According to the editor of the Scientific American, seventeen of 20 of the fastest growing jobs for the next decade will be in STEM-related fields. This is one of the reasons why I am forming a new WhatsApp group called 'Scientific Sierra Leonean', to bring together scientists, medics, engineers, technologists, mathematicians etc. at home and abroad to discuss, decide on and implement practical steps to advance scientific development in our homeland. This very much builds on the work @Sengbe has been doing stimulating debate but with the added benefit, hopefully, of some implementation on the ground. The group is currently only 24 hours old but already has some scientists and engineers in Sierra Leone, some in the great US of A and some here in the UK where I am based.
There is so much to discuss including the current state of scientific training, the state of research and options for joint research projects on topics ranging from Ebola to sustainable energy, from diabetes to sickle cell research, offering training opportunities in our institutions to young scientists back home and much more.
I appreciate that this is an anonymous forum and many members here will prefer to keep their true identities secret. I respect that. If however you would like to join us I give you my word I will never divulge your handle under any circumstances. The best way to contact me initially is through the email system provided on the forum. If that is impractical I will publish an email address here that can be used.
Brief background about myself, My PhD is in cancer studies from King's College Medical School. I am currently the Director of the Clinical Transplantation Laboratory at one of the leading teaching hospitals here in the UK. My team undertakes all laboratory aspects of donor patient testing for kidney, heart and lung transplantation as well as stem cell transplantation in cancer patients and patients with non malignant conditions such as sickle cell. My primary research interests are therefore related to these topics.
Practical things I am keen to do include setting up a Sierra Leonean stem cell registry so in the future we do not die needlessly from treatable cancers and setting up an online Sierra Leonean Scientific Journal to help fund home based researchers. If you are a scientist, medic, engineer etc. and are of like mind please consider joining us.