EJC and UNESCO to host International symposium: ‘Addressing conspiracy theories through education’

Education can play a central role in building the resilience, knowledge and analytical skills needed to “pre-bunk” and debunk conspiracy theory narratives, including through media and information literacy.

To strengthen educational responses through advocacy, research and training, the European Jewish Congress and UNESCO are organising the International symposium on addressing conspiracy theories through education on 27 June 2022.

EJC President Ariel Muzicant, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, and Landecker Foundation CEO Andreas Eberhardt will deliver welcome remarks.

The symposium will convene academia, governments, civil society and the private sector for joint action, opening with a public advocacy session consisting of two panels of international experts.

The event will also launch UNESCO’s advocacy report ‘Addressing conspiracy theories: what teachers need to know’. The report is an introduction for educators, working in and outside of formal schooling, on how to identify, prevent and address conspiracy theories.

The Vice-President of the European Parliament and Chair of the Working Group Against Antisemitism Nicola Beer MEP will also address the symposium. Closing remarks will be delivered by European Commission Coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life, Katharina von Schnurbein.

The symposium is organised in cooperation with the European Commission, the Cambridge University Social Decision-Making Lab and the Alfred Landecker Foundation.

The programme and registration details are available here

A live stream of the symposium will be made available on the EJC Facebook page.