Rethinking Digital Media in Crisis Situations

How does digital media influence public debates and our behavior? How can we rethink its role in times of crisis? That is the topic of an English-language online debate on March 1, which is being organized by Academia Europaea’s Cardiff Knowledge Hub and the university.

The pandemic continues to dominate our news and media, as governments around the world grapple with the crisis and its effects. Science advisors are in high demand. They advise politicians and are on hand for the media with their knowledge. At the same time, there is a great deal of populism and misinformation available to the public. Fake news spread via social media and other digital platforms and create uncertainty and fear.

How can we rethink the role and function of digital media in crisis situations? That is what scientists will be addressing at a virtual panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 1, 2021. The panelists are:

•    Professor AndreasHepp, Professor of Media and Communications, University of Bremen

•    Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Professor at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University

•    Professor Ortwin Renn, Scientific Director at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, and Chair of the SAPEA Working Group on Making Sense of Science for Policy

•    Dr. Nicholas Clifton, Innovator, authentiSci

Professor AndreasHepp and Karin Wahl-Jorgensen represent the Media and Communication high-profile area of the Bremen-Cardiff Research Alliance. This is a cooperation between the University of Bremen and the British Cardiff University in Wales, which was established in 2019. The aim is to promote joint research activities and collaborations.

After the one-hour panel discussion, which will take place in English, there will be the opportunity to ask questions and speak to the panelists. Participation is free-of-charge.

Professor Ole Petersen, Vice President of Academia Europaea will host the digital panel discussion. Academia Europaea, University of Bremen, Cardiff University, and SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) are the event organizers. The “Wales in Germany 2021” initiative is supporting the event.

Further Information and Registration:



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