European Skeptics Congress 2022

Billrothhaus, Vienna, September 9th – 11th, 2022


Sign up here!

Program

Thursday, 8 September 2022

  20:00 – 22:00 Skeptical Quiz

Friday, 9 September

  9.00 – 10.00 Registration

  10:00 – 12:00 The Skeptical Movement in Europe (Panel)

   Chair: Claire Klingenberg

  • Massimo Polidoro
  • András Pintér
  • Pontus Böckman
  • Annika Harrison
  • Amardeo Sarma
  • Claudia Preis
  • Alice Howarth

  12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

  14:00 – 16:00 Dealing with Uncertainty

   Chair: Sergio Della Sala

  • Sergio Della Sala: The reliable uncertainty of science
  • Gábor Kemenesi: The strange relationship of humanity and pandemics in the 21st century
  • Elisa Palazzi: Communicating uncertainty in the science of climate change

  16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

  16:30 – 18:00 Making science-based decisions in politics (Panel)

   Chair: András Gábor Pintér

  • Tea Törmänen
  • Giulia Conforto

  18:00 – 20:00 Dinner Break

  20:00 – 21:15 Evening Keynote

   Introduction by Claudia Preis

  • Florian Aigner: Is Popper everything? A quick review of the theory of science. Why falsification is important but is not everything.

Saturday, 10 September 2022

  09:15 – 10:00 Keynote

   Introduction by Claudia Preis

  • Massimo Pigliucci: Skepticism as a way of life

  10:00 – 12:00 Skepticism in the Classroom

   Chair: Pontus Böckman

  • Franck Ramus: What is evidence-based education?
  • Stephen Law: How to raise moral citizens
  • Philippe Longchamps: Teacher competence and the combat against misinformation

  12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

  14:00 – 16:00 Towards Rational European Drug Policies

   Chair: Catherine de Jong

  • Dr Anne Katrin Schlag: Top ten deadliest addictive substances in Europe, an overview
  • Dr David Badcock: The future – Rational European drug policies
  • Questions and discussion

  16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

  16:30 – 18:30 Science and the Environment

   Chair: Tea Törmänen

  • Georg Steinhauser: The hazards of radiation
  • Johannes Kopton: “Natural” or sustainable? Agriculture Environmentalism at the Crossroads

  19:30 Congress Dinner (+ €28, advance booking)

Sunday, 11 September 2022

  10:00 – 13:00 Conspiracy Theories

   Chair: Amardeo Sarma

  • Ulrike Schiesser: Building bridges – how to talk to conspiracy believers
  • Péter Krekó: Disinformation as a tool of (political) warfare
  • Holm Hümmler: 5G mobile networks – the conspiracy myths and what they really do
  • Jan-Willem van Prooijen: Belief in conspiracy theories during a pandemic

  Optional afternoon activities

  • 14:00: 3rd Man Tour – Visit the Filming Locations of Orson Welles´s Classic Movie
    €20, booking on-site only on Fri, Sep 9. Maximum 25 persons
  • 14:30: Guided tour through the historic medical library of Billrothhaus
    €5, advance booking
  • 14:30: Sightseeing off the beaten track – discovering hidden treasures
    €16, booking on-site only on Fri, Sep 9. Maximum 15 persons

Sign up here!