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COST Action closing conference

European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis (APPLY)

You are warmly welcome to attend the closing event of the COST Action APPLY: European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis.

This final conference is dedicated to showcasing and discussing the outputs of the 4.5-year-long project – and planning for the future. Scholarly outputs facilitated by the networking tools of the Action include various EU and national projects won by team members; books, special issues of journals, and jointly produced academic articles. A separate stakeholder panel and junior scholars’ roundtable will further strengthen the Action’s outreach and international profiles of young researchers. All the presentations and discussions will be focused on the problems of argumentation in public policymaking, especially in the context of climate change, energy and public health debates. Various perspectives on argumentation, understood as the discursive practices of giving and taking reasons in the context of doubt and disagreement, will be presented by the scholars who had outstanding contribution to the project over the course of its activities.


23 March 2023 | Auditorium B, Rectorate of NOVA University Lisbon – Campolide Campus

9:30 – 10:00

Registration, coffee

10:00 – 10:30


Welcome and introductions from the NOVA University Lisbon and COST Action leaders

10:30 – 12:30 Session 1: Main achievements of the COST Action APPLY

10:30 – 11:00

MARCIN LEWIŃSKI (NOVA University Lisbon, PT)

Basic numbers, books, papers, and reports

11:00 – 11:30

ANNA DE LIDDO (Open University, UK)
SARA GRECO (Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, CH)

Presentation of the Project
Augmenting Participation, Co-Creation, Trust and Transparency in Deliberative Democracy at All Scales (ORBIS)

11:30 – 12:00

ELENA CABRIO (Université Côte d’Azur, FR)
MARCIN LEWIŃSKI (NOVA University Lisbon, PT)

Presentation of the Project
ArgumeNtaTIon-Driven explainable artificial intelligence fOr digiTal mEdicine (ANTIDOTE)

12:00 – 12:30


Presentation of the Project
Implicit Meaning in Argumentation: Functions, Uses and Norms (IMAFUN)

STEVE OSWALD & RAMY YOUNIS (University of Fribourg, CH)

Presentation of the Project
AMoRe – An Argumentative Model of Rephrase: A Pragmatic and Rhetorical Approach

12:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30 Session 2: Normative study of argumentation

14:00 – 14:45

ISIDORA STOJANOVIC (Département d’Études Cognitives, Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris, FR)

How Objective are Moral Statements? A Corpus Study, and Some Implications for Public Policy

14:45 – 15:30

MAEVE COOKE (Department of Philosophy, University College Dublin, IE)

Argumentation and the Anthropocene

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30 Session 3: Empirical study of argumentation

16:00 – 16:45

ØYVIND IHLEN (Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo, NO)

Dealing with Dissent from the Medical Ranks: Public Health Authorities and COVID-19 Communication

16:45 – 17:30

FABIO PAGLIERI (Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, CNR, Rome, IT)

The Fallacy of Teaching Fallacy Theory: Theoretical Considerations and Empirical Studies

Detailed programme and presentation abstracts here.