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Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication

The Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication is a new centre hosted within the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics.

Endowed by a generous donation by the David and Claudia Harding Foundation and the Winton Charitable Foundation, we aim to ensure that quantitative evidence and risk is presented to people in a fair and balanced way.

All too often, numbers are used to try to bolster an argument or persuade people to make a decision one way or the other. We want to ensure that both risks and benefits of any decision are presented equally and fairly, and the numbers are made clear and put in an appropriate context.

We carry out our own research into how best to communicate numbers, and want to work with institutions all over the world to improve the way that important evidence is presented to all of us: whether it’s to make decisions as individuals (such as choosing a medical treatment), or as a part of society (such as choosing a policy to vote for).

Over the coming months, we will be growing our web and media presence. In the meantime, if you’d like to get in touch with a potential collaboration, or to be on our mailing list for press releases and infographics then email us at wintoncentre@maths.cam.ac.uk.

 

 

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David talking at the National University of Singapore

27 June 2017

Bad numbers in the news: how to spot them, and how to stop them This was the subject of David's talk on June 13th at the University of SIngapore. Some say we live in a post-truth society abounding in fake news and alternative facts, with a declining trust in ‘experts’. Certainly the media are full of political and...

Bloomberg Daybreak Asia Interview

20 June 2017

David was in Singapore recently and recorded this interview with Bloomberg Daybreak Asia on the theme of using dodgy statistics to spin a story.

Professor Theresa Marteau honoured

18 June 2017

The Winton Centre are delighted that Professor Theresa Marteau, a member of the Management Board of the Centre and Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit, has been appointed a Dame of the British Empire for her services to public health.

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