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All those with an interest in statistics are invited to join the Oxford local chapter of the Royal Statistical Society for an afternoon talk by Christl Donnelly

Royal Statistical Society - oxford local chapter

The Oxford local chapter of the Royal Statistical Society, hosted by the University of Oxford, brings together anyone with an interest in statistics in Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas. We organise an annual programme of free events and lectures on statistical topics. 

Academics and non-academics are all welcome to join this local RSS chapter. For advance notice of events, join our mailing list by emailing We are always interested in new ideas for events and lectures, so do get in touch!

Speaker: Christl Donnelly

Christl Donnelly is Professor of Statistical Epidemiology at Imperial College London's School of Public Health. Her research programme brings together and develops statistical and biomathematical methods to analyse epidemiological patterns of infectious diseases. Prof Donnelly has worked on diseases such as influenza, polio, and ebola, and also has interests in ecology, conservation, and animal welfare. For more information, please visit her website.

Talk abstract


There is ever more computer power and available data, but sometimes the right data are still missing or difficult to obtain. At the same time, novel infectious disease threats are being identified with alarming regularity while some well-known endemic diseases remain threats. I’ll talk through specific challenging examples including the need for evidence-based (or at least evidence-informed) decisions in the control of bovine TB and the assessment of control measures for vector-borne diseases such as dengue, Zika and malaria.

Refreshments will be served after the talk