At MORU, we combine traditional engagement methods:
public meetings, community dialogues and traditional mass media – with more creative methods such as science theatres, science cafés, science comedy and activities for school children. We use these to engage with stakeholders including hard-to-reach audiences, those with limited literacy and those who may be socially excluded. Our aim is to improve public understanding of science and enable the patient and public to be an active collaborator in health systems and health research processes.
Our public engagement topics relate to the work done by MORU researchers on malaria and other tropical medicine diseases. MORU engagement activities are done throughout SE Asia. In Thailand these include Pint of Science, the Community Advisory Board, Puppet theatre on antimicrobial resistance, Science Cafés and Public Engagement in Classrooms. Laos and Cambodia cover Science Cafés and Cambodia's additional activities are the Young Persons’ Advisory Group and Village Drama against Malaria.
In some places, bringing these events to the community is an important milestone as there are very few opportunities for open dialogue on topics related to science and technology.