I am a UK-based scientists researching the parasitic Schistosoma blood fluke which infects over 200 million people worldwide, the majority of which occur in sub-Saharan Africa. This parasitic infection causes a chonic & debilitating disease called schistosomiasis or bilharzia and is one of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). I am a fieldwork-based researcher, travelling regularly to African countries and undertaking research in collaboration with Ministries of Health and public health institutes working on NTDs. My work takes me to rural communities where diseases like schistosomiasis are rife and severely hinder human and economic development. Through my work I have come to realise that a lack of science communication, literacy and engagement also severely hinders health initiatives and programmes addressing these diseases as well as general development. In the UK I have used and set up various forms of public outreach and science engagement for my area of research, particularly using social media and working with schools and students. I am now particularly interested in using public engagement and science communication in an international setting and as a tool to for sustainable development.