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AAAS Annual Meeting This Weekend in Vancouver

February 13, 2012 in Our News

Just a reminder that Tekla Labs is going to be at the AAAS Annual Meeting this weekend!

We are organizing a symposium on Friday, featuring talks focused around ways in which scientists, engineers, and policy makers can encourage the growth of research capacity in emerging regions. Dr. Iruka Okeke, an associate professor in biology at Haverford College, will be joining us to discuss her experiences working with labs in Africa and share insights on how to build fruitful international scientific collaborations. Our own Lina Nilsson will give a talk about Tekla Labs and other recent efforts to make low-cost, high quality laboratory tools using off-the-shelf resources. Finally we will hear from Dr. Barbara Gastel, a professor at Texas A&M University, who will discuss her work on the AuthorAID project, which aims to connect researchers in developing countries to the global science community by helping them write about and publish their research.

Toward a Global Lab: Building Science Capacity in Developing Countries
Date: Friday, February 17, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Vancouver Convention Center, Room 213

To hear more about Tekla Labs and meet some of our members, stop by our poster on Saturday:

Advancing Community-Driven Do-It-Yourself Solutions for Scientific Lab Equipment in the Developing World: The Tekla Labs Model
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Exhibit Hall A-B1

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Tekla Labs Session and Discussion at AAAS Meeting – Feb 2012

December 21, 2011 in Our News

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