Teaching and research in natural sciences For development in africa
What we do
We are passionate about supporting African biomedical researchers. We work with students and universities across the African continent.
our impact in numbers
Since its humble beginnings in 2011, TReND has run courses and outreach events with researchers and universities across the African continent. We have also collected and shipped equipment to boost the research capacity of our partner universities, and helped establish new research institutes.
Members of the Public Engaged
African partner universities
TONS of equipment shipped
Community Outreach Events
We believe in empowering and supporting African researchers, and enabling scientific independence across the African continent. Our approach is African-led, and relies on a strong network of local partners for each project we deliver.
watch our tedx talk
One of our founders, Dr Tom Baden, talks about the origins and work of TReND.
From Our alumni
We are passionate about working with African researchers to help them fulfil their academic ambitions. Here is what our alumni say about us.
“TReND is one of the best things that ever happened to me in my career. Meeting with experts who were so generous with information and their skill, is the most unselfish act I have ever witnessed in the field of science. This increased my confidence and curiosity to discover more. I finished the neuroscience summer school energized and knowing that I can do anything.”
“Working with TReND in Africa has been a life changing experience for me. Attending the intensive practical workshop empowered me with the resources necessary to obtain admittance into a prestigious scientific institute for a PhD study. Later, the support I’ve received as an alumna has given me the opportunity to develop creative ideas regarding research and the organization of scientific trainings. I am highly honored to be a part of TReND in Africa.“
“Building our own experimental equipment yielded a much deeper understanding of the principles underlying its design, and a better awareness of its limits. It was a revolutionary opportunity for the entire science and biomedical science faculties of our university, as the impact of the knowledge gained from this workshop is trickling down and achieving a wide impact.”
“The TReND Drosophila neuroscience course really helped in shaping my understanding of how human diseases are modelled in a cost effective way to learn about disease mechanisms and drug discovery. The course not only helped me get an A in my class, but also opened me up to neuroscience, a field I had very little knowledge and awareness of. The experience I gathered has really contributed to my growth as a research scientist.”
Our Latest Work
To find out more about our work in supporting scientific research in Africa, check out the links to our latest work below.
During the first half of 2017 things were quite busy for TReND’s Volunteering Program. Seven European researchers visited Universities in Sudan, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia, and more projects are one the making! Below you can read what some of our volunteers...
We are excited to announce the 7th installment of our annual Drosophila Neurogenetics course, this time to be held at Gombe State University, Nigeria. 13th November – 2nd December 2017. Deadline Sept 1st 2017. Applications are now closed! For an impression of previous...
Our outreach team used their spare time before the SONA Conference in Entebbe last month to inspire students from six secondary schools about science. They got the students to learn first hand, through experiments, about fractionating and estimating protein...