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International workshop aims to boost public engagement work in developing countries
Date:11/26/2008

be posted online at http://scienceincommunity.wordpress.com during and after the conference.

Justa Wawira is responsible for the strategic development and management of external relations for the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Programme in Kilifi and Nairobi, Kenya, liaising with health-related public and private stakeholders from the international to the local level as well as with the community, the Ministry of Health, civil societies, professional bodies and the media.

"This is an important networking meeting that will give us the opportunity to meet other professionals involved in public engagement from across the globe," says Ms Wawira. "We want to share our work and experiences and learn what others are doing to engage communities with science in the developing world. We hope this interaction will enable us to keep in touch with the latest thinking on this very important topic and arm us with innovative approaches that we can adapt back at home."

The Wellcome Trust, the UK's largest medical research charity, is one of the world's leading funders of biomedical and health-related research. Through its public engagement activities, it aims to develop new pathways of communication and interaction between scientists, policy makers and communities, as well as to stimulate informed debate about the interface between science and society.

The Trust has recently made a significant investment in international public engagement projects through its International Engagement Awards. Recently funded projects include establishing Caf Scientifique events for adults and schools in Uganda; a cinema workshop to produce short films on health research in Coastal Ecuador; and a project to engage teachers in rural areas of Brazil with ongoing pesticide and health research in order to communicate research results promote good practice when using pesticides.

Recipients of the International Engage
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Contact: Craig Brierley
c.brierley@wellcome.ac.uk
44-207-611-7329
Wellcome Trust
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