Course Videos

The videos and accompanying slides are below, followed by the biographies of the presenters:

Prof. Sara Rubinelli, Dr. Nicola Diviani and Dr. Claudia Zanini
(University of Lucerne and Swiss Paraplegic Research, Switzerland)
and Dr. Maddalena Fiordelli
(Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland)

For further information on the course and questions, please contact Sara Rubinelli.

Online Tutorials

Discuss your project and ideas to manage disinformation with the authors in a series of online tutorials.  The second online tutorial will be announced in due course.

1. The basics of disinformation

Slides to accompany the video can be downloaded here.


2. Persuasion

Slides to accompany the video can be downloaded here.


3. Risk perception

Slides to accompany the video can be downloaded here.


4. Credibility in the information age

Slides to accompany the video can be downloaded here.


5. Conspiracy theories

Slides to accompany the video can be downloaded here.


6. The competition between science and pseudoscience

Slides to accompany the video can be downloaded here.


7. The (mass & social) media effects

Slides to accompany the video can be downloaded here.


8. Communicating science to lay-audiences

Slides to accompany the video can be downloaded here.

Final Recommendations

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Sara Rubinelli holds a degree in Classics and Philosophy from the Catholic University of Milan (I) and a PhD from the University of Leeds (UK) in the areas of argumentation theory, persuasion and rhetoric.  She is Professor in Health Sciences with a focus in health communication at the Department of Health Sciences and Medicine of the University of Lucerne (CH). Since September 2009 she leads there the Person-Centered Healthcare Group at Swiss Paraplegic Research (CH). She is past-President of the European Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH). Main areas of interest include: health communication with a main focus on disinformation and risk communication, social marketing and health campaigns, health behaviour, biases and heuristics.

Nicola Diviani holds a PhD in Communication Science from the Università della Svizzera italiana (Switzerland). He is a senior research associate within the Person Centered Health Care & Health Communication Group at Swiss Paraplegic Research and lecturer at University of Lucerne, Department of Health Sciences and Medicine. His main research focus is health communication, with an emphasis on health behaviour, health literacy, (online) health information seeking, and self-management.

Maddalena Fiordelli holds a PhD in Communication Science from the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, Switzerland). She is scientific researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Communication and Health and the Institute of Public Health of USI, and associate senior researcher within the Person Centered Health Care & Health Communication Group at Swiss Paraplegic Research. Her main research topics are in the area of health communication, and particularly: mHealth, patient and public involvement and engagement, and healthy ageing.

Claudia Zanini holds a PhD in Health Sciences from the University of Lucerne. She is appointed as senior researcher at Swiss Paraplegic Research and lecturer at the University of Lucerne (Switzerland) in the field of health communication. After studying sociology, she has developed an interest for the field of health and dived into doctor-patient communication for her PhD project. Since then, he has been involved in several research projects investigating self-management behaviors in people with a spinal cord injury and their caregivers.