2016 Neuroscience school in full swing!

After already one week of our traditional Drosophila Neurogenetics school things are starting to fall into rhythm. This year we are at IMTU, Dar es Salaam with students coming from 11 different African countries: Nigeria, Sudan, Zambia, Nigeria, Uganda, Malawi, Cameroon, Tanzania, Madagascar, Ghana, Etiopia!

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Many thanks to our sponsors, which this year include IBRO, ISN, COB, Cambridge Alborada Fund, hhmi Janelia and others!

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2016 Faculty:

Tom Baden (University of Sussex, UK)

Sarah Carl (FMI Basel, Switzerland)

Chuan Cao (University of Cambridge, UK)

Ansa Cobham (Monash University, Australia)

Chris Elliot (University of York, UK)

Yunusa M Garba (University of Konstanz, Germany)

Franne Kamhi (Macquarie University, Australia)

Conor McMeniman (John Hopkins University, USA)

Lucia Prieto Godino (CIG, Lausanne, Switzerland)

Georg Raiser (University of Konstanz, Germany)

Ihab Riad (University of Khartoum, Sudan)

Steve Russell (University of Cambridge, UK)

Marta Rivera Alba (Janelia Research Campus, USA)

Juan Sanchez Alcaniz (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

Horst Schneider (Beemedic, Germany)

Sadiq Yusuf (IMTU, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

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!