14:00 - 15:00
The Fitch Lecture is an annual lecture to commemorate Davey Fitch (1978-2019) which aims to highlight the impact of mathematical sciences. The lecture series is one of the Maxwell Institute Distinguished Lectures.
The first Fitch lecture was given by Professor John Aston on Wednesday 5 May 2021
John Aston - Statistics, Science and Government: A Statistician as a CSA
- Statistics and data have always had a role in government, and censuses, for example, have been carried out for thousands of years to allow governments to make decisions. As a departmental chief scientific adviser, it was always important to me to make sure that the evidence was well considered in the policy-making process. In this talk, I'll give some examples of how statistics was combined with other science in the policy process, and how hopefully the current appetite for science in government will continue to lead to better and better policy decisions. I very much hope this will encourage other mathematicians and statisticians to consider getting involved in science advice for themselves.