Science Communication Network for the Pacific tabled at workshop

16 March 2001 - Nine participants in a Canberra workshop (Australia) have proposed the establishment of a science communication network for the Pacific.

The four-day February workshop on Science Communication in Small Island States was organized jointly by the Centre for Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University in Canberra and the Committee on Science and Technology in Developing Countries (COSTED).

The workshop was funded by UNESCO and attended by nine participants representing radio, television and print organizations in Pacific Island countries.

In a statement issued at the end of the workshop, the participants expressed interest in a science communication network for the Pacific to be set up under the auspices of UNESCO.

Such a network would help science communication in the developing world, particularly in the small island countries, to bridge the gap between science and society.