Live Session 1: Countering Covid Infodemic, Innovative approaches in debunking myths

Date of first session: Wednesday 18 Nov. 2020, 4:00PM (GMT+1)

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John Cook is a research assistant professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, researching cognitive science. In 2007, he founded Skeptical Science, a website which won the 2011 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for the Advancement of Climate Change Knowledge and the 2016 Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education.

John has co-authored several college textbooks that examine climate change science, and in 2013 he received recognition from President Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron on his paper analyzing the scientific consensus on climate change. In 2015, he developed a massive open online course at the University of Queensland on climate science denial, that has received over 40,000 enrollments.

Jaroslav Valuch is an experienced practitioner in the field of media literacy, social media activism, countering hate speech, and communication with crisis-affected populations. In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, he co-started a volunteer fact-checking initiative that processed over 100 fact checks in 90 days and he co-developed COVID-19 related media literacy lesson plans for teachers.

Jaroslav has worked with dozens of organizations and civic initiatives in Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. He is a news literacy and fact-checking project manager at Transitions, a Prague-based media development organization, with a special focus on elderly citizens.