We need money to run a Molecular Biology Course in Abuja, Nigeria, in January, 2017.
Why? Science is essential for economic and societal development, healthcare and education. Nigeria has a growing number of devoted scientists, yet lags behind in scientific research output and higher education ratings. Our goal is to transfer essential molecular biology techniques to scientists in Nigeria, to enable local universities to disseminate ‘state of the art’ theory and techniques to current/future generations of students.
Who? TReND, "Teaching and Research in Natural Sciences for Development in Africa" is a non-profit organization promoting "sustainable development through higher education and scientific innovation.” Our Nigerian Molecular Biology initiative is directed by Ibukun Akinrinade, whose attendance of a TReND course, enabled her to obtain a PhD position at the Gulbenkian Institute.
TReND's ethos is to recruit and train local scientists into our outreach teams. This creates a multiplier effect disproportionate to our resources, allowing us to reach beyond the course attendees to local schools, and to spread the importance of science within society in general.
The course organizers, Ibukun Akinrinade, Dora Szakonyi, Titti Valerio and Colin Adrain, are scientists working at the Gulbenkian Institute (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência) in Lisbon, Portugal.
TReND's goal is to promote basic research, science education, and to advocate for the importance of science as a tool to stimulate development.
Funding will sponsor accommodation of attendees from outside Abuja, molecular biology consumables, plus travel costs of three tutors. It is entirely non-profit.