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Open Labware: Build your own lab equipment using 3D printing and basic electronics
Funded by VolkswagenStiftung
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Applications open now! Deadline 27th February 2017
June 24th – July 08th 2017
Hosted by Dr. Samuel Adetunji Onasanwo and Prof. Yinusa Raji,
Department of Physiology
University of Ibadan
Nigeria
Workshop Description
The goal of the workshop is to give participants basic training in technologies that will allow them to build their own laboratory equipment, repair/calibrate existing ones and change their relation to the tools they use everyday in the laboratory.

Successful groups will build a fully functioning 3D printer during the course and receive basic training in their use and maintenance. In addition, we will provide training in the use of modern electronics and microcontrollers and provide each individual candidate with an Arduino starter kit.

We will also cover:
- Return plane tickets from a major airport in your country to Lagos
- Return transfer from Lagos to Ibadan
- Accommodation for the entire 2 weeks including breakfast.

Please note that other meals will not be covered! Also, only flights departing and landing from within Africa (or Germany in case of groups from German institutions) will be covered. Successful applicants will be expected to partake in the entire workshop.

Check the Flicker album for a similar workshop we ran in 2015: https://www.flickr.com/photos/trendinafrica/sets/72157653109908571

Faculty (alphabetical)

1) Andre Maia Chagas (University of Tübingen, Germany & TReND in Africa)
2) Olufajo Dolapo (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)
3) Bejamin Paffhausen (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)
4) Ihab Riad (University of Khartoum, Sudan)
5) Austin Quinn (UC Davis Medical School, USA)

Teaching assistants:
1) Adedeji Kafilah Jumoke (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)
2) Faborode Oluwaseun Samuel(University of Ibadan, Nigeria)
3) Issa Yusuf (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

Eligibility (please read carefully)
1) We only accept group applications. A group consists of three (3) members, all of whom have to be based at the same or nearby African/German University or equivalent research institution (same city).

2) MSc degree/Diplom (completed) or higher in biological, medical and related sciences will be considered, up to and including professorial level/head of department. Groups may be freely composed across these levels. Seniority is not a selection criterion.

3) Each individual candidate may only feature in one group application.

Application procedure (motivation letter is the main selection criterion)
1) Complete the form below.
2) Attach a one page CV for each participant in the group.
3) Motivation letter (one per group, maximally two pages):
Use the space at the end of this document to input a motivation letter (one per group, maximally two pages), stating:
(i) how your group and your institution may benefit from the course, and
(ii) what kind of equipment you imagine building/improving for ongoing teaching and research in the near future.

Please bear in mind that one goal of the course is for groups of successful candidates to establish a basic 3D printing and electronics workshop at their home institution, and in turn inspire and train others to follow suit.


Incomplete applications, or those that do not adhere to the above guidelines, will not be considered.

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