15 October 2018

Participate in Talks and Science Debates with Geisling, Frank and Willerslev

Learn more about organ donation, new research and how we should navigate in a post-factual world, when ENABLE – the European Academy for Biomedical Science – hosts a three-day event with interesting, topical panel debates and talks with young researchers.

Monday 5 November at 19:00-21:00, the Maersk Tower, Blegdamsvej 3B, 2200 København N: ‘Truth in the age of information’. The event is in English: https://www.facebook.com/events/2341826352713050/

Start the week with a debate headed by science journalist Lone Frank on how journalists and researchers should navigate in a post-factual world with concepts like fake news. The panel consists of Professor Eske Willerslev, Professor Kjeld Møller Pedersen and Editorial Director of Inland Affairs at Politiken Amalie Kestler.

Tuesday 6 November at 19:00-21:00, the Maersk Tower, Blegdamsvej 3B, 2200 København N: ’Ask the Researchers’ (’Spørg forskeren’). The event is in Danish: https://www.facebook.com/events/438828909977821/

On day two the topic is organ donation and political challenges in this area. Here the debate will be headed by TV Doctor Peter Geisling, and Doctor Saddiq Qazi, Anthropologist Anja Bornø Jensen, Member of Parliament Liselotte Blixt (Danish People’s Party) and Professor Palle Serup will join him as members of the panel.

Wednesday 7 November at 19:00-21:00, Kølsters Tolv Haner, Ølsnedkeren, Brus and Sorte Firkant: ‘Listen, Think & Drink’. The event is in English: https://www.facebook.com/events/1901448789948105/

Complete the event on day three with a delicious beer in one of the four best beer bars in Nørrebro, where four young, international researchers at each bar will give a 10-minute presentation of their research. Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Communications consultant Andreas Westergaard
Email: andreas.westergaard@sund.ku.dk
Phone: +45 53593280

Read more about ENABLE and the events:

ENABLE (The European Academy of Biomedical Sciences) is an EU-funded project consisting of a series of conferences, organized by young PhD students and Postdocs from four different European institutes: IRB in Barcelona, RIMLS in Nijmegen, SEMM in Milan and CPR in Copenhagen. The goal of ENABLE is to bring young researchers together from all over the world, so that research is shared, promoting cooperation and strengthening the network between academics, industries and decision-makers.

In addition to international researchers on PhD and Postdoc level and professors from different international universities, participating in the conference with presentations of their own work, ENABLE is also organizing a carrier-day and three events aimed at the general public. With these events the hope is to engage the public in scientific debates about topics, which are emerging at the moment, and which are of imminent interest for academics, industries and decision-makers.

 One of these events is a panel discussion, called ‘Spørg forskeren’, in which a number of experts discuss the reasons for the lack of organ donors and possible solutions to the problem. The need for organ donations is greater than the offer, and therefore the waiting lists for new organs are long. This results in a lot of discomfort and uncertainty for the waiting patients, and in the worst cases some die while waiting. Peter Qvortrup Geisling will lead the panel discussion between leading experts: Palle Serup, Anja Bornø Jensen, Saddiq Qazi and Liselott Blixt.

The technological as well as research progress will be discussed, but thoughts about the emotional, ethical and political considerations will be addressed as well. The four panel members will first give a brief introduction about their own insights and opinions about the subject. Then the actual panel discussion will take place where there will be room for questions from the audience.

 Another of these events is a cross-disciplinary panel discussion, “Truth in the age of information” that is taking a close look at the post-truth society from the different angles of science, journalism and medicine. The truth is being increasingly challenged in various contexts of our society with fake news, fake science and alternative facts. This panel discussion focuses on addressing the means that can help us to distinguish facts from fake and ask how we can restore the trust in science, journalism and medicine. The discussion among the experts in their fields Prof. Eske Willerslev, Amalie Kestler and Prof. Kjeld Møller Pedersen will be lead by the successful science author Lone Frank.

The three panellists will give a brief introduction about their angle to the topic. This will be followed by a structured panel discussion, with room for questions from the audience.

 “Spørg forskeren” takes place Tuesday the 6th of November 2018 at 19.00 in the Nielsine Nielsen Auditorium at Panum. The event will be in Danish.

“Truth in the age of information” takes place Monday the 5th of November 2018 at 19.00 in the Nielsine Nielsen Auditorium at Panum. The event will be in English.

After each of the events, ENABLE welcomes you to continue the conversation during a small and informal reception at the top of the Mærsk tower. Both events are free and open to all, but as there is a limited number of seats, thus pre-registration is required through Eventbrite.

 In addition to the two panel discussions, young researchers participating in the ENABLE conference are going to tell you about their own research in a down-to-earth language in bars across Nørrebro! Here you have the opportunity to learn about science while having a beer in the four participating bars, BRUS, Kølsters Tolv Haner, Ølsnedkeren and Sorte Firkant. This event takes place the 7th of November and the first speaker starts at 19.00. Entrance to the bar is of cause free and the event will be in English.

Peter Qvortrup Geisling; Doctor and journalist

Palle Serup: Expert in stem cell research and regenerative medicine

Anja Bornø Jensen: Anthropologist and expert in organ donation and public health

Saddiq Qazi: Doctor and researcher in cardiac transplants

Liselot Blixt: Member of Parliament for “Dansk Folkeparti” and Chairman of the Health and Elderly Committee

Lone Frank: Science journalist, author and PhD in neurobiology

Eske Willerslev: DNA researcher and director of the Center for Geogenetics

Amalie Kestler: Editorial Director of Inland Affairs at “Politiken”

Kjeld Møller Pedersen: Professor of Health Economics and Health Policy at the University of Southern Denmark