Public engagement activities

  • This page lists public talks and other events for members of the general public, such as “science pubs” and so on.
  • Academic conference talks are listed here.
  • Academic invited colloquia at universities are listed here.

The Psychology of Climate Change. Panel at Norwich Science Festival, 17 February 2023, Norwich

When it comes to environmental issues, denial or belief in conspiracy is extremely tempting. Lecture for the Luxembourg Sustainabilty Forum, 6 October 2022, Luxembourg

Demagoguery, Technology, and Cognition: Addressing the Threats to Democracy. Paul-B.-Baltes Lecture, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 5 October 2022, Berlin.

Transparent but not naked: Avoiding the weaponization of reproducibility. Public talk at Final Symposium: Reproducibility and replicability in science, 1 June 2022, Brussels.

Panel member Our human nature: Understanding why misinformation and disinformation spread. Science in the Age of Misinformation Symposium 2021 hosted by the The Institute for Science and Policy, 1 December 2021 [virtual].

The Race between Science and Pseudoscience in the Digital World from the Perspective of Cognitive Psychology. Talk at Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften [virtual], 28 October 2021.

Discussion panel member Between truth and trust: Conspiracy theories online debate, House of European History [virtual], 29 September 2021.

Resisting the Knowledge Dementors: The Truth about Fake News. Public presentation at Skeptics in the Pub Online, 8 July 2021 [virtual].

Misinformation: Inoculation or “Prebunking”. Talk presented at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research, Hamburg, Germany, 8 July 2021 [virtual].

Member, panel on Moving Forward Research and Practice of Science Communication, conference on Future of Science Communication, Wissenschaft im Dialog, 25 June 2021 [virtual].

The “Post-Truth” World, Science, and Vaccinations. Talk presented at the HumanTech Meetings Project, SWPS University, Warsaw, Poland, 24 June 2021 [virtual].

Distrust of Scientific Findings and the “Infodemic”: Worldviews and the Norms of Science. Talk presented at The Research Forum Conference 2021, European Foundation Centre, 22 April 2021 [virtual].

The ‘infodemic’ and vaccine hesitancy in the age of COVID-19. Talk presented at the University of Bristol Festival of International Research and Partnerships, 21 April 2021 [virtual].

Can using social media influence your views on politics and how you vote? Webinar hosted by Europe Direct Information Centre (EDIC), Co. Sligo, Ireland, 15 April 2021.

A Global Contagion of Infodemics & Conspiracy Theories. Webinar hosted by East-West Center, Hawaii, 17 February 2021.

Episode 13: Vaccines milestones and combating conspiracy theories. “Digital Fireside Talk” with Professor John Iredale, University of Bristol, 17 February 2021.

Disinformation, Conspiracy Theories, And The “Infodemic”. Presentation to Epigram, University of Bristol student newspaper, 8 February 2021.

Berliner Stammtisch Wissenschaftskommunikation (Regular’s Table Science Communication). Berlin, 26 January 2021.

Science, Misinformation, and Conspiracy Theories in the Age of COVID-19. Presentation to Amnesty International Italy, 8 December 2020.

Life sciences in a post-truth world: A COVID-19 case study. E.H. Young Panel event (with Paul Nurse, Lucy Yardley, Adam Finn, et al.), University of Bristol, 3 December 2020. Available on YouTube here.

Inoculation vs. Targeting: An Arms Race. Presentation to Cambridge University Students Against Pseudoscience (CUSAP), 30 November 2020.

Climate stories. Public presentation at the Human Rights Film Festival Berlin, 6 October 2020.

“Post-truth” and “Fake news”: What, why, and how do we respond? Public presentation at Bournemouth “Skeptics in the Pub”, 11 February 2020.

Science, “fake news”, and the medical profession. Presentation to the Bristol Medical Chirurgical Society, 8 January 2020.

“Post-truth” and “Fake news”: What, why, and how do we respond? Public presentation at Birmingham “Skeptics in the Pub”, 10 July 2019.

“Alternative Facts”, Climate Change, and Conspiracy Theories. Public presentation at exhibition “Eiskalt: Die dunkle Seite der Macht. Fake News, Selbstzerstörung, Normalität und Wassertropfen”. ERES Foundation, Munich, Germany, 17 September 2018.

Beyond misinformation: Parallel universes in a post-truth world. Public presentation at Greenwich “Skeptics in the Pub”, 7 March 2018.

“Post-truth” politics: Democratization of Information or Gateway to Authoritarianism? Public presentation at People’s Tech Bristol, 24 February 2018.

Conversation with Wolfgang Tillmans. Was ist anders? Berlin, 5 December 2017.

The “post-truth” era: Decline of polity or moral panic? Invited talk presented at Parkland Institute: Fall Conference 2017. Edmonton, Alberta, 18 November 2017.

Denial: From Climate Change to Conspiracies. Salt Spring Forum. Salt Spring, British Columbia, 13 November 2017.

Rational Denial of Undeniable Climate Change. TedX Salon. Bristol, 3 November 2017.

“post-truth” politics vs. science of “post-truth”. Presentation and panel discussion, Communicate 2017: Navigating Change. Bristol Zoo Gardens, 2 November 2017.

Is fake news undermining democracy? Panel discussion, Bristol City Hall (hosted by Chartered Institute of Public Relations), 12 October 2017.

CliFi: Big Ideas for the small screen. All-day workshop, 16 August 2017, Sydney, Australia. Presentation entitled Denial of the Solutions to a Denied Problem.

The Madhouse Effect: What is Stopping Action on Climate Change? Panel event (with Mike Mann, Anna Rose, and Emma Alberici) in Sydney Opera House, 16 August 2017.

Forum för forskningskommunikation (Forum for science communication). Rational denial of undeniable climate change: Science in an era of ‘post-truth’ politics. Gothenburg, Sweden, 10 May 2017. Public event as part of the International Science Festival Gothenburg. (Invited keynote, available on YouTube).

Cheltenham Science Festival 2017: Fact, Fiction and the Rise of Fake News. Cheltenham, Jun 2017.

Perth USAsia Centre: The science behind the Trump phenomenon. Perth, Apr 2017. Video. University of Tasmania: The denial of undeniable climate change. Tasmania, Apr 2017.

Cheltenham Science Festival 2016: Protecting the planet: Science and politics. Cheltenham, Jun 2016.

“Pint of Science”: Neuroscientific myth busting. Bristol, May 2016.
Bristol Festival of Ideas: Climate utopias and dystopias: New ways of thinking about the future. Bristol, May 2016.

Reddit Science AMA Series: We just published a study showing that ~97% of climate experts really do agree humans causing global warming. Ask Us Anything! Online, Apr 2016.

Café Scientifique of The Royal Society: Are you sure? Uncertainty and us. London, Feb 2016.

Reddit Science AMA Series: I’m Stephan Lewandowsky, here with Klaus Oberauer, we will be responding to your questions about the conflict between our brains and our globe: How will we meet the challenges of the 21st century despite our cognitive limitations? AMA! Online, Jul 2015.

Bristol Politics Café: The psychology of bias and misinformation: Climate change, vaccines and weapons of mass destruction. Bristol, Mar 2015.

Reddit Science AMA Series: I’m Prof. Stephan Lewandowsky, I study the cognitive science of conspiratorial thinking and the rejection of climate science, AMA! Online, Apr 2014.