Emily Grossman talks statistics in media

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Science communicator and TV broadcaster Dr Emily Grossman is joining the SBSN series of events to host a joint seminar with The Department of Journalism about the use of statistics in the media, its uses and abuses.

Emily will be using her unique experience as a scientist and TV personality to dicuss her take on the over reliance and mis-use of statistics in the media.


Statistics is too important to leave to the experts. Basic numeracy and statistical literacy are crucial for everyday life. We need them to make sound financial decisions, to succeed in our work and to become well-informed citizens. Yet there are very real challenges to overcome. The UK faces a significant deficit in quantitative literacy – we need to find ways to encourage more people to understand numbers and what they mean, and to foster numeracy in social and arts subjects as well as the natural sciences. And we need to become more aware of how statistical misunderstandings are proliferated. Sometimes mistakes arise because of genuine errors made by experts. Sometimes they emerge because of the way information is passed on and used in the media. And sometimes errors are perpetuated because the media knowingly distort statistics to make a good story. Dr Grossman will talk on these themes with examples from her own work as an educator and broadcaster.

The seminar will take place on 27th May - you can register to attend here.

About Dr Emily Grossman:

Dr Emily Grossman is an expert in molecular biology and genetics, with a Triple First in Natural Sciences from Queens' College Cambridge and a PhD in cancer research. She works as a science broadcaster and educator, explaining science for a wide range of TV and radio programmes including ITV's This Morning, Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped, Sky News, BBC1's The One Show, Radio 4’s Last Word and the Guardian Science Weekly podcast. She is currently appearing as the new resident science expert on ITV's The Alan Titchmarsh Show, and was a member of the panel of experts for both series of Sky1's celebrity panel show Duck Quacks Don't Echo, hosted by Lee Mack. Emily also teaches maths and all three sciences at all academic levels.