The Biochemical Society is a learned society that brings biochemists together to foster collaboration. Education is a major part of the society’s mission and it has been a significant supporter of TASTE, contributing towards our initial costs last year, and recently confirming a grant to help us run the programme for longer.
But the society’s support for science education in Uganda goes beyond simply making grants, it also runs the A* Science Club scheme, designed to provide an outlet for enthusiastic students’ scientific passions.
We were fortunate to be able to help out at one of their “A* Masterclasses” earlier this year, run by Dr. Nick Dixon and Jane Thomson. The subject? Neuroscience and the brain.
It featured a talk from Professor Sadiq Yusuf, who teaches the neurogenetics of Drosophila at Kampala University, as well as many hands-on activities designed to get students thinking about how our brains really work.
We could tell that students really enjoyed the day of science, and that these science clubs are making an important contribution to science education in Uganda. We hope to be able to continue to collaborate with this exciting program. You can read more about the day over on the BiochemSoc Blog, and some more background to the project in this article.
Today, we have a guest post with the Biochemical Society describing some of our work so far and the challenges we face. Have a look!