Fostering sustainable networks and developing career pathways through accessible learning and training 

Building genomics capacity in under-represented countries! 

We strive to democratise access to genomics education, to build capacity in many areas of biomedicine for research and healthcare, in response to regional need. We recognise there is limited value in delivering training through the lens of the USA and Europe only, acknowledging the differences in infrastructure, government policy, and public health challenges between continents. We focus on training scientists to use the tools and techniques that are accessible, affordable, and can be implemented within the region they operate.

Through activities delivered alongside trusted regional partners – held in global training hubs – we foster networks for skills development, knowledge exchange, collaboration, and mentoring in discovery science, genomics, and public health.

A colour photo of eight participants on our 2023 Establishing Capacity for Pathogen Genomics course, hosted by our regional training partners at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The groups of scientists are working on a group activity around a large table. Photo credit: Liã Barbara Arruda, Education Developer, Wellcome Connecting Science.
We connect scientists across a continent to learn from each other, and collaborate on shared challenges responsive to regional needs.

Our training covers many scientific areas including:

  • Single Cell Genomics
  • Pathogen Surveillance
  • Molecular Approaches for Clinical Microbiology
  • Genome Sequencing Bioinformatics
  • Practical Aspects of Drug Discovery
  • Cancer Genome Analyses
A colour photo of the 2022 Drug Discovery course participants, in Uruguay, socialising during an evening dinner.
We provide opportunities for social networking, in addition to formal learning, to foster lasting relationships that sustain beyond the course.

Prior to attending training with Connecting Science, I would complain about the lack of resources and expertise in underserved regions across Asia; the perception is this prevents the acceleration of collaboration and science. However, on the Antimicrobial Resistance course, in Bangkok, I discovered it is possible to form our own Asian research collaboration through effective networking, enabling us to connect with each other, and our ideas and expertise.

Polly Yap, Postdoctural Research Fellow, Monash University, Malaysia 

All our courses are tailored to address training needs and challenges which are specific to the region we are in; and where possible, we use local datasets to demonstrate the application of specific analysis tools and techniques. Our training is designed to ensure participants can apply what you learn directly to your own work, once the course has ended.

Our many education initiatives support discussion and learning through the lens of local infrastructure and policy.

Our train-the-trainer events, focusing on the teaching of genomics-based approaches in research and healthcare, support sustainable learning and knowledge sharing. We bridge regional gaps by connecting scientists, and their ideas, with each other, to strengthen understanding; enabling scientific communities to collaborate on solutions to address their own regional research questions. Our learning and training programme looks beyond the science, fostering lasting relationships and networks that drive global health successes. We provide opportunities to network with global experts, and present to broader communities to raise the profile of your regional work. We understand that improvements in global data sharing can only be achieved if we work together to change mindsets!

Colour photo of a handwritten group exercise exploring a pipeline for pathogen genomics surveillance in Africa.
Through group exercises you will explore the full project pipeline.

We also look beyond the training in application, to connect specialists across the project pipeline, from those working in the lab to those working at the translational decision-making end.

A colour photo of two participants discussing a scientific poster. One participant is pointing towards the poster, presenting her research insights to the other participant.
We provide opportunities to raise the profile of global genomic science, wherever you are based around the world.

We fund, develop and deliver tailored events that build skills and enhance knowledge to open career pathways for scientists working in countries facing specific barriers to access and recognition in science. Ultimately, we believe that tackling our collective global health challenges can only be successful if we remove the imbalances that exist regionally – starting with equitable training for all scientists, wherever you are based!

We are committed to supporting your scientific career to flourish, wherever you are based across the globe!   

Our strong partnerships with regional institutions enable us to deliver hands-on, face-to-face learning experiences. Our instructor teams are led by a combination of global and regional scientists; and course development always involves the contribution of scientists based regionally in Africa, Latin America, or Asia.

We are committed to ensuring that our global training is led by teams consisting of regional scientists to develop accessible and sustainable networks.

Alice Matimba, Head of Training and Global Capacity, Connecting Science learning and training programme

Through a blended learning, distributed classroom model, with support from local host classroom providers, we are able to reach and connect learners across continents, even without access to a powerful computer or high speed internet connection.

As part of our COG-Train programme, jointly led alongside the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium, we developed the SARS-CoV-2 Bioinformatics for Beginners course (SARS-CoV-2 B4B), and successfully delivered this on online; enabling scientists in different classrooms (across the globe) to strengthen their data sequencing analysis skills, and improve their viral genomics research practices.

A 2 dimensional map diagram, visualising the spread of countries reached by Connecting Science with the Bioinformatics for Beginners COG-Train online course.
Connecting 350 scientists across 22 countries with new networks and skills, via 28 regional classrooms!

Leveraging our expertise in delivering online training, we are able to nurture relationships between communities and continents at scale, enabling continued networking and collaboration.

Discover how we can support your career ambitions and start your learning journey with us today, wherever you are based around the globe! Explore our website for details on all our global training activities.

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