Catch a Webinar on Community Arts for Health Partnerships in African Settings

23 May 2017, 1.00 - 2.00pm BST

This free webinar, will look at two arts for health partnerships in African settings. This first part of this webinar will discuss an arts for health partnership responding to one of the world’s fastest-growing health problems, Diabetes. The second half will discuss how ingrained traditions such as pottery and dance can improve health and social exclusion.   

Chaired by:
Prof. Aliko Ahmed FFPH, Public Health England and African Artists Foundation

Jill Sonke, Center for Arts in Medicine, University of Florida, United States
Victoria Hume and Tshegofatso Seabi, Health Communication Research Unit, University of Wittswatersrand, South Africa

Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference Registration Open

19th - 21st June 2017, Bristol, UK

Registration closes: 5pm 31st May

This conference will showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. It will encourage discussion of the role of arts and creativity in healing, care and wellbeing and facilitate dialogue between researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

As part of the conference Mesh Coordinator Georgia Bladon will join Jill Sonke from the Centre for Arts in Medicine, USA and Ian Thomas, Head of Evaluation and Arts, British Council for a debate titled "What’s the Big Picture? Arts and Global Health".

Three-day tickets: £450
One day tickets: £150

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Video making: How to translate a story into a video

Dates: 27 & 28 June 2017

Location: In or around Utrecht, The Netherlands

The art of video making is to how to translate a verbal story into a visual story. How does a good video story look like? How to develop a story? How do you do that? During this training participants will develop a simple video story of two minutes. Practicals in storyboard development, camera exercises and video editing are included in the process. Participants have to bring their own camera and laptop. 

Price: 495 Euro, Early birds who register before the 20th May, 2017, a reduction of 50 Euro will be given.

For more information contact Simon Koolwijk or visit the website

Facilitating participatory video storytelling in complex environments

Dates: 6 & 7 July, 2017

Location: In or around Utrecht, The Netherlands

Participatory video is a method which brings stakeholders together and helps them to visualize complex issues for dialogue. Participatory video is a process which helps the group to make their own film, enabling them and the system to accelerate change. The approach contributes to learning process of the stakeholders and it builds bridges to work jointly on sustaining change. During the training participants will work on a case study and jointly develop a story, enabling them to look on a visual way for a solution. The story will be composed to a 3 – 8 minute video. Each step of the process will be used for dialogue and learning, so that it provides insight for the participants on how it can be used for monitoring and evaluation. Participants have to bring their own laptop and camera. Read more >>> Facilitating participatory video storytelling

Price: 495 Euro, Early birds who register before the 27th May, 2017, a reduction of 50 Euro will be given

For more information contact Simon Koolwijk or visit the website

Science Communication and Bionics Degree at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Science - 50 tuition-fee-free places for foreign students (in particular from low- and middle-income countries)

Deadline: 30th June each year

The three-year English-language science communication course at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences runs from September of each year and applications can be submitted between May and the 30th June. The University offers up to 50 tuition-free places each year to students outside of Germany with the aim of opening up a field that has been criticised for being Eurocentric to applicants from low and middle income countries.

The course compares the internationally very different systems of media, culture, science and policy-making and offers special language training, be it in English, German or other languages, in addition to their normal courses on writing and ethics. 

In addition to learning the tools of trade of science and technology journalism, public relations and marketing, students study the political side of science, including risk communication, public affairs and lobbying.

More course Informtaion here.

Article on the course and scholarship opportunities on SciDev.Net here.