Andrea Saltelli (Open University of Catalonia, Spain)

Numbers for policy and science communication: opening black boxes

Andrea Saltelli ( has worked on physical chemistry, environmental sciences, applied statistics, impact assessment and science for policy. His main disciplinary focus is on sensitivity analysis of model output, a discipline where statistical tools are used to interpret the output from mathematical or computational models, and on sensitivity auditing, an extension of sensitivity analysis to the entire evidence-generating process in a policy context. Between 2005 and 2015 he led the Unit of Econometrics and Applied Statistics at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Then, till June 2020, he has been adjunct professor at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) – University of Bergen (UIB). He is presently at Open Evidence Research, Open University of Catalonia. His most recent papers have tackled sensitivity analysis and auditing, evidence-based policy, the crisis of science, sociology and ethics of quantification – also in relation to mathematical modelling. Andrea gives courses in sensitivity analysis, sensitivity auditing, and ethics of quantification, see