In the press

Our work has been covered in a range of national and international media outlets, including TV, popular and academic print as well as several radio appearances. Please see below for an impression.

Forbes covers our paper on Open Hardware as a resource against COVID-19

Our Open Source Coordinator, Andre M Chagas spoke to Forbes magazine about how open hardware efforts can help tackling issues around COVID-19. See the full piece here

How to start a lab when funds are tight

“It’s a very efficient way of getting things done quickly to a fairly high standard,” says Tom Baden, a neuroscientist at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK.

Corona pod: the race to expand antibody testing

After members of our team published a paper on PLoS biology about the Open Hardware efforts tackling Covid-19 issues, they were interviewed for this nature podcast. Starting at 22:51 you can hear Dr. Jenny Molloy (a co-author in the paper) speak about many initiatives.

Punk science

Do-it-yourself science is taking off: A growing movement seeks to make the tools of science available to everyone (including you)

Open science takes on the coronavirus pandemic

Data sharing, open-source designs for medical equipment, and hobbyists are all being harnessed to combat COVID-19.

Open Science Hardware in the developing world

In the developing world it’s difficult to get and maintain the hi-tech equipment we associate with modern laboratories (..) The idea has caught the imagination of many researchers, but for scientists in Africa and other parts of the developing world, open-science hardware is a lifeline that could benefit their teaching and research.

On March 26th 2019 the Tom’s lab work on 3D printing and electronics to build Open Hardware science equipment was featured as a special report on BBC One News (South-East).

The Printed Laboratory

Germany’s largest printed daily picked up on our ongoing efforts in use of 3D printing and basic electronics to build lab equipment and elaborates on our work in a more global context.

Build neuroscience capacity in Africa

The article was written by the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) based African scientists Fanuel Muindi and Joseph Keller who wanted to highlight TReND’s work to Nature’s wide, international audience. Muindi and Keller (2015). Nature 518 (35). doi:10.1038/518035e pdf

15 steps closer to quality higher education in Africa

TReND director of African Affairs, Prof. Sadiq Yusuf, appeared as expert panelist discussing Higher Education in Africa, organised by The Guardian.. The Q&A was live on Thursday 30th July 2015; 1-3pm GMT, and summarised the day after here. The Guardian is one of the UK’s largest daily news outlets.

Both TReND founders Lucia and Tom are Lindau alumni (2014 and 2011, respectively).

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

TReND directors participated in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Southern Germany to engage with colleagues and thought leaders in the field about science in general and matters in science education in particular. Here, TReND founder Dr. Lucia Prieto Godino joined Sir Harrold Kroto (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1996) and Kailesh Satyarthi (Nobel Peace Laureate 2014) as well as Germany’s Secretary of State Georg Schütte for the week-long conference’s closing panel discussion on global education. The full panel (1.5 h), held in English, is available online here. Lucia’s opening statement begins at 16:10 mins. Other longer bits at 53:10; 1:02:20. An associated interview is found here. Other links of TReND with the Lindau Meetings include Emily and Peter’s blog-post in 2014, as well as our 2015 TV appearance for Germany’s ARD alpha. We featured on a 45 minute TV discussion forum on the state of science in Africa. Participants: Prof Hartmut Michel, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry;  Dr Maxwell Barffour, Ghanaian Biologist from the University of California; Günter Nooke, Personal advisor in African matters to the German chancellor; Dr Tom Baden, TReND in Africa. June 29th 2015.


Open Labware

TReND participated in a Public Library of Science (PLoS) featured Reddit Ask me Anything” (AMA) session on the topic of “Open Labware”. With ~5 million daily hits, Reddit is the world’s largest online forum for public science engagement and discussion.  Direct link.

On the fly: African summer school on insect neuroscience

Very early in our existance we were flattered to be featured on the frontpage of the University of Cambridge. The article discusses our goals and how we go about them using the specific example of our 2011/2 neuroscience summer schools held at Kampala International University, Uganda. Tom abd Lucia (TReND founders) are Cambridge alumni, and here, in the basement of the Department of Zoology, it was where it all started. 2012.

Teaching DIY Neuroscience using 3D printed Tools

An article about TReND and our 3D printing efforts appeared on the official blog accompanying Steve Johnson’s How we get to next show produced for PBS (USA)  and the BBC (UK). The show aims at highlighting the sometimes extraordinary efforts of individuals and small organisations who offer their humble contributions in an attempt to make our world a better place. Teaching DIY Neuroscience using 3D printed Tools”. (By CQ Choi).

research equipment from a 3d printer

A glossy 4 page article in Attempto! magazine with lots of pictures about TReND in general and 3D printing in particular. Published Oct 2015. By Stefanie Molitor. Article on pages 28,29 (German) and 30,31 (English). pdf

Mit der Graswurzelstrategie zum Erfolg

A radio article was aired on the Germany-wide radio channel “Deutschlandfunk”. The article reports on TReND activities on a general level as part of a longer debate on scientific spending worldwide. Aired on Friday 29th May 2015. By Anneke Meyer; transcript. Audio (start at 5:45)

Some other mentions in News and Media

· A newspaper Article in “Schwäbisches Tagblatt” (Germany). Link. web

· A radio article on TReND, aired by the German station “SWR2″ (Südwestfunk2) on June 9th 2015. By Anja Brockert.

· An article on the website of Sussex Neuroscience (2014). By Sarah Hoey

· An article on the ADInstruments website (2013)

· An article on the Backyard Brains website (2013).

· An article by TReND founder Lucia about our very first 2011 course on The Node, the official blog of the Company of Biologists. First course on insect neuroscience and Drosophila Neuogenetics in Uganda. (2011)

TReND in Africa

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