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10 October 2018

Symposium: Communicating Statistics to Different Audiences

Do you want to learn more about communicating statistics to a broad audience so you can maximise the impact of your work?

Join us on October 10, 2018, for the first meeting on Statistics Communication in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Together with leading specialists, we’ll be discussing how statistics and risk are perceived and understood in decision making, education, journalism, science and more.

When? October 10, 2018, 13:00h – 17:15h + drinks
Where? In the Kanunnikenzaal of Utrecht University Hall (Academiegebouw), Domplein 29, Utrecht


13.00 – 13.30: Registration with coffee and tea
13.30 – 14.00: Opening introduction
14.00 – 14.45: Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (Note: talk in Dutch)
14.45 – 15.30: Nel Verhoeven
15:30 – 16:00: Break
16.00 – 17:00: Gerd Gigerenzer
17:00 – 17:15: Closing remarks
17.15 – 18.30: Drinks


  • Prof.dr. Gerd Gigerenzer, Director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and partner of Simply Rational – The Institute of Decisions. He has written several academic books on the topic of decision making and the understanding of risks and uncertainties. He is also author of several award-winning books that have been translated in 21 languages. His keynote address will build on his extensive experience communicating statistics to the public.
  • Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS), as the biggest communicator of statistics to the broadest public in the Netherlands, the communications and news department of CBS will share their experience with communicating the official statistics on a daily basis. Please note that this talk will be in Dutch.
  • Dr. P. S. (Nel) Verhoeven, independent Senior Research Consultant, former Dean at the HZ University of Applied Sciences and Associate Professor at University College Roosevelt. She will share her experience in communicating statistics in research and education, and how to translate statistics to the media.

This symposium is hosted by the aspirant section “Statistics Communication” of the Netherlands Society for Statistics and Operations Research.

[You can find a Dutch report on the symposium here.]