There’s a war on Coronavirus and the world needs your help.

In the UK alone, we need to scale up to delivering 100,000 tests per day.

Can you lend your scientific skills and experience to support COVID-19 testing and screening? Or provide laboratory space and equipment?

If so, we need your help.

 

Extraordinary circumstances require an extraordinary response

The UK government has set an ambitious and necessary target of carrying out 100,000 COVID-19 tests per day. While the UK has access to world-class biomedical scientists, laboratory facilities and equipment, it is likely the existing infrastructure might not be enough.

To help, we created Scientists on Standby, a volunteer organisation whose goal is to create a real-time network of overflow scientists, labs and other partners that will work together to help meet the testing needs of hospitals and other healthcare providers.

There are many ways you can get involved

Sign up for our volunteer scientist list

Provide access to lab space or equipment

Get help with testing if you are a hospital

Latest initiatives 

To increase testing for COVID-19, the Government is currently recruiting for laboratories in Milton Keynes, Cheshire, and Glasgow. This is a paid role and you will be employed on a temporary contract. If you are currently employed full time, and wish to help, they welcome your application and will be happy to discuss secondment options with you. You will require permission from your current employer.

Tony Cooke, CEO at Cambridge Clinical Laboratories, is currently putting together a local COVID-19 testing initiative based in the Cambridge area and is looking for available, local scientists with containment level 3 (CL3) experience (preferably those who are also registered Biomedical Scientists). If you’d be interested to learn more, please get in touch with Tony (mentioning that you saw his initiative on Scientists on Standby).

Latest initiatives 

To increase testing for COVID-19, the Government is currently recruiting for laboratories in Milton Keynes, Cheshire, and Glasgow.
 
This is a paid role and you will be employed on a temporary contract.
 
If you are currently employed full time, and wish to help, they welcome your application and will be happy to discuss secondment options with you.
 
You will require permission from your current employer.

Tony Cooke, CEO at Cambridge Clinical Laboratories, is currently putting together a local COVID-19 testing initiative based in the Cambridge area and is looking for available, local scientists with containment level 3 (CL3) experience (preferably those who are also registered Biomedical Scientists).

If you’d be interested to learn more, please get in touch with Tony (mentioning that you saw his initiative on Scientists on Standby).

Partners and supporters

The clear heroes of this story are the healthcare workers on the front lines, the hundreds of scientists who are adding themselves to our Scientists on Standby volunteer list every week, and the organisations offering to provide lab space and equipment.

However, many other people, organisations and companies have offered their backing, support and collaboration to help take Scientists on Standby forward (such as providing free software, media exposure, or partnership to help connect scientists, labs and hospitals).

Together, we can help get the UK to 100,000 tests a day. A sincere thanks to everyone who has singed up so far, as well as to all of the teams and organisations below.

Partners and supporters

The clear heroes of this story are the healthcare workers on the front lines, the hundreds of scientists who are adding themselves to our Scientists on Standby volunteer list every week, and the organisations offering to provide lab space and equipment.

However, many other people, organisations and companies have offered their backing, support and collaboration to help take Scientists on Standby forward (such as providing free software, media exposure, or partnership to help connect scientists, labs and hospitals).

Together, we can help get the UK to 100,000 tests a day. A sincere thanks to everyone who has singed up so far, as well as to all of the teams and organisations below.

How do you know that you can trust this website?

Good question. To help answer it, we wanted to give you a bit more detail about who we are – you can find out more below (and by clicking through to see our full LinkedIn profiles).

We also wanted to let you know that we are currently in contact with a number of government and industry bodies, including Public Health England and One Nucleus, to ensure we are working in a coordinated way and that the Scientists on Standby list will be available to the right people at the right time.

Together we can help stop this outbreak. If you have questions, comments or feedback, we’d love to hear from you – please feel free to contact us at [email protected] at any time.

Dr Clare Russell

Dr Clare Russell

Ex-immunologist

“I used to run a variety of assays during my time as a researcher. This made me wonder if I could help in the effort to diagnose COVID-19, for example, if there were a shortage of trained lab personnel. If you feel the same, join the Scientists on Standby list!”

Dr Paul Avery

Dr Paul Avery

Ex-molecular biologist

 “As someone with qPCR experience, I was interested to see if my skills could help support the scale-up of COVID-19 diagnostic testing. It turned out that several of the BioStrata team felt the same way, and Scientists on Standby was born.”

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