Science communication a key factor to promote city development

A major official at the host city of the 10th meeting of the PCST (Public communication of science and technology) praised the communication of science and technology as an important tool to reactivate the declining economy, as the world’s most important science communication event was launched in the Swedish city of Malmö on 24 June.

Anders Rubin, local government commissioner of the city of Malmö, told the opening reception of PCST-10 that the third largest Swedish city used to be a manufacturing centre in the country, but it has run down as the traditional industries declined.

But science, technology and innovation is a way to invigorate the city. While their development is important for the economic issues, it is also true that if the public are not fully involved in the science and technology development, they cannot provide vital forces needed for the progress in science and technology.

In this sense, science communication plays a key role in invigorating Malmö’s economy. “Someday, I hope when I listen to the radio, I can hear the radio programme of technologies. We hope science communicators can bring more people in,” Rubin told the conference reception.

The PCST-10 conference, which will range between 24 and 28 June, will include seminars and presentations around four sub-themes:

1. emerging issues in science and society;

2. engaging and empowering scientists and the public;

3. assessing impact and outcomes and

4. developing media, methods, and meeting places.

More than 500 science communicators, including scientists, communication professors and practitioners, and journalists from around the world have come to attend the meeting.

Among various topical issues, climate change has once again become a major theme for discussion and debates at the meeting. In addition, science journalism has once against become a major topic for further discussion at the event.

Other interesting seminars of it include a parallel event named power, conflict and consensus in the dialogic communication of knowledge.

Jia Hepeng, China Coordinator, SciDev.Net

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