Digital media in crisis situations: rethinking their role and function#

1st March 2021, 15.30-16.30 CET, 14.30-15.30 UK. Website: Cardiff Knowledge Hub


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?

Our panellists#

Professor Andreas Hepp MAE, 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

The webinar is chaired by Professor Ole Petersen MAE, Vice-President, Academia Europaea.

About the webinar#

The event is open to all across the world and free to attend. You, the audience, will be able to interact with the panellists through Q&A.

This event is a partnership between: Academia Europaea, University of Bremen, Cardiff University, SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) and in support of the Welsh Government’s Wales in Germany 2021 initiative.

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