It’s Complicated: navigating scientific complexity in public and community engagement

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Date: 6-8 March 2017 

Invitation-only event

This workshop will explore the theme of complexity in modern science and the challenges it raises when designing activities to engage the public with health research. What are the best ways of making a complicated topic accessible, but not over-simplified, and what role does language, metaphor and participation play in the process?

A page on Mesh will capture learning, presentations and reading from the event for all to access.

Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Science Communication Workshop

Location: Hyderabad, India

Date: 2-3 March 2017

Deadline for submitting the application: 16 December 2016, 5:00 PM IST

The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance is pleased to announce its 15th Science Communication Workshop. The Workshop will provide an interactive platform for young researchers to discuss with their peers and mentors various issues pertaining to science communication and career advancement.

The Workshop will cover aspects like:

Ethics in research
Presentation skills
Manuscript & Grants writing
Learning from choices/ Planning a successful career in science

Eligibility: To apply for participation in the Workshop, applicant must be:

  • a senior PhD student OR a junior postdoctoral researcher OR a clinician researcher who has completed a postgraduate degree (MD/MS/MDS/MPH/equivalent) and is involved in active research
  • broadly working in the area of biomedical science at a Research Institute/University in India
  • prepared to submit a 1000-word research proposal, if invited to attend the Workshop. During the Grantsmanship module of the Workshop, a mentor would provide feedback on the proposal.

Note: Only applicants who are selected to attend the Workshop will be notified by mid January 2017

Please write to us should you have any questions regarding this workshop or visit our website for more information.

Submit an application here.

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.