Science & Community Public Engagement Workshop


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Presented by Clare Matterson (Director of Medicine, Society and History (MSH) at the Wellcome Trust) at the Public Engagement Workshop, 2-5 Dec. 2008, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa,

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  • Science & Community Public Engagement Workshop

    1. 1. Science & Community Public Engagement Workshop 3-5 December 2008
    2. 2. Global Health Research - Strategy <ul><li>Broaden the research base for scientific endeavour in under-resourced environments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- for example, major research capacity strengthening initiatives in Africa and India </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Support areas of science that have potential for increasing health benefits for people and livestock </li></ul><ul><li>Support international networks and partnerships focused on problems of resource-poor countries </li></ul>
    3. 3. Global Health Research - Activities <ul><li>3000 researchers, 50 countries </li></ul><ul><li>5 major overseas programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Wellcome Trust spend is ~£500 million p.a. with ~£70 million p.a. for international activities </li></ul><ul><li>Geographical focus Africa, South East Asia, Latin America </li></ul>
    4. 4. Public Engagement To foster an informed climate within which biomedical science can flourish <ul><ul><ul><li>promote learning, interest and excitement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>stimulate an informed debate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>inform national and Trust policy and plans </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Current International Public Engagement Activities <ul><li>Strengthening capacity for public engagement in major overseas programmes </li></ul><ul><li>International Engagement Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Projects funded through Livestock for Life </li></ul><ul><li>Building network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Workshop Dec 08 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing online network </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Future Plans <ul><ul><ul><li>Public engagement support for researchers based outside the UK </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Future public engagement workshops </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation and lesson learning from Livestock for Life </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 8. science communauté ciência comunidad khoa học समुदाय wissenschaft مجتمع 科学 komunitas scienza umma umasipala wetenskap วิทยาศาสตร์ llacta
    8. 10. Key Aims of Workshop <ul><li>To establish links with and between public engagement practitioners </li></ul><ul><li>To establish a network involving: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>External relations, communications & engagement staff at the Wellcome Trust’s major overseas programmes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Holders of International Engagement Awards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UK-based grantholders with an interest in global health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other key stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Develop a shared understanding of the scope of the practice </li></ul><ul><li>Identify key issues and needs of the group </li></ul>
    9. 11. Questions <ul><li>Who does/should do public engagement? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the role of researchers and what is the role of intermediaries? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are the intermediaries? </li></ul>People
    10. 12. Questions <ul><li>Do different types of research need different approaches to engagement? </li></ul>Science
    11. 13. Questions <ul><li>Who are the public? </li></ul><ul><li>How can stakeholders or communities be identified and prioritised for engagement? </li></ul>Public
    12. 14. Questions <ul><li>How can we evaluate the impact of public engagement activities? </li></ul><ul><li>What measures can we use and who should set these measures? </li></ul>Impact
    13. 15. Questions <ul><li>How transferable are lessons learned by practitioners between geographical or cultural contexts? </li></ul><ul><li>Can successful models be rolled out? </li></ul>Transferring Learning
    14. 16. Four Stories about Science & Community <ul><li>Luisa Massarani, Brazil </li></ul><ul><li>Hemalatha Somsekhar, India </li></ul><ul><li>Oby Obyerodhyambo, Kenya </li></ul><ul><li>Rebecca Gould, UK </li></ul>
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