DIY disaster solutions
Scientists in Puerto Rico have secured funding from the US National Science Foundation to teach students to develop their own scientific solutions to the challenges created by natural disasters. Category four hurricanes Irma and Maria caused mass devastation to Puerto Rico and neighbouring islands in September 2017. Tens of thousands of inhabitants as well as visiting academics and scholars are said to have fled the Caribbean region as a result. Now scientists from Ciencia Puerto Rico aim to launch school-based projects exploring how science can be used to address the pressing needs of communities after a disaster. It is hoped that growing collaboration between scientists and students could help reverse the effects of a brain drain.