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PCST support for symposia and seminars

As well as organising its conference every two years, PCST supports other international events with similar purposes of sharing knowledge and experiences in science communication.

PCST support includes publicity in the international science communication community, advice on themes and speakers, and direct representation of our Scientific Committee in the organisation and presentation of the event.

Supported events fall into two categories: PCST symposia with a higher level of PCST involvement, and seminars held in association with PCST and with a lower level of PCST involvement.

Bids to host a PCST symposium will normally be considered at meetings of the Scientific Committee held during conferences. But proposals may also be considered at other times, through electronic meetings of the committee.

Bid documents should be sent to the PCST secretary preferably a year in advance of the event. There is no set format for the bid documentation, but the guidelines for conference bids may be helpful. It is possible to have more than one symposium in a calendar year. The Scientific Committee will appoint a small team of its members to work with the local organising committee on the organisation of the event.

Invited speakers will include at least one member of the Scientific Committee.

PCST symposia have been held in Beijing, China (2005), in Christchurch, New Zealand (2013), in Jakarta, Indonesia (also 2013), and in San José, Costa Rica (2016). Selected papers from the Beijing symposium were published in the book, At the Human Scale, in Chinese and English; records of 52 presentations at that event are available in the PCST archive.

The Christchurch symposium was organised in partnership with SCANZ, the science communication association of New Zealand, and the San José symposium was organised in partnership with RedPop, the science communication network for Latin America and the Caribbean.

PCST support for smaller seminars is more flexible. Such seminars may be hosted by a single institution or organisation but they need to have an international dimension. Requests for PCST support should be sent to the PCST Secretary preferably six months before the staging of the event, and certainly before any funding application or public announcement is made that mentions PCST support.

In 2017, PCST supported seminars hosted by Museu da Vida, Rio de Janeiro, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center and the journal, Public Understanding of Science.

For both symposia and seminars it is expected that PCST members will be entitled to a discount on registration fees, where these are being charged.