Life sciences in a post-truth world – A COVID-19 case study

3 December 2020, 6.00 PM - 3 December 2020, 7.30 PM

This year's E.H Young endowed lecture inlcudes speakers whose COVID-19 research has been part-funded by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research.

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?

Register now to reserve your place at this online event and submit your question to our expert panel, moderated by Sarah Montague (BBC journalist and presenter of World at One):

  • 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)
To register for this free event please visit their Zoom webinar registration page.

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