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FS Campus

Frankfurt am Main, 10.12.2020 12:00:00

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global crisis and rare event. Now that several vaccines are in sight, it seems we are closer to bringing the pandemic under control. However, this depends on the uptake of any vaccine. How will we know whether people will consent to vaccination?

The science behind a vaccine is valid if it can be used for understanding, prediction, and control. Different actors however have made statements about the science behind the various vaccines. Some of these statements are valid while others are not. As a result, people encounter conflicting information and come to believe in different ‘truths’. How do decision-makers determine which information is valid and reliable? Should they categorically ignore invalid knowledge? What about unreliable knowledge?

In Frankfurt School’s December press briefing, Professor Claus Rerup, Professor of Management and newly elected Vice President for Academic Affairs, will present his research on how rare events – such as the Corona pandemic – shape the tradeoff between reliability and validity and, in return, provide a background for learning from such events.

Finding the cure to a pandemic – how rare events shape our learning
Online-Press Briefing on Wednesday, 16 December 2020, 11:00 a.m.

We will send you the Zoom link after your registration

The event will be held in English.

We cordially invite you and ask you to register with Vera Klopprogge (, 069 154008 322).