As part of the meeting #bastabufale, the prize-giving of the contest “Bufale in rete: come riconoscerle!”

The concrete proposals emerging from schools, enterprises and social media to counteract fake news, have been the central theme of the meeting wanted by the President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies Laura Boldrini, which was held on Tuesday, May 2nd, at 10.30 am in the Queen’s Hall of Montecitorio. During the conference, the schools, which won the contest called “Bufale in rete: come riconoscerle” (announced by IBSA Foundation and Istituto Pasteur) were also awarded.

The contest, which is part of the Foundation’s project “I ragazzi di Pasteur”, consisted in the creation of a comic strip that, through the use of a simple and immediate language, tries to fight misinformation and to promote the right scientific dissemination.

The initiative, dedicated to the Italian lower and upper secondary schools and divided in two different categories, created an occasion for the students to reflect on the importance of scientific research, the spreading of correct and precise information, a transparent communication with the network users and the capacity to distinguish and avoid fake news that ever more frequently find fertile ground to spread out quickly, especially on social media.

Each school was invited to build up a story through the creation of a comic strip on the theme of the network hoaxes which would highlight the ways to recognize them, thus playing with creativity, writing skills and the artistic talents of each author.

The examination committee, made up of IBSA Foundation, Istituto Pasteur Italia, the Roman School of Comics and Carocci publisher, selected eight winners, with two co-winners.

1st prize: 5.000 Euro donated to the school for the purchase of scientific material

2nd prize: one optical microscope to be used in the school lab

3rd prize: one training day for the school at Pasteur Institute