Living is a risky business

6.00pm to 7.15pm, Friday 24 January

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Type

  • Audience

    Ages 13+

  • Speakers

  • Chair




Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

How significant are these everyday risks? What does it mean when something is statistically significant? And do we all perceive risks the same way? Real life involves risks, whether it's cycling without a helmet, travelling to a country with contagious diseases, or living in a house next to a river.

Jen Rogers delves into the numbers to show you how statistics can help you to make better decisions about risky activities. Sometimes the way we think about risk is distorted, making you think some things are more - or less - risky than is actually the case.

About the speaker

Jen Rogers is Head of Statistical Research at PHASTAR, having moved from the University of Oxford in 2019. Having been appointed the Royal Statistical Society Guy Lecturer for 2014, Jen now regularly presents in schools and on stage. She focuses on statistical significance, uncertainty and chance, and communicating risk, presenting these concepts in an interactive and engaging way that is related to real-world problems. 


The doors will open at approximately 5.30pm, with a prompt start at 6.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.


The theatre is on the first floor. We currently don't have step-free access due to a lift engineering fault. 

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop. 

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