In the Press

Our work has been covered in a range of national and international media outlets, including TV, popular and academic print as well as several radio appearances. Please see below for an impression.

natureAn article highlighting our work appeared in the prestigious scientific outlet Nature in early 2015. The article was written by the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) based African scientists Fanuel Muindi and Joseph Keller who wanted to highlight our work to Nature’s wide, international audience. Reference: Muindi and Keller (2015). Developing World: Build Neuroscience capacity in Africa. Nature 518 (35). doi:10.1038/518035e. pdf

logo_nobel-lindauWe participated in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Southern Germany to engage with colleagues and thought leaders in the field about science in general, and matters in science education in particular. Here, TReND founder Dr. Lucia Prieto Godino joined Sir Harrold Kroto (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1996) and Kailesh Satyarthi (Nobel Peace Laureate 2014) as well as Germany’s Secretary of State Georg Schütte for the week-long conference’s closing panel discussion on global education.


The full panel (1.5 h), held in English, is available online here. Lucia’s opening statement begins at 16:10 mins. Other longer bits at 53:10; 1:02:20. An associated interview is found here.

Other links of TReND with the Lindau Meetings include Emily and Peter’s blog-post in 2014, as well as our 2015 TV appearance for Germany’s ARD alpha. We featured on a 45 minute TV discussion forum on the state of science in Africa. ARD-alphaParticipants: Prof Hartmut Michel, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry;  Dr Maxwell Barffour, Ghanaian Biologist from the University of California; Günter Nooke, Personal advisor in African matters to the German chancellor; Dr Tom Baden, TReND in Africa. June 29th 2015.

Both TReND founders Lucia and Tom are Lindau alumni (2014 and 2011, respectively).

330px-Reddit_logo.svgWe participated in a Public Library of Science (PLoS) featured Reddit Ask me Anything” (AMA) session on the topic of “Open Labware”. With ~5 million daily hits, Reddit is the world’s largest online forum for public science engagement and discussion.  Direct link.


TReND director of African Affairs, Prof. Sadiq Yusuf, appeared as expert panelist discussing Higher Education in Africa, organised by The Guardian.. The Q&A was live on Thursday 30th July 2015; 1-3pm GMT, and summarised the day after here. The Guardian is one of the UK’s largest daily news outlets.


Our work was featured in an article  that appeared in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the largest printed daily newspaper in Germany. The article “Das Labor aus dem Drucker” (“The printed laboratory”) picks up on our ongoing efforts in use of 3D printing and basic electronics to build lab equipment and elaborates on our work in a more global context. 1 Jun 2015;  By Eberhard, B. pdf, plain text

TReND on Cambridge University website2Very early in our existance we were flattered to be featured on the frontpage of the University of Cambridge. The article discusses our goals and how we go about them using the specific example of our 2011/2 neuroscience summer schools held at Kampala International University, Uganda. We are particularly pleased about this appearance as both Tom abd Lucia (TReND founders) are Cambridge alumni, and here, in the basement of the Department of Zoology, it was where it all started. 2012.

HowWeGetToNext An article about TReND and our 3D printing efforts appeared on the official blog accompanying Steve Johnson’s How we get to next show produced for PBS (USA)  and the BBC (UK). The show aims at highlighting the sometimes extraordinary efforts of individuals and small organisations who offer their humble contributions in an attempt to make our world a better place. Teaching DIY Neuroscience using 3D printed Tools”. (By CQ Choi).

Deutschlandfunk A radio article was aired on the Germany-wide radio channel “Deutschlandfunk”. The article reports on TReND activities on a general level as part of a longer debate on scientific spending worldwide. Aired on Friday 29th May 2015. By Anneke Meyer; transcript. Audio (start at 5:45)

at39A glossy 4 page article in Attempto! magazine with lots of pictures about TReND in general and 3D printing in particular. Published Oct 2015. By Stefanie Molitor. Article on pages 28,29 (German) and 30,31 (English). pdf

Some other mentions in News and Media

· A newspaper Article in “Schwäbisches Tagblatt” (Germany). Link. web

· A radio article on TReND, aired by the German station “SWR2″ (Südwestfunk2) on June 9th 2015. By Anja Brockert. Link.  Audio

· An article on the website of Sussex Neuroscience (2014). By Sarah Hoey

· An article on Planet Earth Institute website (2014). By Peter Parslow.

· An article on the ADInstruments website (2013)

· An article on the Backyard Brains website (2013).

· An article about our 2011 course by THRiVE: Neurogenetics course in Uganda (2012)

· An article by TReND founder Lucia about our very first 2011 course on The Node, the official blog of the Company of Biologists. First course on insect neuroscience and Drosophila Neuogenetics in Uganda. (2011)