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

Job opportunity: Freelance Public Engagement Editor and Writer

Oxford University Clinical Research Unit Viet Nam (OUCRU) is currently looking for a Freelance Public Engagement Editor and Writer for 1 year. It is expected that the Freelancer will be based in the UK, or elsewhere, but will need to be able to travel to Ho Chi Minh City for periods during the appointment. Find out more about the opportunity and how to apply here

New funding model to replace the Wellcome Public Engagement Fund 

This autumn Wellcome will be announcing new partnerships that will allocate funding to innovative public engagement projects. To allow them to do so, they have closed the Public Engagement Fund. There is a blog on their website explaining more about the changes

The future of Mesh: Meet our Steering Committee 

We are currently working on an exciting new strategic plan to mark Mesh's 3rd birthday in Autumn 2019. Mesh is governed by a Steering Committee composed of leaders and experts in community engagement based in Africa, Asia, the UK and the USA. This group is providing essential advice and support on the future of the project. Find out about the current members here

New Report: Global expert group highlights need for better community engagement during global health emergencies


An international group of experts in community engagement has identified urgent measures to foster involvement of local communities in emergency research. A workshop held in Dakar, Senegal in March 2019 brought together experts from survivor, policy, research, and implementing organisations with experience of conducting community engagement in research during humanitarian crises. Read the resulting report here and a summary letter from the authors published in the Guardian here

Taking it to the Next Level: How can we generate leadership and develop practice in engagement?

Strong leadership and greater capacity is required for community engagement to reach its full potential and engage as many diverse communities with science as possible. In October 2018, the Wellcome Trust International Engagement Workshop brought together key practitioners, leaders and stakeholders from across Africa and Asia to explore the issue. Discover the new resources here