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The Truth About Lies

BY MARTIN ATKINSON
@ SCIENCE FOR EUROPE, SCIENCE FOR ME, POWERED BY PECHAKUCHA ON MAY 17, 2019

It might seem like fake news is a problem of the modern world, but there's nothing new about the art of the lie. Politicians have always lied and will always lie. And there have always been forces that try to fight disinformation. In this talk, JRC researcher Martin Atkinson explains what science and technology can do to detect liars and how these tools are used to fight disinformation in the EU.

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Disasters that make us stronger

BY TOM DE GROEVE
@ SCIENCE FOR EUROPE, SCIENCE FOR ME, POWERED BY PECHAKUCHA ON MAY 17, 2019

Earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters are scary and they can cause a lot of damage. Sometimes it seems that things are only getting worse, which might lead us to have a pessimistic view of the world. In this talk, JRC scientist Tom de Groeve explains how EU scientists continue to study disasters, and how this knowledge makes our society more resilient.

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The invisible work against terrorism

BY MARTIN LARCHER
@ SCIENCE FOR EUROPE, SCIENCE FOR ME, POWERED BY PECHAKUCHA ON MAY 17, 2019

Terrorists are invisible. It is impossible to find a terrorist in a crowded place full of people. Terrorism is based on fear. This fear might prevent people from doing things that they would normally do, going to places they used to visit, or just enjoying life. We might feel powerless with the knowledge that there is not much we can do about this threat. But in reality, a lot is being done. In this presentation, JRC researcher Martin Larcher talks about the invisible work to protect people from terrorism

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How to measure fairness

BY MICHAELA SAISANA
@ SCIENCE FOR EUROPE, SCIENCE FOR ME, POWERED BY PECHAKUCHA ON MAY 17, 2019

Seventy years of peace, this is what the EU has given to European citizens. Our generations are the first generations in 500 years that have lived their entire lives in peace anywhere in the European Union. And yet, recent events show a growing discontent among the European populations. The EU took these warning signs seriously, with concrete aims to make the EU a fair place to live for everyone. The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) was asked to measure fairness. In this talk, JRC scientist Michaela Saisana explains what fairness is, and how it can be measured.

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Critical infrastructure attacks - is Europe ready?

BY GEORGIOS GIANNOPOULOS
@ SCIENCE FOR EUROPE, SCIENCE FOR ME, POWERED BY PECHAKUCHA ON MAY 17, 2019

The systems that make our every-day lives possible are highly interdependent. Transport, communication systems, energy and water utilities rely on each other. Natural disasters or man-made hazards can lead to a cascade of these critical infrastructure failures, with alarming effects. In this talk, JRC researcher Georgios Giannopoulous explains what systems are in place to protect critical infrastructure so that the end-users do not need to worry about potential problems.

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Fairy Tales about Climate Change

BY FABRIZIA CAVALLI
@ SCIENCE FOR EUROPE, SCIENCE FOR ME, POWERED BY PECHAKUCHA ON MAY 17, 2019

"Global Warming?  But if it's cold?" Despite the repeated warnings from scientists, there is still a lot of disinformation out there about climate change. In this talk, JRC researcher Fabrizia Cavalli sheds light on some myths linked to climate change, using as basis scientific evidence and facts from the European Commission's science service.

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From Financial Crisis to Recovery

BY SARA MACCAFERRI
@ SCIENCE FOR EUROPE, SCIENCE FOR ME, POWERED BY PECHAKUCHA ON MAY 17, 2019

The financial crisis that started over ten years ago hit the entire global economy. Since then, several measures have been taken at EU level to secure our financial system. In this talk, Sara Maccaferri who works as Scientific Support Officer in the EU Commission's Joint Research Centre's (JRC) Finance and Economy Unit, delves into the path to recovery following financial crisis.

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Migration – from perceptions to reality

BY MICHELE VESPE
@ SCIENCE FOR EUROPE, SCIENCE FOR ME, POWERED BY PECHAKUCHA ON MAY 17, 2019

Migration is a divisive topic and often marks a line of division in political debates. Migration is also a grey area, often dominated by the lack of information on the one hand and by false information on the other. In this talk, JRC data scientist Michele Vespe sheds light on the data and numbers that can help us understand migration and help build bridges between  science and the public debate surrounding migration and migration policies.

Nina Kajander
Press Officer, Joint Research Centre in Ispra
Michele Vespe
Scientific Officer, European Commission in Varese
Martin Larcher
Scientist, European Commission in Ispra
Tom De Groeve
Scientist, European Commission in Ispra
Fabrizia Cavalli
Researcher, European Commission
Sara Maccaferri
Researcher, European Commission Joint Research Centre in Ispra
Georgios Giannopoulos
Project Leader, European Commission in Ispra
Michaela Saisana
Scientist, European Commission, Joint Research Centre in Ispra