Welcome from the LOC

Hello! On behalf of the Local Organising Team for the PCST 2020 Conference in Aberdeen I want to introduce ourselves and take the opportunity to share a little more about our plans for next year.

We are delighted to be hosting PCST in Aberdeen, a city by the sea and of the sea, with a rich history in science and innovation. It’s a city of contrasts, it contains beautiful natural spaces but is also a driver of industry. Between now and May 2020 we will share stories from past and present.

Our themes of Time, Technology and Transformation were carefully chosen by the committee to reflect the host city and the directions of science communication. The opening ceremony will be open to the public and will set the scene linking to the history of science communication in Aberdeen.  We also hope that we can bring to life some of our rich local culture at the conference through our social activities and share with you the future focus of science communication in Aberdeen.

In planning for PCST 2020 we wanted to create a conference that creates space for formal and informal discussion and in everything we do we are adopting practice that supports inclusivity in science communication. The venue for the conference has been designed to be as sustainable as possible – find out more about its innovative energy centre and sustainable features.

We know conferences are expensive to attend and are working hard to provide people with as much support as possible. Over the next few months we will finalise the details for what we can offer, including a pilot of a pay-it-forward scheme which will enable those that can to contribute to supporting others who are less financially able to attend the conference. We have also produced draft letters of support to aid those that may need to gain support from supervisors or line managers to approve their attendance at PCST 2020.

We hope that this first conference of PCST in the UK provides both a celebration and critical reflection on past and present practice and research in science communication. We are incredibly excited about welcoming science communication practitioners, researchers and educators from around the globe for these conversations.

We want to provide a platform for new and long-lasting connections and collaborations between practitioners, educators and researchers and especially between those that have been part of the PCST family for many years and those that are new to science communication.

Our call for proposals closes on the 12 October 2019, we can’t wait to see your submissions. We will shortly be opening our call for performances, workshops and speakers’ corner. In addition to the conference we hope many people will stay in Aberdeen post-conference to experience the University of Aberdeen’s May Festival where many scientists and researchers engage with public audiences in the city. Attendees of PCST will also have the opportunity to put forward ideas for the festival which will take place from Friday 29 – Sunday 31 May.

You can keep up-to-date with announcements via our website and social media channels Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

Dr Heather Doran, University of Dundee, Local Organising Committee Co-Chair

 

The Local Organising Committee