SCIENCE+ is a project implemented by press freedom organisations Free Press Unlimited and  Free Press for Eastern Europe in partnership with over 30 newsrooms in Central and Eastern Europe and representatives of more than 60 scientific and analytical centers. It aims at improving the society’s awareness and resilience to data- and research-based misinformation via strengthening media’s ability to cover these topics in a responsible and independent way. Originally focused around medical reporting, the initiative has grown to encompass the latest challenges brought by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, specifically, the migration to neighboring countries. 

To mark the project anniversary, we will host a one-day conference titled ‘Joining Forces Against Misinformation: Science and Journalism in Central and Eastern Europe,’ which we will host in Prague on November 15th, 2022. We gather leading journalists, academics, fact-checkers, as well as representatives of national governments and civil society from across Central and Eastern Europe to brainstorm a collective response to anti-science disinformation. 


Moderator: Pavlína Kvapilová

08.30 (All times CET) Registration of participants

09.00 Greeting words from Science+ team

09.05 Opening Speeches, Keynote   


Nick Archer, MVO His Majesty’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic 

Michal Klíma, Commissioner for Media and Counter-Disinformation of the Czech Government 

Martyna Bildziukiewicz, Head of the East Stratcom Task Force, European External Action Service

Moderator: Pavlína Kvapilová, ex-New Media Director at Czech TV   

Block 1 – Pandemic and war: lessons learned – PUBLIC, will be broadcasted in Zoom, YouTube 

9.45 – 10.15 Presentation 

The uncertain times: views on health issues and the war in Ukraine in Central and Eastern Europe: a 6-country comparative study 

Presenter: Jowita Radzińska, an independent sociologist 

10.15 – 10.30 Q&A

10.30 – 11.30  Panel discussion 

People’s perception of the science-related information,  CEE’s specific behaviors 


Bence Ságvári, sociologist, survey expert, Hungary 

Nikola Hořejš, STEM Institute, Czech republic  

Tomasz Soberajski, University of Warsaw, Poland 

Rumena Filipova, Institute for Global Analytics, Bulgaria  

Moderator: Pavlína Kvapilová, ex-New Media Director at Czech TV 

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break

12.00 – 13.00  Panel discussion 

How the war in Ukraine and the refugee crisis impact the disinformation narratives in Central and Eastern Europe  


Andrej Poleščuk, European Values, Czech Republic  

Ksenia Iliuk, Detector Media, Ukraine 

Katarína Klingová, Centre for Democracy & Resilience, GLOBSEC Policy Institute

Cătălin Gomboș, Veridica,  Romania 

Moderator: Peter Georgiev, Disinformation research consultant, Science+

 13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH 

Block 2 – Cross-sectoral answers to the challenges of disinformation (will be broadcast for the registered participants by Zoom)  

14.00 – 14.30


AI solutions for media in disinformation tracking 

Science+ presentation of the prototype of Catalin AI database 

Presenter: Maksym Eristavi, Free Press for Eastern Europe


14.30 – 15.30  Interactive discussion (only face-to-face and in Zoom for registered participants)

Media and disinformation: how to address science-related myths in an engaging way?


Nikoletta Nagy, Telex, Hungary 

Waldemar Paś, Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland  

Mina Kirkova,, Bulgaria  

Moderator: Pavlína Kvapilová, ex-New Media Director at Czech TV 

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break 

16.00 – 17.00 Panel discussion (for registered participants)

Cross-sectoral answers to the common threats for democratic resilience 


Julie Matesová, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic 

Marius Geantă, Centre for Innovation in Medicine, Romania

Nikola Hynek, CEDMO, Czech Republic 

Péter Erdélyi, Lakmusz, Hungary  

Moderator: Maryia Sadouskaya-Komlach, FPEE/FPU

17.00- 17.15

Closing the conference, final remarks