Wellcome International Engagement Workshop 2018 

9th - 11th October 2018 | Ninh Binh, Vietnam | Invite-only


This 2018 Wellcome International Engagement Workshop will focus on how the field of engagement can be developed through strong leadership and evolving capacity. The workshop will explore different strategies, roles and types of leadership within engagement and look at the successes and challenges faced by the international engagement network.

Please note that this workshop is invite-only. If you are interested in capacity building and leadership in engagement, we will be sharing content from the sessions on Mesh after the workshop, for everyone to access. Look out for this towards the end of this year.

Click here for content related to the workshop, including a collection of resources and materials that discuss and address the topics of capacity building and leadership.


Evidence 2018 Conference

25th - 28th September 2018 | CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa

This regional conference, organised by Africa Evidence Network, aims to encourage and promote evidence-based decision-making. It brings together a variety of stakeholders interested in the production and use of evidence for decision-making, including representatives from government, civil society, universities, and the private sector. Discussions will focus on 4 main areas: quality education, communicable disease, climate resilience, and good governance. This conference is for anyone interested in evidence, its production, and use in decision-making. The conference will bring together approx. 350 participants, including students, academics and researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from universities, NGOs, government and the private sector. 

Cost: ZAR 7,755pp 

Click here for more information on the conference.

SciCOM 100 Conference 2018 - Science Communication Research Conference

5th - 7th November 2018 | Stellenbosch, South Africa

The theme of this conference will be 'Science Communication in a Democratic South Africa: Prosepcts and Challenges'. The purpose of the conference is to stimulate interest, create networks, and develop local capacity in science communication research. The conference will provide a platform for local researchers to present research projets of relevance to science communication. A number of global thought leaders in science communication research have also been invited to participate. The conference is organised and hosted by the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technolohy (CREST) at Stellenbosch University. 

There will be a pre-conference workshop on 2nd November on Science Communication Initiative, led by Dr Eric Jensen from Warwick University, UK. 

There will also be a post-conference workshop on 8th November, which will be an Introduction to Research Approaches in Science Communication Research, led by Prof Martin Bauer (London School of Economics), Prof Dietram Scheufele (University of Wisonsin-Madison), and Prof Rodrigo Costas (Leiden University), 

Cost: R 3,500 pp (incl. VAT). Pre- and Post- conference workshops are an extra R 1,000 each. (Discounts available for delegates who register for more than 1 event). 

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 International Conference: "Science & You"

15th - 17th September 2018 | Beijing, China

Call for proposals NOW OPEN. Early bird ticket deadline: 15th July 2018/

The theme for this conference is "Knowing, sharing, caring: new insights for a diverse world". Science & You promotes and valorises the culture of science. The conference wants to acknowledge the diversity of contexts, publics, research, strategies and new insights, because it aims to be a place of sharing, exchanges, discussions and debates. The conference programme will offer 2 days of keynote speakers, parallel sessions and #scicomm workshops. 

Cost: $350 (early bird), $400 (standard)

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Global Symposium on Health Systems Research: Advancing Health Systems for All in the SDG Era

8th - 12th October 2018 | Liverpool, UK

The Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, organised by Health Systems Global (HSG), will bring together approximately 2,000 people involved in health systems and policy research and practice. The theme this year will be: Advancing Health for All in the SDG Era. It will advance conversations on new ways of financing health; delivering services; and engaging the health workforce, new social and political alliances, and new applications of technologies to promote health for all. One of the main foci of the symposium will be: Community Health Systems. It will look at the importance of community participation and ask 'How should health systems engage communities to achieve universal coverage?'. 

Early bird cost: £210 (HSG member from LMIC); £280 (non-HSG member from LMIC)

Early bird registration close on 31st August 2018. Click here to register. 

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NCCPE Engage 2018

29th - 30th November 2018 | Edinburgh, UK

Call for Submissions open NOW OPEN, contact

The theme for the 2018 NCCPE (National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement) Conference will be ‘Framing new futures for public engagement’. The conference will look back over the past 10 years of engagement to take stock of lessons learned, and consider what’s next for engagement. The conference will explore: visions for public engagement (e.g. how the landscape continues to morph/change, what will it look like 10 years from now, what opportunities are currently missing), personal journeys (an opportunity to share stories and experiences of engagement), and perspectives on practice ( exploring how to make engagement work better).

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PERFORM Project Conference: The Art of Science Learning

June 14 - 15, 2018 | UNESCO, Paris


PERFORM explores the participatory educational processes in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through performing arts in France, Spain and the UK. Science busking, stand-up comedy and clowning provide a platform for involvement between early career researchers, secondary school students and teachers. 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 STEM and much more.

Cost: FREE

Click here to register.

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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.

PhotoVoice Training for Academic Courses and Institutions

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In response to demand, PhotoVoice had adapted the above course specifically for a university setting and are now in a position to offer a bespoke training service in PhotoVoice as a Participatory Action Research and Community-based Participatory Research tool drawing upon Participatory Action Research and Community-based Participatory Research models.

The PhotoVoice team will happily provide detailed and tailored support for your institution’s department or individual research project, by training existing staff or student groups, developing unique materials relevant to your research, and devising a strategic approach to implementing participatory research projects. 

This can be run over 1 or 3 days.

Structure Example

Day 1 – Participatory photography as a research tool, visual literacy and image dialogue and elicitation, representation and empowerment

Day 2 – workshop planning and design including recruitment, the role of the facilitator, risk, creating safe programmes

Day 3 – Image data and analysis, working with text, ethical and informed consent, outputs and subsequent activities

Cost: 1-day course for up to 12 participants  £1750 + VAT, plus direct costs 
         3-day course for up to 12 participants  £5000 + VAT, plus direct costs