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ESMH Media Review – April 8, 2021

Climate change, Covid-19 & EU research funds: check out the ESMH selection of 24 science and tech news published in the last weeks on the web.

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Prof. Wayne Koff : “AI can help us design better, safer and faster vaccines”

Wayne Koff, PhD, is the founding president and Chief Executive Officer of the Human Vaccines Project. Human Vaccines Project Prior to joining the Project, from 1999 to 2016, Koff served as Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of Research and Development at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) in New York City, leading IAVI’s ...

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Quality information given by experts is like a vaccine against falsehoods

Scientists and experts should be available to communicate with the media, or their spot will be taken by false experts. But providing more information to the audience can also have a negative side effect: overconfidence.

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Professor Heidi Larson: “This is a key moment to build trust in countries and socio-economic groups with relatively low confidence in vaccines.”

For over a decade, Heidi Larson, Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has been leading global efforts to monitor public confidence in immunisation programmes. As COVID-19 vaccination programmes are rolled out across the EU, this is a key moment to build trust in countries and ...

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Joana Gonçalves de Sá: “Mitigate the misinformation pandemic by ‘vaccinating’ the susceptible individuals first.”

Joana Gonçalves de Sá is an Invited Associate Professor at the Physics Department of Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, and was the recipient of an ERC Starting Grant to study human behavior using the online spread of ’fake news’ as a model system. Disinformation and misinformation are not a new problem, so why did ...

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Michael Butter: “Education can help against conspiracy theories”

Michael Butter is Professor of American Studies at the University of Tübingen. He is the author of The Nature of Conspiracy Theories (Polity, 2020) and Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded project Populism and Conspiracy Theory. This year you co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories along with Peter Knight. Can you talk about some of ...

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Science & misinformation: the first pandemic in the digital age

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 ...

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ESMH Media Review – March 10, 2021

Covid-19 vaccine, climate change & DSA: check out the ESMH selection of 27 science and tech news published in the last weeks on the web.

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SARS-CoV-2: the challenges of mutation and possible strategies

The efficacy of the current COVID-19 vaccines might be lower against the new variants of SARS-CoV-2. The new strain that emerged in the United Kingdom has a higher transmissibility than previous strains of the virus. We asked scientists whether the new mutations are a threat to the current public health measures and to COVID-19 vaccines.

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Covid-19: different types of vaccines and how they work

A range of Covid-19 vaccines are being developed worldwide and the differences between them can be confusing. How do the new mRNA vaccines work? What about vector vaccines? We asked scientists to give us an insight into the different types of Covid-19 vaccines.

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