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The Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Biomaker Challenge (deadline: 11h May 2018)

Biomaker Challenge is a four-month programme challenging interdisciplinary teams to build low-cost sensors and instruments for biology. From colorimeters to microfluidics and beyond, we’re looking for frugal, open source and DIY approaches to biological experiments. The participation of teams in Africa is being promoted for the first time this year - and the organizers will be happy to help build UK-African connections through the formation of joint or parallel teams.

Whether you’re a biologist looking to optimise your protocols and pick up some electronics knowledge; an engineer looking to apply your skills and gain experience of practical biology or you’re just curious and interested to participate, we’re keen to hear from you.

Participants will receive a Biomaker Toolkit and a discretionary budget for additional sensors, components, consumables and 3D-printing worth up to £1000. All teams will exhibit their device at a Biomaker Fayre in late October. Up to 50 grants will be awarded.

At least one participant from each team should have a connection with the University of Cambridge and/or the John Innes Centre/Earlham Institute - but we encourage wide extra participation from outside institutions and across career stages…never too early or late to learn. 

 

Please find further details  here and apply here.

Please contact biomaker@hermes.cam.ac.uk with any enquiries.

The Global Challenges Initiative is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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