First international awards in new Engagement Fellowships

Wellcome's Engagement Fellowships for 2017 have been awarded to Sara Kenney, Alok Jha, Anita Shervington and our first international fellows, Elizabeth Kimani and Nabeel Petersen. 

From left, Nabeel Petersen, Elizabeth Kimani, Sara Kenney and Anita Shevrington, four of Wellcome's new Engagement Fellows

Credit: Thomas S G Farnetti, Wellcome

From left, Nabeel Petersen, Elizabeth Kimani, Sara Kenney and Anita Shervington, four of Wellcome's new Engagement Fellows.

Over the next three years the fellows will explore the topics of comic creation, science journalism, child nutrition, inclusion and equity in science.

  • Sara Kenney is an experienced broadcaster and comic creator.  She has previously produced a comic, Surgeon X, and a short film, Angels and Ghosts, both funded by Wellcome. Sara will use her fellowship to explore how comic creators, biomedical scientists, medical humanities experts and comic audiences can interact, with the hope of inspiring and empowering people from traditionally different worlds.
  • Alok Jha is a journalist, author and broadcaster. He has worked as a science correspondent for over 15 years and written several popular science books. He also founded and has presented the Guardian’s award-winning Science Weekly podcast. Alok aims to use his fellowship to experiment with technology and reimagine models of science journalism.
  • Anita Shervington is a community engagement consultant and Director of Community Perspectives, an emerging organisation dedicated to creating equity within and through STEM. Anita wants to use her fellowship to continue her exploration of how science can be driven by social justice and powered by inclusive, equitable and culturally relevant research.
  • Elizabeth Kimani is a research scientist in child nutrition at the African Population and Health Research Centre. Her fellowship will focus on public engagement around the right to food and nutrition, particularly for the urban poor and other vulnerable populations in Kenya and Africa. Elizabeth hopes her fellowship will empower communities with agency and dignity.
  • Nabeel Petersen, experienced participatory and collaborative facilitator, will use his fellowship to challenge existing biomedical engagement practice and to develop community participation in science in South Africa. He will focus on developing inclusive collaborations and co-design processes with street arts to make science more accessible and relatable.

Our Engagement Fellowships scheme has been running for seven years. It supports leaders across a wide range of disciplines who are looking to develop their practice.

Previous fellows have used their fellowships to explore new ways of thinking about science and its wider cultural contexts. Their projects have explored poetry, citizen science, art, TV presenting and writing, consciousness, disability and inclusive spaces for public discussion.

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