Next Generation of Problem Solvers – Team Botswana SANBioLabHack 2018

PCR Machine

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Africa is challenged by shortages of laboratory equipment in teaching institutions. In South Africa, according to an online Fintech article, 86% of SA’s 23 589 public schools do not have science labs.

While these alarming statistics may apply to the SA context, sadly this problem is also found in every developing nation and Botswana is no exception.

SADC member states undergraduate students to build low-cost laboratory equipment at SANBio LabHack

working in a lab

SADC member states undergraduate students to build low-cost laboratory equipment designed for the African context at the South African edition of the LabHack 2018, arranged by SANBio / BioFISA II in collaboration with the University of Oxford.

Mobility grant takes PhD student’s research to the next level

Debina Lobine in Italy

Mauritius, together with Rodrigues possess a rich biodiversity comprising both endemic and exotic flora and fauna and represent a goldmine for the global food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry, yet it has been largely under-utilized up until now. 

With the increasing demand for natural products or plant-based products, the endemic flora and fauna hold immense potentials for the food, pharmaceutical industry and economic development. 

Introducing the SANBio Student Ambassador for Zambia: Chabota Simweemba

Chabota Simweemba

I would like to sincerely thank the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) for selecting me as the Student Ambassador for Zambia.

My name is Chabota Simweemba, aged twenty three years. I was born in a family of seven. We used to stay in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia where my father used to work as an electrician in one of the mines. Unfortunately, we lost him in 2002 so we had to shift to live in a village in Southern Province because my mother was not working. This change of locality had its own challenges but it marks a very serious landmark in my life.

Introducing SANBio Student Ambassador for Swaziland: Ms Ncobile Trusty Mathunjwa

Ncobile Mathunjwa

I am extremely overjoyed to be selected as the SANBio Student Ambassador for Swaziland. I am greatly honoured and privileged to be afforded such a massive opportunity to represent my country within the SANBio network and to advocate SANBio among young people as well as fellow men and women in Swaziland and the SADC region.

NEPAD - Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) represented at the Erongo Omaruru Namibia Career fair

Students at the Career Fair

As part of our youth engagement aims, the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences attended the Ritja Career Fair, an initiative that was started in 2013 in Windhoek to encourage, motivate and guide young people in Namibia to strive  towards  contributing to Namibia’s development and sustainability in various sectors. The fair also addressed issues concerning choices of career path and the requirement thereof.

Introducing the Student Ambassador for Mauritius

Devina Lobine - SANBio Student Ambassador for Mauritius

Dear Fellow Students and Researchers,

I am honoured and pleased to have been selected by the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) to be their Student Ambassador for Mauritius.

My name is Meenakshi Devina Lobine. Born and raised in Mauritius, I have grown into a hardworking and ambitious woman. I am thankful to my parents who have left no stone unturned to educate me and to instill the essence of self-esteem and self-dependency in me.

Lean Entrepreneur in Biosciences training course – A Student Ambassador’s perspective

Speed networking at the training

This article is courtesy of our SANBio Student Ambassador for Namibia, Hatago Aibate Stuurmann, who participated in our latest training workshop.

The NEPAD-SANBio/BioFISA II programme organized a Lean Entrepreneur workshop for the third time on 10-14 October 2016. The five day workshop aimed at supporting proposal development of research projects from nine countries in the Southern African region.