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

Programme

 

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Tuesday 3 April

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

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2:30pm - 5:00pm Registration desk opens
St David Lecture Theatre Complex Foyer

 
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

Whose story is it anyway? Participatory approaches to science engagement
Author: Robert Inglis 
AA4 Workshop 
Practical workshops

Landing on reality though a future scenario: a case on responsible research
Author: Nuria Saladie
Co-authors: Gema Revuelta & Carolina Llorente
6:00pm - 7:00pm  Registration desk opens at the The Regent Theatre
 
7:00pm - 10:00pm Gala Opening 
Dr Jennifer Wiseman
The Hubble Space Telescope: Our Window to an Amazing Universe

Venue: The Regent Theatre

Wednesday 4 April | Theme for the Day: Science

Time Session
  Morning Plenary Session moderated by Jenni Metcalfe  
7:30am  Registration and information desk opens
St David Lecture Theatre Complex

8:45am Brian Trench
President's opening remarks
9:00am  Jenni Metcalfe
Introduction
9:05am  Distinguished Professor Tetsuro Matsuzawa
The study of chimpanzee mind in the relation to public communication
9:25am  Plenary Panel: What do Scientists Want from Public Communication?
featuring Dr Jennifer Wiseman, Distinguished Prof Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Dr 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  Parallel session A
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12:00pm  Lunch
1:00pm  Dr Drew Berry
The molecular machines that create your flesh and blood
then interviewed by Associate Prof Rebecca Priestley
1:45pm Parallel session B
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3:00pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm  Parallel session C
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4:45pm - 6:00pm Poster session function

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6:00pm - 7:30pm Function at Tūhura at the Otago Museum
Take the opportunity to experience Otago Museum's world-leading science engagement complex and meet New Zealand's largest team of professional Science Communicators.
  • Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre - This stunning new $2.5M science engagement development has over 45 hands-on interactives, including a giant DNA-inspired helical slide, and a three-story tropical butterfly enclosure. Tūhura uniquely interweaves an indigenous culture narrative with western science, providing visitors with moments-upon-moments of self-discovery and wonderment.
  • Perpetual Guardian Planetarium - This state-of-the-art 360 degree planetarium offers the most immersive way to experience the world around us. Offering the only full dome 3D experience in Australasia, take a ride through a virtual world of wonder.
  • Beautiful Science Gallery - With floor-to-ceiling screens, this laser guided digital gallery brings a whole new dimension to visualizing science.?

Thursday 5 April | Theme for the Day: Stories

Time Session
  Morning Plenary Session moderated by Marina Joubert 
8:45am  Marina Joubert
Introduction 
8:50am Prof Lee Berger
Communicating the science and the discovery of Homo naledi and other human ancestors
9:25am  Plenary Panel: What kinds of stories about science should we tell?
Featuring Prof Lee Berger, Associate Prof Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, Jan Riise & Sofía Otero
10:15am  Morning tea
10:15am  K2 Speakers' corner
  There and back again: A science communicator and researcher's tale
Author: Yael Barel-Ben David
 
Science Communication Strategies in Tertiary Student Recruitment
Author: Tangyao Zhang
 
10:45am  Parallel session D
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12:00pm  Lunch
1:00pm  Prof Lisa Matisoo-Smith
The Powers and Pitfalls of Science Storytelling in the Pacific
then interviewed by Associate Prof Michelle Reidlinger
1:45pm Movement between sessions
1:50pm  Parallel session E
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3:05pm  Afternoon tea
3:30pm  Parallel session F
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4:45pm - 6:00pm Poster session function 
Kindly sponsored by Science Media Centre

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7:00pm  Conference dinner 
Larnach Castle

Dress code: Smart Causal
(ticketed event - FULL)

Friday 6 April | Theme for the Day: Society

Time Session
  Morning Plenary Session moderated by Brian Trench 
8:45am  Prof Maja Horst
Communicating (about) the social responsibility of science
9:05am  Sir Peter Gluckman ONZ FRS
Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand

Knowledge brokerage in an age of rapid technological change
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  Parallel session G
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12:00pm  Lunch 
1:00pm  Nicky Hager
When science clashes with vested interests
then interviewed by Associate Prof Jesse Bering
1:45pm Movement between sessions
1:50pm  Parallel session H
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3:05pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm  Parallel session I
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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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