CPAS PCST Spotter's Guide

27 March 2018

CPAS team huddle ahead of #PCST2018 with questions, feedback and advice: be prepared, be direct, be gracious — and don't go over time!

— ANU CPAS (@ANU_CPAS) March 21, 2018

The international Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) conference this year is in beautiful Dunedin, New Zealand — practically on our doorstop, and we're taking full advantage. 

The programme is packed full of new research in science communication from around the world, but if you're looking to catch as many CPASians as you can, we've pulled together this handy (likely non-exhaustive) list of everywhere our researchers will be popping up.

(We're also a silver sponsor of PCST — look for us at the coffee cart!) 

Wednesday 4 April

Parallel Session A

A5 (Roundtable) An exploration of science communication in the world of decision-makers
Author: Ruth O'Connor 
Co-authors: Alan Irwin, Dominique Brossard, Jennifer Manyweathers & Birte Fähnrich  
A6 (Paper) Presenting science to young adults with intellectual disabilities: the steps of thinking
Author: Vanessa de Kauwe 
A10 (Workshop) Science communication and gender: challenges, opportunities and stereotypes
Author: Merryn McKinnon
Co-author: Christine O'Connell 


Parallel Session B

B3 (Roundtable) Systemic support for scientists' communication and engagement
Author: Brooke Smith 
Co-authors: Eric Marshall,  John Besley, Bruce Lewenstein, Marina Joubert & Joan Leach

B5 (Roundtable) Engaging the STEM-excluded: critical perspectives on broadening participation
Author: Matthew Hickman 
Co-authors: Bronwyn Bevan, Graham Walker, Robert Inglis & Craig Tomlinson

B8 (Paper) Valuing good engagement process and individual outcomes in decision-maker engagement with science
Author: Ruth O'Connor
Co-authors: Joan Leach, Fabien Medvecky, Lilly Lim-Camacho & Jeanne Nel 
B9 (Show, tell and talk) Science communication for citizen scientists: fostering community capacity for environmental leadership
Author: Merryn McKinnon 
Co-authors: Jennifer Loder, Angela Dean & Karen Vella 


Parallel session C

C2 (Roundtable) Turning undergraduates into science storytellers. What are the best practices?
Author: Mark Sarvary 
Co-authors: Kathleen Gifford, Bruce Lewenstein, Merryn McKinnon, Fabien Medvecky & Will Grant


Poster session

Tour 4: (Risk Communication) School-based disaster risk reduction program: a critical analysis on role-playing in evacuation training
Mita Anggaryani


Thursday 5 April

K2 (Speakers' corner) Science Communication Strategies in Tertiary Student Recruitment
Author: Tangyao Zhang


Parallel session D

D3 (Roundtable) What knowledge and skills define a professional science communicator?
Author: Elaine Reynoso
Co-authors: Toss Gascoigne, Alexander Gerber, Luisa Massarani & Ana Claudia Nepote

D4 (Roundtable) Can hype be a force for good? – Debating the benefits and drawbacks of science hype
Author: Tara Roberson 
Co-authors: Sujatha Raman, Megan Munsie, Heather Bray & David Kirby 


Parallel session E

E1 (Grouped paper) Building a theoretical basis for science communication
Author: Jennifer Metcalfe
Co-authors: Joan Leach, Brian Trench & Bruce Lewenstein 

E2 (Roundtable) Outdoor science parks - increasing community participation and building new society partnerships 
Author: Ronen Mir
Co-authors: Mikko Myllykoski, Graham Walker & Elaine Reynoso


Parallel session F

F2 (Roundtable) Building Public Understanding of Population Health Science: Insights from a unique new collaboration
Author: Merryn McKinnon
Co-author: Samantha Rowbotham, Penny Hawe, Will Grant, Anita Beck & Christine O'Connell

F6 (Paper) When a risk message fails – telling the story of raw milk in Australia
Author: Penny Wilson

F8 (Idea in progress)

Treating patients with an illness that may not exist- using Lyme or Lyme-like illness in Australia as a case study for developing patient centric communication strategies and policy guidelines for interacting with complex and controversial illnesses
Author: James Ansell 

Government credibility in a post-expert world: a case study of GMO communications in China
Author: Tangyao Zhang


Poster Session

Tour 6: (Health Communication) Evaluation of vaccine communications and interventions, 1998-2014: do any actions have a shown improvement in reducing vaccine hesitancy and increasing vaccination rates to herd immunity levels?

James Ansell


Friday 6 April

Plenary Panel: What is the Social Function of Science Communication?
featuring Prof Maja Horst, Sir Peter Gluckman, Dr Rod Lamberts, Dr Birte Faehnrich


Parallel Session G

G4 (Roundtable) Research meets practice: outcomes of the Bellagio meeting
Author: Toss Gascoigne 
Co-authors: Michelle Riedlinger, Massimiano Bucchi, Maarten van de Sanden & Peter Broks 

G8 (Paper)

You need to shut up: research silencing and its implications for public health policy
Author: Dr Jacqui Hoepner 

Evaluation of vaccine communications and interventions, 1998-2014: do any actions have a shown improvement in reducing vaccine hesitancy and increasing vaccination rates to herd immunity levels?
Author: James Ansell

Tracking trends in demand for Australia's research workforce
Author: Will Grant 
Co-authors: Inger Mewburn & Hanna Suominen


Parallel Session H

H5 (Roundtable) Science communication and socio-environmental problems: the case of water and forests
Author: Susana Herrera 
Co-author: Ana Claudia Nepote, Jennifer Metcalfe, James G. Cantrill & Alexander Gerber

H6 (Paper)

Defining public attitudes and understanding of human gene therapy in Australia
Author: Michel Watson 

National surveys: if you're going to bother, bother hard!
Author: Rod Lamberts
Co-author: Lyndal Byford 


Parallel session I

I1 (Roundtable) Talking about values in science communication
Author: Fabien Medvecky  
Co-authors: Massimiano Bucchi, Joan Leach, Michael Dahlstrom

I3 (Roundtable) Creating the stories together
Author: Jan Riise 
Co-authors: Jenni Metcalfe, Alexander Gerber, Yael Barel 

I4 (Paper) If you want to go far, go together – partnerships to create African science centres
Author: Graham Walker