29. April 2021 - 23:00

Coronavirus: can we trust the science? On-demand recording, Online, Thursday, 29. April 2021

An unique opportunity for anyone interested in science, whatever your age or background, to learn directly from renowned world experts

About this Event

New Scientist presents ...

On-demand event: Coronavirus: can we trust the science?
Naomi Oreskes, Stuart Ritchie, Graham Lawton moderated by Valerie Jamieson

Watch an unmissable panel discussion about the quality of science during the pandemic.

In the race to understand the new coronavirus outbreak, a parallel pandemic has emerged – one of rumours, unverified claims and malicious falsehoods. The World Health Organization has described this an “infodemic”. In this online panel discussion, discover why blame doesn’t solely lie with politicians, troublemakers and social media. Scientists too have been criticised for publishing hasty, poor quality papers during the pandemic. As a result, treatments have been widely touted as effective based on weak evidence.

So, can we still trust the science? This event focused on the role of scientists and society in these unprecedented times, rather than the science of covid-19. Discover how and why the outbreak is testing the limits of the scientific process, what can be done to fix it and how to spot the warning signs of weak science for yourself.

Following the fascinating discussion, the audience had the opportunity to ask the panellists questions.

What's included in your ticket:

  • Panel discussion and Q&A lasting 60 minutes
  • On-demand access to a recording of the panel discussion and Q&A for 12 month
  • Exclusive access to Robert Plomin's 40-minute lecture How Genetics Shapes Who You Are, filmed at our Instant Expert masterclass in London
  • Bonus content from New Scientist

About the speakers:

Graham Lawton is a staff writer and columnist at New Scientist. He is interested in biomedicine, health, the environment, wildlife and food. He is author of This Book Could Save Your Life.

Naomi Oreskes is professor of the history of science at Harvard University. Her research focuses on environmental sciences with a particular interest in understanding scientific consensus and dissent. Her latest book Why Trust Science? is about why the social character of scientific knowledge makes it trustworthy.

Stuart Ritchie is a lecturer at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King’s College London. His research looks at how peoples’ intellectual abilities develop and change across their lives, how it relates to aspects of the brain, and how it is influenced by both genetics and the environment. His upcoming book Science Fictions is about exposing fraud, bias, negligence and hype in science.

The event was moderated by Valerie Jamieson, New Scientist Events' creative director .

Booking information:

Your ticket will give you access to a recording of the event that took place on Monday 18 May 2020 which lasts for approximately one hour. Access to a recording of the event will be exclusively available to ticket purchasers until April 2021.
Eventbrite will email you a confirmation immediately after purchase with instructions on how to access the recording of the event and the other material included with your ticket.
Tickets are non-transferable to any other New Scientist event.
All tickets are non-refundable.
New Scientist reserves the right to alter the recording of the event or remove access prior to 30th April 2021. In the unlikely event of the removal of access to the event, all unused tickets will be fully refunded. New Scientist Ltd will not be liable for any additional expenses incurred by ticket holders in relation to the event.
Tickets are subject to availability and are only available through Eventbrite.

Thursday, 29. April 2021, Online, Coronavirus: can we trust the science? On-demand recording

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