How will we develop a plan of action? As part of the Periscope project, the best scientists from European universities and research institutes as well as experts from think tanks are involved in this task. “Gazeta Wyborcza" cooperates with them.
Is it possible to describe the mathematics of vaccination and the mechanism of population immunity with a micromusical, moving from "It will be so, because I love you" ("Sarà perché ti amo") to "Chicken Pi" ("Pulcino Pio")? Well, it can be done, proved Lorenzo Baglioni, an Italian singer and comedian, who filmed a few minutes long performance and made it available on YouTube.
The artist worked with an interdisciplinary scientific committee that included several scholars, including Antonietta Mira, Armando Massarenti and Paolo Giudici.
Antonietta Mira is a professor of statistics and teaches at Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano. Armando Massarenti is a philosopher from Milan. Together they have written a book entitled "Data Pandemic. Here's a vaccine", in which they teach critical thinking and give the reader tools to verify the data and information that has been flooding us for over a year now.
Researchers call this phenomenon "infodemia."
It creates confusion among citizens, which turns into a state of deepening anxiety, which in turn can lead to extreme behavior and polarization of opinions.
Lorenzo Baglioni, among others, was delighted with the vaccine book. He is probably the best educated artist in Italy because he has a PhD in mathematics. In his micromusical he talks about infodemia, the R reproductive number and population immunity. In this way, he wants to reach Italians through social networks to increase their resistance to misinformation and motivate them to vaccinate.
The scientists who supported Baglioni in working on his project have been cooperating under the framework of the European Commission-funded Periscope program. The name Periscope stands for Pan-European Response to the Impacts of COVID-19 and Future Pandemics and Epidemics. Thirty-two institutions have joined the program, which is coordinated by the University of Pavia. These include the London School of Economics, Karolinska Institute, the Ghent University, the Delft
University of Technology and Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano.
"Gazeta Wyborcza" is the only medium participating in this project. Over the next year, together with our partners from the Leading European Newspapers Association (LENA), we will publicize the work of scientists who describe the socio-economic effects of COVID-19.
The work of the interdisciplinary team, which includes epidemiologists, psychologists, economists, statisticians and engineers, is intended to prepare Europe for future epidemics.
The researchers will analyze the EU governments' policies and their effectiveness and look for good practices that can be replicated on a different scale in the future. The aim of Periscope is to provide guidance to decision-makers at all levels in order to improve Europe's preparedness for similar crises and to propose reforms in healthcare governance.
The Periscope project involves experts from 32 European universities, research institutes and think tanks. “Gazeta Wyborcza" is the only news organisation in this group. The Periscope project is funded by the European Commission as part of the Horizon2020 program
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