PCST Network

Public Communication of Science and Technology


Welcome to the PCST conference archive

This archive of PCST conference materials is made available, with open access, for all who are interested in science communication, and the contribution of the PCST Network over time.

The origin of the PCST Network dates back to a conference in the year 1989, when 130 scholars and professionals interested in the public communication of science and technology met in Poitiers, France, and decided to create a network and to hold regular conferences.

A brief historical overview of the PCST Network

Since then, the PCST Network has organized regular international conferences and regional symposia. The PCST archive documents the programs, abstracts, full papers, and other material related to these conferences and symposia. Building the archive began in 2012 by a documentation committee chaired by CHENG Donghong, then member of the PCST Scientific Committee. A team of the China Research Institute for Science Popularization (CRISP) conducted most of the work on collecting, scanning and editing the materials available at that date. The archive is updated after each new conference and symposium. See: An earlier report of the documentation sub-committee


PCST conference archive

Year Location Programme/Abstracts Papers Review/Report
2021 Virtual   354
2018 Dunedin, New Zealand Programme7.1   MB 344 Miller & Kimura, 2018
2016 Istanbul, Turkey Programme2.3   MB 373 Wang & Liu, 2016
2014 Salvador, Brazil Programme8.8   MB 541 Feathersone, 2014
Longnecker, 2014
Treffry-Goatley, 2014
2012 Florence, Italy Programme4.3   MB 368 Trench, 2012
2010 New Delhi, India Programme18.1   MB 321
2008 Malmo, Sweden Programme8.2   MB 315
2006 Seoul, Korea Programme9.5   MB 234
2004 Barcelona, Spain Programme3.2   MB 182 De Semir & Revuelta, 2004
2002 Cape Town, South Africa Programme0.9   MB 110 Joubert, 2003
2001 Geneva, Switzerland Programme0.1   MB 85 Catapano, 2001
1998 Berlin, Germany Programme0.2   MB 121 Goepfert, 1999
1996 Melbourne, Australia Programme9.3   MB 68
1994 Montreal, Canada Programme12.5   MB 45
1991 Madrid, Spain   38
1989 Poitiers, France    

PCST symposia archive

Year Location Programme/Abstracts Papers Proceedings
2016 San Jose, Costa Rica Programme2.9   MB   Proceedings48.5   MB
2013 Christchurch, New Zealand Programme0.1   MB    
2013 Jakarta, Indonesia Programme0.3   MB    
2011 Jakarta, Indonesia Programme0.2   MB    
2005 Beijing, China Programme4.8   MB 52  


Historical report on the archive

The PCST Scientific Committee met in Florence, Italy, in April 2012. Committee Members recognised that PCST conferences records were in danger of disappearing, and set up a documentation team to save those materials. The Documentation Subcommittee of the Scientific Committee began work in May, 2012.


Creation of the archive

While papers from some PCST conferences are available via websites or edited books, the material of other conferences is lost or inaccessible. The main task of the documentation work is to collect the papers, programs and other material of PCST conferences.

The aim is to keep the history of the PCST network alive; and provide a service to the members of the PCST network and other scholars and practitioners of science communication.

After three years of gathering and sorting, we are proud to announce that most of this work is finished. We are grateful for the support of many Scientific Committee members, especially those who had hosted PCST events, and the technical work contributed by the China Research Institute for Science Popularization (CRISP).

Content and use of the archive

The abstracts of all contributions to PCST conferences and symposia in the archive were reviewed and accepted by the Scientific Committee at the time of their submission. Some authors subsequently provided full papers for conference proceedings. The archive includes abstracts alone, and when available, abstracts plus full papers.

The quality of these documents is variable and we urge readers to make their own critical assessment. To keep the data authentic, the Documentation Subcommittee did not make or ask for any revisions: abstracts and papers appear as the authors wrote them.

In some cases an abstract or paper was fragmentary and the Documentation Subcommittee has omitted these.

We expect the quality of future abstracts and documents to improve, as authors become aware of this valuable opportunity to publish their work.

The collection of papers in the archive is incomplete. In particular the precious material of the first and several early PCST conferences is still missing but we are trying to collect it. The Scientific Committee intends that abstracts and papers of future PCST conferences will be added.

The archive is a record of what was presented at conferences and reflects the diversity of topics and changes in focus over time. It has a value as a resource for reflecting on the interests of conference participants over the decades, and for identifying people who have given attention to particular topics.

It is the largest collection of papers on science communication in the world and will be a useful tool for scholars and practitioners. At this stage the archive database is searchable by author, title, year/location of conference, and type of presentation (paper, poster, discussion etc). The Documentation Subcommittee is considering further search options in the future, such as keywords or a thesaurus.


Members of the Documentation Subcommittee:

  • CHENG Donghong (Chair)
  • Hans Peter PETERS (Co‐ Chair)
  • Massimiano BUCCHI
  • Sook‐kyoung CHO
  • Marina JOUBERT
  • LIU Xuan
  • Vladimir de SEMIR
  • Manoj PATAIRYA
  • Jan RIISE
  • Bernard SHIELE.

Technical support:

  • China Research Institute for Science Popularization – CRISP (collection, preparation and upload of abstracts and papers)
  • PCST web team (programming the archive database and user interface).