Science Minister Thümler invites to the citizens’ talk #wissenschafftzukunft

Professor Dr. Ralph Ewerth from TIB will take part as an expert in the discussion round on the topic of warfare with fake news

Three months ago, Russia attacked Ukraine; since then, war has been raging in Europe. In addition to serious reporting, misleading information about the war is spreading rapidly on the internet. The social media are teeming with fake news and rumours. Against this backdrop, Lower Saxony’s Minister of Science Björn Thümler invites you to the third #wissenschafftzunft citizens' talk on 1 June 2022 from 18:30 to 19:30, entitled “Warfare with Fake News – How Rumours, False News and Targeted Manipulation Endanger Democracy and Social Cohesion”.

In addition to the Minister, the following experts will take part in the Citizens’ Talk.

  • Professor Dr Ralph Ewerth: The AI researcher heads the Visual Analytics research group at TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology in Hannover. In his project “FakeNarratives”, he is looking at narrative patterns and their effect in public broadcast and alternative news videos.
  • Dr Steffi Hobuß: The philosopher of language teaches and researches at Leuphana University Lüneburg. She is the academic director of Leuphana College. In her project “Zukunftsdiskurse” (Discourses of the Future), she examined – against the backdrop of a strengthening populism and developments such as fake news and conspiracy myths – the social production of knowledge between fact and fiction.
  • Professor Dr Sami Haddadin: The well-known robotics researcher from Lower Saxony is one of the world’s leading thinkers on AI. He is Director of the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and holds the Chair of Robotics and Systems Intelligence. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He clearly locates the dystopian potential of artificial intelligence in its application.
  • Professor Dr Helmut Scherer: The communication scientist teaches at the Institute for Journalism and Communication Research at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. His research focuses on media effects research and political communication, among other things.
  • Dr Paul Derabin: The Hannover lawyer for commercial law was born in Russia, his wife is Ukrainian. In the Bügertalk he will describe his impressions of the media usage behaviour of Russian-speaking people in Lower Saxony.

Lower Saxony is a strong research state with internationally renowned scientists. Their findings influence our everyday lives and our future. The aim of the event is to promote dialogue between science and citizens.

The event will be translated into sign language. Please register by sending an email to wissenschafftzukunftmwk.niedersachsende.

To watch the event in livestream:

Date: 1 June 2022, 18:30-19:30
Location: Online event