How we started
The African Inclusive Microscopy Network (AfInMic) was established in 2018 and was initially designed to provide no-cost microscopy training and a networking platform for postgraduate students and researchers from historically disadvantaged universities in Southern Africa. In 2018, 115 postgraduate students and researchers were trained on a range of microscopy techniques and skills including light microscopy, scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy, and hands-on use of imaging software for data processing. To support their research goals, they were also trained on preparing funding applications for microscopy research and exposed to potential funders.
Based on the successes and learnings from the Southern African region, the AfInMic network extended the mandate to the whole of the African continent, conducting training in collaboration with leading African microscopy researchers as well as leading microscope instrument suppliers who form part of the network.