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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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The Truth about Islam

BY ABDULELAH ALALSHEIKH
@ VOL 7 ON NOV 29, 2014

Abdulelah Alalsheik retraces the history of Islam and debunks some misconceptions about this religion.

"Presentation of the Day" on March 16, 2015.

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What all truth seekers have in common

BY MICHAEL NEELSEN
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

There is a lot of depate about facts and truth today, but did you know that truth seekers of all stripes (scientific & artistic) share the same process in their pursuit? Inspired by Arthur Koestler's book "The Act of Creation," Michael Neelsen will share how all scientific discovery & artistic creativity boils down to a process of combining two or more variables to create something new.

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Breaking Silos, Nudging Communities: the SITE4Society adventure

BY SHYAMA RAMANI
@ VOL 36 ON JUN 19, 2018

Shyama Ramani is Professorial Fellow at the research institute United Nations University-MERIT in Maastricht. Her research focuses on the relationships between technology, innovation and their governance for inclusive development. She is also the founder of two non-profit research units ‘Association Un Ami’ and ‘Friend in Need Trust’, in France and India.

Shyama experiences three kinds of knowledge divides today: that between students and scholars in good institutions and the not-so-good ones, that between academics and society and that between truth and fabricated truth.

In her PechaKucha presentation she shows how academics can contribute to societal welfare just through sharing the results of their research in an understandable way. 

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Lost in Space Together

BY FRANCIS DEBENEDICTIS
@ VOL 38 ON APR 12, 2019

Francis DeBenedictis is interested in integrating new technologies and "crazy" ideas from science fiction into research. He believes that dreaming big can improve human health.

Frank is doing his Master's studies in Molecular Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and currently working as a research intern at Maastricht University.

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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.