Tilly works with John Innes Centre staff and key African partners to deliver capacity building for international development in Africa and in the UK.
Tilly’s role is to maintain, nurture and develop collaborations with the Biosciences eastern and central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI Hub) and other partners in East Africa under ACACIA (Alliance for Accelerated Crop Improvement in Africa).
She is based at the BecA-ILRI Hub in Nairobi, Kenya where she acts as an ambassador for the John Innes Centre, organises joint training events, provides support collaborations in the region and African researchers working at the BecA-ILRI Hub.
One of the main capacity building events Tilly co-ordinates is AfriPlantSci, a two week masterclass for early career researchers in Africa covering a range of topics in Plant Science.
Tilly also works on the Engineering Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa (ENSA) project to explore the root microbiome of Maize grown in African soils, and the role of the symbiosis pathway in recruiting endophytes to its roots.
PhD Placements at BecA-ILRI Hub
Tilly co-ordinates and oversees 3-month Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPs) placements for PhD students at the BecA-ILRI Hub.
Through these placements the PIPs students have gained exposure and experience in capacity building for Agricultural research and development. Each placement has different objectives including delivering Bioinformatics training, running short training courses and scientific communication.