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Science & misinformation: the first pandemic in the digital age

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Organised by the European Science-Media Hub (ESMH) in the Panel for the future of Science and Technology (STOA) in cooperation with the European Parliament Liaison Office in Lisbon

WORKSHOP IN PORTUGUESE WITHOUT INTERPRETATION

Monday 22 March 2021, 10.00 – 11.30 Lisbon time/11:00-12:30 Brussels time

How do we protect ourselves from conspiracy theories and disinformation? What is the role of journalism, in particular specialized journalism? What is the role of health professionals, either in their clinical activity, or as authorities communicating with the wider public? What is the role of technology, and how can we amplify its advantages and mitigate risks?

The first pandemic of the digital age has brought new challenges to science. If, on the one hand, it has been possible to have scientists from all over the world collaborating and communicating directly with the media and the general public, on the other hand we also witness an avalanche of misinformation and conspiracy theories, especially on social networks, which hampered the action of health professionals and governments.

In this debate on science communication, a health professional, a researcher in social networks’ dynamics, a journalist and a science communicator talk about the challenges, lessons and opportunities on which the pandemic has put the light on.

The debate touched upon some key questions:

Programme

11:00 – 11:05 Welcome by MEP Maria Leitão Marques (SD, Portugal)

11:05 – 11:50 Panelists’ debate

Moderator: Joana Lobo Antunes, Head of Communication at Instituto Superior Técnico and Invited Professor in Science Communication at Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

12:00 – 12:25 – Q&A session

12:25 – 12:30 – Closing remarks

Consult the booklet

WATCH THE FULL RECORDING OF THE EVENT – IN PORTUGUESE – HERE

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To participate, please register at esmh@europarl.europa.eu

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