The coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate our news and media, as governments around the world grapple with the crisis and its effects. Science advisors have gained high public profiles, with frequent media appearances that emphasise that government policy is ‘science-led’. At the same time, the pandemic has coincided with a climate of populism, ‘post-truth’ and ‘fake news’, made easier by social media and other digital platforms that can spread misinformation, uncertainty and fear. As a global programme of vaccination gets into full swing, the anti-vax movement is active.
What has been the role of the media, including social media and local news, on our public debate, attitudes and behaviour during this current pandemic? As we emerge from this crisis, could we rethink the role that media and digital platforms play in facilitating the flow of information and dialogue between experts, policymakers and the public, particularly in emergency situations?
Professor Andreas Hepp and Karin Wahl-Jorgensen represent the research focus "Media and Communication" of the Bremen-Cardiff Research Alliance. This is a cooperation between the University of Bremen and the British Cardiff University in Wales, which has been in existence since 2019. The aim is to promote joint research activities and collaboration. More information about the Bremen-Cardiff Alliance can be found here.
Following the one-hour English-language panel discussion, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation with the panelists. There is no charge to attend.
The digital panel discussion will be moderated by Professor Ole Petersen, Vice President of the Academia Europaea. The event is organized by Academia Europaea, the University of Bremen, Cardiff University, and SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) - an association of European academies providing advice to policymakers. The event is supported by the initiative "Wales in Germany 2021".
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