Fake news is dominating the public science discourse, from climate change denial to the anti-vaccination movement and the Flat Earth Society.
As scientific knowledge proliferates, with two million new academic articles published every year, public perspectives are being warped. Online clickbait, echo chambers and social media filter bubbles created by computer algorithms have led to misinformation and ideological polarisation.
How have the information age and rise of social media changed science communication? How dangerous is the rise of scientific misinformation? Why do people believe fake news? How can we communicate nuanced scientific results in the mainstream media? Who is responsible for ensuring accurate science communication? What role should government/media platforms/researchers play?
We will explore these questions and more through the perspectives of journalism, policy and academia with our expert panelists.
Prof Alice Roberts (Chair) – Author, broadcaster and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham
Dr Magdalena Skipper (Panelist) – Editor in Chief of Nature
Simon Singh (Panelist) – Author, journalist and TV producer
Fiona Fox (Panelist) – Director of the Science Media Centre
Emma Woods (Panelist) – Head of Policy, Wellbeing at the Royal Society
Following the seminar, we would like to invite you to a free drinks reception with the speakers.
The event will be part of the Oxford Environmental Research Partnership’s annual seminar series, focusing on the ‘Grand Challenges’ facing society today.