PCST-10 kicks off today

Wednesday, 25 June 2008. About 560 delegates from 40 countries are gathered in Malmo, a city at the southern tip of Sweden, for the tenth conference of the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) network. The conference programme is packed with more than 300 presentations in more than 60 sessions over three days.

The conference theme “Building Bridges to the Future” is beautifully illustrated by the nearby spectacular Oresund bridge, connecting the two host countries, Sweden and Denmark. On Thursday afternoon conference delegates will participate in a novel science communication experiment. During a bus trip to Copenhagen and an afternoon in the city, they will discuss a range of science communication challenges relating to climate change and draft recommendations to the United Nations. These will be posted on the conference web site by Friday morning (www.vr.se/pcst)

At a pre-conference meeting of the PCST committee several future PCST events were confirmed, namely:

1. The next PCST conference will take place from 6 – 10 December 2010 in New Delhi, India. With more htan 1 billion people, India is one of the world´s most culturally diverse countries and the conference will also look at the challenges of diversity in science communication.

2. The twelfth PCST conference, in 2012, will focus on “Beauty and quality in science communication” and will be held in Firenze, Italy.

3. A smaller PCST regional symposium will take place in Cartagena, Colombia during September 2009. This event will focus on democracy and development with the theme “PCST as an instrument for democratisation of science and technology knowledge”.

Future information about these events will be posted on the PCST web site at www.pcstacademy.org

Marina Joubert, Southern Science, South Africa, and SciDev.Net science communication advisor

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