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Post-truth and misinformation

  • Spokes collection
Anti-vaxxer protest in Melbourne, Australia, 14 September 2017. Pic by Alpha.

Post-truth, misinformation, anti-science, fake news or fabricated 'controversies'... what do these trends mean for science engagement? This is what the articles gathered in this Spokes collection explore, often questioning the very nature of science itself. Do we need vocal science advocacy or humble interfaces for dialogue? These pieces call readers to step back and question their own stances and practices.


  • post-truth
  • post-fact
  • misinformation
  • fake news
  • dialogue
  • controversy
  • alternative facts

Feature articles

In Depth
NASA's Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition

Feature article by Frank Kupper published in Spokes #66, September 2020

Science and uncertainty at a time when people are looking for solid answers| Estimated reading time: 20 minutes
Topics in science
Spokes, uncertainty, science, covid-19, public perception, dialogue, trust
In Depth
Misinformation: A strategic approach

Feature article by Michael Creek published in Spokes #62, April 2020

Taking a strategic approach to a serious threat| Estimated reading time: 12-15 minutes
Education & learning
Spokes, misinformation, strategic approach
In Depth
Airplane condensation trails in the Brussels sky - which "chemtrail" conspiracy theorists claim to be chemical substances governments spray to keep populations subdued. Photo Antonio Gomes da Costa

Feature article by António Gomes da Costa published in Spokes #27, February 2017

We need to help citizens grasp the difference between authority-based and science-based validation, argues Gomes da Costa (and much more)| Estimated reading time: 29 minutes
EU and governance
post-truth, post-fact, worldview, science, process, Spokes
In Depth
Rethinking innovation together: participatory workshop as part of Ecsite-led EU-funded Sparks project, May 2018, Brussels

Feature article by António Gomes da Costa published in Spokes #49, February 2019

Today’s deficit problem is not lacking knowledge, but lacking the capacity to challenge it, argues Gomes da Costa| Estimated reading time: 22 minutes
Education & learning
Deficit model, science communication model, science engagement, ignorance, knowledge, Spokes
In Depth
March Against Monsanto, Washington DC, USA, 24 May 2014.

Feature article by Stefaan Blancke published in Spokes #54, August 2019

How and why are science and pseudoscience so different and what does it mean for science engagement?| Estimated reading time: 22 minutes.
pseudoscience, philosophy of science, dialogue, Spokes
In Depth
Graffitti 'Together we create'. Photo @bamagal.

Feature article by Andrea Bandelli - Wiktor Gajewski published in Spokes #40, April 2018

Can science engagement use technologies of humility?| Estimated reading time: 16 minutes
humility, management, institutional culture, post-truth, Spokes
facebook conversation

Interviews published in Spokes #30, May 2017

How to respond to audiences who disagree with our offer?| Estimated reading time: 26 minutes (7-10 min per interview)
controversy, debate, values, sexuality, nanotechnology, religion, Islam, Spokes