[PCST] Fw: Re: What makes a PCST conference unmissable?

Sisir C Anand sc.anand at iiserpune.ac.in
Mon Mar 28 06:33:23 CEST 2011


To PCST Network members and PCST 2012 participants,
In order to make the 2012 PCST conference more lively: 
My suggestion would be to have short contests, at least for the younger and youngest members of the audience.
It could be a one minute science pitch, to science stand-up...(and all contests that you could think of relevant in science journalism. 
Thanks...
Sisir [PCST 2010 India participant]
-- Original Message --
From: Toss Gascoigne <director at tossgascoigne.com.au>
To: Sisir C Anand <sc.anand at iiserpune.ac.in>
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 08:22:57 +1100
Subject: Re: [PCST] What makes a PCST conference unmissable?
Dear Sisir
Thanks for your comment.  The idea of short contests could add an interesting new element to our conferences.
You might like to send your comment to the whole network rather than just me, so that others can respond.  
Regards
Toss
 
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Subject: [PCST] What makes a PCST conference unmissable?
What makes a conference unmissable?
Some members of the Scientific Committee discussed this at a recent 
meeting to plan the 2012 PCST conference in Florence. Here is their 
list.
Do you have anything to add or comments to make?
1. From a participants point of view, a paper that is accepted
2. From an intellectual perspective it is about learning new 
things, participating in discussions which are contributing to the 
field eg new practice, new breakthrough, genuine outcome that has 
relevance to other places.
3. Good conferences attract speakers doing relevant and innovative 
research, practice or teaching.
4. To be significant it should set directions in science 
communication and take a position.
5. Newer entrants into the PCST field want workshops to boost 
their skills, where more experienced people want to stretch to meet 
new ideas. Good conferences cater for different interests.
6. The quality of the content, particularly outstanding invited 
plenary speakers. Plenary speakers need to be managed so they 
appreciate the context and focus their talk.
7. Community-building and networking, including with students.
8. Being able to meet the mentors, real experts in the field, 
including book club sessions where authors discuss their writings
9. Papers that are coherent to the topics, in a program which 
links related topics and stimulates discussion
10. A mixture of formats: discussions, plenaries, workshops, 
practical advice, debates, and poster sessions that really work.
11. Good conferences leave a trace and extend the conference 
experience. They lead to other activities eg collaborations on books 
or events; and have a significant effect on the host country.
12. The crowd, the conversations, the consequences
13. Fun
Essential is good organisation: efficient processing of abstracts, 
early advice on the program so propospective registrants can judge 
whether it is relevant, an informative website, smooth registration 
and welcoming functions, excellent venue, reasonable registration 
fees. Chairs should be trained so sessions run efficiently.
So - any comments or additions?
(And a reminder - the next PCST Conference is in Florence, April 18-20 
April 2012. Then it is Brazil in 2014.)
Toss Gascoigne
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