Programme Ethical Forum 2017 - Thursday December 7, 2017


What place (if any) for academics in our post-truth era ? 


Registration 13.30 - 14.00 

Part 1: 14.00 – 15.30 

Jacques WILLEMS (chairman of the University Foundation)

Bart Pattyn (co-ordinator of the Ethical Forum 2017)

 Keynote addresses


  • Peter ACHTERBERG, Tilburg University, The Netherlands, Trust in scientific methods and scientific institutions
  • Hilde VAN DEN BULCK, University of Antwerp, Media, Fake News and Science/Scientists in the Post-Truth era
  • Cédric COURTOIS, KU Leuven, News feeds on Social media: How bad is it?

 Part 2: 16.00 – 18.00

Panel discussion chaired by Bart PATTYN


  • Didier POURQUERY, The Conversation, France
  • Christophe LECLERCQ, Founder EARACTIV Media and Associate Professor Université Libre de Bruxelles Institut d'Études Européennes
  • Vincent YZERBYT, Université Catholique de Louvain 
  • Luc SOETE, Maastricht University, The Netherlands (due to a last minute change of the time schedule of another meeting, Prof Soete could unfortunately not be present)


General discussion: Keynote speakers, panel members and audience

Concluding remarks by Philippe VAN PARIJS


The presentations, the concluding remarks, and a number of interesting relevant background documents can be found in the "DOWNLOADS 2017" section of this website.