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Life sciences in a post-truth world – A COVID-19 case study
E.H Young panel event

The role of science in providing evidence that helps policy makers and communities tackle global challenges is under growing threat as our political cultures shift and social media makes it easier for all voices to be heard. 

The COVID-19 pandemic raises important questions about the role of life sciences in society. Not just how do we fight the virus at a molecular, community and political level, but also how should life scientists engage with a public who are hungry for information and unsure who to trust. If the voices of scientists are now less audible or less important, is this a problem and how can we address it?

Moderated by Sarah Montague (BBC journalist and presenter of World at One) with panel:
Sir Paul Nurse (Nobel Prize-winning biologist, Director and Chief Executive of the Francis Crick Institute and Chancellor of the University of Bristol)
Marvin Rees (Mayor of Bristol)
Professor Lucy Yardley (Professor of Health Psychology, member of the UK government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies and expert in health behaviour change)
Professor Stephan Lewandowsky (Chair in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Bristol and expert in the spread of myths and misinformation in society)
Professor Adam Finn (Professor of Paediatrics, Chair of Bristol’s COVID-19 Emergency Research Group and expert on vaccination)
Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West

Event notes
• Please note that the panel discussion will be recorded and uploaded with subtitles to YouTube after the event, for those unable to attend live.
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Dec 3, 2020 06:00 PM in London

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