BINGHAM-DRTC Workshop '20

Hands-On Training on Drosophila melanogaster in Bioscience Research.

March 3rd to 5thKaru, Nasarawa.

Background Information

Everything you need to know about the workshop

In comparison with other regions of the world, the level of higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa is below average. For instance, African researchers only produce about 1% of the world’s research. Long-term success and stability of higher education in Africa can be achieved by establishing a highly skilled workforce. We believe that part of the process of building a research capacity in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan African regions, is via the organization of world class hands-on trainings.

Drosophila melanogaster (fruit or vinegar fly) can contribute to enhancing research capacity in Nigeria and Africa ( Drosophila can be used as a powerful and cost-effective model to scale-up and improve both academia and research output.

Drosophila melanogaster has been used at the forefront of biomedical research of over a century and is accepted all over the world as an alternative to mammalian models. It has been approved by the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Models (ECVAM).

Considering the enormous costs and increasing restrictions of research in rodents, D. melanogaster provides a cost-effective, efficient and enormously powerful model that is so well conserved at the molecular and cell biological level that is can be used to model human diseases ( It provides opportunity for affordable screens of drugs, plant extracts and other molecules in the search for treatments for human diseases.

To illustrate the statement: performing genetic crosses is fast since the generation time of Drosophila is only 2 weeks, transgenic animals can be generated in 6 weeks for about $250, and maintaining 400 fly stocks for a month costs about $200, compared to $15,000 or more for keeping the same amount of mouse lines research-ready. The enormous amounts of money saved in this way can be invested in improving your infrastructure.

Therefore, the goal of this workshop co-organized by DRTC and Bingham University, is to attract and train researchers in Nigeria on the use of Drosophila melanogaster as an alternative model system in Bioscience research.

  • To deliver an experimentally based course illustrating the use and usefulness of Drosophila as a model organism for research.
  • To build a network among participants and faculty members. In addition, we will make all protocols freely available to members of the group.
  • To implement feedback from participants to improve the output.
Targeted Audience
  • Postgraduate students
  • Scientists
  • Botanists, Veterinarians, clinicians
  • Medical laboratory scientists e.t.c
Payment Details:
  • All forms should be filled (Interest form and Application form) links below:
  • Application form should be attached with proof of payment and sent to
  • Payment can be made to Bingham Biochemistry Workshop and Conference 1230162591 Access Bank. On confirmation, your workshop access code will be sent to your email.

Workshop Speakers

We invites digital experts arround the world

Prof Andreas Prokop

Drosophila Genetics The University of Manchester, UK

Dr. Alex Whitworth

Neurodegenerative Diseases University of Cambridge, UK

Dr Amos Abolaji

Toxicology University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Mariana R. P. Alves

Gene Expression in Site EMBL, Germany


Limited slots are available and will be on a first come first serve basis

Best Selling

Early Bird

30,000 /1 person


  • Ends 31st January 2020
  • Full Workshop Access
  • Hands-on Laboratory training
  • Coffee/Tea & Lunch
  • Certificate

Bursary Award

BINGHAM-DRTC Drosophila melanogaster workshop Award

BINGHAM-DRTC will grant bursaries to attend the BINGHAM-DRTC 2020 workshop

Successful applicants will be:
  • Reimbursed for either registration, travel or accommodation costs after the workshop following submission of certificate of attendance and original receipts.
  • Expected to write a full feedback from the hands-on training from what he/she gained from the workshop.
  • Must be a Postgraduate or Early Career professional
  • Must be within the first 7 years of career, including approved career breaks, from date of obtaining the first degree
  • Must submit a motivation letter with clear statement of why financial support is required, which of the categories of award he/she is applying for and clear explanation of how attendance to the workshop fits with his/her academic goal and career plans
  • Must submit proof of registration for the workshop
  • Must commit to personal attendance if accepted for an award.
Bursaries will be offered in different categories as follows:
  • Full registration fee will be covered fully by the Organizers
  • Partial registration fee will be covered by the Organizers
  • Travel cost will be covered by the Organizers
  • Accommodation cost will be covered by the Organizers
  • A Curriculum Vitae including full affiliation and list of publications (if any)
  • Letter of support of 2 referees among which preferably the current supervisor and/or former (master/doctoral) thesis advisor
  • A personal motivation letter.
  • Proof of registration for the BINGHAM-DRTC 2020 workshop.

The different documents in the application dossier should be sent as PDF files in a single mail to the organisers (

Deadline for application: 5th February 2020 at 5:00 pm West African Time.

For exhibition and sponsorship contact the organizer through the workshop email address


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Venue Information

Everything you need, to know


Department of Biochemistry, Bingham University
Km 26 Abuja - Keffi Express Way Auta Baleefi, Kodope, Karu LGA, Nasarawa State


Accommodations are available in hotels within 500m to 1.5km distance to the venue in the range of ₦5,000 to ₦30,000. To enjoy discounted rate contact these numbers 08161870471, 08070440443 who can direct you on booking and payment

For more information:

Phone: 08065614194

Bingham LOC:

Phone: 08189261133, 09053197766