Science, trust and truth: how to weed out misinformation and fake science online

In the “post-truth” era, the public is increasingly turning to alternative and unverified sources ripe with distorted information – part of a trend of decreasing trust in governments, traditional media, and science. The real-life implications of this were demonstrated by the amount of disinformation spreading during the COVID-19 outbreak – which the World Health Organisation declared an “infodemic”. Maintaining the reliability of science communication is paramount, and evidence-based research should inform public policy and government decisions and can be a key tool to counter fake news and fake science.

Academic and scientific publishers play a key role in verifying research, transforming it into high-quality outcomes, and enabling its circulation. In this webinar, representatives from the publishing industry will discuss the threats to scientific integrity, their experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what makes a reputable source of scientific information.

Speakers

Naomi Lee, Senior Executive Editor, The Lancet

Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief, Nature

Dragos Tudorache, Member of the EU Parliament, Chair of the AIDA Committee

Joris Van Rossum, Director of Research Integrity, STM

Javier Zarzalejos, Member of the EU Parliament, Vice-Chair of the INGE Committee


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