In 2020 we held some virtual events on current themes to help develop the community engagement sector and generate new ideas and partnerships. The outputs and learning from these events are shared below.

Webinar: Why is it important for health researchers to engage school students?

January 2020

Launching the Mesh School Engagement theme area and Global Health In Focus lecture series, Dr Alun Davies, Schools Engagement Lead at KEMRI|Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya, outlines the goals, methods and outcomes of school engagement as a “win-win” engagement approach for both researchers and students. This lecture draws on experiences and reflections from KEMRI | Wellcome’s School Engagement Programme and from an international practitioners workshop held in 2018. 

Visit our School Engagement theme area for futher resources across a range of approaches and methods HERE

Webinar: Public Engagement and Involvement in Health Research: How well are we doing?

July 2020

This webinar from July 2020 was organised through a collaboration between the International PPI Network, the NIHR Global Health Programme and Mesh.

Speakers asked how well do we really 'do' public engagement and involvement in research in different parts of the world? The UK has a long history of these type of activities, but do they provide the benchmark for best practice? Researchers in South Africa are making significant efforts to tackle the nation’s health challenges and community engagement plays a critical role, but are they approaching it the right way? What can we learn from each other to help us improve? Find out more and watch the videos HERE

Webinar: Engagement at a distance - Sharing Lessions from experience

September 2020

This extended Mesh learning webinar explored the possibilities for community engagement with health research when we cannot meet in person.

We heard from engagement practitioners who have run successful projects that did not rely on meeting face-to-face. Participants learnt top-tips on designing and facilitating virtual events and tried some tools that can be used to enhance interactivity online, whilst meeting other participants in the process. Watch the recording and access all the tools and resources HERE

Workshop: Trusting, Collaborating and Listening - Engaging Public and Communities with Vaccine Studies

September - October 2020

A theme area has been created following a four day Mesh workshop exploring public and community engagement with vaccine research.

This new area the area shares videos, exercises, projects, links to published literature, and many free guidelines and tools. It explores the topic through four themes:

• The role and nature of trust
• The value and challenge of collaboration
• Listening to public and communities
• Supporting strong engagement practice

Discover it HERE