Salvador, Brazil, May 5-8 2014
"Science and technology have been increasingly embedded in society. Climate change, nuclear power, sustainable energies, research on embryonic stem cells, genetically modified crops, and preserving biodiversity are few examples on how science has been part of the everyday life....[V]alue creation depends increasingly on a better creation, diffusion and a better use of knowledge."
According to the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Network, hosting PCST in Brazil - with the theme of "science communication for social inclusion and political engagement" - will be an opportunity to share the experiences, challenges, and diversity of Latin America's fast-growing science communication.
This year's theme is based on the observation that, although there have been improvements on science and technology diffusion and expenditure, most of the world faces social exclusion, and disparities in development are still creating a divide between economically rich and poor countries. In this scenario, science communication is challenged by the need for political engagement for social inclusion on topics such as: low-income people who have no access to education and to science goods; people who live in remote areas and have no access to science spaces and science goods; immigrants who have difficulties in understanding the language and the cultural context; disabled people who have no science communication activities tailored to them, etc. The PCST in Brazil aims to address these issues, evoking debate on how to craft more inclusive strategies, both in the developing and developed world, as well as to improve citizenship through public engagement in science and technology and build novel models and practices for communication and participation. An effort will be made to integrate experiences and practices that consider the voice and views of locals, people living in rural areas, indigenous communities, and all who are often forgotten in the so commonly called "public".
Proposals are invited for presentations (round-tables, workshops, and individual papers) on science communication and science-in-society research, science journalism, science museums, and public engagement with science and technology. The deadline is 23:59 (GMT) on September 7 2013. Click here for details.
PCST 2014 is organised by the PCST International Network and hosted by the Museu da Vida (Museum of Life), a hands-on science museum of House of Oswaldo Cruz/Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), and the Laboratory of Advanced Studies in Journalism, at the State University of Campinas (Labjor/Unicamp). The conference also counts on other organisations as partners and the support of CNPq (Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development), Department of Popularization and Dissemination of Science and Technology of MCTI (Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation), Fapesb (Bahia Research Foundation), Fapesp (São Paulo Research Foundation), and Fapemig (Minas Gerais Research Foundation), and SciDev.Net as media partner.