• Who is Florence Nightingale, and what is impressive about her?
  • Why would it be interesting to talk about her at the upcoming PSI conference?
  • She’s famous for her visualization. What could statisticians today learn from her about visualization?

Despite her having a weak position in society at the time – being a nurse and a woman– she still was very influential and achieved a lot. Many statisticians feel like they are not part of key decisions and don’t have the impact they could have. What can we learn from her to be more influential?

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Deborah Ashby

Director of the School of Public Health

Professor Deborah Ashby is Director of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London where she holds the Chair in Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials and was Founding Co-Director of Imperial Clinical Trials Unit. She is currently President of the Royal Statistical Society. She has sat on the UK Commission on Human Medicines and acts as an adviser to the European Medicines Agency. Deborah was awarded the OBE for services to medicine in 2009, appointed an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2010, and elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2012. Deborah’s talk will pay tribute to Florence Nightingale, as 2020 has been deemed the Year of the Nurse, in honour of the bicentenary of her birth and she was the first female member of the RSS as well as one of the world’s most prominent statisticians.


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