African BioImaging Consortium: Building the African Microscopy Community
Widespread adoption of microscopy in Africa is hindered by unequal distribution of imaging infrastructure, poor access to training, and limited local expertise. These challenges are exacerbated by limited resource sharing and the absence of a cohesive bioimaging community. The African Bioimaging Consortium (ABIC) will work to unite a pan-African network of imaging and life scientists and strengthen their ability to address these challenges. Through online platforms and virtual and hybrid community events, ABIC will actively grow and support the bioimaging community.
ABIC’s Microscopy in Africa Platform database of imaging equipment and expertise, in combination with intra-continental travel fellowships, will enable access to existing imaging technology. Working groups focusing on solutions to challenges facing researchers will collaborate with communities to build African microscopy capacity. This includes development of the unique “Teach Africa Microscopy” program, a curated teaching curriculum and mentorship program tailored for implementation in Africa. With this multifaceted approach, ABIC provides a holistic strategy to growing imaging expertise and accessibility in Africa.