Communication Training Workshop – June 2021

Are you an African researcher or a clinician working on HIV vaccine research and development (R&D)? Are you interested in learning communication skills to improve engagement with the media and the public? Join us for this 4-day participatory communication workshop.

A successful HIV response requires increased contribution to the research efforts by those countries and regions that are hardest hit by the epidemic. Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region most severely affected, with 25 million adults and children living with HIV and AIDS. The contribution of multiple sectors in different countries in Africa to the HIV response cannot be understated.

However, it is an ongoing challenge for early-mid career African researchers to communicate the importance of their research, of conducting research in Africa and to advocate for international and regional investment in HIV prevention, especially HIV vaccine research and development (R&D). There is an undisputable benefit to supporting African researchers in their ongoing efforts to mobilize, advocate and coordinate action towards an increased role in shaping the HIV response agenda.

The Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise at the IAS – International AIDS Society, and IAVI, are pleased to announce a Communication Training Workshop for early-mid career African researchers working in HIV vaccine research and development. The workshop will focus on written and oral communication to a lay audience, and communication with the mainstream media. It will be an online participatory event co-created with participants, research partners and experts in the field. The aim is to equip researchers with the skills to communicate their research and advocate for international and regional investment in HIV prevention, especially HIV vaccine research and development (R&D).

Attendance will be limited to 30 participants and will take place virtually in the third or fourth week of June.

Please make sure to read the eligibility criteria before applying.

The deadline for applications is 15 May 2021.

For more information please contact the Enterprise.

  • 26 April 2021: Call for applications.
  • 14 May 2021: Application deadline.
  • 21 May 2021: Applicants notifications.
  • 24 May – 18 June 2021: Workshop preparation.
  • June 2021: Workshop.
  • September 2021: Follow up with participants.

Eligible applicants

The applicant must be from an organization with an established legal entity in Africa and (1) be a post-doctoral scientist / clinician, having been awarded a PhD or MD by a recognized university in the last 5 years, (2) work in a field of direct relevance to the development of an HIV vaccine and (3) have been an active researchers/clinician for at least two years following award of their degree.

Researchers currently working outside of Africa will be considered should they plan to return to work in an African country in the short term.

By participating in this workshop you will:

  • Acquire key communication skills to engage with the media and the public on scientific issues.
  • Produce material that participants will be able to publish after the training (Blog, Vlog).
  • Be connected to African Media and journalists.
  • A free registration for the IAS 2021 conference for the top 3 best blogs produced during the training.

We will follow up with participants in September and we aim to create and grow a pool of African researchers who can be the voice of Africa for all things vaccine.

The deadline to apply is 15 May 2021.

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