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Can we trust experts? Share your opinion and ask the panel! Question-time style debate, followed by a wine reception.

"The people of this country have had enough of experts” according to politician Michael Gove. Is he right? Are there some experts we blindly trust and immediately ignore? Why do we disregard climate change scientists or medical advice but still believe the promises of advertisers? As technology advances, will we put our faith completely in robots like Siri and Alexa to answer our questions and meet our needs? How much does our trust rely purely on the way someone communicates? What is the position of the expert in a society where our access to information is greater than ever? Or does the perceived credibility of an expert depend entirely on the individual?

12 February 2019

In a question time style event, researchers from different disciplines are invited to discuss these and other related topics under the theme “Can we trust experts?” We will have four panelists with different backgrounds, each of which will give a very short presentation on how they would answer the question, and then they will take questions from the audience chaired by the host.

The panelists include:

Professor Johanna Gibson (Law)

Professor Norman Fenton (School of Electronic Engineering and Computing)

Dr Isobel Roele (Law)

Professor Pat Healey (School of Electronic Engineering and Computing)

To register and take part in the debate, please click here. If you have questions you would like the researchers to answer during the debate, then follow this link and send in your questions, and we will present them to the panelists on the night.

Also, we are taking a poll, so have your say, and vote on whether or not you think we can trust experts. We will take a vote at the end of the event to see if opinions have changed!

The presentations and the debating are scheduled for an hour and 15 minutes, after which you are welcome to join us for a drinks reception.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date: Thursday 28th March 2019

Time: 18:00 – 20:30

Venue: People’s Palace 1, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS



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