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.
Communicating about Vaccines
Communicating about vaccines has never been higher stakes. How do we do it well?
Joining David to explore the importance of scientific rigour, listening and building relationships are:
Professor Heidi Larson - Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project and the author of Stuck: How Vaccine Rumours Start — and Why They Don’t Go Away.
Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and creator of the Vaccine Knowledge Project.
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Risky Talk is produced by Ilan Goodman for the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at the University of Cambridge.
Communicating In a Crisis
How can we help manage and reduce the impact of frightening events - like chemical spills, food scares and pandemics - with good communication, even while evidence is scant and uncertainty predominates?
Joining David to share their experience from the frontlines are Professor Brooke Rogers OBE - government adviser working on national security and coronavirus measures - and Professor Lord John Krebs - former head of the Food Standards Agency.
Communicating Evidence in a Pandemic
How can governments, scientists and the media craft clear messages with complex and uncertain evidence? Victoria Macdonald (C4 News), Tracey Brown (Sense About Science) and Christina Pagel (Independent Sage) navigate the principles and pitfalls of communicating evidence in a pandemic.
Confronting Uncertainty Personally and Professionally 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.
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.
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.