Significant Digits: Responsible Use of Quantitative Information Brussels, Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont, 11, Brussels, organized by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, 9-10 June 2015

Booklet of abstracts.


June 9th

Fondation Universitaire, Room Felicien Cattier

10.00 Registration and coffee

11.00 Introduction by Daniel Albrecht, DDG01

11.05 Vladimír Šucha: Opening

11.30 Jerome Ravetz: ‘The Significance of Digits’.

12.30 Jeroen van der Sluijs: On the extinction of craft skills with numbers: the case of "Overall, 7.9% of species are predicted to become extinct from climate change".

13.30 - 14.30 Lunch buffet

14.30 Mario Giampietro: Quantitative story telling as a therapy for hypocognition

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee & tea break

16.00 Dorothy Dankel: Fisheries quota advice for management: Significant scripts and significant digits.

Same presentation using PREZI.

See also Dorothy's "The Herald Tribute", a not-so-fictitious newspaper.

17.00 General discussion

17.30 End of DAY 1

June 10th

09.00 Coffee & tea

09.15 Summary of First day

09.30 Philip Stark: Pay no attention to the model behind the curtain.

10.30 Zora Kovacic: The simplification of complexity: challenges of sustainability science for governance.

11.30 - 12.00 Coffee & tea break

12.00 Andrea Saltelli: Evidence based policy: handle with care.

13.00 14.00 Lunch buffet

14.00 John Kay: Knowing what we don’t know.

15.00 Final Discussion

16.00 END

Go to the JRC page devoted to the conference.

The fallacy of evidence based policy, workshop's seminal paper by A. Saltelli and M. Giampietro