Science, Stories and Society...
the Soul of Science Communication


Below is the draft outline of the Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference 2018.

Please note this is a tentative schedule and subject to change.

Tuesday 3 April

Time Session
9:00am - 5:00pm PCST 2018 Science Communication Career Skills, Knowledge and Networking Workshop
Venue: Hutton theatre, Otago Museum Annex 

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3:30pm - 5:15pm  Pre-Conference Concurrent sessions
St David Lecture Theatre Complex
  AA1 Workshop
ImproSciComm - the art of (science) communication is improvisation
Author: Susanne Hecker 
AA2 Workshop
Why won't they just vaccinate? An infectious disease risk communication workshop based on a story about a virus, a vaccine and fear
Author: Jennifer Manyweathers 
AA3 Workshop – Participatory approaches to engagement

3:30 pm - 4:22 pm
Reframing climate change: a deliberative approach to public engagement with science
Author: Gwendolyn Blue

4:23 pm - 5:15 pm
Whose story is it anyway? Participatory approaches to science engagement
Author: Robert Inglis 
7:00pm - 10:00pm Gala Opening 
Dr Jennifer Wiseman, including question time
Welcome Function
Venue: The Regent Theatre

Wednesday 4 April

Time Session
  Morning Plenary Session moderated by Jenni Metcalfe  
7:30am  Registration and information desk opens
9:00am Brian Trench
President's opening remarks
9:15am  Jenni Metcalfe
9:20am  Distinguished Professor Tetsuro Matsuzawa
The study of chimpanzee mind in the relation to public communication
9:45am  Plenary Panel: What do Scientists Want from Public Communication?
featuring Dr Jennifer Wiseman, Distinguished Prof Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Luisa Massarani, and Dr Hans Peter Peters
10:15am  Morning tea
10:15am  K1 Speakers' corner 
  "China" imagination in science fiction – Take personal handphone system roaming future as an example
Author: LiFen Yao
Science! You'll never guess what happened next ...
Author: Shaun Hendy 
Co-author: Kate Hannah & Rebecca Priestley
Toxic zombie death machines ... a love story
Author: Jeremy Anderson
10:45am  Concurrent sessions 
12:00pm  Lunch
1:00pm  Dr Drew Berry
then interviewed by Dr Rebecca Priestley
1:45pm Concurrent sessions
3:00pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm  Concurrent sessions 
4:45pm - 6:00pm Poster session function
6:00pm - 7:30pm Function at Tuhura at the Otago Museum
Sponsored by Otago Museum

Thursday 5 April

Time Session
  Morning Plenary Session moderated by Marina Joubert 
8:45am Prof Lee Berger
9:25am  Plenary Panel: What kinds of stories about science should we tell?
Featuring Prof Lee Berger, Associate Prof Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, Jan Riise, Associate Prof Bienvenido León
10:15am  Morning tea
10:45am  Concurrent sessions
12:00pm  Lunch
1:00pm  Prof Lisa Matisoo-Smith
then interviewed by Michelle Reidlinger
1:45pm  Concurrent sessions
3:00pm  Afternoon tea
3:30pm  Concurrent sessions 
4:45pm - 6:00pm Poster session function 
7:00pm  Conference dinner 
(ticketed event)

Friday 6 April

Time Session
  Morning Plenary Session moderated by Brian Trench 
8:45am  Prof Maja Horst
9:05am  Sir Peter Gluckman
9:25am  Plenary Panel: What is the Social Function of Science Communication?
featuring Prof Maja Horst, Sir Peter Gluckman, Dr Rod Lamberts, Dr Birte Faehnrich
10:15am  Morning tea
10:45am  Concurrent session 
12:00pm  Lunch 
1:00pm  Nicky Hager
then interviewed by Associate Prof Jesse Bering
1:45pm  Concurrent sessions 
3:00pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm  Concurrent sessions 
4:45pm Closing Plenary Session moderated by Dr Fabien Medvecky
Plenary Panel: Reflections and Future Directions
featuring Prof Massimiano Bucchi, Prof Alexander Gerber, Dr Sara Yeo
5:30pm  Final remarks from hosts and presentation of PCST 2020
6:00pm Close of PCST Conference 2018


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