European Skeptics Congress 2019


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Green skepticism

  • Academieraadzaal, Ghent University Voldersstraat 9 9000 Gent (map)

Not skepticism about climate change, but ecomodernism, “an environmental philosophy which argues that humans can protect nature by using technology to decouple anthropogenic impacts from the natural world”, as Wikipedia defines it. How can state of the art nuclear energy help us to decarbonize our energy supply. And how can genetic engineering help us to improve the food quality, increase the yields, reduce pesticide and fertilizer use, create plants that can survive climate change, and why are so many in the uninformed population dead against it.

Chair: Amardeo Sarma, engineer, chair of GWUP, board member of ECSO.


  • “Energy and decarbonisation”
    Iida Ruishalme (Finland, Switzerland) - biologist specialised in biomedical research, blogs at Thoughtscapism, member of Finnish Ecomodernists, the German Ökomoderne and the European director of Mothers for Nuclear.

  • “How skepticism helped me become pro-nuclear”
    Mathijs Beckers (Netherlands) - author and video producer with a degree in Information Technology. Runs the Nuclear Humanist YouTube channel

  • "GMOs, modern agriculture, and the People"
    Kavin Senapathy (USA) - writer and journalist, author of the Woo Watch column at Skeptical Inquirer. She's also the co-host of Point of Inquiry.

  • “Is it still possible to rationally address modern agriculture? “
    André Fougeroux (France) - agronomist specialized in crop protection and agricultural entomology.

  • Panel discussion

Earlier Event: August 31
Anomalistic Psychology
Later Event: August 31
Banquet at “Carlos Quinto”