Fake news concerning research data. Scientific evaluation and scientific communication in the age of social media

Starting date
January 1, 2021
Duration (months)
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Managers or local contacts
Salgaro Massimo
"science communication", "fake news"

Western countries are currently facing a serious crisis, notably the rise in fake news and the belief of their citizens in such news. These fake news often stem from unverified data in scientific fields and bring science and academic institutions into disrepute. Researchers from the Humanities and the Natural Sciences are exposed to the dangers and negative consequences of these practices without having the instruments to prevent and contrast them.
Our project aims to analyze scientific practices and find possible causes as well as propose potential solutions to prevent such issues. We will bring together key players in the Science and Humanities spheres to brainstorm together about issues that damage the reputation of our work and institutions.
The final outputs of our project will be practical tools such as “rules of conduct” to prevent fake news, and workshops on communicative skills for young researchers (e.g. “science in the twitterverse and on facebook”, “How to give an interview on science issues”, “How to recognize reliable science data in media”).

Project participants

Collaboratori esterni

Tano Jean-Yves
Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin
Research areas involved in the project
Letterature tedesca e austriaca
Germanic Cultural Studies and Mentalities




Research facilities