Young Scientists

Nina Dudnik: "We use scientific lab equipment as a catalyst"

Nina Dudnik has created in the US a NGO, Seeding Labs, which supplies laboratory equipment to scientists across the South, especially in Africa.

Who are you?

My name is Nina Dudnik, I am a scientist by training. I am founder and CEO of Seeding Labs based in Boston, USA. Our mission is to make sure that talented scientist everywhere in the world get to drive discoveries that improve life in our planet.

Why the return of the African scientists in Africa is important to you?

I deeply understand the importance to want to be in your home country. My grandparents were immigrants to the USA. Everybody deserve to live where they want to live. And if that is in their home, they should be able to pursue their ambition and put their talent to work where they live. So I think it is incredibly important for African scientists to be able to come home. Not only to be able to be with their families but most importantly to bring their skill back to the continent. There are enormous numbers of problem to be solve through science in Africa, everywhere in the world. And you need people in the front line who understand the situation, who understand the context. They are the best people in the world to developp the solutions.

What do you do to encourage young African scientists to return in Africa ?

The core of what we do is to use scientific lab equipment as a catalyst. We work with the public and private sector around the USA to source lab equipment while making it affordable to scientists in Africa, to pursue their priorities. Their research priorities, their teaching priorities. And then on top of that now that they are well equipped we help to connect them to other training opportunities as well as to colleagues everywhere in the world, because now they are great collaborators for anyone anywhere.

Interview by Anthony Audureau

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