PCST Keynotes announced

18 September 2019

The line-up of plenary speakers at PCST 2020 has now been made public…

PCST Network and the Local Organising Committee of the 2020 PCST conference are delighted to announce keynote speakers for the conference that will take place in Aberdeen, Scotland, on 26-28 May. More background information on the invited speakers is available on the conference web site.

The line-up of plenary speakers will include:

Philip Ball, author of many popular science books, most recently How To Grow A Human, will speak on the opening evening on the limits of narrative in communicating science. His case will be the communication of new technologies in biology which, he says, do not lend themselves to simple narratives.

Emily Dawson, of University College London, and author of Equity and Inclusion in Everyday Science Learning, will address issues arising from her research on this book, applying a social justice perspective to science communication.

Marina Joubert will examine the repercussions of the first human heart transplant which took place in South Africa in 1967; Joubert is a researcher and lecturer in science communication at the University of Stellenbosch.

Marta Entradas, who has research positions in London and Lisbon, will look at scientific institutions; communication cultures, drawing on international data.

Matt Nisbet, of Northeastern University, USA, and editor of the journal, Environmental Communication, will speak on developments in this field. Nisbet is currently working on a book about science writers as public intellectuals.

Andrés Roldan, director of the trend-setting Parque Explora science centre in Colombia, will look at transformations in the roles and practices of science centres in engaging communities with science.

Mike Schäfer, of University of Zürich, will speak on changing science publics, reflecting his strong research interest in online and social media communication and the associated fragmentation and polarization of online public spheres around science.