New Online Resources 

LITERATURE: Engaging 'Communities': Anthropological Insights from the West African Ebola Epidemic

This article, by Wilkinson et al. 2017, deconstructs notions of 'community', and the ways it is conceptualised and understood, in order to critically reflect upon methods of engaging 'communities' during the west African Ebola epidemic in 2014. Click here to read the paper.

PROJECT REPORT: It's Ok To Talk, Insights from a Youth Mental Health Public Engagement Programme in India

It's Ok to Talk is an adolescent and youth-focused programme (2016-17) with the aims of increasing awareness about mental health and well-being, so that young people feel able to engage in dialogue on mental health, and to seek and get help. The It's Ok to Talk programme comprises three core activities: It's Ok to Talk website, events and workshops, and a social media campaign. Click here to read about the project.

LITERATURE: Young People's Views of Science Education in England

The Wellcome Trust's Science Education Tracker is a survey of young people's attitudes toward, and experiences of, science education and careers. The findings from this survey informed multiple reports designed to provide evidence on a range of key indicators for science engagement, education, and career aspirations. Click here to find out more information.

VIDEO: Watch a Livestream of the Clade X Pandemic Tabletop Exercise

On 15th May 2018, the John Hopkins Center for Heath Security hosted Clade X, a pandemic tabletop exercise. The exercise was designed to illustrate high-level strategic decisions and policies needed to prevent a severe pandemic or diminish its consequences should prevention fail. Click here for more about Clade X and the livestream video. 


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News from the Field

Commissioning Authors for Science Communication Book

Australian National University (ANU) Press are commissioning authors for a book on the emergence of modern science communication across the world. The book will contain 20 chapters setting out the path of 20 countries; recording major events, debates, activities, and people in science communication over the last 60 years. ANU Press are particularly interested in recruiting authors for chapters which tell the story of countries in Africa, the Middle-East, Asia, and Latin America. Chapter submissions are due 1st November 2018. Contact Toss Gascoigne for more details: 

Highlights from PCST Conference 2018: Science, Stories and Society

The Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) conference, which took place in April, placed particular foci on telling stories and how to utilise the arts to connect science and society. This blog, written by WFSJ board member, shares some of the highlights of the conference as well as key themes discussed, including: storytelling through comedy, the medium of music, and the power of unedited videos.Click here to read the full blog. 
A full list of PCST conference papers can be found here.

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E-Learning Opportunities

Research Engagement, Participation and Impact 

Duration: 11 weeks (8 hours/wk) | Cost £500

University College London (UCL) and the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) are offering an online course in Research Engagement, Participation and Impact. Trainees will learn about why and how to involve the public, and other stakeholders, in the creation, oversight, design, conduct, and interpretation of research. This course is suited to those planning a career in research or policy; or to experienced researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in public and voluntary services.
Click here for more information.

Head over to our e-learning page for a full list of online courses signposted by Mesh. You will find a range of e-learning opportunities: from science journalism and media writing, to medicine adherence and outbreak preparedness.
Find out more here.

Upcoming Events

PERFORM Project Conference: The Art of Science Learning
14th - 15th June | UNESCO, Paris, France | FREE

PERFORM explores the participatory educational processes in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through the performing arts. The goal: to create performances that bring together science research and societal values. Sessions at the conference will explore: stand-up comedy, YouTube, public speaking, performing arts in teaching/learning in STEM, and much more. Click here for more information. 

International ECSA (European Citizen Science Association) Conference
3rd - 5th June | Geneva, Switzerland | 350

The second ECSA conference will take place in Geneva with approx. 400 participants from all over the world. The conference's keynote paper is entitled "Citizen Science? Rethinking Science and Public Participation", and other sessions will cover topics as broad as Education and Learning, Games Workshops, International Networks, Storytelling, and more. Click here for more information. 

Calls for Submissions now open for the NCCPE Engage 2018 Conference
29th - 30th November 2018 | Edinburgh, UK

The annual NCCPE conference will be taking place in November this year on the theme of "Framing new futures for public engagement". The conference will look back over the past 10 years of engagement and explore future visions for public engagement. Submissions for papers are now open. Click here to find out more.


Click here for more events taking place over the coming months


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