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An archive of older news articles from the PCST Network. More recent news items can be found on the home page.


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

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

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.