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Data-Informed Students Debate on COVID-19

Data-Informed Students Debate on COVID-19

Join the online EUTOPIA inter-university debate!

26.01.2021

 

This online debate is organised by the EUTOPIA learning community "Data and Critical Thinking".

WHEN?

March 3rd 2021 afternoon

WHO?

Students from the EUTOPIA alliance, a group of 6 universities

WHAT?

Students debate on Covid-19 have to address two out of four possible topics. The topics that you will debate on and the side you will have to defend will be assigned to you in order to allow an even repartition of teams.

The number of teams allowed to attend is limited (first-come-first-served, limited number of spots per institution).

WHICH TOPICS?

  • Efficacy of masks, vaccines and treatments (Hydroxychoroquine, Remdesivir)
  • Testing policies, and reliability of reported numbers
  • Gravity of the pandemic: “Flu kills thousands of people every year too, and we do not make such a fuss about it.”
  • Are the consequences of the lockdown and social distancing measures worse than the disease itself? What do economic and epidemic data tell us?

RULES

  • For each topic, student teams are assigned to a stance. The teams have time to prepare during the weeks between assignment and the day of the event.
  • The debate is organized in two rounds. In each round, each team challenges a team from another institution.
  • To win a round, they must impress with data-informed arguments, and/or point out the fallacies in opponents’ discourse.
  • The winners will be given a (mostly symbolic) award.

HOW TO SIGN UP?

By February 5th, sIgn up with your team (3 people max) or individually (you will be assigned to a team, most likely from your
institution). A link to the debating space will be provided to you, as well as a set of documents on COVID-19, and of online resources on
argumentation and fallacies.

You can find all the information here.

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