Call for proposals
14th International Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Conference: The Global Conference on Science communication
PCST: the global network for science communication and the Turkish hosts of the 2016 PCST conference in Istanbul remind you that the deadline for proposals for the conference is 12 noon GMT on 1 September 2015.
If you are active in science communication research, practice, training or education do consider submitting proposals for the 14th International PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology) Conference to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 26–28 April 2016.
PCST 2016 is organized by the PCST International Network and hosted by Hacettepe University, Ankara. PCST conferences are a forum for discussing a wide range of issues in science communication but proposals for PCST 2016 are especially welcome on the conference’s main theme, Science communication in a digital age. Issues and questions associated with this main theme are discussed on the conference web site.
Proposals are also invited on the following themes:
• Trends in public communication of science and technology
• Science communication policies
• Evaluating public communication of science and technology
• Ethics and aesthetics of science communication
• Science communication in science centres and museums
• Science communication for social inclusion and political engagement
• Gender and diversity in science communication
• Social networks for science communication.
Proposals should include a summary description (maximum 300 words) of the proposed paper or session and the conference theme or themes with which the proposal is associated.
Proposers will be asked to select a presentation format from this menu:
Panel sessions: statements and discussion with 3–4 contributors on a single theme, preferably with an international dimension and international participation. The panel participants should NOT submit their individual contributions separately.
Individual papers: presentations of research or reflection that will be delivered in parallel sessions. Preference will be given to proposals based on original research that will be completed at the time of the conference.Posters: these will be presented orally as well as being displayed.
Workshops: demonstrations and descriptions of science communication practices with commentary and discussion on their application and effectiveness.
Performance: short dramatization, or screening of video, on issues or controversies relevant to science communication, followed by discussion.
Proposers should take care to ensure that their proposals
• emphasise the key questions, aims and findings of the project described
• can be understood by readers who are not specialists in the relevant field of research or practice
• are as clear and coherent as they can be (allowing for various levels of competence in English)
• specify the stage of the research or practice project they are addressing – Is it complete? Will it be complete by the time of the conference?
• state what is new or original about the work or what contribution it might make to science communication research or practice.
If a proposal for a paper is intended to be presented alongside another paper or papers from the same project, or on a closely related topic, this should be indicated in the text of the proposal.
In order to submit a proposal, participants must pre-register at the conference website, and create a login and password. The participant will then need to login to his/her restricted area and access the space where abstracts will be posted directly using the specified form.
Submitted proposals will be reviewed by members of the PCST Scientific Committee. All successful proposers will be notified by 15 November 2015.
Each individual will have, as lead author or organizer, no more than one proposal for a paper, one proposal for a panel and one proposal for a poster approved, that is, a maximum of three contributions in total. It is assumed that the lead author is also the intended presenter. An individual may be associated as co-author with additional contributions to the conference.
It is not necessary to pay the conference fee at the time of submission of the abstracts for proposals. However, papers will only be confirmed in the programme when the speakers have registered for the conference and paid the fee. The presenting author will be required to make the payment by a date that will be given in the notification of acceptance.
The official language of the conference is English: all the proposals should be submitted in English. The presentations will also be in English. Proposals must be submitted here up to 12 noon (GMT) on 1 September 2015. Authors can also revise abstracts up to that deadline.