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How can we best communicate the risks and the evidence on the most pressing issues of the day – from genetics and nutrition, to climate change and immigration? David Spiegelhalter is joined by the world’s top experts to tackle urgent, practical challenges which affect us all.

Risky Talk The Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication

    • Social Sciences

How can we best communicate the risks and the evidence on the most pressing issues of the day – from genetics and nutrition, to climate change and immigration? David Spiegelhalter is joined by the world’s top experts to tackle urgent, practical challenges which affect us all.

    Confronting Uncertainty with Tamsin Edwards

    Confronting Uncertainty with Tamsin Edwards

    Leading climate scientist Dr Tamsin Edwards joins David to explore uncertainty in different aspects of her life: as a statistician and mathematical modeller, as a communicator about possible climate futures, but also as a cancer patient faced with life-changing treatment choices.

    • 36 min
    Coronavirus: Understanding the Numbers

    Coronavirus: Understanding the Numbers

    The unfolding coronavirus pandemic is a story driven by numbers. But how reliable are they? What can the data really tell us – and what are the major areas of uncertainty? Professor David Spiegelhalter and Michael Blastland investigate.

    • 26 min
    Communicating about Climate Change

    Communicating about Climate Change

    How can we communicate about climate change in the most engaging, informative and even persuasive ways? What are the different audiences we need to reach, and how can we craft effective communications for each of them? Anthony Leiserowitz, Emily Shuckburgh and Sander van der Linden guide us through the psychology, politics and science of climate change communication.

    • 51 min
    Stats in the Headlines: Crime, Immigration and Political Polls

    Stats in the Headlines: Crime, Immigration and Political Polls

    Stats about crime, immigration, unemployment and political polls fuel political debate and drive headlines. But how are these ‘soft’ numbers really calculated? How uncertain should we be about them? And how can they be reported honestly and usefully - without losing trust? Robert Cuffe, Ed Humpherson and Sarah Dryhurst help us to make sense of the stats and how best to communicate them.

    • 41 min
    Communicating Genetic Risk

    Communicating Genetic Risk

    Personal genetic risk information is set to be become part of everyday healthcare. But is some unhelpful, even dangerous? What psychological impact does it have on patients? And do doctors know enough about genetics to effectively guide patients and inform treatment decisions? Robert Green, Gemma Chandratillake and Saskia Sanderson discuss what genetic risks should be communicated and how.

    • 53 min
    Introducing Risky Talk

    Introducing Risky Talk

    How can we best communicate the risks and the evidence on the most pressing issues of the day – from genetics and nutrition, to climate change and immigration? David Spiegelhalter is joined by the world’s top experts to tackle urgent, practical challenges which affect us all.

    • 1 min

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