Thursday 31 August
IMAX Theatre, 19.45–21.15 (Doors open at 19.15)
The authors of three critically acclaimed books on the post-truth era will meet in public for the first time to discuss what the ‘war on truth’ means for science. With Fiona Fox, Director of the Science Media Centre, they will probe the implications of ‘fake news’ on climate change policy, government legislation and on research in areas from reproductive science to evolution.
Fiona will be joined by:
Evan Davis, BBC presenter, Newsnight anchor and author of Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit (Little, Brown)
Matthew d’Ancona, columnist for the Guardian, Evening Standard and New York Times, Science Museum Group Trustee and author of Post-Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back (Ebury)
James Ball, Special Correspondent for BuzzFeed UK, author of Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World (Biteback Publishing)
You can read more about the idea of a post-truth era from Roger Highfield, the Science Museum Group's Director of External Affairs, on the Science Museum blog.
1. A placard featuring astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson held aloft outside the Science Museum
2. Fiona Fox
3. Evan Davis
4. James Ball
5. Matthew d'Ancona—image by Alistair Richardson