Guideline for speakers

To help you have a sense of whether an idea is worth spreading or not, we put together these guidelines to help you plan your speech. Our intention is not to be overly directive, but to provide you with a practical set of standards that can ensure that every audience member can trust the ideas and the information’s they’re hearing.

Speeches

Each speaker has a slot of up to 20 minutes in length. The use of slides and videos is allowed. Discussion is the key aspect of the Coronavirus World Congress: at the end of each session, speakers will be available to answer questions from the scientific and expert audiences.

Training

The sessions will be held in virtual reality. Although it doesn’t seem so, this technology is simple to use. Each speaker will follow a short training with one of our technicians in order to easily learn how to use this innovative tool.

No selling from the stage

If it’s essential to a talk that the speaker mention what they do and describe the businesses that they’re in, they should. But speakers may never use the Coronavirus World Congress stage to pitch their products or services, plug their books, or ask for funding.

No political agendas

Politics and policy are key parts of the global conversation. But the Coronavirus World Congress stage is not the place for partisan politics, nor for extremist or inflammatory positions. Speakers should not advocate for parties, party platforms and political leaders in their talks — nor should they insult or belittle political adversaries. Speakers should focus on discussing concrete problems and solutions.

No religious proselytizing (including new age beliefs)

Speakers cannot attempt to prove or persuade of the correctness of a single religion, deity or belief system, whether through rhetoric or “scientific proof.”

Only good science

Claims made using scientific language should:

  • Be testable experimentally.
  • Have been published in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Be based on theories that are also considered credible by experts in the field.
  • Be backed up by experiments that have generated enough data to convince other experts of its legitimacy.
  • Have proponents who are secure enough to acknowledge areas of doubt and need for further investigation.
  • Not fly in the face of the broad existing body of scientific knowledge.
  • Be presented by a speaker who works for a university and/or has a PhD or other bona fide high-level scientific qualification.
  • Show clear respect for the scientific method and scientific thinking generally.

Claims made using scientific language should not:

  • Be so obscure or mysterious as to be untestable
  • Be considered ridiculous by credible scientists in the field
  • Be based on experiments that can not be reproduced by others.
  • Be based on data that do not convincingly corroborate the experimenter’s theoretical claims.
  • Come from overconfident fringe experts.
  • Use over-simplified interpretations of legitimate studies
  • Include imprecise new age vocabulary. (Phrases like “quantum consciousness”, personal “energy fields”, “crystal healing”, and the like, should be considered major red flags.) .
  • Abandon evidence-based thinking or be dismissive of the scientific method.

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