Cambridge Conversations: COVID-19 behind the numbers
Thursday 14 May 2020, 3.00pm to 3.50pm BST
Cambridge Conversations webinars allow you to listen, connect and engage with current Cambridge thinking, wherever you are.
The second Cambridge Conversations webinar will feature Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, one of the world’s foremost biostatisticians, who will unpick the numbers surrounding COVID-19. He will explore the reporting of cases and deaths; explain the bases on which predictions have been made; examine comparisons with the ‘normal’ risks faced by people; and investigate whether many deaths from COVID-19 could have been expected and have simply been brought forward. He will be joined by Professor Mike Hulme, whose expertise is in climate change, with particular interest in the role of model-based knowledge in strategic and policy decision-making relative to political and cultural values: a question of similar importance for COVID-19. Dr Alexandra Freeman will introduce the panel and moderate the event. Together, they will provide profound analysis as an antidote to the speculation rife in social media. There will also be the opportunity to participate in a real-time Q&A session.
You can take a look at our first Cambridge Conversation, featuring Professor Ken Smith and Dr Nick Matheson, with facilitator Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists podcast, on YouTube.
A recording of this webinar is now available to watch.
Booking for this event is now closed.