Take part in the UNICEF Minimum Standards for Engagement Consultation: Closing 17th December!

UNICEF Communication for Development is seeking comment on draft minimum standards for community engagement and indicators for measurement for development and humanitarian practice. The ‘Development of Minimum Quality Standards and Indicators for Community Engagement Project’ emerges from a growing consensus on the need for improved evaluation and measurement of the impacts of community engagement, particularly in the wake of lessons learned during the 2014 – 16 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa. Through a wide-ranging consultative process, and building on current practice and evidence, UNICEF is currently developing a framework for community engagement that will support implementation of high quality, evidence-based community engagement in the development and humanitarian sector. As a Mesh member, you're invited to take part in this consultation! Join the group to find out more and give your feedback before the deadline on Monday 17th December!

Explore the new 'Learning & Training' area of Mesh

We've been updating the way Mesh is organised, including a brand new 'Learning & Training' area. This includes e-learning opportunities, training and courses, and conferences and workshops from science journalism and media writing, to medicine adherence and outbreak preparedness. Find your next training opportunity here.

Projects and Literature

Actors & Doctors: Staging Public Health Matters

The Natya Shastra, an ancient Indian treatise on theatre written around 140 BC, argues that the main aim of theatre should be to educate whilst entertaining. This belief is central to the Actors & Doctors: Staging Public Health Matters project.

The project aimed to increase awareness of and engagement with complex public health concerns such as mental, environmental and sexual health. Implemented in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, by the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, the project also aimed to examine the effectiveness of cross-disciplinary collaborative frameworks by bringing together doctors, public health professionals and actors in a creative environment. Read more about this exciting project here.


Head over to our resources page for a list of project reports, published literature and other content.

Upcoming Events


European Science Engagement Conference

9 - 10 May 2019 | Vienna, Austria


The European Science Engagement Association's annual conference will take place in Vienna, Austria, in May 2019. 

Cultures of (Science)Communication will be the main focus of #EUSEA19. For the first time, three partners will join to create an excellent program: The conference will be co-organized by EUSEA, OPEN SCIENCE and SCIENCE CENTER NETWORK. Based on your proposals and ideas we will develop two days filled with lively discussions, swirling debates, inspiring talks and challenging sessions.

The call for proposals is open until 7 January 2019, submit ideas here: http://www.eusea.info/call

Cost: EUR 400 for non-members, EUR 300 for members, EUR 150 for students. Registration open from February 2019.


Realist Research and Evaluation Workshop

4 - 8 March 2019 | Charles Darwin University, NSW, Australia

This intensive workshop will introduce participants to the philosophical assumptions of a realist philosophy of science and their implications for understanding how policies and programs work. Participants will develop skills in designing and implementing realist research and evaluation, from developing initial questions through to final reporting. The workshop also covers realist review, the realist approach to systematic literature reviews and rapid realist review. 


Click here for more events taking place over the coming months