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Fact-based data are powerful tools to combat fake news and misinformation. But how many of us really understand the significance of voter polls, probability or the COVID dashboard? 

Professor David Spiegelhalter is the 2020 winner of the Royal Society's Michael Faraday Prize for his work in making statistics and probability entertaining and accessible to key decision-makers and the public. He is joined by data artist  Stefanie Posavec who  finds playful and friendly ways to communicate data visually. Together they will explain how an understanding of numbers can help us make informed decisions about our lives.

This is a partner event hosted as part of the Cheltenham Science Festival.


  • Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • Stefanie Posavec, Designer, data artist and author

Attending the event