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Fighting misinformation about hazard and risk



Misinformation related to hazards and risks can lead to inappropriate behavior and harmful consequences. For instance, false earthquake predictions have recently caused anxiety in Albania, leading people to flee the city, and false rumors about remedy to Covid-19 have led to injuries and deaths. This session aims at understanding how misinformation about hazards and risks spread (intentionally or unintentionally), and how it can be fought, debunked or avoided in the first place.

This session welcomes submissions exploring the way misinformation spreads and taking into account different aspects (e.g. format, medium, actors, cultural context, time frame,...). Of special interest are submissions that discuss how hazard and risk information could be communicated more effectively. Contributions based on case studies or using comparisons between different hazards, risks or communication strategies will be of particular relevance. Presentations about best practices to fight misinformation at all stages of the hazard and risk cycle will be appreciated.

We invite all actors dealing on different levels with hazard and risk misinformation and/or its consequences to hand in a contribution, namely, researchers practitioners, journalists, educators, and policy makers. The diversity of participants will enrich the discussions of this hybrid session.

Convener: Laure Fallou | Co-conveners: Remy Bossu, Irina Dallo, Michèle Marti, Femke Mulder