RSS President Deborah Ashby will chair a panel discussion about the history of statistics and the connections between some of the founding figures of the field with eugenics and racism. This is the first in a series of events that the RSS will be holding to advance the debate in this area and discuss aspects of the history of statistics – good and bad – and what they mean for diversity and inclusion today.
There will be a panel of speakers, who will set out their perspectives and take questions from attendees.
The confirmed speakers are:
- John Aldrich – chair of the RSS History Section
- Angela Saini – science journalist who presented the Significance lecture on 'the legacy of scientific racism' at the RSS 2020 conference
- Stephen Senn - Fisher Memorial Trust
- Alessandro Provetti - Birkbeck College - University of London
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