11 September 2020
“We are very grateful for this support which will allow us to expand online services to members and the wider science communication community,” said Brian Trench, President of the Network.
“This is particularly important in the COVID era, when travel is both difficult and expensive. We will increase our capability to host webinars and to post edited recordings online of those events.
“The grant from The Kavli Foundation will help us reach audiences for whom science communication is vitally important, but international travel is simply impossible.”
Reflecting these conditions, PCST Network's next international conference, scheduled for Aberdeen in Scotland in May 2021, will take place as both a physical and electronic event.
The Kavli Foundation’s mission is to advance science for the benefit of humanity. The foundation supports scientific research and public engagement in science from its headquarters in the Los Angeles, California in the United States. The foundation was established in 2000 by Fred Kavli (1927-2013), a Norwegian-American physicist, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
The foundation’s mission is implemented through an international programme of Kavli research institutes, initiatives and symposia in the fields of astrophysics and theoretical physics, nanoscience and neuroscience, as well as the biennially awarded Kavli Prizes of $1 million each in those fields.
The foundation also has a growing programme in public engagement with science, including support for the Science Communication Trainer Network in the US and more.
“The PCST Network is the pre-eminent international network for science communication researchers and practitioners,” said Brooke Smith, director of Public Engagement with Science at The Kavli Foundation.
“Now, more than ever, we need these experts across the globe working together to share critical insights, studies and programmes that help us understand, and even strengthen, people’s relationship with science.”