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New E-Learning: Citizen Science and Scientific Crowdsourcing 

UCL and ExCiteS are running an introductory course to the theory and practice of citizen science and crowdsourcing. The course will explore the history, theoretical foundations, and practical aspects of designing and running citizen science projects. Specific topics include: how to make projects participant centred, ethics and legal issues, and evaluation and policy. Click here to find out more

Engaging 'Communities': Anthropological Insights from the West African Ebola Epidemic

This article, by Wilkinson et al. 2017, deconstructs notions of 'community', and the ways it is conceptualised and understood, in order to critically reflect upon methods of engaging 'communities' during the west African Ebola epidemic in 2014. The article concludes that although the epidemic was brought to an end by changes in transmission-associated practices and collective action, some ‘community engagement’ interventions were not as ‘community’ unifying as is widely reported. Click here to read the full paper. 

New Project Report: It's OK to Talk: Insights from a Youth Mental Health Public Engagement Programme in India

It’s OK to Talk is an adolescent and youth-focused programme started in 2016, which aims to increase awareness about mental health and wellbeing, so that more young people feel able to engage in dialogue on mental health, and seek help. The It's Ok to Talk programme comprised three core activities: It's Ok to Talk website, events and workshops, and a social media campaign. Click here to read the full report.

Watch a Livestream of the Clade X Pandemic Tabletop Exercise

On 15th May 2018, the John Hopkins Center for Health Security hosted Clade X, a pandemic tabletop exercise. The exercise was designed to illustrate high-level strategic decisions and policies needed to prevent a severe pandemic or diminish its consequences should prevention fail. Click here for more about Clade X and to for a link to the livestream video.

Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fund

The Wellcome Trust has a new public engagement strategy and, as a result, in March 2018 they reopened their Public Engagement Fund to reflect this strategic shift. Wellcome has changed elements of how they're running the scheme and what they're looking for. To guide you through the new fund, we have created a Mesh funding guide.

News from the Field

Commissioning Authors for New Science Communication Book

Australian National University (ANU) Press are commissioning authors for a book on the emergence of modern science communication across the world. The book will contain 20 chapters setting out the path of 20 countries; recording major events, debates, activities, and people in science communication over the last 60 years. ANU Press are particularly interested in recruiting authors for chapters which tell the story of countries in Africa, the Middle-East, Asia, and Latin America. Chapter submissions are due by 1st November 2018. Contact Toss Gascoigne for more details: director@tossgascoigne.com.au

Highlights from PCST Conference 2018: Science, Stories and Society

The Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) conference, which took place in New Zealand in April 2018, placed particular focus on telling stories and how to utilise the arts to connect science and society. This blog, written by WFSJ (World Federation of Science Journalists) board member Wolfgang Goede, shares some of the highlights of the conference as well as key themes discussed, including: storytelling through comedy, the medium of music, and the power of unedited videos. Click here to read the full blog

A full list of the PCST conference papers can be found here.  

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