New Resources from the 2017 Wellcome International Engagement Workshop 

In March 2017, in Naivasha, Kenya, the Wellcome Trust hosted a three-day workshop "It’s Complicated: Navigating Scientific Complexity in Public and Community Engagement".

Visit the workshop page on Mesh to delve into the full workshop content or browse by a theme that interests you:
Introduction to Engagement
Visualisation and Metaphor
Schools Engagement and Hands-on Science
Narrative and Storytelling
Social and Cultural Complexity
Engaging with Genetics and Genomics

Contributions Open for Engage 2017: Exploring Collaboration

Bristol, UK: Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th December 2017
The call for contributions to Engage 2017 is open until 30th July 
Workshop contributors
Do you have a great project that you would like to share with delegates? Are you hungry to open a conversation about collaboration around specific purposes? Are you keen to explore the ethics of collaboration, and how these can be negotiated? Are you wanting to consider how universities might collaborate in the future? Whether you work in or with universities we are keen to hear from you.
Poster hosts
Our poster party is a key way to network, and be inspired by some of the excellent work happening across the world. Poster hosts provide a poster about their work, and can also bring interactive elements should they so wish. There is a 2 hour session at Engage where, over drinks and nibbles, delegates can meet the poster hosts, and learn from their work.
To find out more and to apply by 30th July, please see the NCCPE website. Bookings for the conference will open in September.

Evaluating Engagement: Sharing learning from the first Mesh workshop

From 8th-9th March in Naivasha, Kenya, Mesh hosted its first indepth workshop, on evaluating engagement. The workshop, run in collaboration with Kemri-Wellcome and the Global Health Bioethics Network, was attended by a group of participants with extensive and varied experience on the topic and was very well received. The workshop working group are currently collecting together the learning and creating new materials to share with the wider Mesh community. In the meantime, you can read some participant perspectives on the workshop in these blogs or find out about the aims of the workshop here.

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

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.