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PCST Webinar: A Celebration of Scientific Culture

24 Sep 2021: Help us celebrate International Day for Scientific Culture with a webinar on MONDAY, September 27 at 12:00 British Standard Time (= GMT+1). This event is open to everyone but you must pre-register. 

PCST Webinar: Teaching Science Communication in Pandemic Times

12 Aug 2021: The PCST Network invites everyone, members and non-members to an online webinar on teaching science communication in pandemic times. 9 September 2021 at 12:30 BST (British Summer Time)

Summary of the PCST 2021 Conference compiled by Guoyan Wang and her doctoral student Lingfei Wang from the Science Communication Research Centre at Soochow University

3 Aug 2021: The 16th Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Conference was scheduled to be held in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK from 26-28 May 2020. Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, it was postponed to 24-27 May 2021 and held online. Its original theme was “Time, Technology and Transformation”. “COVID-19 Crisis and Science Communication” was then added, focusing on the media communication of the complexity and uncertainty of the crisis, as well as the role and impact of scientists during it. A total of 667 delegates from 50 countries and regions attended the conference, with the largest number of delegates from the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States.

PCST 2020 + 1 Conference content now available open access

2 Aug 2021: PCST are excited to announce that from today all the presentations recorded at PCST2020 + 1 are now available open access.

Read all the papers from PCST2020+1 PLUS JCom special edition

12 Jul 2021: Access for everyone from 1 August, whether you registered for the conference or not

Jenni Metcalfe elected President of PCST

10 Jun 2021: The new Scientific Committee unanimously elects first female president of PCST 

Catch Up recorded sessions at PCST Conference 2020+1

6 Jun 2021: If you registered for PCST conference 2020+1, and missed a session ; here's how to see the recording.  

Farewell from Conference 2020+1

6 Jun 2021: Thanks to sponsors, speakers, registrants and the technical team.  What now?

Heather Doran's The SciCommer: 2 June 2021

2 Jun 2021: Welcome to your weekly roundup of science communication news and events. There’s been a big influx of events and conferences in the SciCommer Diary this week. June is looking busy! If you are part of an event and it is available online afterwards, please let me know and I will arrange to share it. Please feel free to email me with any updates, events or news you have. I love hearing from people. If you need my email address it is scicommer@gmail.com  Email me (or via Twitter @TheSciCommer) with updates, events or news

"Our globe is small and imperfectly formed"

27 May 2021: In his president's address to the PCST2020+1 conference, Brian Trench asked what it means to be global or take a global view. He urged greater openness in science communication to linguistic diversity.

PCST Conferences. Dates and bidding

2 May 2021: PCST 2020+1 will go ahead in May 2021.  PCST23 will be in Rotterdam in April 2023.  PCST25 will be in Aberdeen in May 2025.

PCST Webinar: New platforms and innovations in science communication by Karina Akopian

6 Apr 2021: Science communicators have adapted to the global pandemic in creative ways by using new online formats and platforms. In March 2021, five panellists spoke about new ways to engage audiences by going digital.

PCST conference 2020+1 program

1 Apr 2021: PCST 2020+1 Virtual Conference DETAILED PROGRAMME listing all parallel sessions.   For information on registration, keynote speakers and program  

Webinar 'New platforms for science communication'

16 Mar 2021: Science communication is practised in a steadily increasing variety of formats, and on more and more diverse platforms. Watch the video now: https://youtu.be/YBJfwrEKaLU

New data posted in PCST Archives

13 Feb 2021: The Archives contains abstracts and papers from PCST conferences. Now Marina Joubert and Hans Peter Peters of the PCST Scientific Committee have tracked down conference programs and reports from earlier conferences and symposiums, and added them to the Archives.  They make fascinating reading.

"It's all systems go for PCST conference": Brian Trench

5 Feb 2021: Fully virtual conference on 24-27 May. Plenary speakers include Philip Ball, Marina Joubert and Matt Nisbet.

Six journals on science communication

5 Feb 2021: Even for full-time researchers it is not easy to keep up-to-date. But the journals aim to make it easier by sending out email alerts to new content and through social media.  

New paper discusses increasing trust in science

13 Jan 2021: Public opinion surveys in many countries have shown increasing trust and confidence in science and scientists through the Covid-19 pandemic. A discussion paper based on such surveys for four European countries reports and reflects on these findings.

Falling Walls Engage: The Global Platform for Science Engagement

13 Jan 2021: To inspire and connect creative individuals who engage communities with science. We work to build an international community of Science Engagers who develop fresh approaches and innovative formats from the grassroots to the institutional level. 

Skepticism about "Anti-Science" Claims: Matt Nisbet

13 Jan 2021: Why we should doubt conventional narratives about today's controversies

Communicating science and health messages in Africa

24 Dec 2020: RN's Science Show presents a remarkable interview with Dr Margaret Kaseje, one of the contributing authors in the breakout success Communicating Science. Dr Kaseje describes the challenges facing science communicators in Africa, including censorship in state-controlled African countries, and how social media is fostering the spread of misinformation.

SciCommSci Club: Facilitating Dialogue Between Research and Practice in India

30 Nov 2020: What does it take to run a SciCommSci Club? Siddharth Kankaria shares his experiences and lessons learned.

Behind the scenes of The Scicommer

27 Nov 2020: Meet Heather Doran, PCST committee member and the author of a new science communication newsletter.

PCST Conference to go ahead May 2021: global and virtual

26 Nov 2020: PCST Network and the University of Aberdeen are delighted to confirm that the PCST conference will go ahead as planned on 24-27 May 2021, but as a fully virtual event called PCST2020+1. Information on registrations

Science Writing News Roundup #16

12 Nov 2020: Popular science writing course + Jobs and internships for science writers + Storytelling for scientists + 10 of the best science books coming out this month. A weekly newsletter produced by Marianna Limas.

Help us improve PCST's online presence

4 Nov 2020: The PCST Scientific Committee are looking for help and advice on developing and extending our web presence. Send us your comments and suggestions!

The Scicommer: World news and events from science communication #8

1 Nov 2020: A weekly roundup of science communication compiled by Heather Doran.  News, events, projects, a diary and jobs.

Video: Journal editors in PCST webinar

15 Oct 2020: On 29 October the PCST Network hosted an online discussion among editors and editorial advisers of journals that cover science communication. The topic was 'Issues in Science Communication Research and Publishing' and the discussion included issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

'Communicating Science: A Global Perspective' launch webinar posted

21 Sep 2020: Five authors representing different regions and cultures spoke at the launch.  The authors' panel was: Brooke Smith, Margaret Kaseje, Manzoor Hussain Soomro, Alexandra Borissova and Toss Gascoigne.  Joan Leach chaired. The session was recorded and has been posted to the PCST YouTube channel.

PCST welcomes Kavli Foundation support

11 Sep 2020: The PCST Network is delighted to announce that The Kavli Foundation has made a generous grant to support PCST activities over the next year.

Special call for COVID papers for Aberdeen Conference

24 Jul 2020: PCST Network announces a special call for proposals for its rescheduled conference, to be held in Aberdeen, Scotland, 25-27 May 2021.

Webinar 'Social inclusion and cultural diversity in science communication'

20 Jul 2020: Watch the video now: https://pcst.co/webinars/20200730  

Scientists on stage: Communicating science through competitions

4 Jun 2020: Flash Talks Science Communication Competitions are an innovative approach to communicating science and building the capacities of science communicators.

View webinar on COVID on PCST's YouTube channel

1 Jun 2020: COVID: a great science communication challenge. Hear international perspectives from Matt Nisbet, Marina Joubert, Dominique Brossard, Massimiano Bucchi, Anwesha Chakraborty.  Chaired by Brian Trench. Tuesday 26 May

Twitter InfoGraphic

28 Apr 2020: Want to know more about using Twitter for scicomm? PCST member Ki-Youn Kim has created this useful infographic. Ki-Youn Kim is passionate about research and crafting multi-media products to make science accessible and relevant. She is the Community Development Coordinator at the Chemical Institute of Canada.

Aberdeen Conference postponed

13 Mar 2020: PCST Network announces, with regret, that its 2020 conference in Aberdeen will not be going ahead as planned, due to the Covid19 pandemic.

6 easy ways to improve SEO for science communication

18 Feb 2020: What is SEO, and why should science communicators care about it? Claire Moran guides us through the topic, from spiderbots to using links wisely...

Popular among youth, TikTok challenges us to communicate science

7 Jan 2020: Germana Barata and Natália Flores give a summary of TikTok's potential for science communication.

What is science communication?

3 Dec 2019: PCST is the Network for the Public Communication of Science and Technology. But what is science communication exactly?

From an International Research Workshop to a Pop-up Podcast – The Story of 'Sharing Science'

19 Nov 2019: Yael Barel-Ben David and Aviv J. Sharon write about their experiences developing a 'pop-up podcast' based on a research workshop.

Behind the Scenes at PCST 2020

23 Oct 2019: Preparations for PCST 2020, to be held in Aberdeen on 26-28 May next year, are in full flow. Get a peek behind the scenes with our interviews with PCST Network Programme Committee Chair Jenni Metcalfe and Local Organising Committee Co-Chair Heather Doran.

Call for workshop, performance and Speakers' Corner proposals

19 Sep 2019: Now live: call for non-traditional conference formats for PCST 2020

PCST Keynotes Announced!

18 Sep 2019: The line-up of plenary speakers at PCST 2020 has now been made public...

The Road to Aberdeen

13 Sep 2019: Kenneth Skeldon - joint bid lead for PSCT 2020 and Head of Public Engagement at the Wellcome Genome Campus - writes about the journey that has brought PCST to Aberdeen in 2020.

PCST Stories: Heather Doran

25 Jul 2019: We invited people who have attended PCST conferences to tell us about the connections and collaborations that have grown from attending these conferences. Here's one more story, from PCST 2020 local organising committee co-chair Heather Doran.

Professional territorial tensions at the 2019 World Conference of Science Journalists (or, perhaps, communicators?)

16 Jul 2019: Science communication meets science journalism at the 11th World Conference of Science Journalists in Lausanne, Switzerland. PCST committee member Marina Joubert reports.

PCST stories: Mićo Tatalović & Wolfgang Goede

10 May 2019: We invited people who have attended PCST conferences to tell us about the connections and collaborations that have grown from attending these conferences. These are some of the responses we have received.

10 reasons to submit to PCST 2020

7 May 2019: The call for proposals for PCST 2020 is now open. But why should you submit? Here are 10 reasons to get you started...

PCST Stories: Germana Barata, Cheng Donghong, & Shi Shunke

23 Apr 2019: We invited people who have attended PCST conferences to tell us about the connections and collaborations that have grown from attending these conferences. These are some of the responses we have received.

Brazilian science podcasts flourish in spite of financial challenges

4 Apr 2019: Roberto Takata presents new research on podcasting in Brazil.

PCST Stories: Aquiles Negrete

13 Mar 2019: We invited people who have attended PCST conferences to tell us about the connections and collaborations that have grown from attending these conferences. Here's one more tale!

PCST Stories: Jan Riise, Susi (Sturzenegger) Varvayanis, & Toss Gascoigne

5 Mar 2019: We invited people who have attended PCST conferences to tell us about the connections and collaborations that have grown from attending these conferences. These are some of the responses we have received.

PCST Stories: Jennifer Manyweathers, Richard Holliman, & Marina Joubert

28 Feb 2019: We invited people who have attended PCST conferences to tell us about the connections and collaborations that have grown from attending these conferences. These are some of the responses we have received.

PCST Stories: Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, Simon Torok & Michel Claessens

22 Feb 2019: We invited people who have attended PCST conferences to tell us about the connections and collaborations that have grown from attending these conferences. These are some of the responses we have received.

PCST stories: Luisa Massarani

20 Feb 2019: In a new series we tell stories of members' experiences of PCST conferences and meetings. Luisa Massarani kicks us off with a life changing meeting in Geneva...

Diversity and Community – SCANZ 2018

7 Jan 2019: For their 2018 annual conference, the Science Communicators Association of New Zealand (SCANZ) wanted to see, hear and think about the diversity in all areas of science communication. 

The future of communication and outreach for accelerators

13 Dec 2018: Members from the accelerator communication community gathered at CERN for a workshop on outreach activities for particle physics and light source accelerators. Daniela Antonio reports.

The 11th Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation, 7–9 November 2018

10 Dec 2018: Through the Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation, Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD), an initiative of German science research organisations, offers an opportunity for science communicators to exchange ideas and expertise. Since 2008, the Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation has offered professionals in the field an overview of recent trends and strategies in science communication. The forum is an annual event hosted by a different city each year.

Navigating engagement in a (mainly) UK context at the NCCPE Conference

3 Dec 2018: ‘Navigating change as we face the future’ was the core theme of the UK’s NCCPE-organised conference in Edinburgh, Scotland last week. Professor Richard Holliman, The Open University provides an overview of what took place. 

Elevate, engage and collaborate: Advances in Australian #scicomm

28 Nov 2018: The Australian Science Communicators (ASC) Association recently held their 10th annual conference—here are some highlights.

PCST committee members participate in NUCLEUS project conference

17 Oct 2018: Heather Doran, Alex Gerber and others took part in the 'New Understanding of Communication, Learning and Engagement in Universities and Scientific institutions' meeting in Malta.

Science communicators have a new open access journal

9 Oct 2018: Germana Barata, member of the PCST scientific committee, reports on a new science communication journal launched in Beijing during the Science & You conference in September 2018.

2018 PCST Conference papers

29 Jul 2018: Authors of papers presented at the PCST Conference 2018 can now upload their paper in full (PDF only). The full papers will accompany previously accepted abstracts and be included in the PCST Archive.

Video and evaluation of PCST 2018 Dunedin Conference

20 Jul 2018: A survey of registrants to PCST 2018 in Dunedin shows registrants were largely 'very satisfied' or 'satisfied' with the conference, but also have suggestions on how future events might be improved.  The parallel sessions was the biggest source of complaint: the number, the way they were organised, and the content. Watch the video for a two minute snapshot of how the conference went.

Lloyd Davis elected Life Member

18 Apr 2018: Lloyd is professor of science communication at University of Otago in Dunedin and founding director of the university's Centre for Science Communication. He is a recognised expert on penguins, author of popular books and maker of films on these birds. 

Hans Peter Peters elected Life Member

18 Apr 2018: Hans Peter Peters has been an internationally recognised researcher in science communication for over 30 years, and a member of the PCST Scientific Committee since 2004.

President Brian Trench at Dunedin opening

11 Apr 2018: Stories, and histories, connect us, even across great distances.  Defined broadly, science communication is society talking about science. That could well be recast: science communication is society telling stories about science.

Scientific Committee election

5 Apr 2018: Fourteen members were elected: 4 from Americas and Africa 4 from Europe 4 from Asia and Australasia 2 from Any country but under the age of thirty-five .


25 Mar 2018: The venue for the meeting was the main theatre at St David Lecture Theatre Complex, University of Otago.   PCST financial members can see the agenda by logging in to their account on the membership page.  

PCST and IECA sign cooperation agreement

7 Mar 2018: PCST Network and the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) are pleased to announce the signing of a Co-Operation Agreement between the two organizations.  PCST President Brian Trench and IECA Chair Richard Doherty have signed an agreement that commits both organizations “to co-operate with each other as international organizations working in closely related fields of activity”.

Rockefeller Centre hosts 'Theory-meets-Practice' Conference

11 Dec 2017: After a period of rapid expansion, science communication has arrived at something of a crossroads. Where to next?  The aim of the conference was to provide a fresh focus.

Science in Society: the next 25 years

10 Dec 2017: In 2017, the international peer reviewed journal Public Understanding of Science, founded in 1992, celebrates its 25th anniversary. Leading scholars in the field were invited to imagine and reflect upon the future scenarios of Science in Society, discussing the main trends and challenges for research, publishing, science communication and public engagement.  

New Zealand retreat to build on PCST ideas

6 Dec 2017: Next April, after the PCST conference in Dunedin, we’re planning a 4-day retreat near Wellington, New Zealand.  It’s open to all interested in in the public engagement about science, STS and associated fields

PCST signs agreement with EUSEA

2 Oct 2017: PCST President Brian Trench and Markus Weißkopf, President of the European Science Engagement Association, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations.

Rio hosts PCST symposium

23 Aug 2017: International research leaders met with science communication researchers from Latin America to talk about trust, current trends in research, social media and dialogue in science communication.

Putting science into society and society into science communication

1 Aug 2017: We are excited to announce that Professor Maja Horst from the University of Copenhagen will kick off Day 4 (6 April) of [External link]PCST 2018, which is themed around SOCIETY. Professor Horst not only has a strong research interest in science and society: she wrote the book on it! Her book, Science Communication: Culture, Identity and Citizenship (co-authored with Sarah Davies) was published just last year. Come and learn from an expert.

Special JCOM issue on the history of science comms

20 Jul 2017: JCOM is an open access journal on science communication. Since the world of communication and the scientific community are now undergoing a rapid and uncertain transition, JCOM wants to provide some theoretical guidelines both for scholars and practitioners in the field of public communication of science and technology.

PCST backs events in Brazil, Italy, England

1 Jul 2017: PCST Network announces its support to three events taking place July-November 2017. All of these events are organised by members of the PCST Scientific Committee and all address in different ways the state of research in science communication and its relations with practice.

Call for proposals: 2018 PCST Conference

13 Mar 2017: The PCST Network invites you to submit proposals for presentations at the PCST Conference 2018 in New Zealand, 4–6 April 2018. Update: The Call for proposals has now closed.

PCST and RedPop sign agreement

15 Feb 2017: PCST Network is delighted to announce that it has signed a Co-Operation Agreement with RedPop, the science communication network for Latin America and the Caribbean.  

Feedback on PCST Conference, Istanbul

3 Oct 2016: More than half of the registered delegates (318) to the April 2016 PCST Conference in Istanbul Turkey responded to an online survey seeking their feedback about the conference. What did participants like? What suggestions do they have for future conferences?

PCST symposium in Latin America: conference proceedings

20 Aug 2016: Science communicators from across Latin America met in San José, Costa Rica, on 28-30 September 2016 to discuss science communication as a profession: training, responsibilities and roles. Proceedings.

Gultekin Cakmakci elected life member

31 May 2016: Gultekin Cakmakci has been elected a life member of the PCST Network.  PCST President Brian Trench said that Gultekin did an outstanding job in difficult circumstances as Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the PCST Conference in Istanbul.

Istanbul a 'safe and successful conference'

15 May 2016: The PCST Network is proud to have presented a safe and successful PCST 2016 conference that was attended in Istanbul last month by 300 people from over 40 countries.

Fresh faces elected to PCST Scientific Committee

15 May 2016: Candidates from Mexico, Israel, England, Colombia, Germany and USA have joined the Committee in elections held in April.

Discount on PUS journal – for PCST members

15 May 2016: PCST members will receive a discount of 37.5% on the individual print subscription to the journal, Public Understanding of Science.

Lewenstein plenary in Istanbul: Expertise, democracy and science communication

15 May 2016: "What is PCST for? I want to argue that PCST is fundamentally a tool of democracy, a tool for strengthening the ability of citizens to govern themselves in open, transparent ways that serve social justice. But thinking about PCST in that way faces two challenges..."

President Brian Trench opening speech at PCST14 in Istanbul

27 Apr 2016: Every two years we come together to take stock, to hear new ideas and reconsider familiar ones, to meet new colleagues and friends and refresh existing relations. Over nearly thirty years now, we have met in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Latin America, North America and Europe.

Papers from early PCST conferences now online

21 Apr 2016: PCST Network is delighted to announce that the world's largest collection of papers on science communication is now online and ready for use.

Location of PCST 2020 conference

25 Mar 2016: The Committee considered three bids from cities wishin to host the PCST Conference in 2010, at its meeting in Istanbul in April. A preliminary decision has been made, but we are waiting on further details from the successful bidder before confirming the lsuccessful city.

Trouble logging in to PCST?

17 Dec 2015: Subscribers to the discussion list and financial members of PCST sometimes need to update their email address.  Authors may want to amend their abstracts for Istanbul.  Here's how you do it...

PCST Life Members elected

4 Sep 2015: Twelve members of the PCST community have been honoured by their election as Life Members of the Network.

Discussion list

24 Feb 2014: The PCST discussion list is free to subscribers. Use it to send messages and announcements, or ask questions, or start a debate. There is a second discussion list for postgraduate researchers in science communication.

Invitation to join the PCST Network

26 Jan 2014: We invite people from round the world to join the PCST Network as members, to have a say in how the Network is organised. Members of the PCST Network elect the Scientific Committee and vote on decisions to set the direction of the PCST Network. Members can stand for election to the Scientific Committee.