Genome Editing Public Engagement Synergy - 'What Works Conference'

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 11:00AM TO 4:00PM Wellcome, Gibbs Building, London

This free event is the first of three events looking to explore public engagement with genome editing in greater detail. 

The event is for researchers, public engagement professionals and other stakeholders with an interest in or experience of public engagement with genome editing.

Cost: Free

Registration Open for Engage 2017: Exploring Collaboration

Bristol, UK: Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th December 2017

The promise of collaboration is enormous: as a route to sharing expertise and working together to do purposeful work that makes a difference.  For universities, it can be a route to better research and teaching, and to express universities’ commitment to engaging more productively with society.

Recent years have seen a flowering of approaches: from citizen science to co-production; from patient involvement to urban ‘labs’.

Whilst there can be huge benefits, the practice of collaboration can be challenging.  Indeed, challenge can be a key ingredient for healthy partnerships. Engage 2017will take stock of what we are learning about how to realise the promise of collaboration.  Looking across the spectrum of collaborative approaches, it will showcase cutting edge practice and share the latest thinking from within higher education and beyond.

The call for contributions to the conference is now closed however registration is now open until the 24th November. 

Cost: One day - £225.00  Two day - £375.00

Concessionary tickets are available for full-time students or those from community organisations.


Vaccine Hesitant Communities: Call to Mesh users to share materials and advice

One of our Mesh users has set up a discussion on Mesh with the aim of sharing experiences, literature and resources around working in communities where there is vaccine hesitancy. If you have something to share, are doing similar work or have questions around the issue join the group, start a topic and add your ideas and materials to the conversation.

There is also a blog post on the issue on our sister site eMOPs.

News from the Field

Red Cross's Jemilah Mahmood Offers 5 Principles for Improved Community Engagement during Humanitarian Action: Video
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Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, undersecretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies gave the keynote at the Medicine Sans Frontiere annual Scientific Day 2017. Her message was that humanitarian work needs to work far closer with local populations before, during and after humanitarian action. She emphasises five key principles to achieving this all of which would be relevant to those working in engagement with research in low income settings as well as humanitarian aid workers

Journal For Community Engagement: Global Health Communication

Routledge has published the first of its Global Health Communication journal, an open access journal that addresses health questions from multiple perspectives, experiences and cultures. 

The journal creates a space for the international research community to advance scholarship around the role of communication processes in global public health, policy and behavior change. Although focussed in description on "communication" the articles in the first issue include multiple examples of high level community engagement work so it will certainly be of interest to the Mesh community.

Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning course: 
When just ticking boxes no longer makes sense

Visit our upcoming events page to find out more about this intermediate course on evaluation relevant to Mesh audiences taking place in Cape Town, South Africa 6-10 November 2017.

Call for Governments of Latin America to Support Science Communication and Engagement Work

Attendees of RedPop (a network of science communicators across Latin American) plea to the governments of Latin America to support work in science communication instead of cutting funding for science and technology. (Article in Spanish.) 

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Digital Storytelling in Research: A Systematic Review

by Mesh Editorial Team

The Digital storytelling in research is a qualitative report published in February 2017. The paper starts by presenting the history and value of digital story telling as an arts based ...