Institute for Mathematical Innovation

From Science to Policy: The long road to the US Ozone standard of 0.075 ppm and beyond

 

IMI Public Lecture

Speaker: Professor James Zidek, IMI Global Chair (2015-2016)

When: Wednesday 21 September 2016 at 7.30 pm

Venue: Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN.

Audience: FREE event, open to all. Get your free ticket now.

 

The White HouseScientists are increasingly called on to quantify global risk and assist in policymaking. A prominent example is the involvement of the Nobel Prize Winning IPCC panel in setting climate change policies. Another is work carried out by a WHO scientific task force, led by Dr Gavin Shaddick of the University of Bath, that estimated global exposures to ambient air pollution together with the associated risks to human health.

In this talk, world-renowned scientist, Professor Jim Zidek, will describe his involvement in setting US ozone standards, which exemplifies how many scientists today find themselves at the centre of the policy-making process. He will also share the story behind how he came to serve on the scientific panel that recommended the new 0.075 ppm ozone standard and give his personal perspectives on the process under which it was developed.

Join us for an enthralling narrative of the interaction between science and public policy in an environment characterised by great uncertainty, despite the vast knowledge of the adverse effects of ozone on human health, and a large number of stakeholders who contribute a wide variety of legitimate perspectives.
 

Professor Jim Zidek

Professor Jim ZidekJames Zidek, Professor Emeritus and Founding Head of Statistics at the University of British Columbia, obtained his PhD at Stanford University.

His research interests include statistical decision analysis and environmental statistics. Jim has been President of the Statistical Society of Canada and has served on numerous scholarly committees which include the Scientific Advisory Committee, US National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado and the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee for Ozone, US Environmental Protection Agency.

His many honours include the Gold Medal of the Statistical Society of Canada and Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada.

 

This free event is open to everyone. Get your free ticket now.

Please contact the IMI Co-ordinator Dr Catrin Yeomans at imi@bath.ac.uk for further information.

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