About PCST

PCST Global Network (http://www.pcst.co/)

The International Network on Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) is a network of individuals from around the world who are active in producing and studying PCST.

The PCST Network includes

  • Science journalists,
  • Science museum and science center staff,
  •  Science theatre directors,
  • Academic researchers who study aspects of PCST,
  • Scientists who deal with the public,
  • Public information officers for scientific institutions,
  • Many others interested in these issues.

The PCST Network sponsors international conferences, electronic discussions, and other activities to foster dialogue among the different groups of people interested in PCST, leading to cross-fertilization across professional, cultural, international, and disciplinary boundaries. The PCST Network seeks to promote new ideas, methods, intellectual and practical questions, and perspectives.

PCST aims

• To foster public communication of science and technology (PCST);

• To encourage discussion of practices, methods, ethical issues, policies, conceptual frameworks, economic and socialconcerns, and other issues related to PCST;

• To link practitioners of PCST, researchers who study PCST, and scientific communities concerned with PCST;

• To link those from different cultures and countries worldwide, in both developed and developing parts of the world, concerned with PCST;

• To provide opportunities for meetings, electronic interactions.

PCST Scientfic Committee

• President: Brian Trench – Europe

• Secretary: Marina Joubert – Africa and the Americas

• Treasurer: Toss Gascoigne – Asia, Australasia

Other members (http://www.pcst.co/about/committee)

Previous Symposia

The first symposium was held in Beijing, China in 2005. It was the first PCST Network event in Asia, and explored strategic issues in science communication. Fifty invited international guests and 100 Chinese nationals participated and their discussions are recorded in the book At the Human Scale in Chinese and English.

The second symposium was in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2013. The theme was Natural Disasters: Public Communication and Engagement and the papers of local and international speakers are published on the SCANZ website.

The third symposium was in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2013. The theme was Developing S&T Culture to Create Green Quality of Life. Local and international speakers gave presentations on the sustainable development path Indonesia is following and working towards.

Previous Conferences

  • Turkey 2016

14 PCST International Conference

  • Salvador, Brazil, 2014

13 PCST International Conference

  • Florence 2012 (Italy)

12th PCST International Conference

  • New Delhi 2010 (India)

11th PCST International Conference

  • Øresund 2008 (Sweeden and Denmark)

10th PCST International Conference

  • Seoul 2006 (South Korea)

9th PCST International Conference

  • Beijing 2005 (China)

Working Symposium

  • Barcelona 2004 (Spain)

8th PCST International Conference

  • Cape Town 2002 (South Africa)

7th PCST International Conference

  • Geneva 2001 (Switzerland)

6th PCST International Conference

  • Berlin 1998 (Germany)

5th PCST International Conference

  • Melbourne 1996 (Australia)

4th PCST International Conference

  • Montreal 1994 (Canada)

3rd PCST International Conference

  • Madrid 1991 (Spain)

2nd PCST International Conference

  • Poitiers 1989 (France)