In 2014, the University of Otago's Centre for Science and Communication set its sights on bringing the world’s largest and most significant conference in the field of science communication to New Zealand - The Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference (PCST).

The conference was highly praised by participants. They especially liked the setting and the relaxed atmosphere. Some even said that it was the best conference of any type that they had attended.

Lloyd Spencer Davis

The successful conference bid by the University's Stuart Professor of Science Communication, Lloyd Spencer Davis, with the support of Tourism New Zealand, Tourism Dunedin and the Conference Assistance Programme, saw Dunedin win the right to host PCST 2018.

Science communicators from around the globe gathered in Dunedin in April 2018, putting New Zealand on the map in the world of science communication and bringing an estimated $1.7 million to the local economy.

Dr Fabien Medvecky, President, Science Communicators Association of New Zealand, says: “One of the great advantages of holding an international conference like this in New Zealand is to create and strengthen networks. There’s nothing like face-to-face, and having international conferences on our shores really allows this to happen in meaningful ways.”