About this event

  • Date and time Wed 8 Apr 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online

The RSM is thrilled to announce Evan Davis will be joining Professor Sir Simon Wessely for our first In Conversation Live webinar. Evan Davis will discuss his incredible career as a journalist, economist, BBC presenter, plus other topics such as; life during and after Newsnight, if Dragons really spit fire when the cameras aren’t rolling, how to survive social distancing, and what life will be like after COVID-19. 

Davis has held many interesting posts during his career; BBC Economics Editor, Founder of Evanomics blog, Presenter of various programmes; the Today programme, The Bottom Line, Dragons’ Den, Mind the Gap: London vs the Rest, Newsnight and currently, BBC Radio 4's PM programme. 

Davis has won several awards including the Work Foundation's Broadcast Journalist of the Year award in 1998, 2001 and 2003, and the Harold Wincott Business Broadcaster of the Year award in 2002. In 2017, he was the Television and Radio Industries club (TRIC) News presenter of the Year. In 2015, he was Attitude magazine’s Man of the Year. 

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.


The In Conversation Live webinar series will continue our much loved In Conversation events, giving you the opportunity to get first-hand insights into the lives and thoughts of high profile individuals, bringing an intimate, relaxed and entertaining perspective into your living room.    

The RSM In Conversation Live series form part of our new philanthropic initiative. All proceeds from this series directly fund the RSM's vision to advance health through education and innovation. 

Previous participants of the RSM In Conversation series include; Jed Mercurio and Hugh Bonneville. 


Special rates for difficult times 

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The online events in the RSM COVID-19 Series are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.


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*Please note this webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

Key speakers

Evan Davis

Evan Harold Davis

Economist, Journalist, Author and British TV Presenter.

Speaker's biography

Evan Davis is the main presenter of the BBC2 current affairs show, Newsnight. Before taking up that role in September 2014, he was a presenter of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4. He is also well-known as the presenter of the BBC2 business reality show Dragons Den. And on Radio 4, he hosts a weekly business discussion programme the Bottom Line.

Prior to the Today programme he was the Economics Editor of the BBC, the most senior economics reporter in the corporation.

He has made several BBC documentaries, including the influential two-part 2014 BBC2 series Mind the Gap which explored the economic disparities between London and the regions. In 2011 he presented Made in Britain, a three-part BBC2 series with an accompanying book on how the country pays its way in the world. In 2011, Evan was also one of a number of journalists involved in a BBC1 Panorama special called Breaking into Britain, a moving account of the journeys migrants take to get into Europe and the UK.

Before joining the BBC in 1993, he was an economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and at the London Business School. He has written numerous papers, articles and newspaper and magazine columns as well as the book, Public Spending, (published by Penguin in 1998). He is also a co-author of the Penguin Dictionary of Economics and the New Penguin Dictionary of Business.

His latest book is called Post Truth: Why we have reached Peak Bullshit and what we can do about it which sets out to explain why there is so much mendacity and nonsense in public discourse and why it became more of a concern in 2016.

He studied at St John’s College Oxford (1981 to 1984) and at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1986 to 1988).



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