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Asia & Australasia

Science Film Festival

7 October - 23 December 2019 | 20 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa

The Science Film Festival is a celebration of science communication in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America: In cooperation with local partners it promotes science literacy and facilitates awareness of contemporary scientific, technological and environmental issues through international films with accompanying educational activities. The festival presents scientific issues accessibly and entertainingly to a broad audience and demonstrates that science can be fun. The event has grown considerably since its first edition in 2005, becoming the largest event of its kind worldwide.

In 2019, the event takes place internationally in over 20 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa from October 07 to December 23.

The Science Film Festival is currently open to submissions until March, 22. There are no submission fees.

More about the festival here

Praxis Annual International Commune on Participatory Development

14 - 19 October 2019 | Jaipur, India

TheWorkshop2019 - the 22nd Praxis International Commune On Participatory Development, is being organised in Jaipur, Rajasthan, from 14th - 19th October 2019. The six-day commune includes sessions on thematic areas as well as field exposure to help participants be exposed to and experience participatory methods. This is in addition to discussions, evening talks and more. 

TheWorkshop is great opportunity to learn about participatory development. While the first module is a more introductory one that focuses on basics, for the others, it may be good to have participants who have been exposed to participatory methods.

The modules* on offer this year include:

1. Participatory Methods & Approaches,
2. Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation,
3. Participatory Action Research and
4. Community Based Due-diligence of Businesses

*the two most subscribed modules will be run

Fees for international participants: 1,150 Euro
Medium of communication: English

The last day for early bird discount is 15 July 2019. Please see the website for more details: 


Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning: "Learning To Stay Alive To Change"

14-18 Oct 2019 | Cape Town, South Africa

15-19 Jul 2019 | Nairobi, Kenya

3-7 Jun 2019 | Jo’burg, South Africa 

13-17 May 2019 | Harare, Zimbabwe


Monitoring and evaluation, when done well, can assist organisations in improving their practice and effectiveness. But often, M&E is set up to fail, unintentionally. As we become more technically sophisticated at capturing lots of data, we can easily lose sight of what really matters.  This course will assist you in getting the basics right, so that you can comply with the demand for quantitative data, whilst at the same time providing you with a more developmental way of doing PM&E that is focused on continuous reflection and learning in order to improve future practice and achieve more sustainable impact. 

Who is this course for?

This 5-day course attracts a diverse group of practitioners in the public and NGO sector. Practitioners linked to institutions of higher learning and independent consultants have also found the course valuable. It is a course aimed at practitioners with some previous experience in M&E or for people with experience in social development processes who are keen to design M&E processes that foster learning and those wanting to refresh their understanding of PMEL processes, politics and practice.

The course fees for Kenya and Zimbabwe are USD 800.

Course fees for courses in South Africa: 

  • Community Organisations - negotiable
  • Local NGOs, Government and Individuals - R6000 (excl. VAT)
  • International NGOs, Donor organisations and Corporates - R7500 (excl. VAT)

The course fees cover the workshop tuition, learning materials, lunches and teas. Travel, all other meals and accommodation are the responsibility of the participants. Participants are granted a Certificate of Attendance upon successful completion of the course.

Science Forum South Africa

12-14 December 2019 | Pretoria, South Africa


Igniting Conversations About Science

SFSA2019 positions itself between an academic / research conference (where research papers are presented) and a science engagement meeting (where science is made popular, often with a focus on the youth).

SFSA2019 is, therefore, a celebration of science, technology, and innovation where we ignite conversations about science on the middle ground between academics, policy, and popular science engagement.

Attendance is free, including lunch, but SFSA does not provide travel and accommodation support. Online registration, opening from 23 July 2018, is required for planning purposes.

International Social and Behaviour Change Communication Summit

30 March - 3rd April 2020 | Marrakesh, Morocco

The International Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) Summit 2020 will be held March 30 through April 3, 2020 in Morocco and will be the largest international event for the SBCC field.

The Summit will be a space for making new connections and developing partnerships, sharpening cutting-edge insights and advancing innovations in the SBCC field — all to facilitate our collective effort to decrease inequity, improve health and amplify voices by building informed, engaged and empowered societies in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The vision for the Summit is Strength in Diversity. Three main themes will be Catalyzing Transformational Change in Areas of Urgency, which considers such topics as climate change, health access and equity and humanitarian efforts; Taking Stock, a look at what we have learned from the past and what to take going forward; and Connecting the Dots, which explores ways to further increase collaboration, learning, skill sharing and capacity building, creative collective action, and sharing within the field.

Find out more here


Engage 2019

4 & 5 December 2019 | Bristol, England

Engage is the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement's (NCCPE) annual conference. It provides an opportunity for all those interested in public engagement in higher education to come together, to be inspired, challenged and refreshed.

Engage 2019 will take place on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th December at the City Marriott Hotel in Bristol.

Bookings for Engage 2019 will open on Monday 9th September. Find out more here

Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference

26-28 May 2020 | Aberdeen, Scotland

The PCST 2020 Conference brings together scientists, researchers and practitioners working in the field of public communication of science and technology. This year's theme is Time, Technology and Transformation.

The conference will be hosted in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK from 26 to 28 May 2020, and delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in the University's annual public engagement festival MayFest. 

Abstract submissions for PCST 2020 close on 12 October 2019. More information on submissions is available here

European Science Engagement Conference 2020 

16-17 April 2020 | Cork, Ireland

The European Science Engagement Conference annually unites an international community of science communication and public engagement professionals. The main goal of this conference is to offer all practitioners in the field a Pan-European platform to expand their networks and enhance their skills via inspiring keynotes, interactive sessions and co-creative workshops. The conference aims to discuss relevant topics, funding programs and formats mainly related to the areas of public engagement and science communication.

The next conference will be held in Cork, Ireland from 16-17 April 2020 with pre-conference events including the Irish FameLab Finals on 15 April.

Since the venue of #EUSEA2020 will be the renowned Cork Music School they have chosen a conference-topic related to this very special location:

Conducting Public Engagement in Times of Dissonances

The call for proposals is now closed, the conference programme will be published in January 2020 here