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

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

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

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

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 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

Interest in NASA I2 Programme takes off!

Life-changing. Transformative. Inspiring. These were some of the words used by returning students, Stefan Hosein and Jason Renwick, to describe their experiences on NASA’s International Internship (I2) Programme. 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

2015 OAS-CONACYT-AMEXCID Scholarships

CONACYT of Mexico is about to start the 2015 Cycle for Scholarships OAS-CONACYT-AMEXCID. The program has provided support to around 400 master and PhD students from 20 countries in the Americas. CONACYT's program to facilitate exchanges in technical education between Mexico-Brazil is now available for other interested member states and partners. CONACYT also gives support to Mexican students of graduate studies to carry out practical training stays or programs between for up to 6 months for a masters and 12 months for PhD anywhere in the Americas. For more information, please visit their website:


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

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

Thank you all for entering the 2015 edition of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Scientific Ingenuity. Stage 1 judging is now underway and you will be subsequently contacted via email for ALL further developments. We received over 400 entries and we wish to congratulate each and every one of you for picking up the challenger to THINK, CREATE & SOLVE. Read More