Public Lecture

    NIHERST invites you to the NIHERST/NASA International Internship 2018 Public Lecture Series, to be delivered by the 2018 recipients of the internship, Mr. Keenan Chatar and Ms. Ariel Chitan, on 5th September 2018. Read More

    Get fit for the Climate

    Berlin, 06/09/2017: In a few weeks’ time, politicians, scientists and activists from around the world will meet in Bonn to discuss approaches to resolving the climate crisis. For those wanting to become knowledgeable about the subject before the negotiations in November, WWF Germany and the Deutsches Klima-Konsortium (DKK), a scientific association, have created an English online course on climate change: Climate Change, Risks and Challenges (#ClimateCourse)... Read More

    NIHERST Board Installed

    On Wednesday 16th August 2017, the NIHERST Board of Governors was installed at a simple ceremony at the Ministry of Education, #5 St Vincent Street. Board members received their instruments of Appointment from The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education... Read More

    First ICGEB Early Career Grant Winner in T&T

    Dr. Rajini Haraksingh is a Human Geneticist and Lecturer in Biotechnology in the Dept. of Life Sciences at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. In 2013, she was awarded a Junior Scientist Award from NIHERST for her research on human genomic variation and she was recently awarded an ICGEB Early Career Return Grant over the next three years to investigate the underlying genetics of Diabetes in the Trinidad and Tobago population. Read More

    NYSC 2017 delegates off to the U.S.

    The Embassy of the United States of America in collaboration with NIHERST is pleased to announce that Cheziah Phillip of Toco Secondary School and Ricardo Ramlogan of Iere High School have been selected as the two most promising young scientific leaders in Trinidad & Tobago. Read More

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  • ICT Workshops

    In celebration of Girls In ICT day, NIHERST will be hosting a 2-day event featuring ICT Workshop at the National Science Centre... Read More

    Christmas Workshops

    Christmas Workshops

    FIRST LEGO League Open For Registration

    On your mark, get set, flow! Drink in the 2017/2018 HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season and learn all about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. In the 2017/2018 FIRST® LEGO® League... Read More

    Trinidad and Tobago Students to Join Top Minds at NASA

    Alyssa Mike of San Fernando and Valmiki Ramroop of Cunupia are about to engage in cutting-edge research under the mentorship of top minds at the NASA Ames Research Centre in California, USA. Mike and Ramroop are now part of a select group of international students to participate in the esteemed NASA International Internship Program (NASA I2). Read More

    Local ICT Workshops and Girls’ Hackathon

    In honour of International Girls in ICT Day, NIHERST hosted 108 female students for a series of information and communication technology (ICT) workshops and a hackathon. Read More

    The Call for the Collaborative Research Programme (CRP) of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) Research Grants 2017 is now open. Applicants holding positions at Universities or Research Institutes within Trinidad and Tobago are invited to submit proposals, as per guidelines found at: http://www.icgeb.org/research-grants.html For more information, please contact Mrs. Joanne Chin Sang, ICGEB Liaison Officer, International Projects Unit, NIHERST at joanne.chinsang@niherst.gov.tt or 622-7505 ext. 3305

    Local Student Seismologists Capture Earthquake Readings Earthquakes, Not Hurricanes, Likely To be Largest Disaster Faced by T&T

    Arima North Secondary School, one of seven schools participating in the Seismology in Schools (SIS) programme, has captured seismic readings at their school after last evening’s 6.2 magnitude earthquake, and the 4.4 and 4.9 aftershocks that followed. Read More

    Trinidad and Tobago pioneers with FIRST® LEGO® League

    The National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST), with the support of the Ministry of Education and 2016/2017 social investment partner Shell Trinidad Ltd., has made history for this nation. Trinidad and Tobago has blazed a trail as the first country in the English speaking Caribbean to host the global FIRST ® LEGO ® League programme, and it’s National Championship. Read More

    Alyssa Mike of San Fernando and Valmiki Ramroop of Cunupia engaged in cutting-edge research under the mentorship of top minds at the NASA Ames Research Centre in California, USA. Mike and Ramroop were part of a select group of international students that participated in the esteemed NASA International Internship Program (NASA I2). A BSc. student of Engineering (Biomedical Computation) at Stanford University, 21 year old Mike conducted research on a project entitled “Biosensor Development.”

    The project involved investigating avenues that demonstrated the sensor functionality in a variety of testing conditions, e.g. water quality monitoring and devices that integrate one or several laboratory functions for astronaut health monitoring. Meanwhile 23 year old Ramroop, a MSc. student of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at New York University engaged in “Nanotechnology in Electronics and Sensor Development.” His project looked at the use of nanomaterials for Sensor Development in Chemical and Electronic purposes. It included material growth, characterisation, device fabrication, device testing and evaluation, reliability and lifetime assessment of nanomaterials.

    The NASA International Internship Program (NASA I²) is a structured agency-wide program that provides a collaborative environment in which non-U.S. interns (university undergraduate level students) or fellows (university graduate level students) are able to work alongside international peers. Following the signing of an agreement between NIHERST and NASA in 2012, (which was subsequently renewed in 2015), the NASA I² program was developed to facilitate a structured educational exchange among students from Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. interns and visiting university students from abroad, under the mentorship of a member of NASA’s science and engineering workforce.

    Launch of the Sectoral Innovation Mapping (SIM) of the Software & Web Development Industries in T&T

    NIHERST embarks on the conduct of the sectoral innovation mapping (SIM) studies targeting priority sectors and launched the SIM findings of the Software & Web Development Industries in Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday 16th November, 2016. This follows on the heels of the launch of SIM findings in the Animation Industry and Energy Services Sector Read More

    Launch of FIRST LEGO League Trinidad and Tobago

    On Wednesday 23rd November 2016, NIHERST under the auspices of the Honourable Minister of Education, Mr. Anthony Garcia of the Ministry of Education, will launch FIRST LEGO League Trinidad and Tobago. A powerful programme aimed at engaging children in playful and meaningful learning while helping them discover the fun in science and technology, FIRST LEGO League has a presence in 80 countries. Read More

    Trinidad and Jamaica Award Student Innovators and Problem-Solvers

    On Friday 18th November 2016, local students from six primary and four secondary schools, will present working prototypes and be recognised for their application of scientific knowledge and technological solutions toward improving the conditions of their school or community in two critical areas: (1) energy access and efficiency; and (2) agriculture and food security, as the Improving Innovation Capacities in the Caribbean (INVOCAB) project nears its completion. Read More

    NIHERST honours Joycelyn Lee Young, outgoing President (Acting) and Registrar

    After 30 years of dedicated and loyal service, Ms Joycelyn Lee Young has retired. The NIHERST family and the Lee Young family wish to express heartfelt gratitude to colleagues, well-wishers and all who have contributed to her career, and to NIHERST.

    Launch of FIRST LEGO League

    NIHERST is the operational partner in T&T, charged with the design, delivery and management of the FIRST LEGO League programme locally by LEGO Education. FIRST LEGO League is a global program created to get kids excited about science and technology. Geared toward ages 9 to 16 (ages vary by country of participation), the program utilizes theme-based challenges to engage children in research, problem solving, and engineering. The cornerstones of the program are its core values, which emphasize contributions of others, friendly competition, learning, and community involvement. Read More

    Seismology in Schools 2016 Workshops

    In September 2016, workshops took place at various schools throughout Trinidad & Tobago: Arima North Secondary, ASJA Girls' College, Iere High School, Couva East Secondary, St. Stephen's College Signal Hill Secondary School. Also launched at the workshop was their competition 'Shake Squad: Mission 1'. Winner to be announced in December 2016. Find out more at www.facebook.com/sistrinidadandtobago Read More

    Students Shine In Innovation and Volunteerism at NIHERST'S COMDESI Awards

    Improved research skills, along with innovative, critical and civic-minded thinking, were developed in students from four secondary schools who participated in NIHERST’s 2015 Community-Centred Design and Innovation (COMDESI) programme. Read More

    2016 NASA intern Kester Wade of T&T delivers public lecture

    Kester Wade, 2016 intern, NIHERST/NASA International Internship I² Program delivered his public lectures on 1st September 2016. At 4:30 p.m. he spoke on Advanced Life Support: Developing a Recycling System to Ensure Access to Potable Water Aboard the International Space Station. At 5:30 p.m. he spoke on Life in Silicon Valley at the NASA Ames Research Centre, Mountain View, California.

    A Vacation from the Ordinary, Local Students enjoy the Best of Leading-Edge Science at NIHERST

    Now in their 18th consecutive year, NIHERST’s annual vacation camps engaged over 1,200 young minds over the July/August period in 2016. A creative and scientific experience for children ages 5 - 17, the camps explored a range of contemporary topics in science, technology and innovation, and were held across the country in Port-of-Spain, Preysal, San Fernando and at the NIHERST/NGC National Science Centre in D’Abadie. Read More

    Trinidad and Tobago Students to Join Top Minds at NASA

    Alyssa Mike of San Fernando and Valmiki Ramroop of Cunupia are about to engage in cutting-edge research under the mentorship of top minds at the NASA Ames Research Centre in California, USA. Mike and Ramroop are now part of a select group of international students to participate in the esteemed NASA International Internship Program (NASA I2). Read More

    2017 national youth science camp west virginia usa

    The U.S. Embassy and the National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST) are pleased to announce that they are accepting applications from sixth form science students from the North Eastern and St. Patrick educational districts for a full scholarship to the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) in West Virginia, United States. Read More

    Honouring former Prime Minister Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning.

    NIHERST joins the national community in mourning and honouring former Prime Minister Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning. Our condolences to those closest to him and may he have eternal, well-deserved rest. Read More

     Trinidad and Tobago student wins prestigious NIHERST/NASA Internship

    Kester Wade of Diego Martin, Trinidad has officially joined a select group of international students to participate in the esteemed NASA International Internship Program (NASA I2). Read More

    T&T mourns the passing of leading expert in vector-borne diseases, Professor Dave Chadee

    Known to many as “the mosquito man,” Professor Chadee's work positively affected the lives of hundreds of millions of people across the world. Professor Chadee was also one of NIHERST’s honoured icons in science, technology and innovation. He received the Emmanuel Ciprian Amoroso Award for Medical Sciences (gold) in 2013. Professor Chadee passed away on June 21, 2016.
    We extend our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Read More

    NIHERST honours the life and contribution of one of our icons in science and technology Dr Theodosius Poon-King who passed away on Thursday 30th June 2016.

    Our condolences to his friends, family and colleagues. Dr Poon-King is credited for his ground-breaking work on diabetes, the eradication of acute nephritis and the reduction of the high incidence of rheumatic fever in Trinidad. He received several honours for his world-famous research, including Trinidad and Tobago's Chaconia Medal (Gold) in 1975. Read More

      

    Survey of Science in Primary Schools 2015

    This survey is the second of its kind to be conducted by NIHERST. It was designed to provide empirical data on the teaching of science in primary schools and has generated essential indicators for comparison with similar studies. Data was compiled on the profile of primary school principals and teachers including teachers’ training needs and difficulties encountered in teaching science. The adequacy and availability of school infrastructure and support systems available for the teaching of primary school science were also addressed in the enquiry. This included access to science education workshops, resource personnel, teaching and assessment methods, equipment and professional literature. Read More

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     NIHERST Immerses Caribbean Students into a World of Science and Technology

    Engaging presentations, hands-on workshops, eye-opening field trips and one-on-one interaction with leading scientists, as well as experts from business and industry, proved yet again to be a rich and impactful learning experience for students engaged in the Caribbean Youth Science Forum (CYSF) 2016. Over 150 lower six students from Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago participated in the week-long residential forum from 31st July – 7th August 2016. Read More

    ODPM observes International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) during Earth Science Week at the National Science Centre

    The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management observed IDDR 2016 on October 13th, 2016.IDDR held every 13 October by the United National Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR),celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that the face and encourages every individual, community and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations. ODPM partnered with NIHERST for a special visit to the Centre where students were exposed to the Tectonic Plate Table, the Tornado Simulator and a customised Electronic Jeopardy Game in the Raging Planet exhibit Read More

    Honouring former Prime Minister Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning.

    NIHERST joins the national community in mourning and honouring former Prime Minister Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning. Our condolences to those closest to him and may he have eternal, well-deserved rest. Read More

     Trinidad and Tobago student wins prestigious NIHERST/NASA Internship

    Kester Wade of Diego Martin, Trinidad has officially joined a select group of international students to participate in the esteemed NASA International Internship Program (NASA I2). Read More

    T&T mourns the passing of leading expert in vector-borne diseases, Professor Dave Chadee

    Known to many as “the mosquito man,” Professor Chadee's work positively affected the lives of hundreds of millions of people across the world. Professor Chadee was also one of NIHERST’s honoured icons in science, technology and innovation. He received the Emmanuel Ciprian Amoroso Award for Medical Sciences (gold) in 2013. Professor Chadee passed away on June 21, 2016.
    We extend our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Read More

    NIHERST honours the life and contribution of one of our icons in science and technology Dr Theodosius Poon-King who passed away on Thursday 30th June 2016.

    Our condolences to his friends, family and colleagues. Dr Poon-King is credited for his ground-breaking work on diabetes, the eradication of acute nephritis and the reduction of the high incidence of rheumatic fever in Trinidad. He received several honours for his world-famous research, including Trinidad and Tobago's Chaconia Medal (Gold) in 1975. Read More

      

    Survey of Science in Primary Schools 2015

    This survey is the second of its kind to be conducted by NIHERST. It was designed to provide empirical data on the teaching of science in primary schools and has generated essential indicators for comparison with similar studies. Data was compiled on the profile of primary school principals and teachers including teachers’ training needs and difficulties encountered in teaching science. The adequacy and availability of school infrastructure and support systems available for the teaching of primary school science were also addressed in the enquiry. This included access to science education workshops, resource personnel, teaching and assessment methods, equipment and professional literature. Read More

    NASA I² Interns Share Their Inspiring Stories

    Persons attending the lectures, which took place at the UWI St. Augustine campus, gained insight into the cutting-edge research undertaken by the interns, under the mentorship of top scientists at NASA. Read More

    NYSC Call for Applications from the Tobago Education District

    The U.S. Embassy and National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST) are pleased to announce they are accepting applications from sixth form science students from the Tobago educational district for a full scholarship to attend the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) in West Virginia, United States. Read More


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    NIHERST congratulates the @IEEE Trinidad & Tobago on its 10th Anniversary and looks forward to continued collaborations on cutting-edge projects

    A new milestone was achieved this year with its partnership agreement with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the IEEE Trinidad and Tobago Section that provides local students, teachers and the public with access to the educational programs, exhibits and materials of the IEEE. The first fruit of this partnership is the donation of the E-Scientia Exhibit, currently being installed at the National Science Centre in D’Abadie. Read More

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    Dr. Varma Rambaran made Nanoparticles

    Dr Varma Rambaran is a Trinbagonian lecturer in the Biomedical Engineering Progamme at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT). He recently won an IGCEB SMART Fellowship for his research on alternative treatments for diabetes. Dr Rambaran was also a finalist in the NIHERST’s Prime Minister’s Awards for Scientific Ingenuity 2015. Read More

    Trinidadian wins 2015 NASA Ames Honour Award

    NIHERST congratulates Jason Renwick on winning a 2015 Ames Honour Award from the NASA Ames Research Centre in California, USA. Renwick is one of four Trinidadian students who participated in the NASA International Internship I². Read More

    NIHERST launches 2016 NASA International Internship (I²) Program

    At the formal launch of the 2016 program, Mr. Amroodeen Ali, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education expressed his enthusiasm for the programme as he delivered the feature address on behalf of the Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education. Read More

    Students Shine in innovation and volunteerism at NIHERST's COMDESI Awards

    Improved research skills, along with innovative, critical and civic-minded thinking, were developed in students from four secondary schools who participated in NIHERST’s 2015 Community-Centred Design and Innovation (COMDESI) programme. [11 Oct 2015] Read More

  • NASA I² Interns Share Their Inspiring Stories

    Persons attending the lectures, which took place at the UWI St. Augustine campus, gained insight into the cutting-edge research undertaken by the interns, under the mentorship of top scientists at NASA. [4 Oct 2015] Read More

  • NASA I² Intern Report, Asha Williams, Summer 2015

    For the 2015 NASA I2 Internship Program, I was selected to work in Dr. John Hogan's laboratory on a Human Nutrient Production in Space (Bio-Nutrients) Project involving R&D in advanced microbial strategies for the production of nutrients within crewed spacecraft and habitats. Long-term space missions encounter the hurdle of substantial degradation of certain nutrients in food and supplements with time, potentially resulting in nutrient deficiency and serious health problems. Read More

  • NASA I² Intern Report, Jason Renwick, Fall 2014 & Spring 2015

    During the internship, I was exposed to an extremely professional work environment. In order to adapt, an exceedingly high level of work ethic was required. To achieve this remarkable work ethic, I adopted a keen sense of discipline and time management. By demonstrating that I was dependable, had an earnest willingness to learn as well as the ability to adapt to the professional environment and their work culture, my supervisors were prepared to give me increased responsibilities which led to my being invited to return in Spring 2015 for a second internship. Read More

  • NASA I² Intern Report, Stefan Hosein, Fall 2014 & Summer 2015

    The NASA experience was definitely a rewarding one, there was never an insipid moment. From the sheer magnitude of the size of NASA to the intriguing and minuscule creatures called microbial mats, there was always something going on at NASA. I was lucky enough to: get my first set of work put up on NASA’s website; meet the director of the NASA Ames Research Center; attend an open house where NASA was open to the public for a day and every department showed off their research; sit in at Carnegie Mellon’s University’s (CMU) Machine Learning meetings. Read More

  • ERANet-LAC

    The Government of Trinidad and Tobago recently agreed to tap into the benefits of research collaboration with the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin American Caribbean States (CELAC) through this country’s participation in the EU-CELAC Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation (JIRI) and the ERANet-LAC Project. Read More

  • INVOCAB STEM Camp

    The EU funded project, INVOCAB, was created to improve teachers’ capacities in science education as well as to implement an innovation framework in selected schools in the Caribbean. The project intends to strengthen students’ math and science capabilities at the primary and secondary school levels as well as to change students’ attitudes and dispositions towards science. Read More

  • NIHERST Rewards Creativity in Science and Technology

    A device that stabilises the voltage in batteries even through power outages, a biosensor for detecting thyroid disorders, and a solar-powered air-conditioning unit were among the prize-winning entries at this year's Prime Minister's Awards for Scientific Ingenuity. The award ceremony was held at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad where 101 citizens were recognised for their innovative use of science and technology in inventing devices and creating solutions to problems. Read More

  • NIHERST and the Ministry of Science and Technology ask

    "What if?"

    NIHERST and the Ministry of Science and Technology are asking the nation, “What If? What if you could take your children to a land of imagination and learning? What if you could do research in a world-class scientific environment, or experience space in a completely new way?” All this and more will be possible at NIHERST Science City, currently under construction. Read More

  • Kids enjoy a "Summer of Science" at NIHERST

    For the 17th consecutive year, NIHERST’s annual vacation camps have been a hit with children from ages 5 to 17. This year, approximately 1,300 campers signed up with NIHERST to be part of this creative and scientific experience during their holidays. Read More

  • The Caribbean’s best science festival: NIHERST’s Sci-TechKnoFest

    For the past thirty years, The National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST), Trinidad and Tobago, has been a pioneering force in science popularization both locally and regionally. The biennial NIHERST Sci-TechKnoFest is the Caribbean’s premier science festival, having hosted seven large-scale events catering to tens of thousands of patrons each. Read More

  • Prime Minister’s Awards for Scientific Ingenuity, 2015

    The Prime Minister’s Awards for Scientific Ingenuity, administered by NIHERST, recognises and celebrates the innovative side in each of us. Since its inception in 2000, the scheme has challenged citizens to use science and technology to fuel local innovation, focussing on solving problems and improving quality of life. Read More

  • NIHERST Science City

    It has taken over two decades since the birth in 1989 of Yapollo, the travelling science exhibition that was once a household name in Trinidad and Tobago, and 14 years since the opening of the temporary National Science Centre in D'Abadie as the home of Yapollo. But finally, the dream of a world-class facility for fun, experiential learning of science and technology is about to be realised in NIHERST Science City at Indian Trail in Couva. Read More

  • CYSF 2015 - Enlightening the Minds of Tomorrow

    NIHERST’s annual Caribbean Youth Science Forum (CYSF) is a unique and important platform for lower six students to explore the benefits of the academic and professional opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Read More



  • NIHERST and IEEE Build the Next Generation of Local Engineers and Scientists

    Through a memorandum of cooperation with NIHERST initiated by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Trinidad and Tobago Section, local students will enjoy access to educational programs, exhibits and materials produced by the IEEE. IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. [July 19th, 2015] Read More

  • T&T sends three interns to NASA Ames

    Trinidad and Tobago is making a name for itself in the world of science, and at NASA, as three trail-blazing science students from this country head off to participate in the NASA International Internship 2015 program. The 10-week internships are tenable at the prestigious NASA Ames Research Centre in Silicon Valley, California. Read More

  • STResearchTT Database Launch and NASA I² 2015

    In a move to advance local research and development (R&D) and innovation, the Ministry of Science and Technology, through its line agency, NIHERST launched the national science and technology research database, STResearchTT, on 27th May at the International Waterfront Centre in Port-of Spain.
    In other news, Trinidad and Tobago is making a name for itself in the world of science, and at NASA, as three trail-blazing science students from this country head off to participate in the NASA International Internship 2015 program. Read more.

  • Communities TAP into Science at NIHERST/NGC National Science Centre

    Students and residents of Tunapuna, Arima and Piarco (T.A.P.) - the communities surrounding the National Science Centre (NSC) in D’Abadie - were treated to a festival of science, technology and fun as NIHERST celebrated the launch of their T.A.P. into Science initiative and the formal opening of its new FabLab on Monday 20th April. Read More

  • NIHERST launched the national science and technology research database, STResearchTT

    In a move to advance local research and development (R&D) and innovation, the Ministry of Science and Technology, through its line agency, NIHERST launched the national science and technology research database, STResearchTT, on 27th May at the International Waterfront Centre in Port-of Spain. Read More

  • NIHERST launches its Fab Lab during World Creativity and Innovation Week 2015

    From 15-21 April 2015, NIHERST joins the global community in celebrating World Creativity and Innovation Week, to build awareness of the importance of creativity in generating new ideas and taking new directions that support development in every sphere of life, making the world a better place. NIHERST’s pioneering programmes help build national capacity in science, technology and innovation to support a progressive, knowledge-based economy driven by the creativity and ingenuity of our people. On Monday 20th April, NIHERST will launch its new Fab Lab - a fully operational design suite and technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention located at the NIHERST/NGC National Science Centre. Read more.

  • NIHERST launches its Fab Lab during World Creativity and Innovation Week 2015

    From 15-21 April 2015, NIHERST joins the global community in celebrating World Creativity and Innovation Week, to build awareness of the importance of creativity in generating new ideas and taking new directions that support development in every sphere of life, making the world a better place. NIHERST’s pioneering programmes help build national capacity in science, technology and innovation to support a progressive, knowledge-based economy driven by the creativity and ingenuity of our people. On Monday 20th April, NIHERST will launch its new Fab Lab - a fully operational design suite and technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention located at the NIHERST/NGC National Science Centre. Read more

  • World Water Day 2015- Water and Sustainable Development

    March 22nd marked the United Nations World Water Day 2015 which is aimed at raising awareness around global issues affecting water supply and water resource management. This year’s theme of Water and Sustainable Development, speaks to the need for greater effort towards sustainable water practices in ensuring the delivery of safe, clean water for all. Read More

  • INVOCAB Launches in Trinidad and Tobago

    On Wednesday 25 February, NIHERST launched the Improving Innovation Capacities in the Caribbean (INVOCAB) Project at the Rudranath Capildeo Learning Resource Centre, Couva. The aim of the project is to promote Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in primary and secondary schools in Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica, with the ultimate goal of developing critical and innovative thinking and problem-solving abilities in schoolchildren. Read More

  • Returning NASA I² Intern to present "Developing an Intelligent Integrated Control and Alarm System for a Sustainability Base at NASA"

    NIHERST and the Embassy of the United States in Trinidad & Tobago are pleased to invite you to a presentation entitled, “Developing an Intelligent Integrated Control and Alarm System for a Sustainability Base at NASA", which will be delivered by NASA intern, Stefan Hosein. Hosein will deliver this technical presentation on his work at the Ames Research Centre involving the automated systems of The Sustainability Base, including machine learning system programming to predict the occurrence of abnormalities in the system. The presentation will take place on Thursday 9th April, 2015, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm, at the Noor Hassanali Auditorium, University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine. Read more.

  • T&T’s First NASA I² Intern to speak on his experiences

    Trinidad and Tobago student, Stefan Hosein, recipient of a prestigious internship at the NASA Ames Research Centre in California, USA has returned home and will be sharing his experiences in the programme on Thursday 12 March, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm, at the Noor Hassanali Auditorium, University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine. Read more.

  • Ode to Dreams

    In a night of reflection and fond reminiscence at the Hyatt Regency on Saturday 17th January, NIHERST celebrated its 30th anniversary and also bid farewell to outgoing President, Maureen Manchouck. Read More

  • NIHERST Gives Water-Scarce Communities Access to a Safer/Cleaner Supply

    Communities in Guaico, Biche and Lopinot are the latest to benefit from a NIHERST project that blends new technologies with traditional habits for harvesting rainwater. Read More

  • NIHERST S&T Research Database

    Are you involved in Research & Development? If so, then NIHERST NEEDS YOU! We are developing a database of S&T research professionals and their projects. This initiative aims to fill the gaps identified in both public and private sectors by matching local capabilities in S&T and R&D to the areas and applications to which their expertise is best suited. Read more

  • INVOCAB Germany

    The INVOCAB team from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago travelled to Dresden, Germany to observe the running of their Global Innovation week and to share knowledge in the fields of science education, innovation and entrepreneurship in the context of Trinidad & Tobago. Read More

  • Prime Minister's Awards for Scientific Ingenuity

    The PM Awards are back, this time with TTD 1,500,000 in prizes. Deadline for submission is 5th December, 2014. Read More

  • Scientific Ingenuity Entrant wins ICGEB scholarship to Bangalore, India

    Dr. Varma Rambaran, 2013 entrant to the Prime Minister’s Awards for Scientific Ingenuity (PMASI), has been awarded an eight month SMART fellowship to train in nanoparticle related drug delivery at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in India. He plans to bring back this wealth of knowledge to Trinidad and Tobago upon completion. See More.

  • Tour of the RRS James Cook

    Following the implementation of the Seismology in Schools (SIS) Programme in April - May, 2014, Dr. Richard Hobbs, Senior Lecturer of Durham University in the United Kingdom, visited Trinidad on November, 2014. He was preparing for a marine seismic research expedition on-board the Royal Research Ship (RSS) James Cook, which was docked at the Port Authority in Port of Spain, following an expedition from the UK to the Caribbean Sea. During his visit, he offered an invitation to a small group of students from the local secondary schools involved in the SIS programme, to tour the vessel. Read More.

  • UWI students win NASA scholarships

    Two Trinidadian students from the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine campus won prestigious scholarships to participate in a four month internship program at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California beginning September 2. Jason Renwick, 19 from Santa Cruz and Stefan Hosein, 21 from Chaguanas, were awarded the internships, following a rigorous competition which included more than 20 of the nation’s brightest local students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Read More.

  • NYSC Scholarships 2015

    The U.S. Embassy and National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST) are pleased to announce they are accepting applications from sixth-form students of science from the POS and Caroni educational districts for a full scholarship to the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) in West Virginia, United States. Read More.

  • INVOCAB

    On February 6th 2014, NIHERST entered into a participatory initiative with the Scientific Research Council (SRC) in Jamaica entitled “Improving Innovation Capacities in the Caribbean” (INVOCAB). The project aims to contribute towards improving the levels of innovation in the Caribbean by building and strengthening capacities in the areas of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). Read More.

  • Caribbean Young Professionals Science and Agriculture Film and Video Competition

    We are pleased to announce the winners of the second Caribbean Science and Agriculture Film and Video Competition "Adding Value to Local Foods". The Finals and AWARD ceremony were successfully staged at the Carlton Savannah Hotel, Trinidad and Tobago from 27th – 29th August 2014. Read More

  • Congratulations to CAS President, Dr. Trevor Alleyne

    Dr. Trevor Alleyne is among 46 new TWAS Fellows. He was chosen for his work in the area of Biological Systems & Organisms and his research which focused on the Electron Transport Chain Enzyme, cytochrome c oxidaise. For more information, visit the TWAS website.

  • NIHERST Welcomes Jamaican Partners

    On August 18, 2014, NIHERST welcomed four fellows in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) from the Republic of Jamaica, our counterparts in the INVOCAB project. The team visited the NIHERST/NGC National Science Centre on August 19 and 20 for knowledge-sharing on the coordination and organisation of NIHERST summer camps. Read More.

  • Science Music Video Awards 2014

    Science, creativity and musical flair came together once again in NIHERST’s 2014 Science Music Video Competition. A total of $114,000 in prize money was awarded to six finalists, with a first prize of $40,000. Read More

  • Meet The Entrepreneur

    Patricia is one of the two women who won a prestigious Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) Proof of Concept (PoC) grant, for development of sustainable agri-business paper products. Read Patricia's story.

  • Made In The Caribbean

    Four trainers from the NIHERST/NGC National Science Centre and NIHERST Innovation Department recently shared their expertise in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, helping to build the innovative and inventive capacity of young people in the island. This activity is part of the Made in the Caribbean Project coordinated by the Caribbean Council for Science and Technology (CCST) and implemented by NIHERST. Read More

  • Global Water Partnership Annual Consulting Partners Meeting

    This year the 2014 Global Water Partnership (GWP) Consulting Partners Meeting will for the first time be held outside of Stockholm, Sweden and in Trinidad and Tobago on June 27th - 28th, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad. The theme of this year´s meeting will be: "GWP Strategy Towards 2020: Addressing Thematic Issues.” As the Caribbean Regional Water Partnership of the GWP, the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) will be the host of the 2014 CP Meeting. Read More.

  • Call for Nominations - 2014 Awards for Excellence in Science and Technology

    Trinidad and Tobago has nurtured many sons and daughters who have left their mark in science and technology to the benefit of peoples in the Caribbean and around the world. For many, their contributions have gone unrecognised and unrecorded. The NIHERST Awards for Excellence in Science and Technology seek to recognise and reward nationals for outstanding achievements in science and technology, to provide positive role models for our youth to emulate, and to record our scientific heritage. In 2014, NIHERST together with the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Caribbean Academy of Science (CAS) will present the 3rd instalment of these awards. The deadline for nomination has been extended to Thursday 31st July 2014. Read more

  • Caribbean Young Professionals Science and Agriculture Film and Video Competition

    CTA, in collaboration with CCST, CARDI, The UWI, Columbus Communications Trinidad Limited and the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company, launched the second Caribbean Science and Agriculture Film and Video Competition in October 2013. The main objective of this competition is to encourage the use of ICTs by young professionals in improving the environment for agricultural science and innovation in the Caribbean region. Sixty (60) teams were shortlisted to move on to the second round of the competition and participate in a training workshop held in Trinidad and Tobago from 7th-11th April 2014. Read More

  • Seismology in Schools - Trinidad & Tobago

    NIHERST has initiated a new science education programme, Seismology in Schools, targeting students from forms three to six. Aimed at fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for geophysics, the programme will introduce practical seismology activities that show the application of theories and principles taught in the physics, mathematics and geography secondary school curricula. Such activities include the use of seismometers and data recording software to track, monitor and analyse earthquakes around the world. The project was officially launched on 7th April 2014. Read More

  • Book Launch

    The book launch for the new NIHERST publication “Trinidad and Tobago Icons in Science and Technology Vol. 3” was held on Wednesday 19th March 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
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  • Fyzabad Community Science Week

    Fyzabad was the country’s science hot spot during the first week of February. Over 5000 residents were fired up learning about science and technology through the hands-on, innovative ways NIHERST created using its signature recipe for informal science education. Read More

  • Scholarships to 2014 National Youth Science Camp

    The U.S. Embassy and National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST) are pleased to announce they are accepting applications from sixth form students of science from the St. George East and Victoria educational districts for a full scholarship to the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) in West Virginia, United States.The deadline for applications is 24th February 2014. Read More

  • Caribbean Young Professionals Science and Agriculture Film and Video Competition

    CTA, CCST, CARDI, the UWI, and TTFC launched the second Caribbean-wide science and agriculture video competition, targeting young professionals. The launch highlighted the results of a survey of Caribbean people on local foods; showcased the winner of the first Caribbean-wide competition and how this has benefited him and the second competition theme, and schedule of events were also unveiled. Read More

  • Prime Minister's Awards for Scientific Ingenuity

    At an awards ceremony, held on 4 January at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad, 65 Trinidad and Tobago nationals from all walks of life were recognised for their creativity using scientific knowledge and the application of technology to innovate, invent and solve problems. Read More

  • NIHERST Awards for Excellence in Science and Technology

    The Awards Ceremony for the 2013 Awards for Excellence in Science and Technology was held on Saturday 23rd November 2013. Eighteen trailblazers were honoured by NIHERST in association with the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Caribbean Academy of Sciences. The Awardees received a medal and will be profiled in the NIHERST publication series entitled Trinidad and Tobago Icons in Science, Technology & Innovation. Read More

  • Trinidad & Tobago's Scientists Honoured by NIHERST

    Trinidad and Tobago has produced, over the last 100 years, research scientists, engineers and innovators of world-class standing in almost every scientific and technology field. Most of these men and women remain largely unknown to and unacclaimed by our people. This was the view expressed by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mrs. Angela Sinaswee-Gervais, representing her minister, the Hon. Dr. Rupert Griffith, at the NIHERST 2012 Awards for Excellence in Science and Technology, which was held at the Hilton Trinidad. Read More