SFI Speaker Series: The upside of risk, with David Spiegelhalter

David Spiegelhalter is the Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge. He's also one of the curators of our latest exhibition RISK LAB, exploring the maths and psychology of probability, chance, and risk. 

As part of the SFI Speaker Series, David will take a behind-the-scenes look at RISK LAB - the themes it explores, the questions it asks, and the science it's based on. David will talk about his work on the public perception of risk, explaining why the mathematical likelihood of something happening doesn't necessarily align with the decisions we make about it.

Why do some people take risks, while others play it safe? How are people triggered into betting against the odds and why does the house always win? We'll be talking about risk-taking personalities and why some people ignore the maths when they gamble or take chances. We'll also be looking at the upside of risk - at serendipity and coincidence, as well as the maths and psychology of happy accidents. 

In the meantime, here's a teaser for RISK LAB with David, co-curator Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, and Science Gallery's Ian Brunswick. 


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  • Where: Paccar Theatre
  • Price: Free - prebooking essential

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