The European Commission is currently working to implement a comprehensive set of actions to tackle the spread and impact of online mis- and disinformation in Europe. These initiatives have particularly increased in the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to massive disinformation campaigns. This raises the broader question of disinformation and misinformation in the field of science. Public understanding of scientific key issues is indeed often limited and misinformation or even deliberate disinformation about the latter increasingly proliferate. What leads the public to believe false information?
In this framework, we are organising an online conference that will take place on the 14th of December 2020 from 10am to 4:30pm. This event will bring together media professionals, academics and representatives from the EU institutions and will include exchanges and discussions on how universities and media professionals can learn from each other to increase the quality of information. Furthermore, the popularisation of scientific information through media will be discussed based on the outcomes that the project has reached so far, which will also be presented by the members of the consortium.
The detailed programme will be published soon.
You can register until the 1st of December via this link.