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​​Escape from Model Land​

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Mathematical models are used to support many kinds of decisions, but they do not produce perfect predictions of the future.  In this seminar, the speaker will talk about some mathematical and social challenges for the use of models in decision-making, drawing on examples from climate change and COVID-19, and consider what best practices look like for responsible modelling in politically-charged contexts.  


Dr Erica Thompson, UCL

Dr Erica Thompson is an Associate Professor of Modelling for Decision-making at UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, and the author ofEscape From Model Land (Basic Books, 2022). She is also a Commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Strengthening the Use of Epidemiological Modelling.​ 

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