It’s Sunday evening in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and four young career researchers are meeting each other face-to-face for the first time as MESA Correspondents to the 6th Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) Annual Conference. Over the next few days these volunteers will be reporting live on cutting-edge science and meeting highlights, sharing these important insights with the world. Their voices will capture the scientific advances and future directions of the field, to engage global audiences in these global health efforts.
To connect researchers, implementers and policymakers within and across disciplines to coordinate and innovate global health strategies
To ensure all of these parties have access to the latest scientific evidence and advances to inform research and public health directions
Therefore, this Keystone Symposia meeting is a great platform for this program. Their reporting will help increase visibility and publicity of the meeting, broadcasting the conference proceedings in almost real-time.
The MESA Correspondents will report on three themes around which the conference is organized: drug and insecticide resistance, leveraging data science to better understand disease transmission, and innovation in vector control strategies. A particular highlight will be the opening address from Dr. Tedros, Director-General of the World Health Organization.
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Writing short summaries of the highlights and technical content of the presentations, covering broach and niche disciplines within the field of malaria and related topics
interviewing speakers and field leaders for novel insights into the latest research advances and directions
At the end of the day, the MESA team pieces together all the summaries into a daily chronicle, shared the following day through several communications channels.
The “live reporting” aspect is a special niche of the program and invaluable training experience for developing essential skills in science communication and journalism. Throughout this rigorous process, Correspondents are supported by experienced scientists that guide and supervise their work, while enhancing interaction with the speakers for the validation of their talks and other networking opportunities.
The Value of the MESA Correspondents Program to Young Researchers
The nature of the program makes it highly demanding and sometimes tiring. However, the Correspondents agree on the benefits of volunteering as a MESA Correspondent for their work and career in malaria, as it offers rare and unique opportunities for training and networking within the malaria community.
“My participation in this program was a wise investment and will pay off for years to come. The MESA Correspondents program facilitates the induction and networking of young scientists into a broader research environment full of senior researchers.”
Through their integral involvement in these scientific meetings, the MESA Correspondents learn valuable lessons from peers and mentors, while developing knowledge and skill sets that will help them navigate their future in malaria research.
The Value of Live Reporting to the Malaria Research Community
Overall, the whole malaria community benefits from the program, which enables the dissemination of valuable information to broader audiences.
“The program does an incredible job of informing the world about recent trends in malaria research.”
Solomon M Abay- a faculty member at Addis Ababa University with a PhD in Life Sciences and Public Health
"I am interested in drug discovery and development research for infectious diseases, particularly malaria and neglected tropical diseases. I am looking forward to working with MESA at the Keystone Symposia - The Malaria Endgame - to share the conference outcomes on latest innovations in therapeutics, vector control and public health tools for those who are unable to attend and using this opportunity to network with experts in the area."
Maya Fraser- a Research Associate with the MACEPA project at PATH, with a master's in public health
"I am interested in learning more about how we can create optimal intervention mixes and improve coverage of existing interventions. I am excited to work as a MESA correspondent to share new research with our colleagues across the world!"
Shannon Weiman earned her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, specializing in microbiology and immunology. Prior to joining the Keystone Symposia team, she worked as a freelance writer for leaders in academic, industry and government research, including Stanford University’s Biomedical Innovation Initiative, the University of Colorado’s Biofrontiers Program, UCSF, the FDA and the American Society for Microbiology.