Academic Exchange Service
TReND links is a spin-off portal run by TReND in Africa intended to facilitate academic and cultural exchange between (neuro)scientists worldwide.
The service is 100% free and offers any (neuro)scientist the possibility to submit a brief academic profile and then browse for like-minded scientists abroad.
By registering with TReND links, scientists agree to be politely contacted via email in academic matters, to offer advice, share protocols or discuss options for scientific collaboration.
Links are intended to foster global exchange, fruitful scientific progress as well as personal friendships.
Like all academic subjects, (neuro)science is a global discipline. Fruitful research and scientific progress fundamentally depends on academic exchange between peers.
In particular the Western nations boast a long standing tradition of scientific research and education, with the vast majority of top-ranked publications originating outside of Africa. African science is rapidly catching up, however, knowledge is often poorly exchanged between African and Western researchers. Limited resources to attend conferences and often costly journal subscriptions limit African scientists’ ability to follow the latest developments in Western research.
The first factor is especially important because even when African researchers have access to international journal publications, they receive this information with a significant delay with respect to its Western peers who often exchange new knowledge and ideas during conferences. At the same time, regional publication outlets and language barriers frequently render findings and research agendas from African academia unavailable to Western researchers. Moreover, African and Western researchers have easy access to different samples, materials and patient groups, and bring unique perspectives about implementation and sustainability of research to the table.
Our approach builds upon a combination of academic research collaboration, an exchange of knowledge and access to resources, and the establishment of personal relations and networks connecting African and the West. This project is intended to: