University Chancellor gives Science Festival Public lecture

Professor Sir Kenneth Calman is to give the latest University of Glasgow Science Festival public lecture.

Titled Risk and the Communication of Uncertainty, the University's Chancellor will look at the understanding of risk, its communication and the communication of uncertainty.

It is the fourth in the Science Festival's public lecture series, which forms the opening part of the two-month extravaganza.

Professor Calman, former Department of Health Chief Medical Officer, will discuss the principles involved in risk and will use examples from health related issues such as the environment, infection, and medical risk.

Major themes will be the development of trust, public perceptions of risk, and the use of the precautionary principle.

It takes place on May 1, at 7pm in the Boyd Orr Lecture Theatre. It is open to the public and there is no charge.

The second annual University of Glasgow Science Festival runs from April 10 until June 21, and more than 20,000 people are expected to attend the events, lectures, schools days and family fun extravaganzas lined up.

The festival showcases the best of scientific knowledge and understanding the University has to offer.

The public lecture series features 14 different speakers discussing topics as diverse as the science of flight, the engineering behind the rebuilding human bones and science fiction’s place in public understanding of science.

First published: 1 May 2008

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