Presentation formats

Proposals for PCST 2023 were submitted in one of the following formats:

A roundtable discussion is a session in which between 3 – 4 participants address a common theme from different angles and perspectives, preferably with an international dimension.

Roundtable discussions are 75-minute discussion sessions 3 – 4 speakers addressing a common theme, preferably from different angles (e.g. practical and theoretical), incorporating diverse and international perspectives. The opening statements should take up a maximum of 15 minutes, with the rest of the session devoted to discussion and interaction with the audience. Names, affiliations and contact details of all speakers and a short summary of what they will bring to the discussion need to be included in the proposal. The proposal should nominate chair/s for the session. It is recommended that two co-chairs, offering different perspectives, be named. It is also recommended that speakers represent at least two different regions of the world. Please clearly specify how you are planning to interact with the audience.

Word limits: Proposal (minimum 150 words and maximum 300 words) and short summaries of speaker’s perspectives (100–150 words).

Linked papers are research papers or practice reflections coming from a collaboration or shared interest, and cross-referenced to each other.

Linked papers are presented in 75-minute sessions with five speakers around a common theme, e.g. arising from a research or practice collaboration. Each speaker should present their paper for a maximum of 10 minutes so that there is time for discussion. Names and details of all speakers and a proposal of the combined session should be included in the proposal, along with a short title for the session. Each of the five speakers needs to also include the title and proposal of their individual contributions as part of this proposal. A chair should be nominated for the session.

Word limits: Proposal (minimum 150 words and maximum 300 words) and speaker abstracts (150–300 words).

Individual papers present original research or in-depth practitioner reflections or evaluations. These will be arranged in thematically connected sessions.

Individual papers are 10-minute presentations, which will be thematically grouped by the programme committee within 75-minute sessions. Such papers are expected to offer perspectives on topics relevant to the conference themes from completed research and/or theoretical reflection and/or analysis of practice. The papers may have single or multiple authors, and the proposal should be made in the name of the person who will present the paper.

Word limits: Proposal (minimum 150 words and maximum 300 words)

Insight talks typically explore a novel idea or present a practical experience and its lessons.

Insight talks are 5-minute, focused contributions, intended to allow follow-up conversations with interested participants. They will explore the conference themes through:

  • Practice insights, in which speakers describe and evaluate their own specific science communication practice – in which we value lessons learned from mistakes made (think of stakeholder/partnership relations going sideways, wrong methodological choices, timing issues, etc.); or …
  • New ideas, in which speakers present work in progress on research or practice, including ideas under development or that have yet to be implemented. The follow-up discussion on these can be used as partner search for future projects as well.

The presentations will be thematically grouped by the programme committee within longer sessions. Following a number of these presentations, participants will have the opportunity to continue a discussion, either plenary or with different presenters in various corners of the room (depending on the content of the talks in the session).

These talks may have single or multiple authors. The proposal should be made in the name of the person who will give the talk.

Word limits: Proposal (minimum 150 words and maximum 300 words)

Demonstrations, stories and mini workshops present and discuss innovative science communication practices and could, for example, include demonstrations of science-art collaborations.

Demonstrations, stories or mini workshops can run in 25-, 50- or 75-minute sessions, presenting innovative science communication practices with commentary on their application and effectiveness, and with time given for discussion. For example, a session might demonstrate new ways of setting up a science blog or exhibit and gaining an audience. Stories present a genuine and authentic experience of a team or community – to be (preferably jointly) told, including reflection from the various stakeholders involved. A story, demonstration or mini workshop should also describe the challenges faced and overcome – in full or partially. There will be a short Q&A afterwards.

Names and details of all speakers (maximum five) and a summary of what each brings to the demonstration should be included in the proposal, which should also nominate the chair for the session.

Please indicate the time required (25, 50 or 75 minutes) and the way you intend to engage with participants, alongside technical requirements. Please note that we have more short time slots available than longer ones.

Online pre-recorded video presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes.

Word limits: Proposal (minimum 150 words and maximum 300 words)

These are highly visual presentations or table-top activities that can be exhibited on the conference website and/or displayed at the conference venue; some may be selected for oral presentation and discussion.

Oral visual presentations will be 3-minute presentations that explore topics relevant to the conference themes visually, e.g. through a poster, photo, infographic, video clip or other means that can be displayed for the duration of the conference. Specific guidelines for visual presentations will be sent to successful proponents.

Online pre-recorded video presentations will be 3 minutes.

Word limits: Proposal (minimum 150 words and maximum 300 words)

Performances of theatrical or musical pieces on scientific topics relevant to the conference themes that take up to a maximum of 30 minutes to present. Please indicate the amount of time required for your performance and the way you intend to engage with participants, as well as your technical requirements.

Word limits: Proposal (minimum 150 words and maximum 300 words)

Problem-solving/strategy or method development workshops can be used to work on a dilemma or practical/strategic question. For example, to establish new reward structures for scientists, new funding schemes for science communication research, ways to deal with political pressure or harassment on social media, etc.

Both the subject and the method to engage with the participants (e.g. world café, …, etc.) shall be included in the submission, as well as the required time (25-, 50- or 75 minutes). You should indicate what you plan to do with the outcomes of the session. Please note that we have more short time slots available than longer ones.

Word limits: Proposal (minimum 150 words and maximum 300 words)

Professional development workshops will be accommodated on the day before the conference starts. They may vary in length from 2 – 4 hours, and should be practical, hands-on or discussion-based. Please indicate the amount of time required for your workshop, maximum/minimum group size, learning objectives and the way you intend to engage with participants, alongside technical requirements.

Word limits: Proposal (minimum 150 words and maximum 300 words)