We had a very productive 2015 with the Capacity Building Program. We held five workshops and trained a total of 90 scientists. Our first training took place at the Jordan University of Science and Technology Center in Irbid, where we trained a group of scientists from Iraq on laboratory techniques on veterinary science. In addition, we organized two proposal-writing workshops and two manuscript-writing workshops in Nicaragua, Panama, and Colombia. We concluded 2015 with a follow-up training in Istanbul for the same group of Iraqi scientists; this time focusing on epidemiology. We had very positive reviews and were invited back to all four countries to continue building capacity mainly on writing techniques.
June 1-10, 2015
SSI conducted a laboratory-training workshop in conjunction with the personnel at CRDF Global and Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in Irbid, Jordan. SSI trained 11 scientists on laboratory techniques such as ELISA and PCR techniques for Brucellosis, Q-Fever and other veterinary diseases.
Nicaragua Manuscript Writing Workshop
June 15 – 17, 2015
SSI performed an intensive, three-day Scientific Writing Workshop at its ICT for Health office in Managua this past June. The participants included graduate students from the Universidad Centroamericana, doctors from the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios de la Salud (Managua’s school of public health), and local SSI staff.
Panama Proposal Writing Workshop
July 6-8, 2015
SSI was invited back to SENACYT in Panama. SSI trained 25 participants in proposal writing for grant applications for a scholarship program at SENACYT.
The participants came from different institutions in Panama (eg. the Gorgas and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institutes, University of Chiriquí, Technical Univ. and Panama University, among others). The aim of this workshop was to improve the quality of the grant proposals, assure project objectives were scientifically sound, and in accordance with the SENACYT funding priorities. The workshop was very successful and many participants came away with grant applications.
Panama Manuscript Writing Workshop
August 10-12, 2015
SSI held another workshop with SENACYT this summer, this one on manuscript writing. SSI trained 27 participants from different institutions in Panama. SSI assisted the participants in writing a scientific manuscript of good scientific quality to be published in a scientific journal. Most of the participants were writing in Spanish but wanted to learn to write in English, so SSI tailored the lectures and taught in English with Spanish translation.
Colombia Proposal Writing Workshop
September 2-5, 2015
SSI was invited back to the Centro Dermatologico Federico Lleras Acosta in Bogota, Colombia, where we previously held a manuscript writing workshop in December 2014. At this workshop, SSI trained 21 participants in grant writing techniques and tutored the students allowing them to complete proposals to submit to COLCIENCIAS, the Colombian government agency that supports fundamental and applied research in Colombia.
Istanbul Veterinary Epidemiology Workshop
December 10-13, 2015
SSI, with support from CRDF Global and Dr. Ahmad Al-Majali from the Jordan University of Science and Technology trained 18 veterinarian scientists from Iraq. The training took place in Istanbul from Dec 10 to 13th and focused on epidemiology for disease surveillance including sample calculations and analysis using appropriate statistical packages, diagnostics in surveillance and outbreak investigation, early warning, and Animal Health Information Systems.