Behind the numbers: Workshop on statistics
Scientific discoveries are almost always accompanied by statistics: p-values, relative or absolute risks, confidence intervals, numbers needed to treat, graphics… they are everywhere, and even more so in health-related research. Science journalists are expected to understand
them, be critical of them, and to faithfully explain key statistics to their readers or auditors.
The goal of this course is to present the statistical concepts that are most useful for a science journalist, with an emphasis on those used
when discussing health-related news. It does not require any prior knowledge of statistics and will be centered on concrete issues: how to
understand these statistics and how to communicate and report on them.
In order to make the course as close to the participants’ interests as possible, participants will have the opportunity to submit in advance
concrete issues that they’ve faced in their work for discussion on the day.
This half-day course will take place in Bern on Monday 30 April; two sessions will be organized: the morning session (9:00-12:30) will be
conducted in French, the afternoon session (13:30 to 17:00) in English.
The number of participants is limited to 25 per session.
Course instructor: Frédéric Schütz, statistician and science writer.
Application by email to sekretariat@science-