Marie Curie Alumni Association virtual conference: Research & Democracy

6 - 7 November 2020
Marie Curie Alumni Association virtual conference: Research & Democracy

Join the first-ever Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) virtual conference to discuss about Research & Democracy, with keynote lecture by Prof. Daniel Ziblatt,
author of best-selling book “How democracies die”.

Democracy, rooted in the earliest of our western society, literally means “rule by people”. But what does it really mean today and how does it manifest in our life? The Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) will discuss this question during its first virtual conference on Research & Democracy on 6 and 7 November 2020.

During the two-day event, which will be held completely online, speakers will discuss the following paradox: Even though we live in a world brought closer together by the digital revolution, we face growing tensions that tear nations apart.

We now have the technological means of direct democracy, and yet we must question if this is the best form of government. We have the power to reach thousands of people and spread data-based facts with the press of a button, and yet our socials are polluted with fake news and computational propaganda.

What is our role, as citizens and researchers, in this fast-changing landscape? The first MCAA Virtual Conference will serve as a forum to discuss and challenge our beliefs. MCAA conference organisers believe the event will be the best opportunity to network with brilliant researchers from all around the world, to attend thought-provoking sessions with renowned speakers, and to browse our expo fair.

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