Lord Krebs (Oxford): Risk, Uncertainty and Regulation

29 September 2010, 17:30 - 19:00

Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, Room 3, Mill Lane, Cambridge


This event is a public lecture, free and open to all, and part of the international conference Challenging Models in the Face of Uncertainty (28-30 September, Cambridge). Registration for the lecture is not necessary, as places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Registration is required for the conference.


Scientists are called upon to advise policy makers about risks on topics ranging from drugs to disease, from ash to alcohol. Often, scientists are able to say that there is a risk, but that there is considerable uncertainty about the size of the risk. As a consequence the appropriate course of action for evidence-based policy-makers may be unclear, and even if it is clear, other factors may over-ride scientific advice. Against this background, I will talk about how policy-makers react to scientific advice, illustrating with examples from current policy in relation the health and the environment.

A biography for Lord Krebs is available here on the website of Jesus College, Oxford where he is Principal.