Professor Rainer Bromme: Between certainty and doubt - What citizens (need to) know in order to cope with science based expert knowledge Event as iCalendar

19 October 2017

6 - 7pm

Venue: J1 Lecture theatre, Epsom Campus

Location: 74 Epsom Avenue, Auckland

Host: Faculty of Education and Social Work

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Professor Rainer Bromme
Professor Rainer Bromme

Distinguished Visitor Public Lecture
Rainer Bromme, Muenster University, Germany

5 - 6pm Drinks reception, A201, A Block, Epsom Campus
6 - 7pm Distinguished Visitor Public Lecture, J1 Lecture Threatre


Many decisions in one's personal, public or professional life are based on expert information. Currently, the Internet is a widely used source for this information to find information on all kinds of educational and health issues. But often this information is inconclusive or even contradictory. Often it is hard to tell apart the advice of experts from that of quacks, especially when there are disagreements among experts with high reputation.

Professor Bromme will present empirical evidence on lay peoples' ways of coping with disagreements among experts. Furthermore, he will discuss the educational challenges of preparing students to find their ways between certainty and doubt when it comes to expert knowledge.

Rainer Bromme has been Professor (Educational Psychology) from 1995 to 2016 at the Institute of Psychology, University of Münster, Germany. He was teaching in Bachelor- and Master-programs in Psychology. Now he is appointed as Senior Professor at Münster University, with a focus on research on science communication and he is still involved in PhD programs.

His present research addresses learning in formal and informal learning contexts, especially communication among experts and laypersons, internet use and the Public Understanding of Science.

From 2009 to 2015 he coordinated a German Science Foundation (DFG) funded research programme on Science and the Public: The public understanding of conflicting scientific evidence. At present, he is one of the PIs within the DFG funded Research Training Group Trust and Communication in a Digitized World at the University of Münster.

View other publications by Professor Bromme.