Members of the PCST Network come from a range of backgrounds:
The Scientific Committee, responsible for managing the PCST Network, is elected by members of the Network every two years – at the general meeting held at the bi-annual PCST Conference.
The Program Committee, the Conference Committee and other sub-committees handle other aspects of PCST business on behalf of the Scientific Committee.
The PCST Network has a constitution that sets out the rules of the organisation, including membership, elections and the responsibilities of the Scientific Committee and other sub-committees. The Network has a legal status as an incorporated association registered in Australia.
The PCST Network seeks to promote new ideas, methods, intellectual and practical questions, and perspectives on the communication of science and technology.
Specifically, it aims to:
PCST Conferences take place every two years, bringing together practitioners, educators and researchers in the diverse and growing field of science communication. They include elements of academic and professional conferences, including presentation of research, reflections on practice, and practical workshops and demonstrations. They attract participation typically from more than 50 countries in all continents and have been hosted most recently in Turkey, Brazil, Italy and India. Each hosting has helped boost interest in PCST in the relevant city, region or country as well as strengthening international networking.
The PCST Network also organises symposia. They have a different focus to the conferences, with a focus on a single issue or a particular region. Symposia held so far have been:
See also: Hosting a symposium