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Debunking myths and fake news: how can geoscientists fight misinformation and false claims
Convener: Bárbara Ferreira  | Co-Convener: Olivia Trani 
Mon, 09 Apr, 15:30–17:00 / Room -2.91
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Maybe you’ve had an argument on social media with a climate change denier who is convinced the Earth is not warming. Or maybe you’ve received an email from a scared relative forwarding you a piece from an unreliable website about how total solar eclipses produce harmful rays that can make you blind. How do you go about convincing them they are mistaken without them holding on even more to their false beliefs? In the age of Brexit and Trump, of fake news and of expert snubbing, geoscientists have a role to play in tactfully fighting misinformation related to the Earth, space and planetary sciences. This short course will explore ways in which researchers can promote evidence and facts, prevent fake news from spreading, and successfully debunk false claims.

Confirmed panelists
Cindy Mora-Stock (University of Concepción, Chile)
Bärbel Winkler (Skeptical Science, Germany)
Solmaz Mohadjer (Universität Tübingen, Germany)
Public information: Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, will also take part in this session.