ENLIGHT joint courses

Fake News Winter School


About the course


Students will become familiar with the origin and current fake news used for the purpose of propaganda in social media and information warfare. The Winter School is thematically divided into 6 areas (6 flagships of the ENLIGHT project: 1.Health and Well-being, 2.Digital Revolution and Impact of Digitalization, 3.Climate Change and 4.Circular Economy, 5.Culture and Creativitz, 6. Equity). The Winter School focuses on the causes of the rapid spread of fake news and its wide spread in society, which is related to the legitimization of mis-, dis- and mal-information. The aim of the Winter School is to constructively present common types of fake news in individual 6 areas, a wide range of manipulation techniques, the consequences of "information pollution", as well as relevant strategies to overcome them.  

Learning outcomes

After the winter school students will be able to: 

  • Understand the origin of fake news
  • Distinguish between news and fake news
  • Analyze and compare the common features of fake news
  • Compose their own fake news
  • Recognize a wide range of manipulation techniques
  • Apply relevant strategies to overcome the manipulation techniques
  • Apply and further develop as well as reflect on their intercultural communication and negotiation competences by working together in multinational and interdisciplinary teams
  • Reflect their knowledge and skills gained during the winter school 


Virtual part/ February 01 and 08, 2024 (Thursdays) 

14:00 – 15:00 Opening and lecture followed by discussion: 
15:00 – 15:50 Lecture followed by discussion: 
15:50 – 16:00 Break 
16:00 – 16.50 Lecture followed by discussion: 
16:50 – 17:00 Conclusion and additional information 

Onsite Week / February 12-16, 2024 (Monday-Friday) 

08:00 – 08:45 Registration  
08:45 – 09:00 Opening of the ENLIGHT Winter School  
09:00– 10:00 Lecture and discussion  
10:00 – 11:00 Lecture and discussion  
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break  
11:30 – 12:30 Lecture and discussion   
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch  
14:00 – 16:00 Workshop  
16:00 – 16:15 Coffee Break  
16:15 – 16:45 Reflection and discussion 

The winter school program begins on Monday with registration and the official opening. On Friday, the program ends at 1:00 p.m. 

The schedule of lectures, abstracts of lecturers, short presentation of lecturers etc. are available in a separate booklet (36 pages), which is available HERE and sent to every participant of the Winter School. 


Active participation  in the virtual part - 5% 
Active participation in the onsite part - 5% 
Reflexion (written report/ or video) - 20%  (after the virtual part) 
Essay - 70% (after the onsite part) 
The reflection should be submitted no later than February 23rd, 2024.  
The essay should be submitted no later than March 15th, 2024. 


  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Nygren, University of Uppsala 
  • Prof. Dr. Dan Larhammar, University of Uppsala 
  • Frida Svedin, University of Uppsala 
  • Prof. Dr. Sofie Van Bauwel, Ghent University 
  • Dr. Kristin Van Damme, Ghent University 
  • Prof. Dr. Boudewijn de Bruin, University of Groningen 
  • Dr. Julia Koch Tshirangwana, University of Göttingen 
  • Dr. Paula Byrne, University of Galway 
  • Johanna Popa, University of Galway 
  • Prof. Dr. Boudewijn de Bruin, University of Groningen 
  • Katrin Vaino, PhD., University of Tartu 
  • doc. PhDr. Radomír Masaryk, PhD., Comenius University Bratislava 
  • doc. RNDr. Tatiana Bužeková, PhD. Comenius University Bratislava 
  • Kateryna Yakovenko, PhD., Comenius University Bratislava 
  • Zsolt Gál, PhD., Comenius University Bratislava 
  • Pavol Hardoš, PhD. Comenius University Bratislava 
  • Elżbieta Drążkiewicz, PhD., Lund University / Slovak Academy of Sciences 
  • Martina Štefániková, Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia 

    Practical Details

    Courses – Focus area: Health and Well-being, Digitalisation, Climate Change, Energy and Circular Economy, Equity, Culture and Creativity
    Study Field: All fields
    Type: course
    Format: Blended
    Host: Comenius University Bratislava
    Course dates: Online 1 February - 8 February, 2024 (Onsite week: 12-16 February)
    Apply by: Registration closed
    ECTS: 5
    Number of places available: 5 per ENLIGHT university
    Level: Bachelor, Master