13th International Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference

5-8 MAY, 2014

13th. PCST exceeds expectations in its first edition in Latin America

The 13th edition of the International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST 2014) brought together researchers and practitioners from 49 countries to discuss social inclusion and political engagement with science. With 507 registrants, the event was held from 5th to 8th May at the Convention Center of Hotel Pestana in Salvador, Bahia. This was the first time in 25 years that the conference has been held in Latin America and the response could not be more positive: 56% of the participants were representatives of Latin American countries, with the largest number coming from Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. Europe followed in second place with 26% of participants, Asia (6%), U.S. and Canada with 5%, Africa 4%, 3% and Oceania Middle East with 1%.

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Among the participants enrolled, 61% are from developing countries. Brazil, Mexico and the UK were the countries with most papers presented. In total, the 13th PCST counted with the 342 abstracts in its scientific programme presented in 14 simultaneous sections (access to abstracts:
http://www.pcst-2014.org/images/abstract_13thpcst.pdf). Researchers from many disciplines have been involved in the organization of the 319 activities that were distributed in 4 plenary sessions, 53 panels, 170 oral presentations, 60 posters, 15 videos, 6 artistic performances and also two pre-event workshops.

The 13th edition of the event also had, for the first time, elections for members of the scientific committee. The results were announced at the closing ceremony on the 8th of May and on the next day, the new committee has elected Brian Trench, from Ireland, to be the President of PCST Network.

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The presence on social media was also noteworthy. The PCST 2014 page on Twitter had about 200 followers and almost 600 comments. On Facebook, the main conference received over 700 "likes". In Instagram, the photo-sharing app, 291 publications were posted with the hashtag #pcst2014, of which 121 images came from the official account PCST and 170 were published by the participants of the event who collaborated using the # pcst2014. The service counted 702 “likes” made by the account followers.

eneral information on the event can still be accessed at this website. Moreover, the news about the sections, photographs and videos taken by the organizing team as well as the participating public during the event are available on the PCST blog (http://softwarelivre.org/pcstbr/blog).

With success of public, media and a high quality of work discussed, the organizers of the PCST 2014 conference concluded the week in Salvador with an invitation for the next edition, to be held within two years. It will be in April 2016, in Istanbul, Turkey. The news about the event can be followed at the site http://pcst2016.org/. The theme for this next edition is "communication of science in the digital age".