COST Action CA17132 - APPLY
European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis

COST Action 17132 APPLY – Closing conference & Management Committee meeting

CA 17132 European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis
Closing conference & Management Committee meeting, Lisbon

Dates: Thursday 23 March to Friday 24 March 2023

Location: Nova University of Lisbon – Campus de Campolide

Type/tag: Conference / Workshop

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.

Travel and accommodation info
DAY 1: 23 MARCH 2023 Auditório B, Reitoria

9:30 – 10:00 Registration, coffee

10:00 – 10:30 Opening

Chaired by Gabrijela Kišiček (University of Zagreb, HR)

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

Prof. Rui Pedro Julião, NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Associate Dean for Innovation
Prof. Cristina Ponte, Director of the NOVA Institute of Communication (ICNOVA), Coordinator of the Doctoral School in Communication Sciences
Dr. Marcin Lewiński, Chair of the COST Action APPLY, NOVA University Lisbon, PT
Dr. Steve Oswald, Vice-Chair of the COST Action APPLY
10:30 – 12:30 Session 1: Main achievements of the COST Action APPLY

Chaired by Mariusz Urbański (Adam Mickiewicz University, PL)

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 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session 2: Normative study of argumentation
Chaired by Jan Albert van Laar (University of Groningen, NL)

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
Chaired by Barbara de Cock (UC Louvain, BE)

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

DAY 2: 24 MARCH 2023

10:00 – 12:30 Junior Scholars’ Roundtable (see the abstracts HERE)

Chaired by Álvaro Dominguez Armas (NOVA University Lisbon, PT)

Room CAN 209

10:30 – 12:30 The Final Management Committee Meeting

Sala do Senado, Reitoria

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Session 4: Work in Progress & Networking Outputs

Auditório A224, CAN

Chaired by Frank Zenker (Lund University, SE; Nankai University, CN)

14:00 – 14:30


Hate Speech as a Means of Argumentative Exclusion

14:30 – 15:00

MEHMET ALI ÜZELGÜN (Ibn Haldun University, TR; NOVA University Lisbon, PT)
RAHMI ORUÇ (Ibn Haldun University, TR)

Argumunazara: Exploring Post-Classical and Contemporary Argumentation Theories-Practices

MEHMET ALI ÜZELGÜN (Ibn Haldun University, TR; NOVA University Lisbon, PT)
RAMY YOUNIS (University of Fribourg, CH)

Evaluation of Multimodal Argumentation in Environmental Campaign Posters: Weighing Criteria for Effectiveness and Norms for Reasonableness

SARA GRECO (Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, CH)

The Discourse of Digital Activism: A Linguistic Analysis of Calls for Action Concerning the Fashion Revolution

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30 SESSION 5: Stakeholder panel

Argumentation in Public Policy: Communication between Science, Media and Policymakers

Moderated by: Jean Wagemans (University of Amsterdam, NL)

Rui Tavares, Portuguese MP and academic, previously MEP

Anders Olof Larsson, Professor in the Department of Communication, Kristiania University College, Norway, specialist in (online) political communication

Iliusi Vega del Valle, Researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany

Walid el Houri, Media editor for the Cambridge Center for Lebanese Studies and previously Lead Editor for openDemocracy, UK / Germany / Lebanon

16:30 – 17:00 Closing 
17:00 – 18:00 Reception 



COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.

COST Action CA17132

Providing and criticising reasons is indispensable to achieve sound public policy that commands the support of both citizens and stakeholders. This need is now widely acknowledged in the recent literature and key EU documents, which highlight the perils of populist discourse and policies.

Action Contacts

Andreia Domingues - Grant Manager [CA 17132]
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