The emergence of modern science communication

Abstract: Science communication is a relatively new construct.  The last 40 years has seen the emergence and growth of university departments undertaking research and training, the construction of interactive science centres, and new career pathways in science communication.  What caused this surge of interest?  Why did modern science communication emerge in countries around the world at about the same time?  What were the key events, the causal factors?

This discussion will outline a new international study involving 16 countries round the world (including the UK and Ireland).  The initial results will be presented in 16 papers at the PCST Conference in Salvador, Brazil in May 2014.

Speaker:  Toss Gascoigne, President, PCST Network

Toss Gascoigne  is the inaugural President of the PCST Network, an international group promoting the public communication of science and technology.  He is a former executive director of advocacy bodies representing Australian researchers, and is interested in the linkages between researchers and government.  He has published on subjects ranging from the history of science communication in Australia, to an examination on the status of science communication as a discipline; and edited books on science communication.

Date, Time and Location:
Wednesday 30th April 2014,
Venue: STC.314, St Clement's, LSE