Green Templeton Lectures 2022 theme is science and the media

Passport-style photos of Rasmus Nielsen (left) in suit and tie on light background and Meera Selva (left) in black top on red-pink background

The Green Templeton Lectures 2022 will be on science and the media.

The three-part lecture series will be convened by Senior Research Fellow Professor Rasmus Nielsen and Associate Fellow Meera Selva, who lead the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

The climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the critical role journalism can play in disseminating vital information while holding power to account and highlighting the voices of people who are not always heard.

The pandemic has also raised the profile of scientists, who have been called on to stand next to politicians and explain complex, fast-changing data sets to the general public. They have had to ask entire populations to change their behaviours in fundamental ways and have had to deal with heightened public and media scrutiny of their private lives, as well as their work.

This series of lectures will look at the interplay between journalism and science, draw out lessons that can be learned and look at how scientists and journalists can effectively communicate the challenges ahead.

The full lecture programme is:

Climate change: journalism’s greatest challenge 

Thursday 3 February at 17:30
Wolfgang Blau, co-founder (with Meera Selva), Oxford Climate Journalism Network, and former President, International and Chief Operating Officer, Condé Nast
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Hell and back: On the road with the pandemic. What the virus taught us about equality, freedom and journalism. 

Thursday 10 February at 17:30
Barkha Dutt, leading Indian journalist and Visiting Fellow, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
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What does it mean to be an honest broker? 

Thursday 17 February at 17:30
Professor Sir Charles Godfray, Director, Oxford Martin School and Professor of Population Biology, University of Oxford
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The Green Templeton Lectures 2022 are sponsored by Oxford PharmaGenesis, an independent, award-winning HealthScience communications consultancy. Its colleagues work globally, connected by a unique culture of integrity and compassion. Together, they help their clients bring evidence-based treatments to patients in areas of unmet medical need.

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Created: 13 January 2022