Luggage ready, destination Florence!

April 16, 2012

Luisa Massarani

Luisa Massarani
Latin America regional coordinator, SciDev.Net

I just finished packing my luggage. I am very excited about travelling to Florence, Italy. The city is fantastic, the wine and the food are both so good as to be indescribable.

Florence is hosting PCST2012

But it is unlikely that I can taste any of these delights, as I will be extremely busy.  Not that I am unhappy, though. The Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference (PCST) is one of my favourites.

There are other two other key international conferences on science communication: the World Conference for Science Journalists and  the World Conference for Science Centers. I really enjoy both of them, but PCST is about everything and everybody together: scientists, journalists, artists etc (and there are a lot of “etc”!).  It is about both research and practical initiatives. In summary: everything related to science communication.

And one of the most enjoyable aspects of these international conferences is that they are held in a different country each time.  It’s a great opportunity to observe how the concept of science communication can change according to a specific cultural, social and economic context.

I have high expectations for the meeting in Florence. The organisers are expecting around 850 people, and looking at the programme, it’s very exciting. There are some extremely well-known and well-respected speakers.

More from me very soon. In the meantime, check out the website, where you can find out more about the conference and read the full programme.

Note from Editor: This year the organisers will be recording sessions and making them available on the conference site as podcasts.

This blog post is part of our Public Communication of Science & Technology (PCST2012) conference coverage.

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