One of VALIDATE’s key aims is to 'help interested people in the general public find out more about our research and the diseases we’re tackling in an accessible format'. With this in mind, Outreach Week, running from 7-11 December 2020, will give VALIDATE the chance to highlight all the amazing outreach efforts carried out across the globe by our members. We also hope to provide tips and ideas for our members about how to engage the public about your research.
There are a number of ways you can get involved with Outreach Week:
Your Own Outreach Week Project
A great way of getting involved is to undertake your own outreach activity during Outreach Week. Despite COVID limitations in many regions, outreach can still be achieved! Whether it's an interview by your local newspaper, appearing on a podcast, speaking at a school, or delivering a simple social media campaign, we would love all our members to get out of the lab and engage the public about your research. We are especially keen to see photos and videos that we can share via social media - drop us an email, or use #VALIDATEOutreach to ensure we see your efforts and can share them with everyone else across VALIDATE. And, of course, get in touch if we can help in any way with your outreach efforts (email@example.com).
Contribute to the Outreach Guide
VALIDATE has pulled together an 'Outreach Guide', with fantastic case studies, tips and resources from VALIDATE members (and some of our external partners) to inspire you to engage the public with your important research. This is just a first version as we hope that the guide will become a living document that will expand as members add their own case studies and advice.
We are especially keen to receive contributions from members who have:
- engaged the print, broadcast and social media in Lower and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)
- undertaken recruitment for clinical trials, especially in LMICs
- have taken part in an outreach project in Asia or South America
You can also download the Outreach Guide as a PDF for printing or visit the Outreach Guide Website.
If you wish to contribute to the guide, get in touch - firstname.lastname@example.org
Support VALIDATE for Schools
On 9 December, VALIDATE will be hosting 'VALIDATE for Schools', an online talk and Q&A for young people, primarily aimed at 15 to 18-year-olds who interested in our research or are considering a career in STEM.
There are two ways you can support VALIDATE for Schools:
Get in touch if you have any thoughts or ideas for this exciting event - email@example.com.