20th European Skeptics Congress

UCLy – Université Catholique de Lyon
10 place des Archives, F69002 Lyon, France
Amphitheater Alain Mérieux
(Not to be mistaken with Charles Mérieux Amphitheater at the ENS)

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Thursday, 30 May 2024

  19:30 – 21:30 Social activity

Friday, 31 May

  8:00 – 9:00 Registration

  9:00 – 12:30 Europe’s Energy Future

   Chair: Jean-Luc Bernet

  12:30 – 14:30 Lunch Break

  14:30 – 18:00 A Good Digital Society

   Chair: Amardeo Sarma

  • Shukun Tokas: Navigating Trustworthiness in Virtual Worlds
  • Paolo Attivissimo: Harnessing AI for Fake News Detection and Avoidance in Journalism
  • Coffee Break
  • David Goodman: Data protection and AI in the context of fake news
  • Nikil Mukerji: Fake News – What is it?
  • Panel and Q&A

Saturday, 1 June 2024

  9:30 – 12:00 The Psychology of Beliefs

   Chair: Pontus Böckman

  • Chris French: Anomalous and Paranormal Beliefs: Twenty-Five Years of Research
  • Jon Roozenbeek: The Psychology of Misbeliefs
  • Coffee Break
  • Michael Heap: Strange Beliefs: ‘Psychopathological’ or Not?
  • Panel and Q&A

  12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

  14:00 – 18:30 Harm From Wellness Culture

   Chair: Catherine de Jong

  • Kevin Smith: How does the culture of self-management and spirituality harm public health?
  • Edzard Ernst: So-called alternative medicine: direct and indirect harm
  • Coffee Break
  • Les Rose: Misleading the public: can charities be trusted?
  • Panel and Q&A

  20:00 Buffet Dinner (advance booking required)

  • Tim Trachet: Dinner talk – History of European Skeptics Congresses

Sunday, 2 June 2024

  9:00 – 12:00 Open Session

   Chair: András Gabor Pintér

  • Massimo Polidoro: Keynote: The Skepticism of Leonardo da Vinci: What Can We Learn from a Genius?
  • Francesco Grassi: From UFOs to crop circles. How humans became aliens
  • Coffee Break
  • Geerdt Magiels: Biology and ideology: at the borderlines of science and certainty. Where science meets opinion
  • Elisa Palazzi: Why do we not take the climate crisis seriously?

  Afternoon: (by special invitation only)

  • 13:30: Lunch and ECSO Council
Register here!  (Note: Registrations are handled by Converia)