Manchester Statistical Society
A forum for the discussion of social and economic issues.
Are you interested in social and economic issues? In listening to expert speakers and having the opportunity to question them?
If so, the Manchester Statistical Society could suit you! We hold regular meetings, from autumn through to spring, on topical issues of concern to contemporary society and addressed by experts in the field. We cover a range of subjects, including health, education, transport, the economy, industry and finance, discussed free from party politics. Our meetings are not of a technical statistical nature but are designed for a generalist audience. New members are very welcome.
The meetings take place at 5.30pm in the Cathedral Visitors Centre, 10 Cateaton Street, Manchester M3 1SQ.
The next meeting of the Society is on Tuesday 8 November 2016 at 5.30pm.
It is part of the Manchester, European City of Science programme of events.
Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, of the University of Bristol, will speak on
"Climate models and climate data: confusion and misinformation vs. scientific reality".
(If you are not yet a member of the Manchester Statistical Society but wish to attend, you must let us know by 1 November that you are coming. Please email the Honorary Secretary - see below for further information.)
Members can, if they wish, stay for dinner with the speaker, which provides a further opportunity for informal discussion.
We publish written versions of the talks in the Society's Transactions, which are issued free to members.
The Society was founded in 1833 by a group of Mancunians concerned about the state of society as urbanization and industrialization developed, and they carried out research with a view to influencing government policy. It is one of the oldest statistical societies in the world. Find out more about our history here. Our meetings today continue the theme of discussing social and economic issues.
We also operate the Campion Fund, which has funding available to support small research projects.
For further information about the Society, please use the tabs above.
Our next meeting
The next meeting of the Society is on Tuesday 8 November 2016 at 5.30pm and is part of the "European City of Science" programme of events. Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, of the University of Bristol, will speak on "Climate models and climate data: confusion and misinformation vs. scientific reality".
If you are not yet a member of the Manchester Statistical Society but wish to attend, you must let us know by 1 November that you are coming. Please email the Honorary Secretary at
The meeting will take place at the Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre, 10 Cateaton Street, Manchester, M3 1SQ. For a map, see here
Stephan Lewandowsky is a cognitive scientist whose research examines people's memory, decision making, and knowledge structures, with a particular emphasis on how people update information in memory. His most recent research interests examine the potential conflict between human cognition and the physics of the global climate, which has led him into research in climate science and climate modelling. Professor Lewandowsky is an award-winning teacher and previous Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.
Further information about our meetings is available on the Meetings page.
For enquiries about the meeting, please email
For enquiries about membership of the Society, please email
In other news ...
On Friday, 7 October 2016, Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Chair, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges addressed fifty members and guests of Manchester Statistical Society on the topic of "The NHS and Society – not what can I do, what should I do – professionals in partnership with patients." One attendee commented later: 'Professor Bailey was inspiring and yet totally grounded with common sense. The meal was particularly good and seemed to be enjoyed by those around me, certainly.'
Our thanks to Professor Bailey for her most excellent presentation!
On June 11, 2016, the Society's stand at the Manchester Histories Festival, describing the foundation of the Society and its evolution to the present day, attracted interest from a large number of attendees. Details of the Festival can be found at http://www.manchesterhistoriesfestival.org.uk/
At the Annual General Meeting in May 2016 President John Rigby presented Richard Harrington with a commemorative paperweight for his long service to the Society as Editor of the Transactions.