An evening with Stephen Fry and Venki Ramakrishnan

The Royal Society YouTube channel
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When

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

Event Times

18.00 - 19.00

Admission

Free to attend, no registration required.

Website

https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2020/10/following-science/

Please note: as you will no doubt be aware COVID-19 is leading to many events being cancelled or postponed. Please check with the organisers of any event listed here to confirm it is going ahead as planned.

The very nature of science is to establish truth about the world around us, from groundbreaking new discoveries, like the Higgs boson, gravitational waves or the potential for life in the clouds of Venus, to issues with major social implications like climate change and biodiversity loss.

While the growth of the internet and social media makes it easier than ever before to obtain information, the free-for-all nature of the internet also makes it difficult for the average citizen to distinguish fact from fiction, truth from mistruth, and legitimate sources from fake news. The onslaught against evidence-based facts is a growing problem.

As an army of scientists continue to find themselves on the frontline of scientific discovery as they battle Covid-19, the role of scientific evidence and rational thought in an internet age of superstitions, rumours and pseudoscience has never been more apparent.

Join actor, comedian and author Stephen Fry for an exclusive evening of conversation as he explores establishing trust in science and how individuals can make rational and objective decisions with Nobel Prize-winning biologist and President of the Royal Society, Venki Ramakrishnan.

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Attending this event
- The event will be livestreamed on the Royal Society YouTube channel on 20 October at 6pm
- The event is free to join, and there is no registration required
- Live subtitles will be available

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