The Public Communication of Science and Technology, PCST, conferences take place every two years, bringing together practitioners, educators and researchers in the diverse and growing field of science communication.
Attendees from more than 60 countries across the globe logged on virtually to attend the virtual event which ran from the 24 – 27 May 2021, which was originally due to take place in Aberdeen in 2020.
The theme of the conference was Time, Technology and Transformation and offered attendees the opportunity to share their interest in science communications and enable new connections between practitioners and researchers, across national and cultural boundaries.
The event was chaired by University’s Chair in Chemistry, Professor Marcel Jaspars and Dr Heather Doran, Public Engagement Manager at the University of Dundee.
Keynote speakers at the conference included freelance science writer and former editor of Nature, Dr Philip Ball; Professor Emily Dawson from the Department of Science & Technology at University College London; Mara Entradas from the University Institute of Lisbon; Dr Marina Joubert from Stellenbosch University in South Africa; Professor Matt Nisbet from Northeastern University; Andres Roldan Executive Director at Parque Explora and Professor Mike S.Schäfer from the University of Zurich.
The conference, which should have taken place in May 2020 at P&J Live, was moved completely online due to Covid-19, however the organising committee worked extensively to ensure the programme was engaging as ever – with 359 presentations scheduled over four days.