PhotoVoice Three Day Training Course

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November 22 - 24 2017, Brixton, London, UK

This London based training delivered by organisation ‘PhotoVoice’ is designed to help practitioners working with marginalised groups (those excluded from mainstream provision, policies and opportunities) to deliver tailor made participatory photography and digital story telling projects using the Photo Voice method. The method is aimed at enabling underrepresented people to define and represent the issues that affect them by building photography skills within a supportive group setting.

PhotoVoice's 3-day Training course covers: 

·       A definition of participatory photography

·       Workshop for practitioners that want to learn how to facilitate group discussions

·       Ethics, informed consent and copyright

·       Understanding and working with risk

Cost: £375 for members and £525 for organisations/ non-members (this includes charities, universities and students)

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 

The Living Knowledge 8 Conference (LK8): Budapest



Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary: 30th May to 1st June
Pre Conference Summer School: 28th and 29th May 

Call for Proposals (Deadline 5th of January 2018).

The LK8 Conference is inviting academics, practitioners, activists, social innovators, research funders, science educators and communicators, citizen scientists, policy-makers, non-governmental organisations, artists, interested community groups and citizens to share their views and experience on innovative activities at the science-society interface.

Participants are invited to critically reflect on public engagement challenges, the complex impacts of their science-community partnerships and on social acceptance of research and innovation processes.

The 2018 conference has a particular interest in: action research and action learning, citizen science, community-based research, engaged scholarship, open science, science shops, participatory action research, participatory governance, RRI (responsible research and innovation), and social innovation.

Genome Editing Public Engagement Synergy - 'What Works Conference

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 11:00am to 4:00pm Wellcome, Gibbs Building London.

This event is the first of three events looking to explore public engagement with genome editing in greater detail. 

The event is for researchers, public engagement professionals and other stakeholders with an interest in or experience of public engagement with genome editing.

Cost: Free

The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), working in partnership with the Wellcome Genome Campus (WGC), has been funded by Wellcome to deliver the Genome Editing Public Engagement Synergy (GEPES) programme. The goal is to develop innovation and collective impact in public engagement within genome editing. The aim is to bring together those with experience of engaging (or supporting others to engage) the public in genome editing and related fields, to synthesise learning, create tools to be shared, and to encourage high quality public engagement.

Please click here for more information.

6th  World Congress on Control and the Prevention of HIV/AIDs STIs and STD

October 29-30, 2018, Valencia, Spain.

This annual conference consists of two days of discussions on methods and strategies related to control and prevention of HIV/AIDS, STDs & STIs and the exploration of new ideas at a global scale. 

The theme for STD-HIV/AIDS-2018 is “Enhance competency in HIV Prevention and Care

The conference includes prompt presentations, workshops, exhibitions and key note speakers in the field of health and science. And targets practitioners from across the health care profession including physicians and nurses with a special emphasis on infectious diseases, public health professionals, community health educators, members of academia, and other allied health professionals.

For more information, please click here.


15th International Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference

4–6 April 2018, Dunedin, New Zealand
Science, Stories and Society… the Soul of Science Communication

Deadline for submissions: 11th October Conference Registration Deadline: 

Cost: Rates Vary Please see here (in New Zealand Dollars)

Free Digital Storytelling Webinars

Regularly repeated free and paid for webinar series from the 'Story Centre'

Introduction to digital story tellingFinding a story to share is a journey, often not an easy one. Yet sharing experiences about our lives is immensely rewarding and may even reveal unexpected outcomes. This free webinar is the first step of your unique digital storytelling journey, and a gateway to further explorations of image, sound, and digital media. 

Introduction to public health digital storytelling: Digital Storytelling for Global Health and RightsStorytelling can be a valuable tool for public health researchers and practitioners. Our methods support local community members in sharing first-person narratives and turning them into videos that can be used for training, community mobilization, advocacy, and more. These free, one-hour webinars offer participants a broad introduction to our work in public health, and an understanding of how our public health partnerships work.

Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning course: When just ticking boxes no longer makes sense

Cape Town, South Africa: 6-10 November 2017

The pressure that organisations working in development and social change face to show ‘results’ often ends up undermining our ability to take a step back and look at work with a fresh perspective. Does our M&E framework represent what we are really trying to achieve? Are we bringing learning into practice adequately? Are our partners learning and growing with us? Or are we just ‘ticking the boxes’ with a growing sense of unease and losing track of the deeper questions?

This course will assist you in getting the basics right, so that you can comply with the demand for quantitative data, whilst at the same time providing you with a more developmental way of doing M&E that is focused on continuous learning in order to improve future practice and achieve more sustainable impact.

This 5-day course attracts a diverse group of practitioners in the public and NGO sector, which can include those working in community engagement. The course is aimed at practitioners with some previous experience in M&E who are keen to design M&E processes that foster learning and those willing to refresh their understanding of processes and politics around M&E.

‪Course fees for courses in South Africa are as follows:
Community Organisations - negotiable
Local NGOs, government and freelance individuals - R6000 (excl. VAT)
International NGOs, donor organisations and corporates - R7500 (excl. VAT)

The course fee covers the workshop tuition, learning materials, lunches and teas. Travel, all other meals and accommodation are the responsibility of the participants. ‬‬‬

The course will take place at the CDRA centre, 52-54 Francis Street, Woodstock.

To register, please click here

Any questions about the course can be directed to: 

Engage 2017: Exploring Collaboration

Bristol, UK: Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th December 2017
Call for contributions deadline: 30th July.
A call for contributions is now open. You are invited to nominate yourself as a workshop contributor or as poster host.
Workshop contributors
Do you have a great project that you would like to share with delegates? Are you hungry to open a conversation about collaboration around specific purposes? Are you keen to explore the ethics of collaboration, and how these can be negotiated? Are you wanting to consider how universities might collaborate in the future? Whether you work in or with universities we are keen to hear from you.
Poster hosts
Our poster party is a key way to network, and be inspired by some of the excellent work happening across the world. Poster hosts provide a poster about their work, and can also bring interactive elements should they so wish. There is a 2 hour session at Engage where, over drinks and nibbles, delegates can meet the poster hosts, and learn from their work.
To find out more and to apply by 30th July, please see the NCCPE website. Bookings for the conference will open in September.

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.