NESCent outreach is going global! Thanks to a two-year, $246,515 grant from the National Science Foundation, the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) is collaborating with local partners in communities worldwide to offer hands-on training through our newly-launched NESCent Ambassador Program.
The goal of the program is to enable scientists in developing countries to use existing informatics tools to make the most of the data they collect. In addition to offering short (one to two-week) courses and workshops, we will provide one-on-one and small group consultation to local scientists in the field, classroom or computer lab, using their actual datasets. Just as importantly, we hope to create transformative experiences for our scientists too — especially as they share their own research with the local science community, explore new collaborations with resident scientists, and discuss their work with local schools and communities.
In 2011-2012, NESCent plans to send 15-20 scientists to partner with communities in seven countries around the world. To find out more about NESCent workshops offered around the world, and how you can get involved, please browse our site.