Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

PCST-10 international Conference 23-27 June 2008: Science Communicators meet in Scandinavia

18.02.2008
The international conference "Bridges to the future" in Sweden and Denmark this summer will tackle such as different issues as the "medialization" of science and the lack of journalism training opportunities in developing countries.

At the conference, science communicators, researchers, science writers, press officers, and librarians from all over the world will meet and take part in a playful but serious discussion about how to develop science communication.

The subject area of the 10th PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology) conference is "Bridges to the future". Among nearly 400 proposals, 30 seminars and nearly 300 abstracts have been selected for the final programme, targeting a variety of topics ranging from new media to communicating about climate change.

Emerging issues in science and society are the core of the programme, and several sessions will be devoted to climate change and communicating risks. One session will have the title "Medical messages in the media - reliable information or science for sale?" dealing with the difficulties medical journalists have to maintain their integrity and independence while under pressure from "Big Pharma" and other pressure groups. Among the prominent plenary speakers is Janez Poto?nik, European Commissioner for Science and Research.

Cultural similarities and differences

The speakers will be coming from Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, India, South Africa, China and Brazil, a total of 19 countries. This broad representation will inspire much discussion about the impact of local culture and context on science coverage, for example a comparative analysis between North American and French coverage of climate change. Other sessions will be devoted to science journalism training in developing countries with participation from South Africa and Australia, and science on radio and TV in different cultural environments.

Serious but playful

The field of science communication is expanding rapidly. One of the main purposes of the conference is to bring different professional communicators together, to discuss the development of new channels, media and arenas in order to strengthen the dialogue between the research community and surrounding society. Visualization, virtual events and how to use web 2.0 are examples of seminars dealing with interactive technology to enhance public involvement. Assessing the impact and outcomes of different actions is also crucial to improve science communication, an insight which also reflects on the programme. The conference will be somewhat different, serious but at the same time playful. In addition to giving the participants a chance to expand their network across cultures and professions and to share knowledge with colleagues from all over the world, there will be challenges of a different kind, communication assignments and dilemmas, controversial and with an ethical conflict.

Further information, programme and registration: www.vr.se/pcst

Pressofficer Annakarin Svenningsson, Phone + 46-8-546 44 219, Mobile: + 46 -733-55 38 54, E-mail: anna.karin.svenningsson@vr.se

Anna Karin Svenningsson | idw
Further information:
http://www.vr.se/pcst

More articles from Event News:

nachricht LaserForum 2018 deals with 3D production of components
17.08.2018 | IVAM Fachverband für Mikrotechnik

nachricht Within reach of the Universe
08.08.2018 | Zentrum für angewandte Raumfahrttechnologie und Mikrogravitation (ZARM)

All articles from Event News >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Color effects from transparent 3D-printed nanostructures

New design tool automatically creates nanostructure 3D-print templates for user-given colors
Scientists present work at prestigious SIGGRAPH conference

Most of the objects we see are colored by pigments, but using pigments has disadvantages: such colors can fade, industrial pigments are often toxic, and...

Im Focus: Unraveling the nature of 'whistlers' from space in the lab

A new study sheds light on how ultralow frequency radio waves and plasmas interact

Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles present new research on a curious cosmic phenomenon known as "whistlers" -- very low frequency packets...

Im Focus: New interactive machine learning tool makes car designs more aerodynamic

Scientists develop first tool to use machine learning methods to compute flow around interactively designable 3D objects. Tool will be presented at this year’s prestigious SIGGRAPH conference.

When engineers or designers want to test the aerodynamic properties of the newly designed shape of a car, airplane, or other object, they would normally model...

Im Focus: Robots as 'pump attendants': TU Graz develops robot-controlled rapid charging system for e-vehicles

Researchers from TU Graz and their industry partners have unveiled a world first: the prototype of a robot-controlled, high-speed combined charging system (CCS) for electric vehicles that enables series charging of cars in various parking positions.

Global demand for electric vehicles is forecast to rise sharply: by 2025, the number of new vehicle registrations is expected to reach 25 million per year....

Im Focus: The “TRiC” to folding actin

Proteins must be folded correctly to fulfill their molecular functions in cells. Molecular assistants called chaperones help proteins exploit their inbuilt folding potential and reach the correct three-dimensional structure. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) have demonstrated that actin, the most abundant protein in higher developed cells, does not have the inbuilt potential to fold and instead requires special assistance to fold into its active state. The chaperone TRiC uses a previously undescribed mechanism to perform actin folding. The study was recently published in the journal Cell.

Actin is the most abundant protein in highly developed cells and has diverse functions in processes like cell stabilization, cell division and muscle...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

LaserForum 2018 deals with 3D production of components

17.08.2018 | Event News

Within reach of the Universe

08.08.2018 | Event News

A journey through the history of microscopy – new exhibition opens at the MDC

27.07.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

Smallest transistor worldwide switches current with a single atom in solid electrolyte

17.08.2018 | Physics and Astronomy

Robots as Tools and Partners in Rehabilitation

17.08.2018 | Information Technology

Climate Impact Research in Hannover: Small Plants against Large Waves

17.08.2018 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>