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Auditorium Audience

Welcome to

A significant event that brings together leaders and experts from various fields.

We are pleased to introduce you to a cast of world-renowned speakers, whose unique experience, knowledge, and insights will provide participants with a profound and enriching perspective on the most important topics of our time. Below, you will find a gallery of our distinguished speakers.

Day 1 – 20 November 

(Online) CET - Madrid time zone

16:00 – 16:15 Opening

  • Conchi Cascajosa. Director of the Department of Communication and Media Studies, University Carlos III of Madrid

  • Bernardo Graça. Programme manager in The European Media and Information Fund

  • Viktoriia Romaniuk. Congress coordinator

  • Daniel Catalan. Congress director

16:15 – 16:30 Kremlin's disinformation, an unprecedented threat to freedom of expression and cohesion of democratic societies. Marc Marginedas, El Periodico

16:30 – 16:45  The threat of Russian propaganda: from TV guests to disinformation narratives through social media. Matteo Pugliese, Barcelona University


16:45 - 17:45 Panel 1. Disinformation, media, and information warfare in contemporary geopolitics

Moderator: Alejandro Fernández-Roldán, UNED

  • Informal communications as a tool of the information war. Olga Yurkova, StopFake

  • The importance of experimental designs on how disinformation influences public perception. Andrea Langbecker, UC3M MediaLab

  • Transformation of Russian disinformation narratives about the EU in the context of the Russian-Ukrainian war. Olena Churanova, StopFake

  • The case of Russia Today as a disinformation tool. Felipe Nuñez, UC3M MediaLab

17:45 - 19:00 Presentations

Moderator: Olga Yurkova, StopFake

  • Inequity-driven mistrust: its impacts to infodemic management and health response and what to do about it. Rocío López y Alejandro Posada. Internews

  • The disinformation and misinformation about global warming in university students. Cecilia Kindelán. ESIC University

  • Effectiveness of training actions aimed at improving critical thinking in the face of disinformation: a systematic review. José Manuel Marcos-Vílchez, José Antonio Muñiz-Velázquez, Milagrosa Sánchez-Martín. Universidad Loyola Andalucía               

  • Countering Disinformation in an age of magical realism and suspended disbelief. Richard Searle. Fortanix, Inc

  • Fighting against disinformation in Europe: the case of fact-checkers agencies. Pablo Hidalgo, Casandra López y Belén Puebla. Universidad Rey Juan Carlos


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Day 2 – 21 November 

(Online and in-person at Conference aula 17.2.75, Campus UC3M, Calle Madrid 133, Getafe)

CET - Madrid time zone

9:30 -10:00 Understanding Russian disinformation narratives: research and practical implications. Yevhen Fedchenko, National University of ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’. Moderator: Matteo Pugliese, Barcelona University

10:00 - 10:15 The European Media and Information Fund. Bernardo Graça. Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Moderator: Daniel Catalan, Madrid University Carlos III

10:15 - 10:50 Panel 2. Building resilience of Ukrainian fact-checkers in the fight against disinformation

  • The science of disinformation and fake news. Carlos Elías, UC3M MediaLab

  • Fake news about the EU inside Ukraine. Viktoriia Romaniuk, StopFake

  • Research on fact-checking methodologies. Daniel Catalán, UC3M MediaLab

10:50 - 11:00 Group photo

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30 Panel 3. Keeping the Internet safe from harmful content and disinformation

Moderator: Viktoriia Romaniuk, StopFake

  • ​Gatekeepers of toxicity: deplatforming hate speech and disinformation in social media. Uxia Carral, UC3M MediaLab

  • Media monitoring as a hostile threats discovery tool. Ruslan Deynychenko, StopFake

  • Debunking strategies for negationism and conspiracy theories. Guillermo García, InfoVeritas


12:30 - 14:00 Panel 4. Russian disinformation in the EU at the backdrop of the war against Ukraine

Moderator: Alejandro Romero, Constella Intelligence

  • «RRN» : a complex and persistent digital information manipulation campaign. Alexandre Bouniol, Viginum - French Service of Vigilance and Protection against Foreign Digital Interference

  • Russian disinformation against the West: unlearned lessons and blind spots. Nicolas de Pedro, The Institute for Statecraft

  • Disinformation and active measures: pro-Kremlin strategic narratives in Italy on the war in Ukraine. Massimiliano Di Pasquale, Gino Germani Institute

  • The historical dimension of disinformation: why it is a big help for the Kremlin. Cécile Vaissié, University of Rennes II


14.00 -15.00 Lunch break


15.00 -16:15 Presentations

Moderator: Uxia Carral, UC3M MediaLab

  • Telegram and Russia's launchpad for malign influence into the west. Joshua E. Segal. Tulane University & Senior Consultant to US Government

  • Influences and defining characteristics of objectivity and credibility in fact-checking agencies. Mariana Menezes Alcântara. Federal University of Bahia

  • Unlocking the mechanism of news literacy games against disinformation: A Conceptual Framework. Mengfan Zou; Sara Cortés Gómez, University of Alcala

  • Fact-check conventions: topic selection and verification transparency in fact-checks in Belgian news media. ​Kim Verhoeven, Steve Paulussen, Gert-Jan de Bruijn. University of Antwerp

  • Russian myths of “one people” and “NATO’s attack on Russia” in the legitimization of the Russo-Ukrainian war. Galyna Solovei. National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy"

  • From disinformation to cognitive warfare: Russian and Iranian techniques, tactics and procedures in the design and deployment of hybrid threats. David Arroyo, CSIC. Javier Valencia, Cras Vigilance Group SL. Carlos Galán Cordero, University Carlos III of Madrid

  • Impact of socio-demographic factors and media consumption patterns on the ability to distinguish legitimate news from misinformation on COVID-19.  Olivier. R. Philippe, Nataly Buslon, Oriol Puig, Diego Saby, Ramon Salaverrıa, María José Rementería.Barcelona SuperComputing Center.

  • Trends and challenges in research on misinformation in Spain: an analysis of 22 funded projects. Nereida Cea Esteruelas, Daniel Barredo Ibáñez, Bella Palomo. University of Málaga.

16.15 - 17.30 Panel 5. Factchecking in war: role and impact of Factchecking in building audience resilience

Moderator: Ruslan Deynychenko, StopFake

  • From #UkraineFacts to fight cross-regional and global disinformation on messaging apps: the importance of collaboration among fact-checkers. Coral García Dorado, Maldita

  • Verifying videos and images of the war in Ukraine. The work of VerificaRTVE. Borja Diaz-Merry, RTVEverifica

  • Media literacy, a long-term tool to counter disinformation. Nereida Carrillo, Autonomous University of Barcelona

  • The future of fact-checking: delivering the truth during wartime. Aistė Meidutė,

  • Debats Verificats: pre-bunking and pre-verified electoral debates. Alba Tobella, Verificat


17:30 Closing 

Conference Crowd

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Philip Seib. Information at War. Journalism, Disinformation and Modern Warfare. 2021, Polity

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