TReND at Maker Faire, Zurich


On September 17-18th, the Maker Faire was for the first time in Zürich. This Faire gathers makers of all walks of life which leads to a really interesting and exciting exchange of ideas and projects! We had a stand where we could discuss TReND’s mission and our open source microscope, the FlyPi (overview of the project here and here). It was really great to see the excitment of kids and adults alike when we showed then what could be done in diagnostics and science with limited resouces.

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Successful Grant from VolkswagenStiftung


We are pleased to announce that our grant proposal for two workshops on “Open Labware – Building your own equipment with basic electronics and 3D printing” was approved! Thanks to the Volkswagen Foundation and their “Knowledge for Tomorrow” program we will run the two workshops in Nigeria and South Africa, in 2017-2018. More details on dates and applications to be released soon!


Donations from the Universities of Sussex and Cambridge

We are excited to announce that our very own Mahmoud has secured equipment donations from the University of Sussex Lifesciences and Cambridge University Department of Zoology. The equipment will be used at the 2nd TReND Teachers Workshop in Damaturu, Yobe State, Nigeria, coming up in October 2016.

Mahmoud and the Outreach team will also be organising TReND’s first Science Festival in the state, followed by a Science exhibition in Gombe, Nigeria, in October.

Fundraising campaign to support an Alumni run course in Nigeria!

If you want to contribute to scientific progress in Africa, contributing to this fundraising campaign is a very specific and direct way of doing so. Ibukun was a TReND student from Nigeria, thanks to this training she is now a scientist in Europe. She is organising a course for other Nigerian scientists back at her home university. Ibukun is one of the examples showing that the TReND way works! We plant a seed and some years later we get a forest! Help us water it!

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Check out the campaign here!

Bioinformatics course in Ghana


We are happy to announce the upcoming “Whole Exome Sequencing Data Analysis”  course in Kumasi, Ghana. TReND volunteer Aled Jones will teach this course from  25th to 28th July, 2016 at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. The course is sponsored by OpenPlant and will be organized by the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology together with TReND.

More information here.

Apply here.