Successful Grant from VolkswagenStiftung

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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!

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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

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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.

Applications open: 4th IBRO/ISN school on Insect Neuroscience and neurogenetics: From Drosophila to mosquitoes

IMTU, Dar es Salaam Campus, Tanzania

Oct 24th Nov 6th 2016 (Deadline July 17th 2016; midnight GMT)

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Apply here.

Course poster here

In this 6th instalment of our classic insect neuroscience course (4th IBRO school, 2nd ISN school), we will take an even more advanced and translational turn, with a strong focus on affordable open science, and topics of particular relevance in the African context. The course will cover the basics of neuronal processing, including neurogenetic behavioural and electrophysiological experiments. We will also cover relevant topics on state-of-the-art science with affordable open source approaches. In addition, there will be modules on Drosophila as a model for brain disorders, the neurobiology of mosquitoe host seeking behaviours, and the biology neuron-specific viral infections. The course is intensive experimentally heavy and highly demanding. Full travel and accomodation scholarships will be given to selected participants.