Agenda and Presentations

Tuesday 2nd December 2008

17:00 Registration at hotel, Followed by drinks reception and buffet dinner at hotel

Wednesday 3rd December 2008

07:00 Breakfast

08:00 Bus departs hotel for Africa Centre

08:45 – 10:15 Session 1 Plenary Auditorium, Chair: Simon Parry, Wellcome Trust

08:45 Welcome, Marie-Louise Newell, Director, Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies (presentation)

09:00 Opening, Clare Matterson, Director, Medicine, Society and History (MSH), Wellcome Trust (presentation)

09:30 Setting the scene for engaging communities, policy makers and media, Simon Parry, Co-head of MSH International Activities, Wellcome Trust

10:15 Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies: Video

10:30 Tea/coffee break

11:00 – 12:45 Session 2 Parallel sessions

Auditorium

Community engagement (A)

Chair: Oby Obyerodhyambo, Family Health International, Kenya

Africa Centre: A successful community engagement model (presentation)
Mduduzi Mahlinza, Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, South Africa

Taking communities seriously – reflecting on ethical, social and cultural issues (presentation)
Paulina Tindana, McLaughlin-Rotman Centre and Navrongo Health Research Centre, Ghana

Collaborative community partnerships – experiences of setting up a community engagement process (presentation)
Dorcas Kamuya, Kemri-Wellcome, Kenya

Community engagement in practice – disseminating research results of the Wellcome Trust Bioethics Research Project (presentation)
Joseph Mfutso-Bengo, College of Medicine, Malawi

Sustaining community involvement in HIV Prevention Research; Experiences from the UVRI-IAVI HIV Vaccine Program (presentation)
William Kidega, UVRI-IAVI HIV Vaccine Program, Uganda

Boardroom

Media engagement (A)

Chair: Lisbeth Fog, Colciencas, Colombia

Strategy and experience of SciDev.Net in stimulating greater public engagement with science across the developing world (presenation)
David Dickson, Editor: SciDev.Net, UK

Engaging the mass media in advancing the health and population research agenda (presentation)
Thulani Cele, Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, South Africa

Building collaborations for effective communication of science in developing countries
William Odinga Balikuddembe, Uganda Science Journalists Association, Uganda

Engaging the public in global health research using the science communication approach (presentation)
Dan Kaye, Makerere University, Uganda

12:45 Group Photo

13:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session 3: Plenary Debate – Research and Activism Auditorium

Chair: John Imrie, Africa Centre for Health & Population Studies

The specially invited panel will address a range of public and scientific perspectives on questions including:
• What can/should scientific researchers and activists learn from each other about communicating with policymakers and/or the public?
• What is the difference between public engagement and activism?
• Should scientists work more closely with NGOs and activists in some areas, or even become activists themselves?
• Should scientists be concerned about politicising their work?
• What is the role of the media in communicating the work of activist organisations and scientific research?
There will also be opportunity for delegates to ask questions and contribute to discussion.

15:30 Tea/coffee break

16:00 – 18:00 Session 4 Parallel sessions

Auditorium

Community engagement (B)

Chair: Oby Obyerodhyambo, Family Health International, Kenya

Kintampo Health Research Centre’s activities and five-year research agenda: Creating awareness and opinion seeking among community members and policy makers in the Kintampo North and South Districts of Ghana (presentation)
Kwaku Poku Asante, Kintampo Health Research Centre, Ghana

The experiences of setting up a new science communication programme in Malawi (video)
Khanyiwe Shawa, Malawi College of Medicine, Malawi

Communicating health research: A communication strategy to bring the results of health research to different audiences (presentation)
Lisbeth Fog, Colciencias, Colombia

Using the school curriculum to popularise twin research (presentation)
Sisira Siribaddana, Institute of Research & Development, Sri Lanka

Power relations and community dynamics in the production and perpetuation of stroke discourses in urban and rural Tanzania
Gerry Mshana, National Institute for Medical Research

Boardroom

Policy engagement (A)

Chair: Bella Starling, Co-head of MSH International Activities, Wellcome Trust

Researchers are from Venus, policy-makers from Mars (presentation)
Wendy Graham, University of Aberdeen, UK

Key findings from research on reaching policymakers (presentation)
John Young, Overseas Development Institute, UK and David Dickson, SciDev.Net

Bridging the gap between research and policy-making (presentation)
Mammusa Rantsoti-Lekoa, Africa Centre, South Africa

From idea to market: Brokering knowledge to promote invention and innovation
Sheila Ochugboju, Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network, UK

18:00 Dinner at the Africa Centre

21:30 Coach departs for hotel

Thursday 4th December 2008

07:00 Breakfast

08:00 Coach departs for Africa Centre

08:30 – 10:30 Session 5 Parallel workshops

Auditorium

Is engagement ethically neutral? – Bella Starling, Co-head of MSH International Activities, Wellcome Trust

Boardroom

Equipping scientists with media skills (presentation) – Craig Brierley and Katrina Nevin-Ridley, Media Office, Wellcome Trust

10:30 Tea/coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 Session 6 Parallel sessions

Auditorium

Creative approaches(A)

Chair: Sheila Ochugboju, Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network, UK

Communicating ethical issues in health care and biomedical advances via new plays for the theatre and theatre workshops – Indian experience (presentation)
Hemalatha Somsekhar, Public Health Foundation of India & Rebecca Gould, Tinberbox-TheatreScience, UK

Using magnet theatre to engage high risk communities in communicating medico-socio research: Experiences in Kenya (presentation)
Oby Obyerodhyambo, Family Health International, Kenya

Using film to involve communities in research and control of parasitic diseases – a new project in Ecuador.
Javier Alvarez-Galeano, Extraliminal Producciones, Colombia

Boardroom

Policy engagement (B)

Chair: Bella Starling, Wellcome Trust, UK

Dialogues among key stakeholder groups involved in health research in Kenya – the concept and practice of benefit sharing (presentation)
Geoffrey Lairumbi, Kemri-Wellcome, Kenya

Sharing research with parliamentarians and journalists – lessons learnt (presentation)
Rose Oronje, African Population and Health Research Centre, Kenya

Promoting evidence-based decision making in health, science and new technologies (video)
Maurice Yaogo, GREFSaD, Burkina Faso

Research into how media debates on issues raised by research have influenced policy positively in Uganda and Jamaica (presentation)
Joanne Carpenter, PANOS, UK

12:30 – 14:00 Session 7 Science Café “From the diary of a field worker”

Facilitator: Flavia Senkubuge, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Africa Centre role play cast: Ntombela Mandla, Jiveza Charity, Ntuli Queeneth

Lunch will be provided during this session

14:00 – 14:30 Session 8 Poster session

• Researching Café Sci for schools; Mary Arber, Junior Café Scientifique, UK
• Research translation – a tool for public engagement with science; Sarah Bok, Executive Manager: Corporate & Public Affairs Directorate
• Science communication in Colombia: empowering citizens with the science and technology messages; Lisbeth Fog, Colciencas, Colombia
• Improving science communication in Malawi: Efforts by the Malawi Medical Journal
Muza Gondwe, Malawi College of Medicine
• Wellcome Trust Bioethics project; Joseph Mfutso-Bengo, Malawi College of Medicine (presentation)
• Challenges faced by the Vietnamese media in engaging people with science; Phan Kim Son, Saigon Marketing News, Vietnam
• Exploring new tools for research dissemination in Burkina Faso and regional countries
Maurice Yaogo, GREFSaD, Burkina Faso

14:00 – 14:30 Session 9 Plenary Science theatre

“Peer Pressure” presented by DramAidE
Cast: Mondli Mkhonza, Msebenzi Mbuyazi, Zonke Khumalo, Sphetho Mkhize, Duduza Ngcobo; Introduced by Mondli Mkhonza, University of Zululand, South Africa

15:30 Tea/coffee break

16:00 – 17:30 Session 10 Parallel sessions

Auditorium
Creative approaches (B)

Chair: Sheila Ochugboju; Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network, UK

Science and community: the Ugandan experience of the Café Scientifique mode of engaging the public with science and technology (presentation)
Patrice Mawa, MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS, Uganda

Communicating the science of health in informal settings – creating a platform for debate and open dialogue via science cafés (presentation)
Flavia Senkubuge, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Challenges, opportunities and lessons learnt from Kenyan science cafés (presentation)
Ruth Wanjala, African Technology Policy Studies, Kenya & Juliette Mutheu, Kemri-Wellcome, Kenya

Café Scientifique for all ages (short video)
Mary Arber, Junior Café Scientifique, UK

Boardroom
Media engagement (B)

Chair: Lisbeth Fog, Colciencas, Colombia

The importance and challenges of using radio to engage people in science – experiences from Brazil (presenation)
Luisa Massarani, Fiocruz, Brazil

Health-science media and ‘indigenous’ engagement in Africa (work in progress)
Monica Bonaccorso, Durham University, UK

Building science journalism skills around the world (presentation)
Julie Clayton, World Conference of Science Journalists 2009

Practical approaches to working with the media to communicate research – good practice from across the Panos programme which works in 11 African and Asian countries
Joanne Carpenter, PANOS, UK

17:30 Coach departs for hotel

18:30 African braai and drumming evening at hotel

Friday 5th December 2008

07:00 Breakfast

08:00 Coach departs for Africa Centre

08:30-10:30 Session 11 Plenary workshop – The Value of Engagement (presentation)

John Young, Overseas Development Institute, UK
Laura Harper, Wellcome Trust

10:30 Tea/coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 Session 12 Parallel sessions

Auditorium
Working with Schools

Chair: Mbongiseni Buthelezi, Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies

Development of science community schools and community learning centres as venues to bring science to society
Monthida Sitathani, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand

The importance of understanding the learning process when trying to improve public engagement with health research (presentation)
Elizabeth Fassa, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil

Different media for communicating science to school groups (presentation)
Derek Fish & Terry Hutter, Unizul Science Centre, South Africa

Engaging School Communities with Health Research and Science in Kilifi District, Kenya (presenation)
Alun Davies, Kemri-Wellcome, Kenya

Boardroom
Workshop

Improving your grant writing skills (presentation)
Siân Aggett, Wellcome Trust, UK

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Closing Session Plenary

Chair: Simon Parry, Wellcome Trust

Feedback, wrap up and way forward

15:30 Coach departs for visit to iSimangaliso Wetland Park, followed by dinner

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