Interesting initiative that we might want to look at when designing training. From their website:
The Small World Initiative (SWI) strives to combine technology, science, and innovation to make meaningful and measurable improvements in the global education and healthcare landscape.
The mission of the program is twofold.
First, it seeks to encourage students to pursue careers in science through real-world applicable laboratory and field research in introductory courses.
Second, it aims to address a worldwide health threat – the diminishing supply of effective antibiotics – by tapping into the collective power of many student researchers concurrently tackling the same challenge, living up to its motto “crowdsourcing antibiotic discovery.”
They do recommend Biosafety Level 2 though, I guess because you don’t know what you’re growing up from soil samples. Even if this isn’t for us, it’s a nice concept to think about for embedding ‘real world problems’ into training and they have some useful resources e.g. list of equipment one would need, sample syllabus and biosafety info.