Public engagement

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a diverse group of communicable diseases that affect the world’s poorest populations, mainly in low and middle income countries. As a result, awareness of NTDs amongst the UK general population is low, and many people we encounter day-to-day have never heard of the diseases we work on. As a result, NTDhub is highly active in engaging with the public in a variety of different ways, including:

  • UK-wide outreach initiatives including Pint of Science, Café Scientifique and Biology-changing the world (Dr Horton, Dr Maringer and Dr Simmonds)
  • “Meet the Scientist” talks at the Natural History Museum (Dr Betson)
  • Widening participation events for children at schools in the UK and abroad (Dr Maringer, Dr Simmonds, Dr Horton, Dr Betson)
  • Media engagement including interviews on BBC Radio Surrey and press articles (Dr Horton and Dr Simmonds)