SONA 2017 Conference, Entebbe, Uganda

The Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA) is the largest organisation of Neuroscientists on the African continent and serves as the umbrella organisation for all African national neuroscience societites. SONA conference is a biennial, pan-African event that rotates all over the continent, with most recent instalments in Rabat, Morocco (2013) and Durban, South Africa (2015).

In June 2017, we are proud to host the 13th installment of the Society of Neuroscience of Africa conference, for the first time, in Kampala, Uganda. The conference will take place over a total of four days filled with dozens of symposia and plenary lectures by top international speakers covering diverse areas of brain research, with a special focus on topics of particular relevance to Africa and its scientific development.

Help us spread the world by printing and distributing the below poster (full resolution pdf here!).


Apply now! Molecular biology workshop, Nigeria

We are excited to announce our 1st Molecular biology workshop in Nigeria! What makes this even more special is that the workshop grew of out of the initiative of one of our alumni, Ibukun Akinrinade!

For more info, see poster below (print it from pdf) and check out the course website!

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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!