here.

This event is kindly sponsored by XTX Markets

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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