25 Trailblazers: Celebrating your public engagement project

Are you proud of a piece of work where you’ve engaged the public, patients or community groups with research? Could your project be an inspiration to others? Wellcome are searching for examples of great public engagement, large and small, from across the globe. Please tell them about your work or nominate another strong example hereThe deadline for submissions is 8 November 2019

In Our Voices: Health and Resilience along the Thai-Myanmar border 

Featuring powerful images from Shoklo Malaria Research Unit’s (SMRU) Suphak Nosten, In Our Voices combines visual and written stories to narrate the lives of people living along the Thai-Myanmar border and highlight their health concerns and challenges. The photo exhibition is running until 27 October 2019 at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre. Find out more about the opening event and partners here

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

NIH research into the ethical challenges faced by community research workers

Image: Visa Tyakaray

Researchers at the National Institute of Health in U.S. are exploring the practical and ethical challenges faced by ‘community research workers’ or ‘field workers’ in health research programmes. They're in the process of reviewing the literature and are appealing for help. Does your programme have a different title for this role? Do you have policies or reports about their work that you could share? Please get in touch with Annette Rid at the Department of Bioethics, NIH (

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