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1 NTTS 2013 Conference, Brussels, 7 March 2013 Translating numbers into impact Professor Anne Glover CBE Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission

2 NTTS 2013 Conference, Brussels, 7 March 2013 With whom do you want to spend a dinner? a) Celebrity c) Statisticianb) Politician

3 NTTS 2013 Conference, Brussels, 7 March 2013 Numbers have power

4 NTTS 2013 Conference, Brussels, 7 March 2013 Numbers can be incredibly useful, especially when visualised…

5 NTTS 2013 Conference, Brussels, 7 March 2013 And even more so when put on a map

6 NTTS 2013 Conference, Brussels, 7 March 2013 Numbers - e.g. used as indicators - play a key role in informing policy-makers

7 NTTS 2013 Conference, Brussels, 7 March 2013 Contrary to public belief, people like numbers

8 NTTS 2013 Conference, Brussels, 7 March 2013 Don't be scared about communicating numbers if they convey a message

9 NTTS 2013 Conference, Brussels, 7 March 2013 And don't be scared about communicating uncertainty – even if politicians don't like it

10 NTTS 2013 Conference, Brussels, 7 March 2013 But numbers are a means to an end – they will make an impact only if… illuminations.nctm.org …you tell a good story!

11 NTTS 2013 Conference, Brussels, 7 March 2013 Scientists often find it hard to tell a good story, especially when they include numbers But actually it is quite easy.

12 NTTS 2013 Conference, Brussels, 7 March 2013 In fact, statisticians can be very inspiring people So shout about what you do! myfootpath.com

13 NTTS 2013 Conference, Brussels, 7 March Twitter: EU_ScienceChief Thank you for your attention!


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