Critical Thinking in the Age of Fake News

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Sabine Finzi and Iulia Grosman present a conference on how to arm yourself against fake news.

We will examine the responsibility of the European Institutions and their staff members when confronted with decision-making, absorbing information or writing reports. During this session, the participants will discover the latest cutting-edge scientific advances in detecting fake news and knowing its characteristics. The series of practical tools and methods presented will lead participants to:

  • Improve their knowledge around fake news, hoax, buzz, bias and urban legends.
  • Question the roles of experts and non-experts in communication in the age of Fake News.
  • Improve their information processes on their own and with the help of digital tools.
  • Organise reflections of critical thinking around the main themes of their work.


Who are Sabine and Iulia?


Sabine Finzi holds a BA (with honours) in Journalism and Communication from the University of Brussels (ULB). She started her career as a journalist before joining EPTO (European Peer Training Organisation) in 1995. She acquired a broad knowledge and experience in the field of diversity and gender equality education training. When she became Director of EPTO in 2000 she was in charge of strategic management and coaching of the activities of the organisation in 14 European countries and over 50 trainers.


She then extended her activities as a consultant to other organisations at European level in the public and private sector. Currently she is an independent trainer, coach and consultant in issues such as mentoring, communication, diversity management, integration, personal development and works for organisations such as the European institutions. She works for the private sector in Europe as well, in the US and in Asia. From 2013 to 2015 Sabine worked for the Life-long Learning team of IHECS (Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales) as learning adviser and coordinator of the communication trainings. Since 2015, she is teaching as “Maître de conferences” at the Free University of Brussels (ULB) at the Institute of European Studies. She is trained in systemic approach, Neuro-Cognitivism and Management.


Iulia Grosman is a Professional Swiss Army Knife. She holds a PhD, is an Independent Speech Sciences Researcher and full-time self-learner. She loves to do Problem Solving with efficient playfulness. She is currently a Trainer in soft skills for AIM & Associés where she also acts as the New Technology Coordinator – Digital Coordinator for online and face-to-face training. She could be described as a Pragmatic Polyglot. Fluent in a variety of Human-Human-Computer-Computer Interactions.


She is a Moral authority against laziness and security seekers, an out of comfort zone and out of the cubical explorer. As a facilitator, she works in Somatic Education with embodiment tools. She has an odd love for statistics, data analysis, answering for Tenders and Public Procurements, and to support companies and individuals in new professional avenues. Oh, and she is an acrobat and hand-balancer.


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