Webinar date: 7 March 2023
PCST 2023 will be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 12 to 14 April, with a pre-conference day on 11 April 2023. With PCST 2023 focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA), some of our members thought we should have a statement, which reflects the colonial past of many of our countries and the impacts of that on PCST. In response, Alice Fleerackers and Siddharth Kankaria drafted the following statement:
“PCST respectfully acknowledges the Indigenous territories across the world where many of our members live and work, as well as the deeply colonial, marginalised and exclusionary history of our field which continues to impact us today. We are committed to fostering equitable, inclusive, diverse and accessible science communication ecosystems by centring the principles of social justice and intersectionality across our research, practice and teaching activities.”
The PCST Management Committee is supportive of such a statement, but wanted it discussed openly with members, especially with those who might not have such a history.
This PCST webinar explored this statement as well as the public role for PCST in DEIA.
- Emily Dawson, Professor, Education, Science and Society, University College London, United Kingdom
- Alice Fleerackers, Researcher, Freelance Writer and Editor, Canada
- Siddharth Kankaria, Science Communication Researcher and Practitioner, India
- Tibisay Sankatsing Nava, PhD researcher and community engagement coordinator, Aruba, Caribbean / The Netherlands
Heather Doran, Public Engagement Manager, University of Dundee, United Kingdom