Date: 14 September 2023
Time: 12:00-13:00 CEST
Location: Online event
Social media can be very powerful tools for scientists who want to engage in science communication. But social media can also be quite a harsh environment, where scientists face a lot of backlash. How can you deal with negativity on social media?
On 14 September, SciComm Academy and EDMO BELUX organised a Lunch Lecture ‘How scientists can cope with negativity on social media’, with Bert Pieters as guest speaker. Bert works for Mediawijs, the Flemish knowledge centre for digital and media literacy. He has built up a large expertise on representation in the media and polarisation/radicalisation, visual literacy, propaganda, and conspiracy thinking. In recent years he has mainly experimented with ways of teaching about propaganda and conspiracy thinking. In this talk, he offered us insights and guidelines to address negative comments on social media.
Watch the recording of this Lunch Lecture (and the previous ones) here!
The EDMO BELUX Lunch Lectures are a series of informal gatherings on research topics such as disinformation, hate speech, polarisation, and digitalisation. During each Lunch Lecture, a guest speaker presents their work in a 30-minute talk, after which we open the floor for discussion. Lunch Lectures take place online and can be joined by everyone who is interested and who has registered beforehand.
The previous webinars in the series of Lunch Lectures:
- 6 March 2023: ‘Measuring and defining informational vulnerability: a proposal at the intersection of psychology, political science and media studies’ with Grégoire Lits, assistant professor in media sociology at the UCLouvain School of Communication and Journalism
- 17 April 2023: ‘To the front line with OSINT’ with Brecht Castel, an independent journalist and an expert in Open Source Intelligence
- 6 May 2023: ‘Truth or trust?’ with Eline Severs, assistant professor at the Department of Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
- 4 September 2023: Facebook Hustles with Guillaume Kuster, CEO and co-founder of Check First