Funding: Africa COVID-19 Rapid Fund launched

South Africa's National Research Foundation (NRF) and other international partners have launched an Africa specific funding opportunity which has a strand for science and health journalists and communicators as well as a science engagement practitioners. Closing date: 17th June 2020. For more information click HERE

New Report: Five "P"s to Watch in COVID-19 vaccine research

U.S-based non-profit AVAC, has published a new report Five “P”s to Watch: Platforms, process, partnerships, payers and participatory practices that drive vaccine development which tells the story of how HIV vaccine research is making the search for a COVID-19 vaccine faster, safer and more inclusive. Download it HERE

Community Engagement in the response to COVID-19

Public and community engagement will continue to be central to both the healthcare and biomedical research response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are building a dedicated area on our exisitng Epidemics theme page to gather resources to support engagement activities. Visit it HERE

Webinar: Surviving and Thriving in Science 2020 

Join an interactive conversation with three scientists from the SANTHE network covering a range of gender equity topics including surviving bias and stereotypes and facing the challenges of work and life during COVID-19. 1st June 2020 3pm SAST. Register HERE

Call out to Researchers: Virtual Residency with artists

Fuel and Queen Mary University of London, UK, are seeking proposals from scientists whose research focuses on Global and Public Health to take part in a virtual residency with a curated pool of artists, resulting in 3 new creative projects that engage the public in their research. Deadlline for applications 1st June 2020. Find out more HERE

Article: COVID-19 app is the best way to reach marginalised communities

In this new article Gill Black, Director of SLF, argues that although priorities have been set to address COVID-19 in South Africa, a dedicated effort to engage marginalised communities on the disease and its prevention is absent. She suggests there is an urgency to fill this gap through a focused, accurate and reliable mobile intervention. Read more HERE

Calling all science engagement initiatives!

Could your project become the Falling Walls Science Engagement of the Year 2020? All forms of science engagement and outreach projects that break the wall between science and society can apply. Enter the competition to get the chance to present your project to an audience of global leaders in Berlin, Germany. Deadline for applications: 15th June 2020. Apply HERE

Guide: Meaningful engagement online 

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, UK National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement has crowd-sourced a guide to creating and running virtual meetings and events. The guide draws on the expertise in our sector around online engagement and aims to help us all develop meaningful and valuable experiences online. Download it 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: