Civic & academic leadership activities

  • This page lists civic and academic leadership activities, such as presentations to workshops, expert testimony, or keynotes at non-public conferences.

Disinformation, Conspiracy Theories, And The “Infodemic”. Presentation to the U.K. Cabinet Office, 27 January 2021.

Anti-Science Disinformation in the ‘Post-Truth’ World. Presentation to conference Age of misinformation: an interdisciplinary outlook on fake news, hosted by CEST (Centro per l’Eccellenza e gli Studi Transdisciplinari), 17 December 2020.

Contribution to panel Disinformation and The Manipulation Of Reality at the International Forum On Digital & Democracy, hosted by Reimagine Europa, 11 December 2020.

Misinformation, Conspiracy Theories, and 5G in the Age of COVID-19. Presentation to the Conference “I have heard that the 5G network causes… The development of mobile telecommunications networks in the era of disinformation – technology, health, regulations and education”, Poland, 9 December 2020 [virtual].

Potential Preventive and Countermeasures. Presentation to the Radicalization Awareness Network (RAN) webinar Conspiracy myths and violent extremism: Recent challenges and good practices, 7 December 2020.

Inoculation vs. Anti-Vaccination Misinformation. Presentation and panel discussion at the Sabin-UNICEF Vaccination Misinformation Webinar Series, 2 December 2020.

Panel discussion “What future for democracy and government post-coronavirus?” at the 2020 ESPAS Annual Conference Thinking about the Future: Europe’s Road to 2030, 19 November 2020.

Expert contributor to panel on misinformation, hosted by EU Disinformation, 13 November 2020.

Expert contributor to Choosing our Future panel, hosted by Science Foundation Ireland, 11 November 2020.

UNESCO #ThinkBeforeSharing campaign. Infographics on conspiracy theories.

Populism, Misinformation, and Human Cognition. Presentation to the conference “The Twenties of the Twenty-First Century: Liberal Answers to Anti-Liberal Challenges”, Hungarian Europe Society, 6 November 2020. (YouTube here).

Contribution to panel on “Effective EMF Communications”, focusing on 5G conspiracy theories, 9th GSMA EMF Forum, 14 October 2020.

Small scale expert meeting “The role of conspiracy theories in processes of radicalization”. Radicalization Awareness Network, 28 September 2020.

Submission and testimony (with Ullrich Ecker) to the Electoral Matters Committee of the Parliament of Victoria (Australia); Inquiry into the Impacts of Social Media on Elections and Electoral Administration. (September – November 2020). Submission; transcript of testimony.

Disinformation and conspiracy theories. Panel discussion at the European Parliament [virtual], 2 July 2020.

Democracy@Risk Policy Forum. Workshop on Safeguarding Democracy, London, 6 February 2020.

Disinformation, fake news and climate change denialism. Panel discussion at COP25, 11 December 2019, Madrid, Spain.

Building resilience against microtargeting. Talk presented at the workshop Tackling the DISinfo Phenomenon: From Understanding Its Causes to  Implementing Strategies to Cope with and Prevent It, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, 9-10 December 2019, Varese, Italy.

Truth is the Casualty that Causes War. Presentation and panel discussion at the workshop Communicating conflict prevention, stabilization and peacebuilding efforts: Ideas for the Federal Government’s working group on communications, 28 November 2019, Foreign Office, Berlin, Germany.

Brief of Amici Curiae, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit. (case 1:18-cv-00395-WES; State of Rhode Island v Shell Oil Products Company, LLC; et al.,). Brulle, R., Farrell, J., Franta, B., Lewandowsky, S., Oreskes, N., & Supran, G. December 2019.

Response to Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (U.K.): Review of online targeting. Anya Skatova, Philipp Lorenz-Spreen, Stephan Lewandowsky, Mark Leiser, Stefan Herzog. (August 2019).

Brief of Amici Curiae, U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit. (case 1:18-cv-02357-ELH; Mayor and City Council of Baltimore v BP P.L.C.; et al.). Brulle, R., Farrell, J., Franta, B., Lewandowsky, S., Oreskes, N., & Supran, G. 26 August 2019.

Brief of Amici Curiae, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit. (case 3:17-cv-06011-WHA, 3:17-cv-06012-WHA; City of Oakland, City and County of San Francisco v. B.P. P.L.C., Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell & Does 1-10). Brulle, R., Farrell, J., Franta, B., Lewandowsky, S., Oreskes, N., & Supran, G. 22 August 2019.

“Post-truth”: What, why, and how do we respond? Presentation and panel discussion at the Joint ESAF / INGSA Meeting, 26 June 2019, Dublin, Ireland.

Why do People Accept “Post-Truth”? Presentation to the European Parliament, “Science meets Parliament” event,  Brussels, 6 February 2019.

Brief of Amici Curiae, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit. (case 18-15499 County of San Mateo v. Chevron). Brulle, R., Farrell, J., Franta, B., Lewandowsky, S., Oreskes, N., & Supran, G. 29 January 2019.

“Post-Truth”: What, Why, and How Do We Respond? Presentation and panel at conference Quo Vadis, Europe? Upcoming elections, hybrid threats, and the way forward. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and E.U. representation in Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania, 27 January 2019.

Democracy in the age of misinformation. Panel and presentation at CONSULCON: Democratic Cities, Madrid, Spain, 23 November 2018.

“Post-Truth”: What, Why, and How Do We Respond? Presentation to the European Commission, Heads of Representations. Brussels, 19 November 2018.

Psychology of fake news spreading. Presentation at the ZIBI Graduate School, Humboldt University. Berlin, 19 October 2018.

Inoculation and (Mis-)information Discernment. Presentation at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission. Ispra, Italy, 8 October 2018.

“Post-truth”: What, why, and how do we respond? Presentation to the European Commission. Brussels, 2 October 2018.

Mention of research on the floor of the U.S. Senate (Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, RI) September 28, 2018 – Congressional record: Issue: Vol. 164, No. 161. 115th Congress (2017 – 2018) – 2nd Session.

How to Deal with “Fake News” Around Vaccination. Keynote presented at the workshop “Global Challenges in Vaccine Acceptance Science and Programs”, hosted by Fondation Mérieux, Annecy, France, 24 September 2018. (Video here).

Rejection of Scientific Findings: Worldview, Ideology, and the Norms of Science. Talk presented at the workshop “Trust in Science & Changing Landscapes of Communication”, hosted by ALLEA [All European Academies] working group “Truth, Trust & Expertise”, Amsterdam, 31 August 2018.

How to Deal with “Fake News” Around Vaccination. Keynote presented at the WHO Behavioural Insights Summer School (BISS). Erfurt University, Erfurt, Germany, 29 August 2018.

UK Parliament, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, ‘Fake News’ Inquiry: The Science of Prebunking: Inoculating the Public Against Fake News. March 2018. (S. van der Linden et al.)

Being open but not naked: Balancing transparency with resilience in science. Talk presented at the annual conference of the Norwegian National Research Ethics Committee, Oslo, 28 February 2018.

Making and Maintaining a Rational Extremist. Presentation at workshop “A psychological and neuroscientific perspective on how extremist propaganda works and how to effectively counter it”, hosted by RAN (Radicalization Awareness Network) of the European Commission, Vienna, Austria, 7 February 2018.

Open data: Balancing transparency with resilience. Presentation at the workshop Ethical Aspects of Open Access: A Windy Road. ALLEA (All European Academies), Brussels, 1 February 2018.
(Written report available here).

Qualitative foresight exercise on the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the EU. European Commission – Joint Research Centre. Workshop, Brussels, 3 July 2018.

Future challenges. Workshop on Big Data, Targeting, and the Future of Democracy. Joint Research Centre, European Commission. Ispra, Italy, 18-19 January 2018.

The “post-truth” era: Post what exactly? Invited talk presented at the conference of the Swedish Higher Education Authority (Universitetskanslersämbetet). Linköping, Sweden, 4 December 2017.

12th Berlin Debate on Science and Science Policy. Invited workshop, Robert Bosch Foundation, Berlin, 7 November, 2017.

Misinformation in Science. Presentation to doctoral School of Public Health of Paris, St. Malo, France, 24 October 2017.

Outflanking “fake news”: inoculation, skepticism, and warnings. Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) team, Pentagon Joint Staff. (Webinar, 21 June 2017).

European Commission. Conference on EU4FACTS: Evidence for policy in a post-fact world. Brussels, 26 September 2017. (Invited presentation).

Understanding the spread of misinformation, conspiracy theories, fake news, and ‘soft facts’. Invited talk presented at the Home Office’s Research Information and Communication Unit (RICU). Workshop on Conspiracy theories, disinformation, and security threats: How should governments respond? London, 15 May 2017.

UK Parliament, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, ‘Fake News’ Inquiry: Misinformation and its debunking: Impact of “fake news” on the public. April 2017.

UK Parliament, Science and Technology Committee, Research Integrity Inquiry: Managing threats to research integrity. Mar 2017. (Invited to give oral evidence to Committee on 26 April 2017, but meeting cancelled after snap election was called.)