Read our new feature interview with Ceri Davies:Engaging with Social Justice

Ceri Davies is a Research Director at NatCen, a social research institute, where she leads a portfolio of policy-related research on topics of civil society. Ceri holds the concept of ‘Social justice’ centrally to her practice. In conversation with Siân Aggett, Ceri speaks candidly about her experiences. She outlines some of the tensions that working from a strong value base creates when working within an academic institution with its own traditions and pressures around knowledge production (research) and productivity. Read the whole interview here.


News from the field

Wellcome Global Monitor


The Wellcome Trust is funding the ‘Wellcome Global Monitor’, a global study into how over 140,000 people from over 140 countries feel about science and health challenges. This evidence will help Wellcome and other foundations, researchers and policy makers around the world to promote debate, and frame proposals for action to improve engagement and trust in science and healthcare. The full report and dataset will be available from June 2019, and a Mesh article about the project will be posted in the new year. Find out more here.
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Thailand’s first Three Minutes Thesis (3MT) competition

On 12 December 2018 the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) and the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Vietnam collaborated to host Thailand’s first Three Minutes Thesis (3MT) competition. The 3MT format challenges participants to present their research in just 180 seconds in an engaging way that can be understood by an audience with no background in their area of science. Read the article here.
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Upcoming Events

Science in Public Conference

10 - 12 July 2019 | Manchester, UK

The 13th annual Science in Public conference will provide an innovative, engaging, and creative interdisciplinary space to explore the intersection of science and publics. Taking place from Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 July 2019, the theme for the conference is ‘the global and the local’; the organisers hope to increase engagement between practitioners and researchers locally, nationally, and globally whilst also thinking through the implications of science communication and practice on the different scales we are often expected to and need to work on. The conference is open to variety of formats and content, which means that the sub-themes of the conference will be driven by the submissions received. 

The call for proposals is now open until 29 March 2019. Make your submission here.

Cost: £99 for one day; £239 for the full 3 day conference. For students and representatives of community groups there is a reduced fee of £59 (one day) and £169 (3 days).

A limited number of bursaries will be available for early career, students, low income attendees or people travelling from the Global South. Details of these will be posted soon.

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11th World Conference of Science Journalists

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS IN SCIENCE JOURNALISM: 1-5 July 2019 | Lausanne, Switzerland 
Our highest priority is to bring together professionals and students in science journalism and science writing from around the world to exchange ideas and skills, to build networks and so to foster quality science journalism and collaboration on a global scale. WCSJ2019 is not just an adventure for its own sake. It is part of a wider push to enable science journalists to take responsibility and fulfil their role in society. Our quest for new heights extends beyond the global community of science journalists to scientists, politicians and decision-makers as well as the public at large.

The call for session proposals is now closed. Registration for the conference will open in January 2019

WCSJ2019 and the WFSJ are delighted to offer International Travel Fellowships for attendees from all around the world. These fellowships are intended to enable those who otherwise could not attend. Applications are open for the Balkan Workshop only: 

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Click here for more events taking place over the coming months