Tekla Labs is hosting a symposium track (speaker and discussion session) at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting next February in Vancouver, BC. The annual AAAS meeting is one of the largest and most recognized “pan-science” events and this year’s theme on “Flattening the World: Building the Global Knowledge Society is intended to focus the program on the complex, interconnected challenges of the 21st century and on pathways to global solutions through international, multidisciplinary efforts.” Should be really interesting!
Tekla Labs Session
Toward a Global Lab: Building Science Capacity in Developing Countries
Meeting global challenges requires breakthroughs from the entire global scientific community – not just a selected set of industrialized countries. Unfortunately, the potential of many scientists in developing countries is not being efficiently harnessed because they lack the capacity to advance research in their own labs. Furthermore, without adequate research programs, educational institutions cannot prepare the next generation of scientists. Building sufficient scientific capacity in developing countries must include strengthening the laboratory infrastructure at educational institutions, establishing strong training programs for scientists, and facilitating communication with the broader global research community. This symposium will address these issues through talks that discuss specific needs, propose innovative solutions to laboratory equipment shortages, and describe information networks that reduce barriers to conducting scientific research in the developing world. The participating speakers will contribute a range of perspectives on these issues, drawing from their experiences in international academic collaborations and non-profit organizations.
Date: Friday, February 17, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Facility: Vancouver Convention Center, Room 213