Accessibility statement

A world that counts?

Thursday 22 June 2017, 11.30AM to 1.00pm

Cultural contexts of health: information for health

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories at the University of York, alongside the WHO Regional Office for Europe, present a panel discussion exploring the cultural contexts of data and the powerful potential for (and possible pitfalls of) ruling the world by numbers.

The speakers will be:

  • Dr Jeremy Farrar (Director, Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom)
  • Dr Claudia Stein (Director, Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation, WHO Regional Office for Europe)
  • Professor Morten Jerven (Professor of Development Studies, International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) Norwegian University of Life Sciences)

In today’s world, an enormous amount of information about our life (and death) is being recorded as data. Health is no exception.  We are surrounded by numbers, from statistics on well-being and quality of life to epidemiological data that can help fight disease and even predict epidemics. In fact, a recent UN report about mobilizing the data revolution to support sustainable development describes our world as “a world that counts”.

However, there are many important social, political, and cultural factors that influence the process of collecting, producing, analysing, and managing quantitative data.

This event will be broadcasted live from Copenhagen. Please note that the event begins at 12.30pm CEST local time, or 11.30am BST. The link below will become live before the webinar begins.

Watch the webinar


Location: World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, UN City, Copenhagen.