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David Spiegelhalter

David SpiegelhalterOver the last 4 years Professor David Spiegelhalter has given over 200 talks to around 25,000 people, including 10,000 school students. Defying certain professorial stereotypes, David is an exceptionally dynamic speaker with a passion for bringing applied mathematics to schools, policy makers and businesses.  Aside from the outreach activities discussed on his biographical page, David has addressed a vast range of audiences and organizations.  

Here are a few examples form the business world from 2008 to the present:

Risky Business - 'Novel ways to present risk data'
Lloyds, London (Knowledge Transfer Network) - 'Analysing and visualising risk and uncertainty)
McKinsey - 'Understanding Uncertainty'
Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform - 'Understanding Uncertainty'
HM Revenue Customs Treasury - 'Handling risk and uncertainty
Judge Business School - 'Communicating risk and uncertainty'
RiskMinds (The World's Leading Risk Management Conference) - 'Perceptions of risk' 
Postgraduate Certificate Sustainable Business - 13 - 'Risk, science and society'
Programme for Sustainable Leadership - 'Making decisions in the face of risk and uncertainty

And here are a few more examples illustrating David's versatility: 

  • 'Criminology course, Cambridge - 'Chance and crime'
  • Cheltenham Science Festival Cheltenham - 'Risk in the Media' 
  • BHF talk British Heart Foundation - 'Communicating risk and uncertainty' 
  • Global Custody Forum - 'Perceptions of risk'
  • Royal Statistical Society Journalists training - 'Statistics in the media'
  • Kettles Yard (art gallery) - 'Randomness in art' 
  • Government Offices East - 'Risk: trying to quantify our uncertainty'



“David Spiegelhalter has made statistics sexy. His enthusiasm for a subject that many people dismiss after school has made people understand what it means to "know" something, what "certainty" actually is and why having a passing knowledge of Bayes Theorem is an empowering thing for everyone. He has given countless hours to talking at festivals, writing articles and patiently explaining to journalists how the meanings of datasets and analysing patterns of numbers can unravel and explain, rather than complicate, our lives. David's tireless work will hopefully make all of us into top-class bullshit detectors and his ability to explain numbers will help us effectively understand, assess and take part in discussing the scientific ideas that are becoming increasingly important in modern life".
Alok Jha, Science and Environment Correspondent at The Guardian

“David has consistently demonstrated his commitment to the communication of risk (very often applied to biology and health) in a way that is simple and accessible without ever patronising or dumbing down. From mobile phones and cancer to vaccination and heart disease, he has answered countless calls from journalists to help them understand complex pieces of scientific research. Without his involvement, these public health stories would be prone to inaccuracy. David’s patience and willingness to engage, as well as a flair for pithy soundbites and clever analogies, means the public are well informed about health and science through the popular media.”
The Science Media Centre supports this nomination. Fiona Fox, Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre

“David makes the subjects of risk and statistics not only easy to understand, but also entertaining and intriguing. He’s helped us at The Times on all kinds of stories. He’s also come in to give our sub-editors a talk on the importance of being rigorous in reporting statistics, which certainly had an impact on the way they went about their jobs.”
Hannah Devlin, Science Reporter for The Times

"Professor Spiegelhalter's riveting presentations have made risk statistics both accessible and entertaining...Whether on YouTube or at a large festival venue, he possesses the unique ability to convey statistics in a humorous and engaging style, sacrificing a tremendous amount of his time to inspire others.  He gave a talk to an audience of around 500 members of the public for the Cambridge Science Festival in 2010, ‘What’s the Risk of Getting Out of Bed’, this received a high level of positive feedback for presenting information on understanding risk statistics in an entertaining and informative way. David has also appeared at a number of other UK science festivals including Cheltenham. He regularly gives interactive presentations in schools, and has received positive ratings from pupils on increasing their understanding and interest in statistics and maths.”
Nicola Buckley, Head of Community Affairs, University of Cambridge & Genevieve Maul, Science Communications Office, University of Cambridge

"David has worked with Stempra on several different events and workshops to help improve the understanding of risk and statistics amongst press and communications officers all over the UK. The workshops are always full and more importantly, they are extremely informative and enjoyable. By supporting press officers in this way I have no doubt David has made a difference to the way they present research to the media, thereby improving the coverage of crucial science and health issues from the very earliest stages of a story."  
Helen Jamison, Stempra Committee member  

"David Spiegelhalter is an excellent science communicator. However complicated the subject he can always find a way to explain it in accessible language. Together with his enthusiasm and great sense of humour he can really excite an audience about science and engage their interest in finding out more."  
Valerie Isham, President, Royal Statistical Society

 From a recent professional audience (HMRC) -

  • "very good insight into how to visually communicate statistics"
  • "very fluent and engaging speaker"
  • "enormously engaging"
  • "excellent delivery of a fascinating subject"

From a recent schools talk - 

  • "I found him extremely funny and entertaining"
  • "The session was very interesting and confirmed I want to do maths as a degree"
  • "the Professor of Risk was absolutely barking mad"

From a recent conference of medical professionals (Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland in 2013) -

"We appreciate the work and effort you put into your presentation, which helped to make this meeting so successful...As you know we asked delegates to complete an evaluation form, the results of which are listed below:

  • Fantastic
  • Well practiced
  • Excellent talk, very entertaining and useful but made content 9/10 as not specific for paediatrics
  • Excellent x 8
  • Great speaker, who communicated complex subject brilliantly.
  • Fabulous
  • How can something so dry be presented in such an interesting way
  • Brilliant, worth staying to the end for!
  • Entertaining
  • Very entertaining talk
  • Fascinating talk
  • Excellent, really enjoyed this talk
  • Fascinating, gave new insights into a challenging area and very entertaining
  • Excellent talk, well presented
  • Delightful
  • Excellent talk from great speaker
  • Superb
  • Excellent, very entertaining
  • Very interesting
  • Wow
  • Highly entertaining and a good lesson on different ways to look at numbers
  • Fabulous and appealing speaker made a complex topic fun and engaging
  • Outstanding
  • Brilliant! Enthusiastic, fun, interesting and relevant
  • Great statistician
  • Best talk of the day
  • Fantastic
  • Thanks, that was fantastic
  • Excellent – relevant, interesting, entertaining"


Video Links

Communicating Risk and Uncertainty; Madingley Lecture, Cambridge, 03.05.2011

Challenging Models in the Face of Uncertainty; Mellon Sawyer Seminar, Cambridge, 06.07.2010 




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