7 March 2018
PCST Network and the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) are pleased to announce the signing of a Co-Operation Agreement between the two organizations. PCST President Brian Trench and IECA Chair Richard Doherty have signed an agreement that commits both organisations “to co-operate with each other as international organisations working in closely related fields of activity”.
The document states that PCST and IECA “acknowledge the shared interests between our organisations and communities and will seek to generate synergies and opportunities for collaboration around these”.
There is some overlap of membership between PCST and IECA. Five members of the PCST Scientific Committee, who are also members of IECA, have had a paper published in the IECA journal, Environmental Communication, that explores “conversations, connections and collaborations” between science communication and environmental communication.
The wording of the agreement:
Co-Operation Agreement between the Network for the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) and the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA)
With this agreement, PCST Network and The IECA commit to co-operate with each other as international organisations working in closely related fields of activity.
We acknowledge the shared interests between our organisations and communities and will seek to generate synergies and opportunities for collaboration around these.
We undertake to inform each other about major events and initiatives that we are organising, and to seek opportunities for practical co-operation.
Specifically, we commit together to:
- ensure that our principal conferences are scheduled in a manner that avoids direct clashes of schedule and minimises difficulties for those who wish to attend both
- notify each other as early as possible of the dates of those conferences
- post notices and Calls for Papers of each other’s conferences on our web sites and mailing lists
- link to each other’s organisations from our web sites and social media accounts
- facilitate the presence of our respective organisations in each other’s principal conferences (e.g. as plenary speakers, plenary panelists or presenters of an invited panel, symposium or workshop) – this commitment does not necessarily imply providing financial support
- invite an official representative of each other’s organisation to attend, free of conference registration fee, the other organisation’s principal conference.
This agreement shall be in effect until one of the organisations gives written notice to the other of its withdrawal from the agreement.