Please note that all times stated are British Summer Time.

Outline Programme

Programme Outline


Monday 24 May 2021

10.30 – 11.30

Networking Session 1

Join us for some informal virtual networking and at this session you can meet others attending the conference and representatives from the PCST Committee to find out more about the Public Communication of Science and Technology Network


12.00 – 12.30


Welcome: Local Organising Committee

Opening Address: President PCST

12.30 – 13.30


Keynote 1: Communicating complexity – the case of Covid-19

Philip Ball

Plenary Panel 1: Philip Ball, Christina Pagel, Ayelet Baram-Tsabari and Alexa Waud

Chair: Ken Skeldon

13.45 – 15.00

Parallel Session A

15.15 – 17.00

Networking Session 2

Join us for some informal virtual networking where there will be tables set up to continue discussions from Parallel Session A and the Plenary. 



Tuesday 25 May 2021

07.00 – 08.00

Networking Session 3

Early morning or evening networking (depending on where you are in the world)! Join our informal virtual networking session where you can talk about the panel themes for day 2.

08.30 – 9.45

Parallel Session B

10.00 – 11.15

Parallel Session C

11.30 – 12.30

Keynote 2: Inclusivity, equity and participation

Emily Dawson

Plenary Panel 2: How dialogical and inclusive have we become?

Emily Dawson, Noni Mumba, Lewis Hou, Anwesha Chakraborty

Chair: Sarah Davies

13.00 - 14.00

Keynote 3: A tale of two scientists: Reflections on Christiaan Barnard and Salim Abdool Karim as celebrity figures in science

Marina Joubert

Plenary Panel 3: The rise of celebrity scientists

Marina Joubert, Declan Fahy, Maja Horst, Elizabeth Jones

Chair: Massimiano Bucchi

14.15 – 15.30

Parallel Session D

15.45 – 17.00

Parallel Session E

18.00 – 19.30

Networking Session 4

Join PCST for a post-day 2 evening networking session where you can join others to discuss your reflections on the day. At this session we will have specific networking tables for Spanish and Portuguese language discussions.


Wednesday 26 May 2021

08.30 – 9.45

Parallel Session F

10.00 – 11.15

Parallel Session G

11.30 – 12.30

Keynote 4: Changing science publics in the digital environment

Mike Schäfer

Plenary Panel 4: Changing Science Audiences in the Digital Media Ecosystem

Mike Schäfer, Niamh NicDaeid, Reema Patel, John Besley

Chair: Martin Bauer

12.45 - 14.00

AGM of PCST Network – for PCST Members Only

14.00 - 15.00

Keynote 5: Science centres and changing techniques of public engagement

Andrés Roldan

Plenary Panel 5: Innovations in science communication

Andrés Roldan, Joachim Allgaier, Cristina Rigutto, Elaine Reynoso Haynes

Chair: Sara Yeo

15.15 – 16.30

Parallel Session H

16.45 – 18.00

Visual talks (selected posters)


Thursday 27 May 2021

07.00 – 08.00

Networking Session 5

Breakfast networking!


08.30 – 9.45

Parallel Session I


10.00 – 11.15

Parallel Session J


11.30 – 12.30

Keynote 6: Transformations of science institutions’ communication

Marta Entradas

Plenary Panel 6: Transformations of science communication across countries

Marta Entradas, Kristian Nielsen, Margaret Kaseje, Mitsuru Kudo

Chair: Melanie Smallman


13.00 - 14.00

Keynote 7: Transformations in environmental communication: lessons of the pandemic

Matt Nisbet

Plenary Panel 7: Transformations in environmental and climate communication

Matt Nisbet, Simone Rödder, Laura Fogg-Rogers, Lloyd Davis

Chair: Michelle Riedlinger


14.15 – 15.30

Parallel Session K


14.15 – 15.30

Networking Session 6

Last chance to discuss all things PCST 2020+1


15.45 – 16.15

Closing and Presentation of PCST 2023



Detailed Programme

PCST 2020+1 Virtual Conference DETAILED PROGRAMME is now available.  Please note this is not a final programme and is still subject to change.  Once the programme is finalised we will publish a FINAL PROGRAMME.

Visual Display Programme

PCST 2020+1 Virtual Conference will provide the opportunity to all delegates to engage with the Visual Presentations in a new way.  The Visual Presentations will be availalble to view before the conference and we will run a series of live sessions which will feature a selection of Visual Presenters discussing their work.

Session will run for one hour each and delegates can chose to 'attend' as many as they wish at no additional cost.  Details of the Visual Presentations can be found in the VISUAL PRESENTATION PROGRAMME: please note that this is subject to change.  Once we have a FINAL PROGRAMME we will publish it here. 

The dates and times of the sessions are:

Tuesday 27 April 2021 08.00 BST Art and Science
Wednesday 28 April 2021: 11.00 BST Paricipatory Science Communication
Thursday 29 April 2021: 18.00 BST Climat, COVID and More
Tuesday 4 May 2021: 08.00 BST History, Exhibits and Science and Technology Impacts
Wednesday 5 May 2021: 11.00 BST Innovative Approaches to Science Communication
Thursday 6 May 2021: 18.00 BST Engaging the Public
Tuesday 11 May 2021: 08.00 BST Science Communication Theory and Practice
Wednesday 12 May 2021: 18.00 BST Educaton and Science Shows
Thursday 13 May 2021: 18.00 BST Museums, Exhibits and Art


Workshop Programme

PCST 2020+1 Workshop Programme provide delegates with an opportunity to explore topics related to the Public Communication of Science and Technology in more detail.  We are running 3 workshops in the week before the conference proper.  

Workshops are free to PCST 2020+1 Delegates, but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  Details of the Workshops are given below; you can register to attend by completing the online registration form

Please note - the workshops will take place in different virtual places; for all workshops we will provide details of name and email address to the organisers to ensure access to the workshops.  Data will only be used for this purpose and will be deleted post event.


17 May 2021: 10.00 BST

Podcasting for Beginners

Association of British Science Writers

18 May 2021: 08.00 BST

Discussing Policies, Incentives and Tookits to Promote Quality Science Communications

Chairs: Matteo Di Rosa, Ilda Mannino, Alessandra Fornetti

20 May 2021: 14.00 BST

Healthcare Communications: an interactive workshop based on a real-world case study

Amiculum - Silver Sponsor


Podcasting for Beginners: Association of British Science Writers

The course will give an overview of the science podcasting landscape and how to produce simple but professional-sounding audio podcasts on a shoestring. 

The workshop will include:

  • Overview of the podcasting landscape
  • How to plan and script episodes
  • Recording techniques
  • Overview of open source software options
  • How to upload and deliver your podcast 

10am - Introduction to the science podcasting landscape with Lewis MacKenzie (Durham University)

11am - Workshop: Writing for audio with Sue Nelson (Boffin Media)

12pm - Panel discussion: Podcasting on a shoestring with Rowan Hooper (New Scientist podcasts), Georgia Mills (freelance radio producer, formerly BBC and Naked Scientists), Asma Bashir (Her Royal Science podcast, University of Edinburgh) and Stuart Higgins (Scientists not the Science, Imperial College)

The workshop will last for roughly 3 hours and will take place on Zoom or Crowdcast.


Discussing Policies, Incentives and Tookits to Promote Quality Science Communications

Chairs: Matteo Di Rosa, Ilda Mannino, Alessandra Fornetti

Communication of science plays a key role in supporting policy decisions. At the same time, policy measures and incentives are important instruments to create framework conditions able to support and promote quality communication of science. Policy makers at different levels, including EU and national governments and agencies, funders, editors and publishers, research institutions and museums governance bodies can all introduce important policies and incentives in this concern. These policies and incentives can foster developing skills or introducing rewards within the scientific community as well as support quality science communication to citizens in journalism, in science museums or through social media. 

This workshop aims at actively engaging the audience in a participative discussion with policy makers about possible policies and incentives for promoting quality science communication, starting from those identified by the H2020 SwafS project QUEST. The interaction will be stimulated by web tools such as easy-to-use Q&A and polling app that will turn our silent listeners into engaged participants. This activity will be guided by a facilitator that then interacts with the event speakers.

Communicators (journalists, communication officers, museums facilitators), other communication professionals and scicom scholars are welcome to the workshop, as well as decision-makers for the different sectors.  Participants will leave the workshop with a Toolbox filled with ready-to-use toolkits for improving communication strategies and techniques, lectures and training, self-learning.

The Toolbox is a major result of the H2020 SwafS project QUEST.

The workshop will last roughly one hour and will take place on padlet, slido or similar platform.


Healthcare Communications: an interactive workshop based on a real-world case study 

Amiculum - Silver Sponsor

This workshop is for students and early career researchers who are interested in medical and health related science communication. In this session you will be challenged to create two 15-second podcast adverts to inform specific audiences about a medical condition and an unmet clinical need. The adverts will feature on two high-profile podcasts; one for the general public and the second for healthcare professionals.

Participants will need to consider how to effectively communicate to the different audiences when generating the key messages and the primary objective of each advert. Once the task is completed, each group will present their adverts during a feedback session and will be scored on creativity, audience impact, and collaboration.

This session is hosted by Amiculum, a service and consultancy that delivers a range of services to healthcare clients. They have experience in a wide range of therapy areas, including rare diseases and genomic medicine.

While entirely fictitious, this challenge reflects the type of situation regularly encountered in healthcare communications and provides valuable insight into the industry. The key aims of the workshop are to encourage creative thinking, collaboration, and the effective communication of scientific information in a medical context.

You can view Amiculum's privacy policy here.

The workshop will last for roughly two hours and will take place on Remo.