Bursaries for PCST Conference attendance: Apply now!

The next Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Conference is being held in Aberdeen in May 2020. Wellcome has partnered with PCST 2020 to provide a limited number of bursaries to support attendance. The deadline for applications is 12th December. Information on eligibility, the application process and where to direct queries can be found here

New! Mesh e-Learning course: The Practice and Ethics of Participatory Visual Methods 

We are delighted to announce the launch our first Mesh eLearning course on the Global Health Training Centre. This free online modular course includes a wealth of practical tips and examples of inspiring visual methods that you can implement in your community engagement activities. The course was compiled by Gill Black (Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation) and Mary Chambers (Oxford University Clinical Research Unit). Find out more here

Exhibition: Beyond the Body - a portrait of autopsy 


Catch the final week of this art exhibition which explores the narratives of people involved in post mortem procedures depicting ethical dilemmas presented by the practice of examining the body across different cultures. A collaboration between Social Scientist Halina Suwalowska and artist Anna Suwalowska, the exhibiton is on at The Jam Factory in Oxford, UK until 25th November 2019.

New online Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science Communication 

Featured in Mesh's eLearning directory! The Science Communication Unit at UWE Bristol in UK has recently announced the launch of a new entirely-online course to enable you to develop your Science Communication expertise while maintaining existing commitments, wherever you are in the world. They are recruiting students to start the programme in January 2020. Find out more here

What is Mesh? Watch our introduction and site tour 

Find out what Mesh is and why it exits, how it might be useful to you and take a tour of the site by watching our new video. The webinar was given to the H3Africa Study Co-ordinators and Community Engagement Working Group earlier this year. Please use it at your events!

New on Mesh: Could we develop a finer grained analysis of research impact? 

In this article Marco HaenssgenAssistant Professor in Global Sustainable Development at the University of Warwick, proposes a more comprehensive and balanced approach for the evaluation of public engagement, drawing on evaluation criteria commonly used in aid evaluation. Read it here

New paper: A Realist Review of Community Engagement with Health Research

With an initial focus on malaria research in low- and middle-income countries, the REAL team are carrying out fascinating research work exploring how and why community engagement contributes to both intended and unintended outcomes in different global contexts. Read their full study protocol paper now available on Wellcome Open Research. Please get in touch with Robin Vincent for more information

Innovative engagement projects in Cambodia and Kenya receive Oxford's Public Engagement with Research Award 


Congratulations to the community engagement teams at Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) and KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) for their Public Engagement with Research Awards

Read more about MORU's drama project, that helped spread the word about vaccines in remote villages in Cambodia, here

Read more about KWTRP's School Engagement Programme, that brings science and health research to Kenyan schools, here




The Practice and Ethics of Participatory Visual Methods for Community Engagement in Public Health and Health Science

 This new Mesh eLearning course is now available on the Global Health Training Centre here.

The 8-module course has been developed for use by engagement practitioners who are relatively new to the field of participatory visual methods and want to learn more about what they are and how to work with them. It is most fitting for those who already have some experience in facilitating participatory processes or in using qualitative research methods. The course also aims to support health science researchers who wish to include visual methods when engaging local communities and wider publics in their work.

Access the course for free: