eCOTS 2012 - Hans Rosling Keynote

"Using A Fact Based World View To Engage Students"
with Hans Rosling, Karolinska Institute


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Major global changes are gradual and powerful, but many are too slow to reach the news media, and yet too fast to have made it to the textbooks. The Gapminder Foundation has found that new technologies allow for animation of international statistics and story-telling about major global trends. Hopefully this will help students see the beauty of statistics and encourage them to upgrade their knowladge and acquire a fact-based worldview.


Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling is a professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet, the medical university in Stockholm, Sweden. When working as a young doctor in Mozambique he discovered a previously unrecognized paralytic disease that his research team named Konzo. His 20 years of research on global health concerned the character of the links between economy and health in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Dr. Rosling co-founded the Gapminder Foundation ( with his son and daughter-in-law. The Foundation promotes a fact-based worldview by converting international statistics into moving, interactive, understandable and enjoyable graphics. This was first done by developing the Trendalyzer data visualization software acquired by Google in 2007. His award-winning lectures on global trends illustrate his vision of making statistics come alive for students and the public (an example: Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes - The Joy of Stats - BBC Four)