How to report on and debunk pseudoscience


29.06.2017 - 13:00 to 14:10


IT University - Auditorium 1

Pseudoscience can become dangerous for both science and society when promoted by the media or not properly reported on. It mimics aspects of science while essentially denying the scientific method, and yet it is also sometimes apparent in academia. The internet and social media are continuously exacerbating the problem: they allow for pseudoscience to spread widely across countries and create communities that support false beliefs.

This session will look at different case studies in Europe, trying to understand the specific media landscape, cultural, social and political background in which the pseudoscience was spread, and present different strategies journalists can employ in tackling the misinformation and improve the standard of investigative science reporting.

Alexandra Nistoroiu, Science Journalist, Viaţa Medicală, Romania
Medical pseudoscience in Eastern Europe

Brian Deer, Investigative Reporter, UK
The anti-vaccination scandal: a case study

Mico Tatalovic, Environment & life sciences news editor, New Scientist. Chairman of the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW),UK.
How to cover the climate change debate in Europe

Michele Catanzaro, Science Journalist, Spain
Journalism versus judicial pseudoscience: Hearing Voices case study


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